Santa coming to town, trees to be lighted

Tree-lighting events are planned in Port Townsend, Sequim and Forks this weekend.

• Port Townsend’s free, community tree-lighting festivities will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tyler Plaza under the heated tent. Visitors can carol with Wild Rose Chorale and make ornaments to take home until 4 p.m. or supplies run out. Donations will benefit PT Artscape, which supports the arts in the schools program in Port Townsend. Holiday cutouts at Tyler Plaza will be available for selfies.

Santa will visit with children in Port Townsend from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Tyler and Water streets. He will pose with children and the Kiwanis Choo Choo before boarding the Choo Choo to ride to Haller Fountain at Washington and Tyler streets to light the community tree at dusk.

The ninth annual student holiday display and tree lighting will be hosted by the Sequim Arts Commission during the First Friday Art Walk.

The tree lighting will be from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St.

All fourth-grade students in the Sequim School District have been invited to create a holiday ornament inspired by the theme, “What Brings You Joy.”

Light refreshments will be offered.

The City Arts Advisory Commission hosts the “Elemental; Fire, Water, Wood, Earth, Metal, Air” on view in the Karen Kuznek-Reese Gallery.

Forks’ Twinkle Light Parade and tree lighting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Forks.

The parade will begin at C Street and continue to Sol Duc Way, where the community tree will be lighted at the Triangle lot. Santa will do the honors at this ceremony, which will follow immediately after the parade.

The tree, sponsored by the West End Business & Professional Association, was acquired thanks to Ken and Darlene Olson. City crew members assist with placing the tree, and the lights and decorations on the tree.

The 28th annual Festival of Trees, created by the Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rain Forest, will have an open house at the Rainforest Arts Center, 35 N. Forks Ave., in Forks, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and again from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. after the parade on Saturday.

The live auction will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday. Doors will open at 1 p.m.

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