The Tree Lighting Party will begin on Friday, Nov. 29, the day after Thanksgiving at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Highway 101. Thanks to the volunteer elves, the center halls will be deliciously decked with garlands, ornaments and lights, a tree on stage and another on the west lawn. The Reindeer Room — with large plush reindeer and “snow” for your family photos — will be open in the Dance Studio all day.
Not So Black Friday shoppers can browse the Chessman Gallery and the LCCC Members Gift Shop, starting at 9 am. Krista Eddy’s famous make-and-take ornament workshop will be open to kids of all ages from 2-5 p.m. Donations are happily accepted but participation is free, while supplies last. There will be live music provided by the Beard Family at 4 p.m., the Sweet Adelines at 5 p.m. and the cast of the upcoming holiday play “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at 6 p.m.
At 4:45 p.m., LCCC volunteers and staff will begin to serve the cookies, hot chocolate and coffee, provided by Kenny’s IGA and the Morgan Family. If weather permits, the crowd will gather outside (if not, there will be room inside to enjoy). The Sweet Adelines will lead a group carol sing, followed by the countdown led by Mayor Dick Anderson. Together we will flip the switch to illuminate the community Christmas tree and the rest of the Cultural Center’s outdoor light display.
At around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, a fire truck from North Lincoln Fire & Rescue will deliver Santa Claus to the south entrance of the Cultural Center. He’ll make their way to the auditorium, where Santa will hear wishes, pose for photos, collect food donations and give away candy canes on the decorated stage. There will be games in the auditorium, too.
There will be no Santa Sale this year, but the Chessman Gallery, Reindeer Room and LCCC Members’ Gift Shop will also be open on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Boy Scouts Tree Lot will also be open for business, on the lawn just north of the LCCC.
For more information on this annual holiday event, call the LCCC at 541-994-9994.