HomeDrone captures Hillsboro Holly Days tree lighting from above

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By Theresa Myers 
Before there was Santa, there was a long line of elves marching up Main Street in Hillsboro. Proudly they wore their School of Respect badges.

Before there was Santa, two reindeer landed downtown and set up pasture at the corner of Second Avenue and Main Street.

Before there was Santa, hundreds of young children streamed onto Main Street, holding the hands of parents and grandparents with mittened fingers. They came from every direction, braving the cold fall air and waiting expectantly for “the holidays” to officially begin.

By most accounts, Hillsboro Holly Days brought in the holiday season Saturday with just about everything those young children could dream of. In addition to elves and reindeer (and thousands of fellow holiday seekers), the 2015 Hillsboro Holly Days included seasonal music, and vendors selling freshly baked pastries and handmade gift items. There were also face painting stations and two booths set up for kids to make their own crafts.

 

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Santa arrived at 2 p.m., riding down Second and taking a left on Main toward Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza where he set up court. His personal train was quickly commandeered for rides around town by hundreds of children singing carols.

By 5:30, dusk had fallen and the crowds gathered around the grand fir standing on the plaza waiting to be lighted. As 10-year-old Marko Zirdum flipped the switch and the lights went on, a great cheer arose that could be heard as far away as Third Avenue and beyond.

Floyd Wolf with downtown business Hillsboro Hobby Shop flew a drone over the Civic Center Plaza, capturing the thousands of people gathered for the tree lighting. Check out his video below, with music from the Tualatin Valley Harmony Masters.