Washougal’s annual Christmas parade lights up the night

WASHOUGAL — Postponed after last week’s snow-and-ice storms, the annual Lighted Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting in downtown Washougal went off without a hitch — or a snowflake — last night, drawing hundreds of residents to the city’s Main Street to watch the parade, take pictures with Santa, see the tree lighting, listen to carolers and enjoy cookies and warm drinks.

Washougal Mayor Sean Guard said the festival grows every year, with more parade entries and spectators.

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Washougal firefighters, riding in their well-lit fire truck, led Washougal’s Lighted Christmas Parade, held Mon., Dec. 12. Photo by Kelly Moyer

“It is a great way to get into the spirit of the season and celebrate our community,” Guard said.

Sponsored by the city of Washougal and the Downtown Washougal Association, the annual holiday festival kicked off at 5 p.m., Mon., Dec. 12, with free photos with Santa Claus. Photographer Lisa Kuhlman, of the Camas-based Windows on Life Photography, took photos of children on Santa’s lap and families could take a free print home thanks to donated printers and paper from Riverview Community Bank.

Carolers from Washougal High School’s X-Tet Chorus and Washougal High School band entertained families in Reflection Plaza before the Lighted Christmas Parade got underway around 6 p.m.

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Santa walks with the Friends of the Washougal Library in the annual Lighted Christmas Parade, held Mon., Dec. 12, in downtown Washougal. Photo by Kelly Moyer

Led by Washougal police officers and firefighters — who rolled by in lighted police cruisers and firetrucks — the parade participants amused the crowd with festive, well-lit floats for more than half an hour. Around 6:30 p.m., the festival shifted into Washougal’s Reflection Plaza and ended with the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree.

Other sponsors of the event included Waste Connections, Courtney Wilkinson of Country Financial, Starbucks and Excavator Rental Services.

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About The Author

Kelly Moyer has been reporting for community newspapers since the mid-1990s, including the Newport News-Times on the Oregon Coast; the Lewistown Sentinel, a daily newspaper in central Pennsylvania; the Gresham Outlook, Wilsonville Spokesman, Sherwood Gazette and South County Spotlight newspapers in the Portland metro area; and The Reflector newspaper in Battle Ground, Wash. She also is the former managing editor of Midwifery Today, an international magazine for birth professionals. Kelly, a University of Oregon alumnus and Pennsylvania native, lives with her family in Northeast Portland.

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