Tree lightings and a joyous parade turn downtown Lake Oswego into a holiday wonderland

Hundreds of Lake Oswegans came together on the day after Thanksgiving to welcome the holiday season with two tree lightings, a joyous parade through downtown and a much-anticipated visit from a jolly old elf dressed in red.

Time seemed to stand still Friday evening for the city's 53rd-annual Christmas Tree Lighting. As in years past, the festivities included performances of holiday favorites from Lake Oswego and Lakeridge high school show choirs and the Millennium Concert Band, and there were plenty of cookies, candy canes, hot chocolate and coffee to keep spirits high.

Crowds gathered in Bigelow Plaza to watch City Council President Jackie Manz and Chamber of Commerce CEO Keith Dickerson throw the switch to light the big tree, and then strolled down A Avenue to Millennium Plaza Park for the lighting of the Millennium Tree. Santa Claus was among the parade participants, of course, although he rode atop a Lake Oswego Fire Department engine instead of his sleigh.

The Lake Oswego Police Department was there, too, with a new holiday tradition: Attendees were invited to pose with LOPD officers and K9s as part of the #youandblue campaign and to post the images online as a way of celebrating the relationship between the department and the community.

It was a merry and bright celebration, needless to say, and The Review's Vern Uyetake was there to capture it all. Look for lots more photos on Page B1 and a cool slideshow online at

— The Review

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