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KGW hosts Portland's virtual tree lighting ceremony

KGW's Nina Mehlhaf hosted the ceremony on Nov. 26. Watch the broadcast on KGW's website, YouTube channel or Facebook page.

PORTLAND, Oregon — The 37th annual tree lighting ceremony at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland was held virtually on Friday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. The in-person event was canceled for the second year in a row due to the pandemic.

KGW's Nina Mehlhalf hosted the event. The half-hour special showcased regional high school bands and choruses.

The Stimson Lumber Company donated the 75-foot Douglas fir tree, which was delivered to the Square on Nov. 5. This is the 20th year that the company has harvested, delivered and set up the tree.

Missed it? You can watch the full special here

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Other holiday events at Pioneer Courthouse Square


Chanukah Menorah Lighting: Nov. 28 – Dec. 5

Chabad of Oregon will light Portland's public menorah at Pioneer Courthouse Square at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28. If you can't make it the first night, don't worry. The menorah will be lit each night at 5:30 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 5.

The Fireside Carolers performance: Nov. 27, 11 a.m. –  12 p.m.

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by listening to festive music while shopping for gifts? The Fireside Carolers are scheduled to perform on Nov. 27 between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the Portland Bazaar, which is holding a pop-up event at the Square. The bazaar will feature over 30 artists and small businesses from the local area.

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition: Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

KGW's Drew Carney will host the Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition on Dec. 4. The top three caroling groups will hold a 'carol-off'. The grand prize winner will be selected by crowd applause and awarded $1,000.

Annual Tuba Christmas Concert: Dec. 11, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

A holiday tradition, the 30th Annual Tuba Christmas Concert, will be held on Dec. 11. A brass band of 150 tuba players will fill the Square with holiday music.

Click here for a full calendar of events at Pioneer Courthouse Square

Watch last year's tree lighting and sing-along