Volunteers, charities, shoppers and crafters wanted

Plans are already underway for the annual Lincoln City Tree Lighting Party and Christmas Market later this month, and volunteers, charities, shoppers and crafters are wanted for the event. (Courtesy photo)

The Lincoln City Cultural Center has announced the return of its community holiday celebration: the Lincoln City Tree Lighting Party and Christmas Market on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 23, 24 and 25.

This annual event will provide free and weatherproof fun, including ornament workshops, charity booths, cookies and hot chocolate, carols and family photo opportunities. The community tree will be illuminated on Friday, Nov. 23, at around 5 p.m., followed by the arrival of Santa Claus, who will be hearing wishes and giving out candy canes until 7 p.m. The cultural center will continue to host festive activities throughout the weekend.

This event is made possible by the sponsorship of several local businesses, including Pacific Power, Kenny’s IGA, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, Lincoln City Towing and the Noble Creek Tree Farm. The members of the LCCC, along with these businesses, invite the community to get involved in this year’s event.

“We’ve got fun opportunities for locals to help make this event an entertaining, safe, free community gathering, where we can all get in the spirit of the season,” said Niki Price, executive director of the LCCC. “We are inviting community groups, charities, students and volunteers to help us make this sixth annual tree lighting party a success.”

There are several ways people can help:

  • Help decorate the cultural center — Deck the halls and the trees, both inside and out. Work parties are schedule for 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. To volunteer, call Judy Hardy at 541-994-9994.
  • Be an elf — Volunteers are needed to help with refreshments, lines, photo booths, cleanup and the like, on Friday, Nov. 23. Community or student groups who wish to adopt a game in the auditorium are welcome to take donations for their causes. To help, call Judy at the same number listed above.
  • Raise money for your cause — Community groups, charities or student fundraisers are invited to set up shop at the cultural center on Friday, Nov. 23. Reservations are required (541-994-9994), and tables and chairs will be provided.
  • Join the vendor fair — This year’s artisan Christmas Market (the for-profit version) will take place on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Booth spaces are still available, with all proceeds going to the nonprofit LCCC. To sign up, call Kerry at 541-994-9994.

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