Wind-er Wonderland & Tree Lighting
1 May 2022
After a year of virtual celebrating, Troutdale will once again ring in the holiday season with its annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony. But this year, there will be an exciting new twist!
On Sunday, December 5, the City of Troutdale and Kiwanis of the Columbia Gorge will be hosting Troutdale’s Wind-er Wonderland and Tree Lighting benefitting Snow Cap Community Charities. The event will run from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with the lighting of the City's brand new 14' live blue spruce set for 5:00 p.m.
The center of the event will feature the Holiday Market set under a large tent in the Mayors Square parking lot. The market will feature local vendors selling their handcrafted gifts, an activity area for the kids, as well as live holiday music in front of the tree at Mayors Square. The first 500 adults to attend the Holiday Market will receive a free tote bag to make all their shopping a breeze, courtesy of Explore Troutdale, the official tourism information provider for our area.
After visiting the Holiday Market, attendees can enjoy cocoa and cookies while taking in the live musical performances in Mayors Square from 12:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. You'll enjoy jazz renditions of holiday classics by The Mt. Hood Faculty Quartet from 12:00 p.m. - 1:45 and then the folk and rock inspired Dustin and Andrea Rose will play more holiday favorites from 2:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Each of our downtown businesses is eager to greet guests, and will be facing off in a storefront/window decorating contest! While strolling through town to vote for your favorite decorations and shop for unique gifts, you can also participate in the Troutdale Teddy Scavenger Hunt! Find all the hidden teddys inside the listed businesses to win a special gift!
Of course, no holiday event would be complete without an appearance by Santa Claus! The jolly old elf will be on hand as one of our downtown store fronts transforms into his North Pole headquarters for this one day only. Everyone is welcome to grab a Selfie with Santa. But be sure to keep your eyes out for the Grinch! Rumor has it he’ll be sneaking around town that evening.
Afterwards, be sure to grab a bite of food to eat downtown from one of our many wonderful restaurants. Finally, please remember that this is the season of giving and that all this fun is to help our friends at SnowCap collect donations for those in need. They will gratefully accept hygiene items (like soap, shampoo, disposable razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products and deodorant), small toys, canned goods and non-perishable items (especially canned proteins), and warm winter clothing like coats, hats, gloves and scarves.