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Come Spend Hometown Holidays in Camas at the Annual Tree-lighting, a Popular Community Event

Photos with Santa, crafts, lighting the Christmas tree, hay rides, fireworks (weather permitting), Camas Schools entertainment, food & refreshments - it’s all back this year for the City of Camas’ popular event, Hometown Holidays.

Hometown Holidays will be held on Friday, December 6 from 5:00PM to 8:30PM. All activities begin at 5:00PM this year, with the lighting of the Christmas tree to take place promptly at 6:30PM. Downtown Camas will be bustling with over 22 school and community choirs, bands and dancers, photos with Santa, tractor hay rides, crafts for the kids, street food vendors, and downtown restaurants and shops will be open for business. The event begins again at 5:00pm this year to coincide with Downtown Camas Association’s First Friday.

The event continues to be free, thanks to the financial support of Columbia Credit Union, Windermere Real Estate, Unitus Community Credit Union, Downtown Camas Association, IQ Credit Union, Equipment Rental Services, and in-kind donors and volunteers. All of the event activities are free. Of course, you’ll pay to eat at the various restaurants and food vendors that night and to shop for your holiday gifts in Camas’ well-known historic downtown.   The tree-lighting, happens at 6:30pm sharp; you don’t want to be late!

“This is one of our community’s favorite events. It gets us in the mood for the holiday and it brings our community together to share some of the joy of the season.”   says Krista Bashaw, Special Events Coordinator for the City of Camas, who has coordinated the event for 14 years.

The free parking shuttle returns this year, sponsored by the Camas School District. Four color-coded parking lots within 1 mile of downtown Camas will be incorporated into one continuous shuttle route. The shuttle route will stop at each of the parking lots and will drop off riders on the street between Camas City Hall and Camas Library. The shuttle is free; details can be found at www.cityofcamas.us/parks; click on the “Hometown Holidays” link for Parking Shuttle Information and more event details.

Also returning this year will be the “pedestrian corridor” on the south side of NE 4th Ave., between NE Birch and NE Cedar Avenues. In an effort to maintain a thoroughfare for ease of movement during the highlight of the tree-lighting ceremony, the south sidewalk will be used for pedestrian flow only - no stopping or standing will be allowed betweem 5:30pm to 6:45pm. The area will be roped off, posted, and arranged with staff and volunteers to keep people in that corridor moving and at a constant flow.

A few new things to consider for this year:

Please leave your dogs at home; this event is not a good fit for them or our participants due to the fireworks and large crowds. You can now park your stroller at our Festival Information Tent, located in Santa’s Tent. And, Journey Church will be hosting a quiet room to allow diaper changing and nursing mothers. Find these locations and other event details at www.cityofcamas.us/parks and click on the Hometown Holidays link: https://www.cityofcamas.us/parkshome/1445-hometown-holidays-parks

We hope to see you at Hometown Holidays!

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