Tree lighting, Santa arrives downtown Saturday

Oak Harbor is gearing up for the holidays with its annual tree lighting and events Saturday on Pioneer Way.

Carolers will be singing at businesses from Eli Street to Midway Boulevard from 4-8 p.m. as well as music from flutists in the Mall on Pioneer as well, said Melissa Riker, executive director of the Oak Harbor Main Street Association.

Residents can also vote on for the best toy soldier by picking up a ballot in front of the Main Street office located at 830 SE Pioneer Way, Riker said.

The toy soldiers have numbers on their right boot and ballots can be dropped off at the Main Street office, she said.

Other events will include extended hours for shopping at the holiday market in the mall as well as the arrival of Santa and Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns on a pirate ship from the Oak Harbor Yacht Club.

The tree lighting will commence at 5:30 p.m. Riker said.