Here comes Santa Claus: Many free opportunities for holiday cheer

December, 2016 Posted in Community

santa-hug-2By Mary Owen

Sing a rousing carol, catch a Christmas movie, build a gingerbread house, visit Santa … a long list of festivities will spread lots of holiday cheer around the Santiam Canyon throughout this month.

Santa Comes to Stayton, Sublimity on Dec. 3

Santa is coming to town! Breakfast with Santa Dec. 3, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Stayton Fire Station. Adults meals are $6, kids 12 and under and seniors 63 and older, $4. The Stayton Firefighters 26th annual Toys for Joy Cruise-In starts at 8 a.m. Entry fee is a new unwrapped toy.

That afternoon, the kids can enjoy The Polar Express movie at 3:30 p.m. at Star Cinema on Third Avenue, followed by Santa, caroling, cookies and other treats, all for $1 admission or a can of food for the Stayton Community Food Bank. That evening Santa will be handing out candy canes at the tree lighting at Early Settlers Park in Sublimity, following the Country Light Parade at 6 p.m.

Regis High School will host the Stayton Community Tree Lighting Dec. 4, 6 p.m. with candy canes, hot cocoa, and performances from local choirs.

Santa visits Aumsville, Mill City on Dec. 10
Santa will tour Aumsville neighborhoods during the day on Saturday, Dec. 10, and he’ll also appear at the Aumsville Fire Station, 5-7 p.m., ending with the tree lighting ceremony. A prize drawing will be held, and cookies, punch, coffee, hot cider and cocoa will be served.
Santa comes to Mill City Dec. 10, 6 p.m. for Christmas in the Canyon, held in the Santiam High School Auditorium. Caroling, choral performances, crafts, silent drawing and a visit from the jolly ol’ fellow himself make this an evening for the whole family. Refreshments will be offered by the International Club. A donation of $5 per person or $10 per family will be accepted at the door. The event is sponsored by Santiam Hearts to Arts.

Family Christmas Festival at Silver Falls State Park

The elves at Silver Falls State Park are getting ready for the Christmas Festival in the South Falls Historic District. The one-day event is Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This is the 39th year for this event, and it has grown every year,” said Lou Nelson, with Friends of Silver Falls, sponsors of the event. “It started out with just families from the Santiam Canyon and Silverton area to now we have families from Portland to Eugene.”

Nelson said rangers, hosts and volunteers transform the Historic District into a Christmas wonderland.
“Local musicians and choral groups are all coming on Saturday, so everyone will be able to hear their favorites,” she added. “Everything else is the same, from making wreaths to making gingerbread houses. Everyone should have a wonderful time!”

Visitors can enjoy cookies and cocoa as they gather in the South Falls Lodge area to hear stories and music. Or they can get in the spirit by creating make-and-take projects such as holiday cards, gingerbread houses, ornaments, wreaths and more. The Salem Audubon Society will supply parts, tools and expertise to build a bird nest box. A $5 fee covers material costs for the boxes. All other crafts and activities are free. One-of-a-kind holiday gifts will be available at the South Falls Nature Store – handmade hats, pens and ornaments, plus field guides and nature toys. A day-use parking permit is required to park at Silver Falls. Visitors can purchase a one-day permit for $5. A one-year permit is on sale Dec. 1-31 for $25. For a schedule,    

Stayton Sublimity 30 Ways in 30 Days
With a grand prize of more than $500, the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce invites people to “shop local for the holidays and win.”

The event runs through Dec. 25, and players post photos of shopping, eating and playing locally at sites listed on the chamber’s “30 Ways in 30 Days” list on Facebook. Tag posts with Stayton Sublimity Chamber. Photos can also be posted on Instagram or Twitter with #30ways, or e-mailed to Entries are limited to one per person, per day. Winners will be chosen each week, with the grand prize announced Jan. 10.

“The Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce aims to raise awareness of the products and services available locally,” said Kelly Schreiber, president/CEO of SSCOC. “We hope that while people are out and about having fun taking selfies, they will discover some of the great hidden gems of our community.”

For information, call SSCOC, 503-769-3464 or visit its Facebook page. The event’s presenting sponsor is Stayton Cooperative Telephone Co.

More activities abound – craft bazaars, poinsettia sales, caroling, holiday concerts, plus a play by Aumsville Community Theatre, Up Oh, Here Comes Christmas. To find out more, grab a copy of Home for the Holidays, available at local businesses and the Our Town office, 400 N. Third Ave., Stayton.

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