6 Community Tree Lightings to Electrify the Season

Join these community celebrations as they flip the switch to light up their holiday trees. All of them offer festive extras, like parades, singalongs, live music and crafts beforehand. Pioneer Square Tree Lighting 2014

 photo: Pioneer Courthouse Square

Downtown

Pioneer Courthouse Square
The day after Thanksgiving, thousands of Portlanders will gather at the Square to celebrate the 30th year of lighting the spectacular 75-foot tree, provided by Stimson Lumber Company. This year’s musical highlights include holiday sing-a-longs with Thomas Lauderdale and members of Pink Martini, Oregon’s Own 234th Army Band and the Pacific Youth Choir. Rumors are the square is packed by as early as 4 p.m. the day of the lighting, so get there as early as you can.

Nov. 28
5-6:30 p.m.
701 SW 6th Ave.
Online: thesquarepdx.org

North

Mississippi Avenue Tree Lighting
Mississippi Avenue is lighting up the neighborhood with their annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring music performances from the illustrious Mr. Ben and the Portland Youth Ukelele Orchestra. Participants will be treated to free songbooks, tea and cookies. RSVP via Facebook.

Nov. 29
5-6 p.m.
N. Mississippi Ave. between N. Failing and N. Beech
Online: mississippiave.com

Northwest

The Pearl District Tree Lighting
Instead of wading in the water at Jamison Square, kick off the season with a tree lighting, caroling and cool, digital projections of falling snowflakes surrounding the neighborhood’s new 30-foot tall synthetic Oregon Cascade Fir. The first 50 guests will receive a free Pearl District Business Association umbrella.

Nov. 29
4-6 p.m.
Jamison Square
810 NW 11th Ave.
Online: explorethepearl.com

Southwest
West Linn Community Tree Lighting

The Community Tree Lighting and celebration returns to City Hall this year with a kids’ bounce house, Starbucks’ 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.

Nov. 21
6 p.m.
West Linn City Hall
22500 Salamo Rd.
Online: westlinnoregon.gov

Lake Oswego Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Join the City of Lake Oswego and the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce for a celebration of the Annual Tree Lighting ceremony.  Start at the giant sequoia tree at 5th and A Avenue where you will enjoy free cookies, treats and music performed by local high schools.  After the switch is flipped and the tree lit, parade down A Avenue 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.  Warm your hands by the fire at the pergola, and enjoy the evening with friends and family.

Nov. 28
5:30-9 p.m.
Bigelow Plaza
Corner of 5th St. and A Ave.
Online: lake-oswego.com

Beaverton Tree Lighting and Holiday Open House
Join the Beaverton City Library for an open house, then head across the street to the Beaverton City Park for the tree lighting ceremony. This ceremony has been part of the community for 11 years and includes two hours of activities, including a children’s holiday workshop, carolers and visits with Mr. and Mrs. Saint Nick.

Dec. 5
5-7 p.m.
Beaverton City Library
12375 SW 5th Ave.
Online: beavertonoregon.gov

Which is your fave? Feel free to share it with us in the Comments below. 

– Suzie Ridgway