Tradition Lights Up in Lake Oswego with Annual Tree Lighting

Lake Oswego loves its traditions.

Just check out the crowds at the 4th of July pancake breakfast. Or take a spot in the stands at the annual football game between our cross-town high school rivals.

The 48th Annual Tree Lighting on tap for this Friday, November 23 at 5:00 p.m. is this season’s tradition that combines a crisp winter night with Christmas carols, holiday lights, refreshments, a casual parade and the jolly old man in red himself!

Festivities start at the corner of 5th Street and A Avenue to see the lighting of the Bigelow Plaza Holiday Tree followed by a parade down A Avenue to Millennium Plaza Park at the corner of First and Evergreen for the lighting of the Millennium Tree.

This was part of our family’s annual holiday tradition for years when our kids were younger and then again when they were in high school and the Lakeridge show choir, Company, performed at this event. When our youngest daughter became a member of Company, we had even more reason to attend, better yet, get there early for a front row seat!

Here’s what our kids recall:

Brady: I remember waiting to sit on Santa’s lap, eating as many candy canes as possible and the countdown to seeing the tree light up. Of course, I had a great vantage point—up on top of dad’s shoulders.

Riley: It was really cold but that made the hot chocolate taste that much better.

Casey: I recall waiting with what seemed like most of Lake Oswego for that massive tree to light up. When it did, it was so beautiful and made everyone that much more excited for Christmas.

The Annual Tree Lighting is one of those events that can’t help but put you in the holiday mood. So since the season is among us, I’d suggest you bundle up and check it out.

And get a head start on the giving by bringing donations of non-perishable food or unwrapped toys. Collection bins will be available at Millennium Plaza Park.

P.S. Don’t forget to support Lake Oswego businesses on Small Business Saturday, November 24. They’re open for business all holiday season so take advantage of the convenience, selection, service and hospitality.

Photo credit: Feelart at

About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right-hand column. I would love to show you around.
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