We don’t mean to brag, but when people think of lush, big evergreen trees, well, Oregon’s pretty hard to beat. From gazing upon a grandiose 75-ft. fir to a night filled with German folk dancing, the following celebrations center on some seriously glittering greenery and are sure to invoke that warm and fuzzy holiday feeling. Read on to discover our favorite tree lighting ceremonies around town.

pioneer-square-christmas-treephoto: Glenn Williams via flickr


Pioneer Courthouse Square
Join the downtown shopping crowd at the Square to pay witness to the lighting of the magnificent, 75-foot tree, provided by Stimson Lumber Company. The square is packed as early as 4 p.m. the day of the lighting, so get there as early as you can.

Date: Nov. 27
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: 701 SW 6th Ave.
Online: thesquarepdx.org CRDT-kidsholiday-3, outdoor, christmas

photo: U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud via flickr


West Linn Community Tree Lighting
The Community Tree Lighting and celebration returns for its 14th year with treats, carolers, a holiday movie and the arrival of Santa in an antique fire engine with the crew from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. Little ones can warm up inside City Hall with cookie decorating, face painting and photos with Santa. Donations of non-perishable food and new unwrapped toys will be accepted on behalf of the West Linn Food Pantry to benefit local families. The biggest need is for infant and teen gifts.

Date: Nov. 20
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: West Linn City Hall and Cascade Summit Town Square
22500 Salamo Rd.
Online: westlinnoregon.gov

Lake Oswego Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Start at the giant sequoia tree at 5th and A Avenue and munch free treats while you listen to music performed by local high schools for this 51st annual community event.  After the tree is lit, parade down to Millennium Plaza Park with the Lake Oswego Fire Department leading the way. Last, but not least, enjoy a visit from a very special guest flown in all the way from the North Pole.

Date: Nov. 27
Time: 5:30-9 p.m.
Where: Bigelow Plaza
Corner of 5th St. and A Ave.
Online: lake-oswego.com

Beaverton Tree Lighting and Holiday Open House
Check out Beaverton City Library’s open house with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as princesses, Elsa, Anna, Rapunzel and Snow White. Two hours of activities include a German Holiday Market, choirs, community bands, folk dancing and crafts for kids. Then, stroll across the street to the Beaverton City Park for the official tree lighting ceremony, a tradition that’s been part of the community for a dozen years.

Date: Dec. 4
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Beaverton City Library
12375 SW 5th Ave.
Online: beavertonoregon.gov

kidslights-cc-heartlover1717 via flickrphoto: heartlover1717 via flickr


Mississippi Avenue Tree Lighting
Mississippi Avenue is lighting up the neighborhood with their annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Mr. Ben and the Portland Youth Ukelele Orchestra will wow the crowd with their uke prowess while participants get treated to free songbooks, tea and cookies.

Date: Nov. 28
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Where: N. Mississippi Ave. between N. Failing and N. Beech
Online: mississippiave.com


The Pearl District Tree Lighting
Sing in the season in the Pearl with caroling around the neighborhood’s 30-foot tall synthetic Oregon Cascade Fir. Enter to win a Pearl-centric holiday prize package with a selfie of your family at the event, tagged with #PearlPortland.

Date: Nov. 28
Time: 4:30-6 p.m.
Where: Jamison Square
810 NW 11th Ave.
Online: explorethepearl.com

Which community is yours? Feel free to share it with us in the comments below. 

—Suzie Ridgway