Hometown Holidays returns to Camas on Friday, Dec. 3

The city of Camas is set to once again host Hometown Holidays. The city cancelled the 2020 Hometown Holidays event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the festivities are back on this year and set for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in downtown Camas.

Downtown Camas will be bustling once again with live and pre-recorded entertainment, modified photos with Santa (participants should bring their own cameras), crafts activity bags for the children, street food vendors, the lighting of the holiday tree and downtown restaurants and shops open for business. The event begins at 5 p.m. Dec. 3, to coincide with Downtown Camas Association’s First Friday festivities.

The 2021 Hometown Holidays and associated activities are free of charge thanks to the financial support of Columbia Credit Union, Windermere Real Estate, Downtown Camas Association, Equipment Rental Services and in-kind donors and volunteers. Attendees also will have the opportunity to purchase food from Camas’ various downtown restaurants and food vendors, and shop for holiday gifts in Camas’ historic downtown business district.

The Camas Public Library will hold its annual Hometown Holidays book sale Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 2-5, with extended hours until 8 p.m. during the Hometown Holidays event. The book sale will feature thousands of donated items, from children’s picture books and cookbooks to thrillers and romances. All proceeds benefit the Friends & Foundation of the Camas Library.

“We are so happy to be bringing back this favorite event after a year’s hiatus,” said Krista Bashaw, special events coordinator for the city of Camas. “It gets us in the mood for the holidays and it brings our community together to share some of the joy of the season.”

For more information, visit cityofcamas.us/hometown2021. The city will require all attendees wear face coverings and practice social distancing when possible, in accordance with state mandates related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.