Downtown Hermiston will still be getting a giant Christmas tree this year, but its annual tree lighting ceremony will be a virtual event, according to Parks and Recreation Director Larry Fetter.

Fetter said he is still working out details, but on the evening of Dec. 3 the city plans to host a livestream of Santa lighting the tree, along with carolers and a Christmas story read to the children watching from home.

The Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center is still planning to resurrect Festival of Lights this year, but it will be a drive-thru only event.

Starting Friday, Nov. 27, people can drive through the light displays at EOTEC from 5-10 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays, and 5-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Admission is by donation, with half the proceeds benefiting Rotary Club and the other half split between other nonprofits and funds to add more lights to future Festival of Lights events.

For more information about the tree lighting ceremony and Festival of Lights, see an article in next week’s Hermiston Herald.

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Due to adjustments to the Thanksgiving week printing schedule for the presses where the Hermiston Herald is printed, the Herald was printed on Monday, Nov. 23, instead of Tuesday, Nov. 24.

For coverage of the Nov. 23 city council meeting, visit or see next week’s Herald.

On the agenda was the city’s annual financial audit, an update to the sewer ordinance, creation of a new debt service fund and reports from various councilors, staff and committees.

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The Harkenrider Senior Activity Center will be closed from Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Monday, Nov. 30, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The menu for Tuesday, Dec. 1 is ham and beans, cornbread, fruit and dessert.

For a Meals on Wheels delivery in Hermiston, call 541-567-3582 before 10 a.m. to place an order. To pick up a meal from the center at 255 N.E. Second St., call the same number before 11 a.m. Meals are $4 and can be picked up between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

The Boardman Senior Center is now providing meal delivery. Meals are $4 paid upon delivery. Call 541-481-3257 to order.

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