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Santa's Parade, Caroling, & Tree Lighting

Friday, November 27, 2015

Start the holiday off right with Santa's Parade in downtown McMinnville!

Bring your family downtown to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with an old fashioned holiday starlight parade on November 27th. The parade will kick off at 4:30 PM and the annual tree lighting will follow immediately after. Come early for holiday shopping and dining in our wonderful restaurants.

Don't forget! You can be a participant in the parade. This year we can't accept equestrian groups (not allowed under our insurance plan) but vehicles, floats, bands, scout troops, church groups and more can participate. The entry fee is $15.

Please visit for more information, application to be in the parade and Hold Harmless Agreement (required for parade participants).


Community Cantata Choir

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

The Community Cantata Choir will present a free Christmas musical at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at St. John Lutheran Church, 2142 N.E. McDonald Lane, McMinnville. A free will offering to benefit YCAP will be taken.

For more information, call 503-662-3926 or visit


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