Community efforts return tree lighting to Hockinson


The Hockinson Community Holiday Tree Lighting is returning this holiday season thanks to a community effort.

This year’s ceremony, organized by the Hockinson Community Church, Hockinson School District and the Hockinson Main Street Team, will take place the evening of Friday, Dec. 8 at the Hockinson Community Church, 15918 NE 182nd Ave., Brush Prairie. Parking is available at the Hockinson Community Center and the Hockinson Middle School.

“This year’s tree is a 20-foot noble fir, and its hundreds of lights will be illuminated by a special guest from the North Pole, who will arrive by fire truck,” according to a press release from the Hockinson Main Street Team.

Free hot cocoa will be available, courtesy of Hearth Coffee. Chili, provided by Chartwell’s Food Service, will also be served by Fire District 3 cadets, who are fundraising for personal protective equipment.

“In a time when so many things work to divide us, I am so thankful to be a part of a community that works so hard to find common ground,” Hockinson Community Church pastor Shaun Hart said in the press release about the significance of the tree lighting. “In this season of peace on earth and goodwill toward mankind, the importance of that commitment is brought to the forefront.”

Attendees are invited to arrive at 6 p.m. to enjoy live holiday music performed by members of the Hockinson Middle School band and see the glow of the thousands of holiday lights surrounding the staging area. The tree lighting is slated for 6:30 p.m.

“How great it is that each year, the schools, businesses and faith community work together to

create a magical night for our kids and families,” Hart added in the release. “It has been an honor for our church to host this event for the past four years, and we look forward to continuing this tradition for many more.”

For more information, visit the Hockinson Main Street Team Facebook page or email