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Tree lighting kicks off holiday season

Plaza Square in downtown St. Helens will light up this Saturday during the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. with the Vancouver Madrigal Singers in the Masonic Building, 235 S 1st Street. Hosted by the St. Helens Public Library, the Madrigal Singers will entertain with Renaissance-style a cappella singing as well as traditional Christmas carols.

At 5:30 p.m., the Madrigal Singers will open the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m at Plaza Square.

Parents are encouraged to bring children to see the arrival of Santa Claus on a Columbia River Fire & Rescue fire engine. The Christmas tree will be lit and people can join in a set of carols performed by a collection of area Girl Scout troops.

This is also a great chance to get some Christmas shopping done. Stores in downtown St. Helens will be open for extended hours to allow attendees extra time to find the perfect Christmas gift for that special someone. Browse a variety of antiques and collectibles and enjoy the decorated store fronts until 6 p.m. Saturday.

Finish the evening on the waterfront as the traditional Christmas Ship Parade launches from the St. Helens City Docks at 6 p.m. An Eagle Scout will be at the top of the City docks to fit people with life jackets to wear on the docks for free. This is part of an Eagle Scout project to permanently locate a life jacket station on the docks.

For further information regarding the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, please contact City Administrator John Walsh at 503-366-8211.