Pioneer Courthouse Square is the place to be this holiday season to enjoy free, family-friendly holiday events and activities in Portland’s Living Room. The season began Nov. 10 with the arrival of Portland’s holiday tree at the Stimson Lumber Tree Arrival. On the heels of this event is the 32nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by SmartPark, featuring Thomas Lauderdale with members of Pink Martini, the Northwest Community Gospel Choir and Pacific Youth Choir. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 25. Thousands of Portlanders will unite at the Square to join in this treasured community tradition of lighting the City’s multi-colored, 75-foot (23 m) Douglas-fir tree provided by Stimson Lumber Company. This year’s event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will include a holiday sing-a-long for all to enjoy.
Together, Pioneer Courthouse Square and Portland Mall Management, Inc. are hosting The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition, a fun and festive event that will bring caroling groups of all ages to the heart of downtown. This free caroling competition will be held on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, rain or shine, from 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., and prizes will be awarded to the top caroling groups along with a grand prize of $1,000.
Throughout the month of December, Pioneer Courthouse Square will continue to serve as the center of holiday activity in Downtown Portland, with festive events like the 26th Annual Tuba Christmas Concert presented by SmartPark on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1:30 p.m. Once again downtown will pulsate with the melodic sounds of big brass with nearly 300 tubas playing a medley of seasonal songs in unison during this free performance. There will also be holiday performances at the Square all month long by local school groups, dance troupes and choirs. For more information on all of the free holiday programs at the Square, please visit www.thesquarePDX.org.