Tree Lighting Ceremony 2023

Join us at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and kick off the holidays with friends and loved ones!

Santa will be on hand for photos and he will be officiating the tree lighting ceremony for all to see. This FREE outdoor event will feature festive treats, lively musical entertainment, and take-home activities for kids. Peruse beautiful lights and decorations while lively music fills the air and visit community booths while you catch up with friends and neighbors. Of course, the evening wouldn’t be complete without some warm cocoa and a special appearance from Santa. Presented by Happy Valley Parks and Recreation, this event is sure to get everyone into the holiday spirit.

Please note, parking in the City Hall lot will be limited due to the nature of the event. Please plan on giving yourself extra time to park and please be considerate of residents when parking in nearby neighborhoods.


The City’s Tree Lighting event wouldn’t be complete without these additional perks…

Are your children interested in writing a letter to Santa?

Santa has let us know how excited he is to receive your special letters and will once again be issuing the City an official North Pole sub-station to be installed in front of City Hall. Once you are done writing your letter, just drop it off in the designated mailbox and on its way to the North Pole it will go! Santa let us know that he plans to write a response to each letter he receives, so be sure to follow all the directions on the worksheet, so he can successfully send his reply.

  • Please note: Santa’s mailbox will only be accepting letters between Dec. 1-Dec. 15. The last bundle of mail to Santa will be picked up by 5pm on Friday, Dec. 15, so make sure your letters are submitted by the deadline. Kids can expect to hear back from Santa by Dec. 23.

Check out all the fun holiday activities, live music & vendors who will be at the event!

Activities: Visit with Santa, Santa letter writing, Community art project, Ornament making, Parks and Recreation Happy Zone for kids!

Vendors: Free holiday cookies, Steam-Werkz, Moondrops Roasted Nuts, Earthwise Pets (Dog Nog), Happy Valley Dance Academy.

Entertainment: Rock Creek and Happy Valley Middle School Band & Choir, Adrienne Nelson Jazz Band, Happy Valley Dance Academy.

Give the gift of hope this holiday season

For many, the holidays are some of the best times of the year, yet for some in our community, these celebrations are a reminder of serious financial hardship. If there is one thing that is certain, the community of Happy Valley is generous and eager to help those less fortunate experience a holiday season filled with hope. That’s where Operation Santa comes in. An annual toy and food drive, Operation Santa is coordinated through the efforts of firefighters at Clackamas Fire District #1. *Operation Santa will be collecting donations at Happy Valley City Hall on the day of the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Sunday December 3rd, from 2pm – 6pm. 

Looking for another way to give?

Through the Meals on Wheels People program, Happy Valley Parks and Recreation provides warm, nutritious meals to some of our community’s most vulnerable seniors while offering friendly visits to those who may otherwise feel isolated or have difficulty getting out and about.

Please consider donating to the City’s local Meals on Wheels People program by visiting the link below. From there, you can submit a tax-deductible donation in the amount of your choice online. Your gift will support homebound seniors right here in Happy Valley who would otherwise not have consistent access to wholesome, nutritious meals.

Can’t make it to the event?

The holidays are a unique time of year and the City is committed to keeping the magic of the holidays alive throughout the season. The City Tree will be decorated with its traditional lights and available to view every evening through the New Year.