Spirit of Christmas 2015

Saturday, Nov. 28
5-6:30 p.m.

Arts Plaza
401 NE Second St.

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The 24th annual Spirit of Christmas tree lighting – one of the community’s most popular events – rings in Gresham’s holiday season with a free, family-friendly program that includes photos with Santa and the lighting of the 60-foot Ponderosa pine on the Arts Plaza.

Schedule of events

2-4: p.m.    Downtown business holiday activities and treats for youth; open houses

4:30 p.m.   New! Join Santa's Parade to the Arts Plaza. Meet at 4:15 at the Gresham History Museum, 410 N. Main Ave.

5 p.m.        Music, refreshments and activities on the Arts Plaza.

6 p.m.        Don't miss it! Help Santa countdown and light the Christmas tree.

Thank you event sponsors Riverview Community Bank Logo Kohler Meyers O'Halloran Logo

With support from your local 2015 event sponsors
the City is able to continue this beloved community event.

Don't miss the Downtown fun 

From phone calls to the North Pole, cookie decorating, crafts, and business open houses, family fun is planned from 2-4 p.m. in historic Downtown before the tree lighting event. Sponsored by the Historic Downtown Gresham Business Association. Read the list of free Spirit of Christmas activities.


Fill-A-Bag, fill a needFill-A-Bag Logo

At this year’s tree lighting, the City joins the local Fill-A-Bag food drive effort to benefit SnowCap Community Charities.

  • Help the City and local businesses reach the goal of collecting 500,000 pounds of food by Dec. 31.
  • Bring food or a monetary donation to the Spirit of Christmas tree lighting event, or donate directly to SnowCap.
  • Did you know? A pound of food can be purchased for 5 cents; or 20 pounds of food for $1.
  • Can’t make the event? Drop off donations at Riverview Community Bank, Gresham Ford, The Outlook or Stamp Connection.

More information

For more information about the Spirit of Christmas, contact Shannon Chisom at 503-750-3785.