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Kick Off Holiday Season With Annual Celebration

Starting with caroling, tree lighting

Christmas in the Gorge comes to Stevenson the weekend of Dec. 3- 5.

The celebration begins on Friday, Dec. 3, in downtown Stevenson. The local businesses will host open houses throughout the day with holiday refreshments and special sales. At 6:30 p.m. caroling begins in the Courthouse Plaza and the Courthouse Christmas tree will be lit at 6:55 p.m.

Bagpipers lead the procession and the Starlight Truck Parade starts at 7 with as many as 20 fire, emergency and large decorated vehicles ablaze with lights!

Nearly 100 ecumenical nativity displays gathered from across the world are on display at a local church throughout the weekend with free admission.

Saturday morning's fun begins with breakfast with Santa at Rock Cove Assisted Living Center in Stevenson. A free continental breakfast and pictures with Santa will ready you for the day's many activities.

Make gift giving easier this year by shopping at the handcrafted arts and crafts bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 4. The bazaar is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a new location in the Exhibit Hall at the Skamania County Fairgrounds. Choose from handmade items including quilts, fleece, pottery, paintings, baked goods, jewelry and much more. Santa will visit for photos with the kids.

The annual cookie faire, ladies luncheon and holiday book sale all take place on Saturday too. Join in an old fashioned sing-a-long of carols at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum.

At 6 p.m. on Saturday evening, join the crowd in Carson for lighting of one of the largest living Christmas trees in Washington state. All 125 feet of it! Just off Wind River Highway, baked goodies and hot beverages will be available and you can join in with the carolers.

For more information and the full schedule of activities, visit www.cityofstevenson.com or www.skamania.org or call 800-989-9178.

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