401 N.E. Second Street
Spirit of Christmas 2014
Saturday, Nov. 29
5 - 6:30 p.m.
Gresham's kick-off to the holiday season, the 23rd annual Spirit of Christmas will feature a free program full of family-friendly fun, including performances by local musicians, hot cocoa and treats. Santa Claus will be at the event and Mayor Shane Bemis will light the 60-foot Ponderosa pine tree.
Read more about this year's Spirit of Christmas event.
About the Arts Plaza
Located conveniently in the heart of historic downtown Gresham and 20 minutes from downtown Portland, the Arts Plaza is a showcase for the arts and a wonderful place for the community to come together. Ample parking and easy access to public transit make the Arts Plaza easy to access.
The City is constructing the Children's Fountain at the Arts Plaza. Read more about the Children's Fountain.
Book the Arts Plaza for Your Event
The Plaza can play host to large community gatherings, private events or can be a place to eat your lunch while enjoying a view of Mt. Hood. The Plaza is programmed with events year-round but can also play host to your special event. The possibilities are endless at Gresham’s premier outdoor wedding and event venue. The paved Arts Plaza framed by adjacent lawns provides a versatile space that can be enjoyed on a moonlit night or tented to create an elegant and protected outdoor event.
- Capacity: 3,100 people
- Total Square Footage: 86,400 square feet
- Electricity: multiple electrical outlets to meet the majority of electrical needs
- Accessibility: fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Restrooms: four single-use, accessible restrooms
- Availability: available for rental year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Event registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your date is secured once the application has been completed including submission of fees, deposit and proof of insurance.
Visit our online reservation system to schedule your event. If you don't have access to a computer you may complete and submit an event rental application.
Special Exemption for Nonprofit Organizations
Rental fees for the Plaza may be waived if the organization is a recognized nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status. Nonprofits should include proof of status when submitting the application. The application/cleaning fee of $150 and $500 refundable security deposit still applies.
Call 503-618-2623 to learn how to plan an event you’ll always remember.
About the Art 'Fine Tuned Tulle'
"Fine Tuned Tulle," the public art on the Plaza, is a culmination of years of effort by the Center for the Arts Foundation to raise private funding for artwork.
The pillars were designed by Claudia Fitch, a Seattle artist, and each represents one of the four aspects of art – visual art, music, literature and dance. Visually, the pillars resemble a paint brush, trumpet, fountain pen and tutu.