Holiday Celebration with Tree Lighting & Artisan Fair

Saturday before Thanksgiving | 2:00 to 7:00 pm | Tree Lighting at 6:00 pm

Celebrate the season at the annual Downtown Hillsboro Tree Lighting & Artisan Fair at the Hillsboro Civic Center on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. 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. Downtown will be full of holiday cheer and excitement leading up to the awe-inspiring tree lighting at 6:00 pm. 


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


We are excited to welcome back live outdoor performances to this year’s event. Local musicians will be sharing their holiday spirit through singing, dancing, and music on the Plaza. 


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. The Mayor be leading us in a countdown to switch on the lights, with a little help from the Clauses.


PARKING: There is plenty of street parking Downtown on the street and in public lots. A sure bet on the weekend, 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 email [email protected].  Downtown businesses are also encouraged to fill out a feedback form after the event. 

VENDOR INFORMATION: If you are interested in being a vendor at this year’s artisan fair, you can appluy through the Hillsboro Tuesday Market portal on Manage My Market. Email [email protected] if you have any questions.