LINCOLN CITY – The Lincoln City Cultural Center is proud to announce its third annual Tree Lighting Party, an indoor-outdoor family event set for Thanksgiving Weekend, starting November 28th. This free public event will launch the Lincoln City holiday season with make-and-take ornaments, live music, a cake walk, a vendor sale of handmade goods, a visit from Santa and the illumination of the center’s 15-foot community tree. And – for the first time – the Tree Lighting Party will feature a display of live reindeer, on the center’s front lawn. It will all take place at the cultural center, six blocks north of the D River at 540 NE Hwy. 101, Lincoln City.
The Tree Lighting Party will offer events from noon to 7 pm on the day after Thanksgiving: Friday, Nov. 28. During the same hours, at the other end of the center, Old Geezer Productions will be offering the 11th Hour Santa Sale, with 25 vendors of handmade arts, crafts, food and other festive holiday gifts (The 11th Hour Santa Sale will also be open on the following day, Saturday, Nov. 29, from 10 am to 4 pm; see schedule, below).
The excitement will begin at noon, with the display of live reindeer from Timberview Farm. We’re talking about real, live reindeer, majestic creatures that have the power to excite the imagination of young and old. They’ve appeared on “Portlandia,” and in other regional television programs. Cindy Murdoch, owner of Timberview Farm, says: “When our reindeer arrive, out of nowhere, people seem to appear before we are even out of the truck…then the doors of the trailer open and out jump the reindeer! The oohs and aahs are heard throughout the crowd, as the Reindeer bells ring in the holiday season.
The reindeer display will include a tent, under which the handlers will place a table with antlers, fur and other items to touch and discuss. The display will be open from noon to 4 pm on Friday, unless the weather is very, very inclement. If that is the case, there will be other activities going on inside the center, where it will be warm and dry.
There are other highlights, of course: the high lights on the tree itself. The center is planning for a 15-foot outdoor tree, next to the electronic reader sign, illuminated with the help of gallery director Krista Eddy, design doyenne Dawn Bredimus, and their friends with the bucket trucks: Pacific Power. The lighting ceremony, led by Mayor Dick Anderson, will begin at 5 pm, rain or shine. After the group begins singing carols Santa Claus will arrive, aboard a North Lincoln County Fire-Rescue truck, and will receive Christmas wishes at the auditorium stage starting at around 5:30.
The third annual LCCC Tree Lighting Party is made possible by a grant from the City of Lincoln City, and by sponsorship from The Christmas Cottage. It’s truly a community effort, with contributions from Pacific Power, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District, refreshments by the Morgan Family and Kenny’s IGA stores, and cake walk treats donated by area bakeries. Tree-side carols will be provided by the Sweet Adelines, with additional music by the new bell choir of the Seventh-day Adventist School. Cultural Center volunteers will keep the free make-and-take ornament station humming with good cheer.
On Saturday, the center will be open from 10 am to 4 pm, and the public is welcome to wander the 11th Hour Santa Sale (in the auditorium and hallways) and to hear holiday music from Lincoln City choirs and ensembles. The Visitor Information Center and LCCC Members Gift Shop (with lots of handmade gifts, as well) will be open, as well.
The center is still accepting sponsorships, volunteer time and other contributions from the public. To learn more, call center director Niki Price at 541-994-9994. “This holiday fair is our gift to our friends and neighbors in north Lincoln County, but we also welcome visitors from all over the world. It takes a great deal of work from staff, board members and volunteers, so if you’d like to lend a hand or contribute financially, just let us know. This is all about our fine Lincoln City community, where we love to celebrate – rain or shine.”
Friday, Nov. 28
10 am-7 pm LCCC and Visitor Info Center open for business
Noon-7 pm Santa Sale vendors open, Auditorium
Noon-4 pm Live Reindeer Display, Front Lawn
1 pm Live Music, Auditorium Stage
2-5 pm Make-and-Take Ornaments, Conference Room
3 pm Live Music, Auditorium Stage
5 pm Carols by the Sweet Adelines
5:30 pm Santa arrives by fire truck
5:45-7 pm Santa hears wishes, Auditorium Stage
6-7 pm Cake Walk, Dance Studio
Saturday, Nov. 29
10 am-4 pm LCCC & Visitor Info Center open for business
Santa Sale Vendors open, Auditorium
11am Live music, Auditorium Stage
1 pm Live music, Auditorium Stage