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Before Bridgeport Village's Christmas season begins, Santa must wake up

PHOTO COURTESY OF CENTERCAL PROPERTIES - Mrs. Claus, left, and Santa's elf, right, will need some help from families to get Santa Claus out of bed to begin the holiday shopping season at Bridgeport Village on Saturday.He sees you when you're sleeping, and now, you'll get a chance to turn the tables.

Bridgeport Village is bringing its holiday season kickoff event indoors this year with its first-ever “Santa Pajama Party.” Families are invited to come wake up Santa Claus on Saturday, with the help of several popular Christmas characters, including Mrs. Claus, the Grinch and Santa's elves.

The wake-up event is from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar, located at 17003 S.W. 72nd Ave., Tualatin.

Immediately afterward, the costumed Santa is expected to make his way over to center court, where there will be a ribbon-cutting to open his new “Cozy Cottage.” Children will be able to have their photograph taken with Santa at the Cozy Cottage up until Christmas Eve.

There is no charge for adults taking their children to wake up Santa on Friday morning, but tickets are $5 per child age 2 to 12. Pre-registration at the guest services kiosk in Bridgeport Village's center court is required. All proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

All participants are encouraged to wear their warmest, most comfortable pajamas.

Last year, Bridgeport Village's outdoor tree-lighting ceremony was marred by a power outage, said Kimberley Blue, regional marketing director for CenterCal Properties, which owns Bridgeport Village. This year, she explained, Bridgeport Village officials decided to have more indoor holiday events, keeping shoppers and other event-goers out of the ubiquitous Portland rain.


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