Beyond the Burbs- Holidays

Courthouse Plaza St Helens Dec 2019

It’s beginning to look a lot like 🎄 Christmas! Saturday 14th has many events:. SHPD Donut Day 2019: New LocationlChristmas Ships Parade & City Of St. Helens – Government Tree Lightening at 5:30 PM. The plaza is decorated & beautiful.

Posted by Beyond The Burbs – Faces, Places and Happenings of Columbia County on Friday, December 13, 2019

St. Helens Christmas tree-lighting ceremony Saturday

UPDATED Dec. 8, 2012 at 10:42 a.m.

ST. HELENS — The city of St. Helens will host their Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, in Plaza Square, located in front of the historic Columbia County Courthouse in Old Town.

The celebration will be officiated by Santa Claus, who will arrive via Columbia River Fire & Rescue fire truck and later pose for photographs with children. *The city is still trying to recruit a skilled photographer for this event. If you are interested in donating your services, contact Crystal Farnsworth at 503-397-6272.*

The event will be preceded by a concert with the Vancouver Madrigal Singers at 4:30 p.m. in the Masonic Building. The group will perform Renaissance-style a cappella singing (madrigals) and Christmas carols, then will escort its audience members to the tree-lighting ceremony.

Stores in Old Town will be open until 6 p.m. for those interested in doing some Christmas shopping. Customers who furnish proof of purchases later while enjoying a meal at the Klondike Restaurant & Bar, Dockside Steak & Pasta, Hawaiian Island Cafe or Good Things, will receive 15 percent off their bill.

The annual Christmas Ships parade will follow the tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., starting from the St. Helens City Docks and traveling down the Columbia River to Columbia City and back. Details about the parade can be seen by clicking here.

News Bits: Local holiday happenings, Dec. 1-3


Reindeer Run: 8 a.m. Sat, Dec. 1; Columbia River Foursquare Church, 555 Commons Drive, St. Helens (across from DMV); 5K, 10K, or half-marathon (run or walk); proceeds benefit Columbia County Toy-n-Joy and the Columbia Food Bank; coffee, cocoa and snacks served in the church before and after race; prizes awarded to top three finishers in each category (male and female); cost $35-$60; includes souvenir Race Tech T-shirt and professional chip timed race; half-marathoners receive a custom Reindeer Run medal;  Route maps, registration information and other details at; or contact Molly Cooke, 503-396-0357, or

Breakfast with Santa: 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sat, Dec. 1; Columbia County Shrine Building, 315 N. 18th St., St. Helens (off Wyeth Street and Highway 30); breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, milk, juice, coffee and tea served; bazaar table for Christmas shopping; $3 for ages 4-10, $5 for ages 11 and older; hosted by The Order of the Eastern Star, Mizpah No. 30 Chapter.

30th annual Merchant’s Toy n’ Joy benefit auction: 5 to 8 p.m., dinner; 5 to 6:45 p.m., silent auction; 7 p.m., oral auction, Sat, Dec. 1; Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 58892 Saulser Road, St. Helens; the event, sponsored by Columbia River Fire & Rescue, celebrates “30 Years of Giving” with a catered dinner and traditional brownie ala mode dessert; $15, tickets available at the door, or by visiting CRF&R administration offices at 270 Columbia Blvd.; 503-397-2990 or

Rainier Toy n’ Joy Breakfast: 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sat, Dec. 1; Rainier United Methodist, 101 C St. East, Rainier; 503-556-3440.

Rainier Christmas tree lighting ceremony: 6 p.m. Sat, Dec. 1; Rainier City Hall, 106 West B St., Rainier; 503-556-7301.

Free photos with Santa: 3 to 5 p.m. Wed, Dec. 5; WorkSource Oregon, 500 N. Hwy 30, Suite 320, St. Helens; visits with Santa and snacks; well-behaved pets welcome; canned food donations accepted; visitors are welcome to bring their own cameras for extra photos; 503-397-4995.

Watts House Museum Christmas tours: 4 to 8 p.m. every Fri-Sun in December, except the week of Christmas, when tours will be offered Fri-Sat only; 52432 S.E. First St., Scappoose; the historic house has been decorated for Christmas by volunteers with the Scappoose Historical Society, and other community groups; free admission; group tours available; 503-961-5621 or (click on “current event”).


