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Tree lighting set for Friday

Event includes community sing-a-long with Pink Martini

The annual holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony is once again set for the day after Thanksgiving at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

The 75-foot tree provided by the Stimson Lumber Company is set to be lit at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.

This year's event will feature a holiday sing-a-long featuring Pink Martini, members of the Oregon Symphony, and the Pacific Youth Choir.

Event sponsors include SmartPark, the Portland Tribune, Muve Music, Sunbelt Rentals, Stimson Lumber, KGW-TV and KINK radio.

Portlanders were shocked last year when the FBI announced it had foiled a terrorist plot to set off a bomb at the ceremony last year. Mohamed Osman Mohamud is currently facing a variety of federal charges stemming from the alleged plot. The FBI says no one was actually in any danger at last year's ceremony because the bomb was a dud prepared by undercover FBI operatives.

The incident helped convince the City Council to rejoin the Portland FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force earlier this year.