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The 26th annual Spirit of Christmas tree lighting – one of the community’s most popular events – will ring in Gresham’s holiday season with a free, family-friendly program that includes a parade, live music, hot cocoa, photos with Santa and the lighting of the 60-foot Ponderosa pine on the Arts Plaza.
With support from your
local event sponsors, the City is able to continue this beloved community event.
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Photos with Santa at the Gresham History
Historic Downtown business activities and
treats for youth, open houses
Santa’s Parade to the Arts Plaza
Music, free refreshments and activities on the
The tree is lit promptly at 6:00 pm
At the Arts Plaza, Santa will greet the crowd, listen to the children's wish lists, pose for photos and assist Mayor Bemis in leading the countdown to the tree lighting. Live music performances include Centennial High School Choir C Notes, Gresham Arthur Academy, SALT PAC, and Salvation Army Youth Corps Band. Free hot dogs, cookies, popcorn and more will be served, thanks to our generous Spirit of Christmas sponsors.
At the event, the
City will collect canned goods to support Fill-a-Bag food drive. Last year, the
residents of East County donated more than 555,000 pounds of food for the
needy. Just 5 cents buys 1 pound of food, so bring that spare change, too.
Spirit of Christmas is held on Small Business Saturday. The Historic
Downtown Gresham Business Association is hosting a variety of family-friendly
activities and business open houses before and after the
Read the full schedule of events.
Santa will join us from the North Pole to lead a parade to the Arts Plaza, along with some of his reindeer friends and Bumble, the (friendly) Abominable Snow Monster.
The parade, accompanied by the Gresham Fire and Police departments, begins at 4:45 pm at the Gresham History Museum, 410 N Main. The community is welcome to watch or join in the walk!
The walk starts on Main Avenue in front of the Gresham History Museum and turns left onto Third Street, continuing for two blocks to the Arts Plaza for the tree lighting event.
Spirit of Christmas news release.
For more information about the Spirit of Christmas, contact Shannon Chisom at 503-750-3785.