Southwest Portland community members gathered in the Village and at Dairyville in December to celebrate the wonders of the season.

CONNECTION PHOTO: HANNAH RANKSanta Clause helps facilitate the Multnomah Village tree lighting outside Village Beads. The lighting is part of a First Friday Holiday Gala in the Village, where hundreds of visitors gathered in early December to celebrate the season.

CONNECTION PHOTO: HANNAH RANK Karl Moynes and Phyllis Cadonau, greeters for Alpenrose Dairy's Christmas in Dairyville, show off their holiday swag. Each December, Alpenrose — which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016 — opens its replica of a frontier town to visitors who can take a photo with Santa, pet animals and watch holiday movies in the old-time theater.

CONNECTION PHOTO: HANNAH RANK Tigard resident Monique Gitzen snaps a photo of a group of little friends at the sleigh shed, a centerpiece of the old-west style town of Dairyville.

CONNECTION PHOTO: HANNAH RANKSue Morgan and her granddaughter Lennon Jones, 3, greet ducklings while meandering through Storybook Lane, an animal viewing and petting area located within Dairyville.

CONNECTION PHOTO: HANNAH RANK Visitors to Storybook Lane interact with a variety of furry creatures, including these sheep, a donkey and many others. In addition to a petting zoo, a smattering of frost-tipped pine trees decked with lights lined the hall.

CONNECTION PHOTO: HANNAH RANK Visitors to Multnomah Village's First Friday Holiday Gala in December could take a decorated carriage ride from the Multnomah Arts Center through the Village.

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