Carriage festival highlights old-fashioned Christmas fun

David Nichols of Stanfield leads Lexi and the front of a wagon owned by Merle Gerke during last year's Christmas Carriage Parade on Main Street in Pendleton.<br><i>File photo</i>

The cloppity-clop of horse-drawn wagons with Christmas foliage and decorations will bring the old-fashioned Christmas spirit to town this weekend. The third annual Christmas Carriage Parade will gather Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and make its way up Main Street in Pendleton.

In addition to the parade, the event will include pony rides, a craft show and a Christmas skit. The festivities will crescendo with a tree-lighting ceremony in the evening. Additionally, activities associated with the Festival of Trees will take place at the Pendleton Convention Center.

The day's events include:

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Festival of Trees Family Day

10 a.m. - Special activities sponsored by Pendleton merchants begin

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Pony rides at the Frazer and Main parking lot

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Artisan Alley, craft show and other activities, Heritage Station

Noon to 2:30 p.m. - Main Street closed to traffic

1:30 p.m. - Christmas Carriage Parade, Main Street Pendleton

After parade - Carriage rides through Pendleton, Heritage Station

4 p.m. - Pendleton High School Drama Club presents a Christmas skit, Hamley Balcony

4:45 p.m. - Christmas Tree Lighting at Hamley Park

6:30 p.m. Festival of Trees Gala

Santa will be visiting several downtown stores and will participate in the parade.

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