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Scappoose kicks off Christmas events

Photo Credit: FILE - Lights and visitors surround the Watts House in Scappoose. A lighting celebration at Heritage Park and tours of the Watts House will mark this year's holiday festivities in Scappoose.A number of Christmas-themed events are coming up next month in Scappoose.

On Monday, Dec. 1, the annual Christmas lighting ceremony will be held at the Watts House Museum in Heritage Park. A community gathering for the annual lighting ceremony will kick off at 6 p.m. at the park, right next to Scappoose City Hall at 33568 E. Columbia Ave., Scappoose. The event will include Christmas carols, a reading by local author Tricia Brown, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus.

The Christmas lighting event is organized by the Scappoose Community Club, along with the city of Scappoose, the Scappoose Rural Fire District, the Scappoose Public Library and the Scappoose Historical Society.

The Historical Society will offer free Christmas tours of the Watts House Museum, at 52432 S.E. 1st Street, Scappoose, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from Dec. 6 through Dec. 21. However, the Watts House will be closed Dec. 13 for a visit from Santa Claus.

The Dec. 13 event is geared toward children between the ages of 3 and 8. Children can visit with Santa from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Santa will also read the classic children’s book “The Night Before Christmas” and hand out candy and a small gift to each child.

Tickets are $10 per child and space for each visit is limited to the first 12 children who register for each session. Proceeds will go to the Scappoose Historical Society and to feed the hungry.

Community groups have joined with the Historical Society to decorate the historic Watts House for the holidays. Group tours can also be arranged for any evening in December. Call 503-961-5621 for more information.