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Falls City gearing up for Christmas tree lighting

FALLS CITY -- In recent years, the Fourth of July celebration in Falls City has been the town's marquee holiday event.

From left, Tony Drill, Jenn Drill, Bob Young, Lilli Boettcher, Don Scott, Jeff Propp and Horst Boettcher were all part of the crew that set up Falls City's 35-foot Christmas tree.

Photo by Jolene Guzman

From left, Tony Drill, Jenn Drill, Bob Young, Lilli Boettcher, Don Scott, Jeff Propp and Horst Boettcher were all part of the crew that set up Falls City's 35-foot Christmas tree.

December 05, 2012

FALLS CITY -- In recent years, the Fourth of July celebration in Falls City has been the town's marquee holiday event.

Falls City has also had a free community Thanksgiving dinner going on two decades.

Now, Falls City will have a Christmas event to call its own -- at least that is what Jennifer Drill and her husband, Tony, are hoping.

The couple has been planning a community Christmas tree lighting for Saturday evening. Joining forces with the owners of The Bread Board, John Volkmann and Keith Zinn, who are offering a location outside their restaurant, and Lilli and Horst Boettcher, who are donating the 35-foot tree, the couple believe this could be the start of a Christmas tradition.

"My husband and I starting planning back in September," Drill said. "We wanted to do something to bring the community together."

Drill said the location, in the open space next to The Bread Board at Main and Third streets, will assure all who drive through town will see it.

"We wanted to make sure that it was in a place that everyone in town could see and visitors would be able to see," Drill said.

The gathering will begin at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and music.

Drill said churches in town have volunteered to provide holiday treats, and she and her husband will serve free hot chocolate and cider before the tree lighting.

KP and the Kings, a local quartet, will sing Christmas carols to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

Just before the lighting, the Biblical Christmas story will be read. Falls City Mayor Amy Houghtaling will have the honor of lighting the tree at approximately 7 p.m.

"Our hope is that it brings our community together and we can start a Christmas tradition," Drill said.

Kicking off the Holiday Season

What: Falls City Christmas Tree Lighting.

When: Saturday. Christmas music and refreshments will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the lighting at about 7 p.m.

Where: At the corner of Main and Third streets, near The Bread Board.

For more information: 503-787-1803.

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