Many homes are still enjoying Thanksgiving dinner leftovers and cleaning up after a house full of guests and now their attention turns to the Christmas season.

Keizer does love Christmas and there are plenty of activities and events to help enjoy their favorite time of year.

It all starts with the annual lighting of Keizer’s Christmas tree at Walery Plaza at the intersection of River Road and Cherry Ave. on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Two lucky kids will be chosen to help Santa Claus flip the switch.

Later that week the first Keizer Holiday Lights Parade will travel down River Road. Staged by the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, the parade takes over after the Festival of Lights Parade ended its 25-year run last year.

It’s a big job to put on that parade and we’re fortunate to have oranizations and volunteers who will keep a light parade in town.

Speaking of lights, on Dec. 2 the Miracle of Christmas display starts in the Gubser neighborhood and runs through Dec. 26.

There will be lots of chances for Keizer kids to see and talk to Santa Claus. He’ll be making appearances at the Volcano Stadium (via helicopter) on Dec. 3, he’ll be at breakfast at the Keizer Fire hall on Dec. 11, he’ll be giving candy canes with help from Marion County Fire District #1 in the Clear Lake/Forest Ridge area on Friday night, Dec. 16. Then, the Keizer Fire District will help Santa give out candy canes on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Tis the season, and Keizer offers lots of ways to enjoy it.   —LAZ