PORTLAND -- Downtown Portland is about to get a lot more festive for the holidays. This year's Christmas tree is scheduled to arrive at Portland's Pioneer Square Friday.
A 75-foot Douglas Fir was donated by Stimson Lumber Company and grown on sustainable forest lands near Gaston, Oregon. It will be paraded to the Square along the transit mall on SW Sixth Avenue, escorted by Santa and the Beat Goes on Marching Band.
In the two weeks following its arrival, crews will re-attach branches to the tree and hang more than 14,000 multi-colored LED lights. The lights will utilize 91% less energy and last 50% longer than standard holiday tree lights.
The annual tree lighting ceremony always takes place the day after Thanksgiving and usually attracts about 15,000 people to the square.
KGW's Russ Lewis and Brenda Braxton will host the holiday event, starting at 6 p.m., and it will also be streamed live on kgw.com, on the KGW News App and on KGW-TV.
This year's event will include a holiday sing-a-long featuring Thomas Lauderdale and members of Pink Martini, Oregon's Own 234th Army Band, the Pacific Youth Choir and many more.