Washougal residents attend Lighted Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Photo by Mike Schultz
Photo by Mike Schultz

The parade moved along Main Street and ended at Washougal River Road and the tree lighting took place in Reflection Plaza

The city of Washougal kicked off the holiday season with the Lighted Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Thursday evening. For the first time in over a decade, there is a harvested tree at the center of Reflection Plaza in downtown Washougal.

“We are so appreciative to have received a donated tree this year,” commented Community Engagement Manager Rose Jewell. “It’s a wonderful time for the community to come together in Washougal’s living room. It brings out the best in people.”

Photo by Mike Schultz
Photo by Mike Schultz

The existing, living tree in the corner of the plaza used for past celebrations had limited visibility. In favor of something more accessible and festive for the public to gather around, city leaders began seeking possible donations from community members over the summer.

The seventeen-foot grand fir, donated by the Keister Family of Clark County, was cut, transported, and mounted at Reflection Plaza in mid-November. The tree and plaza is decorated with nearly 7,000 lights.

Photo by Mike Schultz
Photo by Mike Schultz

“We are thrilled that this beautiful tree we’ve enjoyed for many years will now have the honor of being Washougal’s Christmas tree,” expressed Larry Keister.  

The family was planning on cutting down the tree selected in the near future due to its proximity to a nearby powerline, and they thought it would make a perfect fit for this year’s celebration. Larry Keister is a longtime commissioner at the Port of Camas-Washougal. He and his wife Sherri have been active in the community for many years.

Photo by Mike Schultz
Photo by Mike Schultz

The parade moved along Main Street and ended at Washougal River Road. The tree lighting took place in Reflection Plaza. Entertainment included performances from the Washougal High School music program. Santa and Mrs. Claus brought up the end of the parade and were available for photos with children of all ages. Event sponsors include Waste Connections, Washougal Coffee, and the Keister Family. 

Photo by Mike Schultz
Photo by Mike Schultz
Photo by Mike Schultz
Photo by Mike Schultz
Photo by Mike Schultz
Photo by Mike Schultz
Photo by Mike Schultz
Photo by Mike Schultz

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Anna Miller
Anna Miller
2 months ago

Fabulous Photos Mike!!!

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