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Santa will arrive aboard a Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue fire engine to light Tigard's Christmas tree at Pacific Highway and Main Street on Friday night.The weather outside may be a bit frightful, but there's nothing more delightful than the annual holiday events around Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood, many of which are taking place Friday and Saturday.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by several events around town over the next few days. They will be in Tigard and Tualatin tonight to lights the cities' annual Christmas trees, and then head to Sherwood for more events this weekend -- including riding in a helicopter for Sherwood's annual holiday Fly-In.

Here's a breakdown of events this weekend:


Tigard's Holiday Tree Lighting is set for Friday, Dec. 6TIGARD DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING: Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town for the city’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting in downtown Tigard. On Friday, Dec. 6, Santa will light the tree at Liberty Park (the small park at the corner of Southwest Main Street and Pacific Highway). The event begins at 7 p.m., with Kevin Bates of Symposium Coffee serving as emcee. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive, as usual, accompanied by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters for the tree-lighting ceremony. From there, the party moves down the street to CrossFit P.A.W., 12215 S.W. Main St., where kids will get the chance to sit down with Santa and discuss their Christmas wish list while they rock out to music and dancing by the Tualatin Valley Community Band. Cider, hot chocolate and cookies will be available as well.

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: Festive lighting and the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread cookies will greet you at the Tigard Historical Association’s annual holiday open house at the John Tigard House on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. Trees, garlands and other holiday decorations will brighten the 1882 house with period ornaments. Cookie decorating for the children is always a treat as well as candy canes for all. Santa will greet children on the front porch with the very warmest holiday greetings. The John Tigard House is located at the corner of 103rd Street and Canterbury Lane in Tigard. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.


STARRY NIGHTS AND HOLIDAY LIGHTS: This annual event will take place at the Tualatin Commons, 8325 S.W. Nyberg St., on Friday, Dec. 6, at 6:15 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit with the annual tree-lighting ceremony, holiday lights and general holiday cheer. There will be song-filled voices and a countdown to the lighting of the floating tree — as well as a visit from Santa!


The annual Sherwood tree lighting is set for Saturday, Dec. 7SHERWOOD PLAZA SANTA HELICOPTER FLY-IN: Yep, Jolly Old St. Nick is back, once again flying in via helicopter onto his special landing pad at Sherwood Plaza Shopping Center (weather permitting of course) on Saturday, Dec. 7. Santa and his elves will be in his workshop at the plaza, 16300 S.W. Langer Drive, on both Dec. 7 and again on Dec. 14, from noon until 4 p.m. Also, you can get your photo snapped with the man from the North Pole for $5 or two cans of food that will benefit the local food bank.

SHERWOOD WINTER PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING: Sponsored by the Robin Hood Festival Association, this annual event is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, at

the Sherwood Plaza Shopping Center. At 4 p.m., a community parade begins at the plaza and makes its way to Old Town Sherwood. Holiday music will be performed by choirs from Sherwood High School, Sherwood Middle School, Laurel Ridge Middle School, Middleton Elementary School and Sherwood’s own Voices for the Performing Arts. Be sure to bring a bag to collect the candy that’s thrown. A tree lighting will follow the parade at Cannery Square Plaza, adjacent to the Sherwood Public Library. Those participating in the parade should sign up by 3:30 p.m. at the Sherwood Post Office. Everyone is encouraged to dress up in festive costumes and outfits.

For more Portland-area holiday fun, check out our special magazine dedicated to holiday events across the area: publications.pmgnews.com/fpubs/holiday-event-guide-pt-2013/

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