Hillsboro Holly Days Celebration

November 18th, 2023 | 2:00-7:00 pm | Tree Lighting at 6:00 pm 

Celebrate the season at the annual Hillsboro Holly Days Celebration 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.

Gift Shopping 

Check off those items on our list as you meander through the dozens of Downtown retailers and local artisans that have their wares on display. 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.

Vendor List and Map coming soon!

Holiday Entertainment

We are excited to welcome back live outdoor performances to this year’s Cultural Arts District Stage. A lineup of talented local musicians will share the warmth and goodwill of the season through a diverse lineup of live performance on the Plaza. The tree lighting (at 6pm) will be followed by a sing-along led by Hillsboro’s own Oregon Chorale.

CULTURAL ARTS DISTRICT STAGE SCHEDULE  - Coming soon...                  

Multiple Choirs - Seasonal

Oregon Chorale - Seasonal

Tree Lighting

Gather by 6:00 pm

A sea of people gathered around a large, lit Christmas tree. White canopies in the background.

Annual Tree Lighting

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 out as our community’s holiday tree. A City Councilor will be leading us in a countdown to switch on the lights, with a little help from the Clauses.

2023 Hillsboro Holly Days Celebration Map

GETTING HERE: If you don't plan on walking in or riding your bike Downtown, consider Tri-met. The Blue Line Max and several frequent bus lines all stop at Hillsboro Central Transit Center, just a few steps from the event. 

PARKING: There is plenty of street parking in Downtown Hillsboro. Check out this great parking map!

Volunteer for Holly Days

Hillsboro Downtown Partnership is seeking volunteers to assist with the annual Holly Days celebration. All abilities are welcome to assist. Volunteers must be 16 and older unless chaperoned by a guardian. Sign up to volunteer here!

11:30 am-2:00 pm: Set-Up Volunteers will help make sure all the tents are up, the welcome arch is decorated and assist with signage.

2:00-7:00 pm: Event volunteers are needed to monitor the event, assist at the information booth, welcome guests at all entry points and answer questions from the public.

7:00-8:00 pm: Tear-Down Volunteers will help us pack up supplies and may assist with traffic control.

Other Details

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 apply through the Hillsboro Tuesday Market portal on Manage My Market.  Apply to be a vendor here: https://www.tuesdaymarketplace.org/holly-days 

Email [email protected] if you have any questions. 

Glimpse into what Hillsboro Holly Days Celebration looked like in years past as we eagerly look forward to this year's event!