PORTLAND -- The holiday tree arrived at Pioneer Square just after noon Thursday.
Santa Claus and the local "Get a Life Marching Band" escorted the huge tree to Portland's living room.
The Douglas Fir is 75 feet tall and was donated by Stimson Lumber Company. It came from their sustainable forestland near Gaston, Oregon.
Sally Gregory brought her children down to see the tree but she said they were more excited about the big crane.
"We came last year and watched them try to get it into the hole. I think we were here for the entire part. They're fascinated with big equipment," she said.
The annual tree lighting usually attracts about 15,000 people to the square on the day after Thanksgiving.
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, smart phones with the KGW News App and shown on KGW-TV.