December 7, 2019 | 3:00-7:00 pm

Celebrate the holiday season at the annual Holly Days’ Tree Lighting & Artisan Fair in historic Downtown Hillsboro on Saturday, December 7. Artisans showcase their best handmade work at this bustling market, while carolers, live music, and activities for all ages abound. Downtown merchants will also be open for business with a variety of in-shop activities and promotions. The Civic Center Plaza will be full of holiday cheer and excitement leading up to the awe-inspiring tree lighting at 5:30 pm.

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Check off your those items on our list as you meander through the dozens of Downtown retailers and the more than 40 local crafters at the outdoor holiday market. You will be able to find a gift to wrap up for everyone. And if you can’t, there are lots of great restuarants and personal service businesses that offer gift cards/certificates.


With entertainment on the main stage and throughout the event, we hope to keep you smiling, singing along, and merry throughout the event. Local choirs, bands, dance troops, and even thespians will be here to entertain you with holiday classics and even a few surprises. Check back closer to the event to see the full line-up.


A tradition in the Civic Center Plaza, since it was built as our community living room almost two decades ago, a locally sourced evergreen will be lit up and decked up as our community’s holiday tree.  Our Mayor will come out and lead everyone in a the countdown to switch on the lights at 5:30 pm.



This year we will be introducing Mrs Claus’ Pet Parade, which will begin at Puppernickel Dog Bakery at 3:00 pm and parade along Main Street to end at the Civic Center Plaza. Following the parade, Mrs Claus will be available near the Plaza for pet photos with Mrs Claus. All well-behaved pets are welcome!


There will be activities for kids of all ages set up in the Plaza and at businesses throughout Downtown, including cookie decorating with Decadent Creations.


Activity Location Time
Cookie Decorating with Decadent Creations Civic Center Plaza 3:00-6:00 pm
Breakfast with Santa (reservations required) Primrose & Tumbleweeds 9:00 am- 2:00 pm
Pet Parade Puppernickel to Plaza 3:00 pm start time
Pet photos with Mrs Claus Plaza 4:00-5:00 pm
Photos with Santa Le’Stuff Antique Mall TBD
Tree Lighting with the Clauses and Mayor Civic Center Plaza 5:30 pm


PARKING: There is plenty of street parking Downtown on the street and in public lots. A sure bet, is one of the City lots off of 2nd Avenue (which will be open to through traffic). They are located:

  • At the SE corner of SE 2nd Avenue and SE Washington Street.
  • On the south side of the Hillsboro Civic Center, on SE Washington Street between SE 1st and 2nd Avenues.
  • On the west side of NE 2nd Avenue, mid-block between NE Lincoln and Jackson Streets.

BUSINESS PARTICIPATION:  If you are a business and would like to support the event, please check out this invitation to participate or email info@downtownhillsboro.org.

VENDOR INFORMATION: If you are a local crafter, maker, or artisan and would like to reserve a space to sell your wares, please apply through Hillsboro Tuesday Market. 


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