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Spirit of Christmas

  • Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020
    5:00-6:30 pm
    Historic Downtown Gresham

    The 29th annual Spirit of Christmas tree lighting rings in Gresham’s holiday season with a free, family-friendly program of live music, hot cocoa, photos with Santa and the lighting of the 60-foot Ponderosa pine on the Arts Plaza. 

    Arts Plaza directions

    • Tree Lighting
    • North Pole Village
    Tree Lighting

    Presented by Advantis Credit Union

    Arts Plaza

    5:00 - 6:30 pm

    Music, pictures with Santa, free refreshments and activities on the Arts Plaza. 

    6:00 pm

    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 Shane Bemis in leading the countdown to the tree lighting. Live music performances include local groups and schools. Free cocoa, cider and various food and treats will be served, thanks to our generous 2019 Spirit of Christmas sponsors

    At the event, the City will collect canned goods to support the local Fill-a-Bag food drive benefiting SnowCap Community Charities. Or, bring your spare change: Just 5¢ buys 1 pound of food.

    North Pole Village

    Presented by Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce

    Historic Downtown

    9:00 am - 9:00 pm, activity times vary

    Make a day of it - food, shops and free, family fun! Celebrate Small Business Saturday in historic downtown Gresham, just blocks from the Arts Plaza.

    Print the Spirit of Christmas downtown activity map

     North Pole Village activities

    1. Pediatric Therapy Services, 3:45-6:00 pm: Hot chocolate snowman make-n-take; Cocoa Crawl Sip Stop
    2. Landmark Tax & Investment Service, 3:45-6:00 pm: Cocoa Crawl Sip Stop
    3. Party Surprise! 3:45-6:00 pm: Holiday marshmallows; Cocoa Crawl Sip Stop
    4. Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation, 3:45-6:00 pm: Cocoa Crawl info and map at Frenzi Plaza
    5. Frenzi Frozen Yogurt, 3:00-5:00 pm: Phone calls to the North Pole
    6. Boccelli's, 3:45-6:00 pm: Cocoa Crawl Sip Stop
    7. Anderson Martial Arts, 3:45-6:00 pm: Face painting, board breaking; Cocoa Crawl Sip Stop
    8. Cafe Delirium, 3:00-6:00 pm: $1.00 off any size holiday special
    9. Hoppy Brewer, 6:00-9:00 pm: Spirit of Christmas jazz featuring Tim Paxton Quartet
    10. iCandy, 2:00-5:00 pm: Cookie decorating (while supplies last)
    11. Gresham Historical Society, 10:00 am-4:00 pm: Pictures with Santa (fees may apply)
    12. SALT Academy of Performing Arts, 10:00 am-4:00 pm: Christmas bazaar and live caroling
    13. Gresham Ford, 9:00-11:00 am: Free Christmas character pancake breakfast
    14. Gresham Burrito, 3:45-6:00 pm: Cocoa Crawl Sip Stop
    15. Maggie Mae's Kids Bookshop, 3:00-6:00 pm: Holiday gift bag decoration station; Cocoa Crawl Sip Stop
    16. US World Class Taekwondo, 2:00-5:00 pm: Ornament decorating
    17. Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce, 11:00 am-5:00 pm: Carolers presented by Gresham Chamber
    18. Books Around the Corner, 11:00 am-3:00 pm: Festive scavenger hunt; Cocoa Crawl Sip Stop
    19. Off the Charts Games, 10:00 am-7:00 pm: Cocoa Crawl Sip Stop
    20. Accent on Attitude, 3:45-6:00 pm: Hot cider and cookies; Cocoa Crawl Sip Stop
    21. Shop Girl Consignment, 11:00 am-8:00 pm: Live piano and carols with mulled wine and cider
    22. All About Kids, 3:45-6:00 pm: Cocoa Crawl Sip Stop
    23. Sugar Cubed Cakes, 3:00-5:00 pm: Frost your own cupcake
    24. Glass Butterfly, 10:00 am-6:00 pm: Cocoa Crawl Sip Stop; Black Friday weekend
    25. Core Coffee in Gresham Town Fair, 3:45-6:00 pm: Cocoa Crawl Sip Stop
    26. Feather Your Nest, 2:30-4:00 pm: Holiday ornament making
    • Santa Claus on his way to help light Gresham's Christmas tree
    • Spirit of Christmas participants
    • Spirit of Christmas choir singers
    • Spirit of Christmas participant with hot cocoa
    • City of Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis with event emcee Greg Matthews
    • Spirit of Christmas attendees
    • Santa Claus with a visitor to the City's Spirit of Christmas event

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  • Sponsors

    Thank you to our 2019 sponsors for being part of Gresham's holiday spirit! 

    Event questions?

    Contact Sasha Konell, 503-618-2264 or