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City prepares for tree lighting ceremony

Smaller holiday tree will create a cosier living-room atmosphere

The city of Sandy’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony will look a little different this year.

Families are invited to bundle up and gather at Sandy’s Centennial Plaza, at the corner of Pioneer Boulevard and Hoffman Avenue, for the kickoff to the holiday season at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Sandy's new Christmas tree stands decorated at Centennial Plaza, ready for this weeks tree lighting ceremony.

Evidence of Sandy’s upcoming event can already be seen in the square. Instead of craning their necks to see a towering evergreen lit up with strands of lights, Sandy residents will get a more intimate experience with a new, smaller tree.

“We had been lighting up that big, huge tree next to the plaza for years now,” said Sandy City Manager Seth Atkinson.

Between windstorms and difficult maintenance, Atkinson said city crews decided they needed a change.

“It was just a pain to get it up and make sure the lights looked good,” he said. POST FILE PHOTO - Sugary treats will once again be provided at Sandys Christmas tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 4.

Instead of focusing efforts on trying to drape lights on the building-sized tree, city staff took a different approach. Using SandyNet drilling equipment, city crews ran electrical conduit to the base of the tree in the center of the plaza to plug in lights. The tree, which can be seen already decorated at the center of Centennial Plaza, was donated by Knapp Farms, a local Christmas tree farm.

“I think it will just look a little nicer than draping lights on a big tree,” Atkinson said. “It creates kind of a small community living room in the plaza.”

On Friday, families can gather at the plaza for hot cocoa, treats and caroling.

D.J. Anderson of Suburban Auto Group will serve as emcee for the night, and Mayor Bill King will lead the countdown to the tree lighting. POST FILE PHOTO - Pictures with Sandy's tree will be made easier this year when Mayor Bill King lights a smaller version on Friday, Dec. 4.

The Sandy High School Choir will provide music by singing carols. The Sandy Historical Museum will host an open house with hot apple cider, children’s crafts and music.

The museum will raffle off a 50-inch RCA flat-screen TV during its event. Ticket sales have been an ongoing fundraiser for the organization since summer and are available at the museum, 39345 Pioneer Blvd.

People wanting to get involved with the tree lighting can contact David Snider, city of Sandy economic development director, at 503-489-2159 or email dsnider@cityofsandy.com.

Community Christmas treesPOST FILE PHOTO - Boring residents sing carols at last year's community Christmas tree lighting.

  • Boring residents are invited to the annual Christmas tree lighting Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Boring Station Trailhead Park, one block off of Highway 212.

    The festivities begin at 4:45 p.m. with caroling; bring your voice and your own flashlight. At 5:15 p.m., Santa will arrive on Boring Fire District’s antique fire truck to light the tree. Following the lighting, warm refreshments will be served in the Boring-Damascus Grange hall.

  • POST FILE PHOTO - Sandy again will arrive on Boring Fires antique firetruck at this years tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 6.

  • The Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum will host a Christmas tree lighting for the Government Camp community beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19.

    Santa will arrive on a fire truck to visit with children. The event also includes pastries, coffee and hot chocolate from Huckleberry Inn.

    The museum is at 88900 Government Camp Loop.

  • KWray@sandypost.com