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Making Spirits Bright festivities begin on the first weekend in December!

Join us for the annual holiday parade, and WOU tree lighting, Main Street Park holiday light displays and our first annual Monmouth Merry Market!

Or check out the activities that are happening all season long, including our annual light display at Main Street Park!

Schedule of Events

Friday December 1st
Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting!

5:30pm –Cocoa and Cider sponsored by Alumni relations next to the Sequoia tree

Free WOU swag will be given away on a first-come-first-serve basis.

6pm: Holiday Light Parade and WOU’s Annual Tree Lighting

Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season on WOU’s campus with their 55th annual tree lighting and light parade! Enjoy Cocoa and Cider sponsored by Alumni relations next to the Sequoia tree while listening to guest speakers, celebrating essay contest winners, and watching the magnificent Tree lighting.

7:30 – 9pm: Holiday Activities in the Werner University Center

Come see Santa in the Werner University Center! And while you’re there hang out and enjoy more holiday activities including holiday cookie decorating, buy Mexican Hot Chocolate and Pan Dulce from WOU’s own Kappa Delta Chi, and more!

7:30 – 9pm: Walk through the “Julio Marin Aleman that audacity of identity + color” in Cannon Gallery in Campbell Hall

Saturday, December 2nd
Monmouth’s Merry Market

Take a photo with our special mysterious guest. While you’re enjoying the festivities, be sure to participate in Monmouth’s Winter BINGO.

8:30-10:30am: Friends of the Senior Center Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Holiday Book Sale at the Monmouth Public Library

10am-12pm: The West of Us – Acapella Carolers

10am-3pm: Monmouth Merry Market

Your favorite businesses will be hosting exclusive vendors or specials during the market.

Be sure to stop by the Event Information Table at Prisms Gallery! Pick up a map of the day’s festivities, 2023 Making Spirits Bright stickers, and more! ***Special Making Spirits Bright keepsake ornaments are available at the Informattion Table at Prisms Gallery (215 Main St. E) for those who spend more than $10, while supplies last. Please bring your receipts as proof of purchase. ***

Looking for a fun activity for you children? Ash Creek Arts Center will be at Prisms gallery during the Merry Market hosting a craft for kids.

Check out the full list of participating locations:
Businesses Hosting Vendors
  • Hazel’s on Main (105 Main St E, Monmouth, OR 97361), Hazel’s will also have holiday drinks!
  • Oaktree Property Management (160 Monmouth Ave N #102, Monmouth, OR 97361)
  • Monmouth Fitness Club (165 Main St E, Monmouth, OR 97361)
  • The Sippery (169 Main St W, Monmouth, OR 97361)
  • MaMere’s Guest House (212 Knox St N, Monmouth, OR 97361)
  • Fee Mail Depot (169 Broad St S, Monmouth, OR 97361)
  • Prisms Gallery (215 Main St E, Monmouth, OR 97361)
  • MANA Salon (191 Warren St S, Monmouth, OR 97361)
Business Specials
  • Main Street Ice Cream Parlor, we will be closed for remodeling but giving out full punch cards to people that stop by and say hello during MSB
  • WOU Wolf Store is doing 25% all imprinted clothing and gifts; 15% off non-imprinted gifts; Dec 1st-2nd
  • Petal’s and Vine, Saturday from 10-2pm we will be offering 20% off Christmas items. And there will be a wreath making class from 12pm-2pm for $40.00. We will warm drinks and a popcorn bar during the festivities.
  • Rookies Sports Tap, Get a FREE $20 gift card with purchase of $100 gift card, Get a FREE $10 gift card with purchase of a $50 gift card. Specials are offered through Christmas.
  • The Find, Saturday December 2nd – 20% off one full priced item of your choice promo
    Also Saturday December 2nd – custom stamped necklaces pop up from 10:00-12:00

4:40pm: Santa’s Village and Light Displays at Main Street Park

7:30pm: Smith Fine Arts presents Never Come Down

Don’t miss Smith Fine Art’s next performance featuring Bluegrass and Americana band Never Come Down. This Portland band is sure to delight.

Holiday Fun all Season Long

Polk Community Card Special

While supplies last

Shop locally this holiday season with the Polk Community GIft Card! While supplies last, when you buy a $25 gift card you get an extra $5 OR if you purchase a $50 card you get an extra $15. Limit 1 per customer.  Learn more at shoppolk.com.

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Holiday Greens Sale

Nov 29 – Dec 01

Wed-Th 10:00am-6:00pm,
Fri 10:00am-12:00pm

412 W. Clay St.

Support Monmouth Garden Club by stopping by Christ’s Church for fresh wreaths, yule logs, and table decor.

Make Monmouth Bright

through Dec 25

Main Street Park

Grab some hot cocoa and enjoy holiday light displays in Main Street Park nightly throughout the season. You can see more holiday light decorations throughout the town.

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Winter Photo Bingo

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Support the WOU Food Pantry

Did you know the WOU Food Pantry is open to everyone?

The WOU Food Pantry will be open through December 1st, during Fall Term.

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Support the Ella Curran Food Bank

Any Day, Every Day

Every Family deserves a hearty meal. Please consider supporting our local food bank, dedicated to helping our local families.

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Support Toys for Tots

through Dec 15

Help every kid in Polk County have a present for the holidays!

Drop off Toys at:

  • Fee Mail Depot
  • Jack’s
  • Doggie Dreams
  • Curves
  • Tan Republic
  • Rookies

Donate Money at:

  • Jack’s
  • Curves
  • Tan Republic
  • Rookies

Calling all local entrepreneuers! 

We’re very excited to announce the 2nd annual Monmouth Merry Market will be held on December 2nd from 10am-3pm in Downtown Monmouth! Last year’s event drew larger than expected crowds and vendors reported excellent sales that day. We’re looking forward to another successful event this year with live entertainment, arts and craft activities and more.

Questions? Contact Suzanne Dufner at (503) 751-0147, sdufner@ci.monmouth.or.us

Are you interested in being a pop-up vendor?

Let us know you’d like to join Monmouth’s Merry Market, on December 2nd, by filling out the registration form!

The fee for signing up to be a vendor at the event is $25, payable to the event organizer: Monmouth Business Association, 780 Ecols St S, Monmouth, OR 97361.

Are you an entrepreneur under the age of 16?

For our young entrepreneurs (under age 16), please contact Barbara Cronin (bcronin@ci.monmouth.or.us) for more details on how to sign up for the Creative Kid’s Makers Market at the Monmouth Senior/Community Center.

Sign up for the Annual Holiday Light Parade

Help kick of the holidays by participating in the annual light parade! Every year Monmouth citizens look forward to our annual light parade that preceeds the tree lighting. If you’re business in interested in participating with a float this year, please fill out the form to let us know!

Questions? Contact Katelin Granger at grangerk@mail.wou.edu

THANK YOU
to our Making Spirits Bright! 2023 sponsors:

  • City of Monmouth
  • Western Oregon University
  • Monmouth Business Association
  • Monmouth Independence Chamber of Commerce

plus Sparklet Designs ∙ MaMere’s Guest House ∙ The Sippery ∙ Prism Gallery ∙ Hazel’s on Main∙ Oaktree Property Management ∙ Monmouth Fitnesss ∙ MANA Salon ∙ Lively Co ∙ Monmouth Senior and Community Center ∙ Main Street Ice Cream Parlor ∙ WOU Wolf Store ∙ Rookies ∙  MINET ∙ Partnerships in Community Living, Inc ∙ Fee Mail Depot ∙  The Find ∙  Mungo ∙ Petals and Vines ∙ Monmouth Public Works ∙ Polk County Fire