The annual Holly Days festival and tree lighting ceremony is set for Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. with a special winter marketplace featuring local artists, crafts, food and drinks, fresh winter produce and live entertainment. Activities will include a unique indoor playground and free Santa train rides around the plaza. From 2 to 4 p.m., children can visit with Santa in the lobby of the center. The tree lighting ceremony is at 5:30 p.m.

Holly Days is a partnership between Tuesday Marketplace, Pack 1st Properties and city of Hillsboro.

And every Saturday in December, special holiday events are planned at The Streets, formerly The Streets of Tanasbourne. They include appearances by Santa, free horse drawn carriage rides, and strolling carollers, all from 1 to 2 p.m.

As a special event, Mrs. Claus, a performer and storyteller, will tell a surprising tale in the space across from The Gap on Saturday, Dec. 15. Snickers the Elf will also help entertain the kids. It will take place from 1 to 2 p.m.

Children 3 to 12 must be accompanied by adults.

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