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LIVE EVENT CANCELED. THE 2020 EVENT WILL BE VIRTUAL. See event website for current information.
Every year, thousands of Portlanders gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square to celebrate the lighting of the spectacular 75′ Douglas-fir tree provided by Stimson Lumber Company.
The 2020 event will look a little different and will take place in a special televised broadcast on KGW 8. In compliance with the Governor’s COVID measures there will be no large public event for this year’s lighting.
This hour-long special program hosted by KGW’s Nina Mehlhaf and Portland’s own Thomas Lauderdale, will feature Pink Martini, leading Portlanders in a joyful caroling sing-along. The celebration, which will replace the traditional in-person event held in Portland’s Living Room, will include onscreen lyrics and downloadable songbooks for families to celebrate the kick-off of the holiday season in their own Living Rooms. City officials and Santa will help countdown to the moment when more than 20,000 multi-colored LED lights will be turned on in the heart of Portland.