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It's the most wonderful time of the year

Polk County communities go all out to ring in the holiday season

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Photo by Jolene Guzman

Braylin Brooks, 10 months, poses for a photo after visiting with Santa Friday night during Dallas’ Winterfest on the Polk County Courthouse lawn downtown.

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Photo by Emily Mentzer

Western Oregon University lights up the giant sequoia on Friday. A light parade, choir performances, cookie contests and, of course, Santa, packed the evening.

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Photo by Emily Mentzer

Ash Creek Animal Clinic’s lighted display, complete with dogs and Frosty the Snowman, makes its way down Main Street during the Independence Downtown Association’s annual light parade.

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Photo by Emily Mentzer

Ezekiel Shelton, 2, grooves to Christmas and Hanukkah tunes played by a brass band at Western Oregon University’s 47th annual tree lighting events inside Werner University Center on Friday.

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Photo by Jolene Guzman

Not all little girls and boys were thrilled to meet Santa at Dallas’ Winterfest celebration Friday.

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