Lincoln City Cultural Center will present a day packed with festive cheer this Friday, Nov. 29, as the eighth annual Tree Lighting Party gets underway.

Cultural center director Niki Price said the event is truly a community effort, with the tree donated by Noble Creek Tree Farm, transported by Lincoln City Towing and erected by crews from Pacific Power. This year’s tree has a theme of “Winter Wonderland,” designed by Gallery Director Krista Eddy and decorated by a group of volunteers. The theme extends inside to the eight-foot decorated tree on the stage, and the five-foot tree in the dance studio (which becomes the family-photo ready “Reindeer Room” for the weekend). Interior decorations are coordinated by Head Elf Dawn Bredimus and Events Manager Judy Hardy. This year’s special “big wreath” is being custom-made by Karen Dummer.

“We’d also like to thank the Culture, Of Course! gala donors who gave specifically to buy more decorations for the trees,” Price said. “Chuck Feist, Betsy Altomare, Clyde and Linda Reid, Kathleen Parks-Roff, Dick and Sue Anderson, Kim Nisbet, Nura Clegg and Terry Hale.”

The Tree Lighting Party is also made more festive with cookies and other treats donated by the deli at Kenny’s IGA, courtesy of the Morgan Family. The hot drinks are provided by the cultural center and Cape Foulweather Coffee. Volunteers will be serving the munchies starting at 4:45 pm. At 5:15 pm, the crowd will gather around the tree and inside the adjacent auditorium as Mayor Dick Anderson leads the countdown.

This year’s event will feature three musical performances, starting with bells and piano, courtesy of Paul, Barbara and Paula Beard, starting at 4 pm. The Sweet Adelines will perform at 5 pm, and lead the crowd in group carols starting at 5:15 pm. After the tree is illuminated, the cast of the upcoming production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will perform at 6 pm.

North Lincoln Fire & Rescue will be providing the official transport for Santa Claus, who plans to arrive at around 5:45 pm and will make his way to the auditorium, where he will meet kids and hear wishes until 7 pm. Families are asked to bring a donation of canned or boxed food for the Lincoln City Food Pantry, but no-one will be turned away. Every child will receive a candy cane, while supplies last.

Make ornaments and memoriesChildren of all ages are invited to arrive early for the traditional Make & Take Ornament Workshop, open from 2 to 5 pm in Margaret’s Meeting Room. Each year, gallery director Krista Eddy creates a new handmade ornament project, and with help from volunteers makes it available to hundreds of people at no charge.

This year’s ornaments are snowflakes and trees made from old book pages. The books were rescued from the Driftwood Public Library discard bin, unusable due to their condition and age. At the Make & Take Ornament Workshop, these ideas and words will get one last creative hurrah, decorated with glitter and sequins to spread holiday cheer.

“These rescued pages look beautiful as ornaments,” Eddy said, “and will now adorn many Christmas trees throughout our community.”

Visitors are also invited to step across the hall to the Dance Studio, which will be transformed into the “Reindeer Room,” with a pair of plush reindeer, fluffy artificial snow and a lovely Winter Wonderland backdrop. It’s a great place for BYOP (bring your own phone) family photos, free of charge.

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