The holiday season in Prineville kicks off with a parade, Christmas in the Pines and includes Holiday Partnership

The holidays are rapidly arriving in Prineville and with it comes a wealth of opportunities to engage in community activities and give to those less fortunate.

Crook County is blessed with several annual events that embody small-town charm and neighborly good will and in the process continue to demonstrate the pride residents feel for the local community and their extraordinary giving spirit.

This Thanksgiving weekend, Prineville will once again take on the appearance of a Christmas town with the business-driven Holiday Crawl kicking off Saturday in downtown Prineville, followed by the Lighted Christmas Parade as the sun drops behind the rimrock. The parade gives way to Christmas in the Pines, a drive-thru light show at the county fairgrounds that continues to expand as well as opportunities to visit the Grimes Christmas Scene and Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Locals who have stuck around town for Thanksgiving should make a point of spending the day and early evening in town enjoying what the community has to offer.

The next weekend and beyond, county residents can extend giving opportunities beyond friends and family. The Holiday Partnership, a substantial volunteer effort involving multiple local agencies, will be accepting food, gifts, monetary donations and much more as they try to provide people less fortunate in the community with a better Christmas.

Watching a team of volunteers wrap hundreds of gifts at Carey Foster Hall is an impressive sight, as are the hundreds of care packages cloaked in yellow Les Schwab bags during the event's Distribution Day four days before Christmas.

Speaking of impressive displays, the annual Hospice Christmas Auction will return to Prineville on Saturday, Dec. 2. The event, held at the fairgrounds' indoor arena, invites groups and individuals to decorate elaborately themed trees that community members then bid top dollar to purchase. All of the money raised benefits St. Charles Hospice in Prineville, and the dollar total is always beyond impressive, recently eclipsing $100,000.

Those who cannot participate in the auction itself are still welcome to support the event by visiting the indoor arena the Friday before and checking out the trees. They are definitely worth a look and demonstrate the talents and hard work of local residents.

With such an impressive collection of holiday-themed events, locals should spend some time in town and take advantage of the unique events available. The community has a lot to offer, and you really shouldn't miss it.

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