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Sherwood will come alive with Santa, singing and fun at the Holiday Festival Saturday, 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Cannery Square Plaza.

GAZETTE FILE PHOTO - The annual Sherwood Winter Festival Parade and Tree Lighting runs from 6 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 2.Sherwood will come alive with Santa, singing and fun at the Holiday Festival Saturday, Dec. 2, 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Cannery Square Plaza in Old Town Sherwood. This annual event is presented by the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Association, with support from the city of Sherwood and local sponsors.

The Maid Marian Court and the Sherwood High School marching band will usher Santa into town in the popular holiday parade winding its way at 4 p.m. from 12th Street and Sherwood Boulevard to Cannery Square Plaza. Family friendly entries are welcome, whether coming together as individuals, groups, businesses, families or friends.

Be creative and dress for the occasion! All parade participants must register starting at 3:15 p.m. Just look for the signs and registration table near the 12th Street entrances to the Kohl's parking lot.

The cheerful voices of choirs from Sherwood High School, Sherwood and Laurel Ridge middle schools and Middleton Elementary will fill Cannery Square Plaza after the parade, as the community gathers to celebrate the lighting of the tree.

Maid Marian and Santa will help lead the fun! Enjoy free hot dogs, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies supported by local businesses and organizations (while supplies last). The Sherwood Rotary Club is hosting the cookie table, with local Boy Scouts assisting with the hot dogs, donated by Walmart. Symposium Coffee is donating and serving free coffee and hot chocolate. Smockville Brewhouse is donating and serving free hot apple cider.

Numerous sponsors come together to help make this event happen each year - visit www.robinhoodfestival.org for a complete list.

Santa and his helpers will welcome children to a winter wonderland where every child will receive a special gift (while supplies last).

The Sherwood Renaissance Singers will be singing traditional favorites in the Santa tent after the choir performances. Please bring a camera to take pictures of your child with Santa. Be sure to visit the Sherwood High School Bowmen silent auction table on the way to Santa's tent. Accompanying the festivities on the plaza is a Live Nativity Scene, hosted nearby each year by St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

We also encourage everyone to bring non-perishable food donations for distribution to a local food pantry.

Kids craft activities will take place at the Masonic Hall on Washington Street, including multiple fun projects. Local girl scouts are leading the crafts, along with Home Depot. Enjoy wandering through Old Town and visiting local merchants, hospitality at the Sherwood Heritage Center and a Holiday Bazaar at the Rebekah Hall. Sherwood Main Street volunteers will be on hand as guides.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit robinhoodfestival.org or call 503-625-4233. We always need help with setup and breakdown. Even 15 minutes of your time can help!

Susan Danz is Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Association president.

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