The Lincoln City Cultural Center is proud to announce its third annual Tree Lighting Party, an indoor-outdoor family event set for Thanksgiving Weekend 2014. 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.
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 can be heard throughout the crowd, over the bells the reindeer are wearing. Reindeer are like unicorns. Many people want to believe in them, but since they haven’t seen them, they don’t think they actually are a real species. Are they really reindeer? They can’t believe it.”
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 and 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 carols Santa Claus will arrive, riding a fire truck, and will hear wishes on 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 provided by the new bell choir of the Seventh-day Adventist School. LCCC volunteers will keep the free make-and-take ornament station humming with good cheer.
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Tickets $10-$35 available at brownpapertickets.com