Portland’s 2019 Christmas / Holiday tree lighting is the Friday after Thanksgiving at 5:30PM. The festivities begin at 4pm with pre-show entertainment followed by a holiday sing-a-long featuring Thomas Lauderdale with members of Pink Martini.
If you are going to the lighting event, it a good idea to go a bit early as it is rather crowded by 4PM.
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35th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by SmartPark | November 29, 2019 | 5:30pm Rain or Shine
Next Friday, The Day after Thanksgiving, Pioneer Courthouse Square will host the 35th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by SmartPark. The festivities begin at 4:00pm with pre-show entertainment featuring a compilation of concert and symphonic band students from Franklin High School.
The evening’s signature ceremony will kick off at 5:30pm with the City’s largest community sing-a-long curated by Portland’s own, Thomas Lauderdale. Joining him for the joyful sing-a-long will be members of Pink Martini, Oregon’s Own 234th Army Band, students from Franklin High School Band, members of the Grant High School Royal Blues Choir and Pacific Youth Choir. For the first time ever, community members will be able to sing-a-long with the help of a 5.5’ X 20’ LED screen made possible by Portland-based Really Big Video. Holiday song lyrics will be displayed while a bouncy red ball leads the way.
The evening will be hosted by Dan Haggerty of KGW news and Cort Johnson from 101.9 KINK radio. Mayor Wheeler and Santa will have the honor of flipping the switch to illuminate the 14,000 multi-colored LED lights adorning Portland’s 75- foot Douglas-fir generously donated by Stimson Lumber Company. KGW News will broadcast the evening’s festivities live on their 6:00pm news broadcast.
A limited number of FREE Holiday Event Guides, promoting events and activities throughout the Portland metro area this season, will be available at the event while supplies last or sustainable versions can be accessed online at the Square’s website thesquarepdx.org. This year’s Holiday Events Guide also includes a selection of seasonal songs from the Tree Lighting program, curated by Thomas Lauderdale.
Portland Holiday / Christmas Tree Photos & Video
Portland (Christmas / Holiday) Tree Lighting Photo By Chris Lae
Christmas at Pioneer Courthouse Square at Blue Hour HDR phot by Flickr user David Gn Photography
A Portland Christmas by Flickr user Zeb Andrews.
Pioneer Courthouse Square tree by Flickr user Curtis Perry.
Pioneer Courthouse Square tree by Flickr user B Berrigan.
Pioneer Courthouse Square tree by Flickr user 305 Seahill.
Pioneer Courthouse Square tree by Flickr user saramarie.