What Lake Oswego’s Tree Lighting Ceremony Has That The Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony Doesn’t

holiday tree lightingLake Oswego is celebrating its 50th annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony this year.

While places like the Rockefeller Center have longer traditions (almost 80 years) and bigger crowds, they are missing three key ingredients that make Lake Oswego’s ceremony my favorite.

1. Small town charm. Tens of thousands crowd next to each other to catch a glimpse of the Rockefeller tree and millions watch it broadcast on television. There’s bling and celebrities and razzamatazz. If you’re looking for more of a homegrown holiday, a harkening back to simpler times, then take your place among the crowd of hundreds at Lake Oswego’s ceremony.

2. Two trees. Okay, the Rockefeller Center may have a 75-85 foot tree bedecked in 30,000 to 45,000 LED bulbs, but Lake Oswego lights up two trees! One at Bigelow Plaza on the corner of 5th and A Avenue featuring giant snowflake lights and the other at Millennium Plaza Park at First and Evergreen. Take that New York!

3. A Parade. What sounds like more fun? Being crammed up against a bunch of strangers in the freezing cold while you wait for the lights to go on and then disperse? Or mingling with neighbors and friends as you stroll down main street going from one tree lighting ceremony to another? If you picked the latter, see you in Lake Oswego.

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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 costellok@hasson.com 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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