The village has seen its share of changes since the late 1960s.
“We’re seeing more of our old structures, some that are no longer needed,” said Jonah Ransom, the village manager.
It’s a change from the traditional style of Christmas, which was a family gathering, with a dinner at the front and then people dancing to the tunes.
Ransom said some of the changes include new lighting and more art on the walls, as well as more food vendors and more of the village’s traditional Christmas decorations.
But the changes are also welcome for those who are living in Westwood Village, a subdivision of Westwood Park that includes Westwood Gardens, a community center, a preschool, and other community activities.
The village will hold a public holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 24.
It will feature live music, an interpretive dance, crafts and games, and a family tree-lighting ceremony, said Ransom.
While the festivities may not be as spectacular as some of Westside’s other villages, Ransom said they are also important to the community.
“We feel like it’s important to our kids that we’re out here celebrating the holidays together,” she said.
In addition to the Christmas tree lighting, Westwood is celebrating a year that was filled with challenges and triumphs, Raff said.
“We’re having to overcome some of those challenges and some of these obstacles that came along the way.
A few things we’re doing to make sure we keep going are: creating a new business, expanding our library, and hiring more people,” she added.
Westwood Village is a community of approximately 2,500 people in the neighborhood of West Hills.
Its population is about 80 percent white and 20 percent African American, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The village is about 35 miles south of downtown Portland, Oregon.