Camas, Washougal swing into holiday mode

'Winter Wonderland' in downtown Camas with lighted tree, store displays; Santa stops by Washougal to greet families

Frosty the snowman greets visitors along Northeast Fourth Avenue in the heart of downtown Camas on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.

Washougal Mayor Molly Coston tells Santa she is hoping for world peace this year, during the city's "Ho, Ho, Holidays" drive-thru event in downtown Washougal on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020.

Sisters Ava, 3, (left) and Elle, 6, (right) play under the lighted holiday tree in downtown Camas on Dec. 4, 2020.

A holiday display illuminates the front windows at Juxtaposition in downtown Camas on Dec. 4, 2020.

Holiday cookies made by Washougal baker Nancy Carkin, of Carkin Creations, greet shoppers at Juxtaposition in downtown Camas on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.

A festive, lighted holiday tree and candy canes decorate the front window of Cake Happy in downtown Camas during the Downtown Camas Association's First Friday event on Dec. 4, 2020.

A holiday display shines inside the front window of the Camas Hotel on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.

The holiday season may look a little different this year during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the cancellation of events like Camas’ traditional Hometown Holidays and Washougal’s Lighted Christmas Parade, but there are still plenty of season’s greetings to be found in the cities’ downtown shopping districts.

Last weekend, Santa showed up in downtown Washougal to greet families at a drive-thru holiday event. Washougal Mayor Molly Coston was on hand, too, and was overheard asking Santa for world peace and good health this year.

In downtown Camas, a giant lighted tree illluminates the businesses near the Liberty Theatre, and business owners have been busy decorating their shop windows with decorated trees, elves, gnomes, ornaments and packages to help make the season bright.

The Downtown Camas Association, downtown Camas merchants and Camas Parks and Recreation Department have teamed up this year to create a new Winter Wonderland celebration in the city’s historic downtown, through Saturday, Dec. 12. To learn more about the Winter Wonderland events happening in downtown Camas, visit