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Tonight's holiday tree-lighting event includes singing, dancing, games and crafts

Open house at City Library kicks off evening's festivities


WHAT: Beaverton’s 10th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Open House, including performances by the Beaverton Community Band, city staff choir, Radio Disney, Arts and Communication Magnet Academy choir and more 

WHERE: Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W Fifth Street, and across the street at City Park.

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.

WHO: Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, elves, Mayor Denny Doyle, members of the community and visitors

 

It may be bitter cold out there, but Beaverton’s 10th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Open House will provide plenty of holiday season warmth tonight, beginning with a the open house inside Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. Fifth St.

Outdoor activities begin at 6 p.m. across the street in Beaverton City Park followed by the tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. Because of the bone-chilling weather, some activities will be held in tents.

During the Holiday Open House, attendees will have a chance to visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their helper elves while listening to sounds of the holiday season from the Beaverton Community Band and the city staff choir. Children and their families can participate in activities, games and a holiday craft workshop. Residents also can learn more about city programs and upcoming events at several displays. Refreshments will be provided.

Beginning at 5:50 p.m., visitors can stroll down Candy Cane Lane to the tree lighting program, during which the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy choir, Leikarringen of Portland (Scandinavian dance) and Radio Disney will perform shortly before Mayor Denny Doyle and Santa Claus light the tree.

Once the tree is lit, stroll to Broadway for the annual Downtown Holiday showcase from 7 to 9 p.m. The celebration continues downtown with holiday treats, discounts and entertainment presented by the Beaverton Downtown Association. Visit DowntownBeaverton.org for details.

At 8 p.m., the Beaverton Civic Theatre presents “If It’s Monday, This Must Be Christmas!” in the Beaverton City Library Auditorium. Tickets are $5 with a donation of a new, unwrapped toy or minimum $5. Otherwise, general admission is $15, $12 for students, seniors and groups, and $5 for children 10 and younger. Beneficiaries include Beaverton’s low-income youth as well as foster children in Washington County.

To ensure the safety of pedestrians, Southwest Fifth Street between Hall Boulevard and Southwest Watson Avenue will be closed from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

“This holiday tradition helps bring our community together,” Doyle said. “I’d like to invite everyone to enjoy our growing celebration, bringing in the season with great music, family-friendly activities and lasting memories.”

For more information, including inclement weather plans, visit BeavertonOregon.gov/TreeLighting, the city's Facebook page, facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or call the Community Events Hotline at 503-526-2559. Check the city’s website, or call 503-526-2559 after 2 p.m. today.

The tree Lighting and holiday open house event is presented by Radio Disney.

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