St. Frederick Catholic Church: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat, Dec. 1; 175 S. 14th St., St. Helens; held in Buccini Hall; surprise packages, jams and jellies, arts and crafts, swags, white elephant  and more; light lunch available for purchase; 503-397-0148.

Avamere Assisted Living: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1; 2400 Gable Road, St. Helens; visits with Santa from noon to 2 p.m.; first 50 shoppers receive gift; 503-366-8070.

Jingle Jangle Christmas: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat-Sun, Dec 1-2; private residence, 722 E. 2nd St., Rainier (uphill from Interstate Tavern); benefit for Susan G. Komen for the Cure; free coffee, hot chocolate and cider; credit cards accepted.

Columbia County Mental Health: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon, Dec. 3; 58646 McNulty Way, St. Helens; 503-397-5211.

Holiday bazaars this weekend in Columbia County

Several holiday bazaars are offered in the St. Helens area today, as well as in Rainier and Claskanie.

Swing by if you are out and about, and scan the locally made arts and crafts, and purchase some fresh baked cakes, pies, and cookies to take home. Some bazaars also feature nice, warm bowls of comforting homemade soup and bread for sale, too.

Harvest Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17; Quincy Grange Hall, off Rutter Road, northeast of Clatskanie (follow the signs from Beaver Falls Road); proceeds benefit the Grange scholarship fund and other activities; soups, sandwiches, hot dogs and pie available for purchase.

Plymouth Presbyterian Church bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17; 2615 Sykes Road, St. Helens; hand-crafted gifts, wreaths, bakes goods, jams and jellies; lunch of homemade soup, bread and pie available for purchase, and free coffee; international fair trade market with gifts from around the world; fair trade coffee and chocolates; opportunity to donate goods and services through Gifts to Church World Services.

St. Helens Elks Lodge Christmas bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 17; 350 Belton Road, St. Helens; homemade goodies and crafts; kid and adult cake walks; visits with Santa Claus; refreshments available for purchase; some proceeds benefit charity.

Beaver Homes Grange bazaar: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17; Beaver Homes Grange, 31105 Beaver Homes Road, Rainier (Goble); lunch served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., choice of soup, sandwich and salad, chips, beverage, dessert, $5.

Clatskanie Holiday bazaar: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17; Clatskanie Middle/High School Commons, 471 S.W. Bel Air Drive, Clatskanie; proceeds benefit the high school baseball team spring trip; concessions available for purchase.

It’s a Jingle Jangle Christmas: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18; private residence, 722 E. Second St., Rainier; benefit for Susan G. Komen for the Cure; free coffee, hot chocolate and cider; credit cards accepted.

For those of you who don’t mind crossing the river in search of holiday goods, The Longview Daily News also has compiled a nice list of bazaars for the Cowlitz County area . For more information, click here.

Bazaars, craft fairs, holiday celebrations for Nov. 10

A list of today’s holiday offerings in Columbia County. If you have information on other activities in town, please let us know!

• First United Methodist Church: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 560 Columbia Blvd, St Helens; locally-made quilts, bird houses, toys, dolls, rugs, and jewelry, Rada knives, Paparazzi and Scentsy products, metal art, antiques, Christmas ornaments, plants and other items for sale; soup luncheon featuring beef vegetable and bean soups, corn chowder, and homemade pies; meal donations accepted; 503-397-0061.

• Warren Elementary School: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 34555 Berg Road, Warren; homemade crafts and other merchandise for sale; parent group bake sale; “The Shack” food cart will sell hotdogs, nachos, coffee, hot chocolate and shaved ice.

• Sunset Park Community Church: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 174 Sunset Boulevard, St. Helens; hand-crafted harvest and holiday items for sale, along with assorted party planning products; children’s stories with Mrs. Christmas and holiday music by Larry’s Christmas Band at 11 a.m.; homemade baked goods and free coffee offered during the morning; a lunch of homemade chili, soups and rolls, and hotdogs, served at 11 a.m.; quiet room offered all day for feeding and changing babies; 503-397-0535.

• Christ Episcopal Church: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 35350 E. Division Road, St. Helens; 503-397-1033.