Starting on Nov. 10, 2015, downtown Portland will be dressed up for the holidays — will you? Come do your shopping downtown and enjoy the monumental attire around Pioneer Courthouse Square, where the city’s iconic animal statues are outfitted with their holiday best. Otters in stripes? Check. Deer with beanies? Check. Beavers with candy canes and tail-warming sweaters? Check and check.
Beginning Nov. 10, the famed Animals in Pools (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), Allow Me (a.k.a. “Umbrella Man”) and Kvinneakt statues will be dressed up in festive ugly sweaters crafted by a team of local fiber artists. Through Dec. 25, Portlanders will descend in their best — and ugliest — holiday garb to take selfies with these yarn-bombed statues, tagging the pictures with #uglysweaterpdx.
With your help, it won’t just be the statues staying warm this holiday season. The Transition Projects warm clothing drive welcomes donations of new or gently used warm winter clothing. You can drop off donations at the following locations from Nov.10–Dec. 24:
- Boys Fort – 902 S.W. Morrison St.
- Nordstrom – 701 S.W. Broadway St.
- Pioneer Place – customer service kiosk on lower level near the Gap
- PDX Pop-Up Shops – 438 N.W. Broadway and 341 N.W. Fifth Ave.
- Travel Portland Visitor Information Center – Pioneer Courthouse Square