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City's Christmas Tree rolls into Pioneer Courthouse Square

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Portland's Christmas Tree, a 75-foot Douglas fir donated by Stimson Lumber Co., took its place in Pioneer Courthouse Square Friday as crews began replacing branches and trimming it for the Nov. 25 lighting ceremony.Portland’s Christmas Tree rolled up to Pioneer Courthouse Square Thursday afternoon, kicking off the downtown holiday season.

The 75-foot Douglas fir donated by Stimson Lumber Co. was transported to the square by RAM Trucking. The tree was harvested from timberland near Gaston in Washington County and made the 40-mile trip to downtown Portland. It was the 15th year that Stimson has donated the square’s Christmas Tree.

Thursday’s arrival included a parade on Southwest Sixth Avenue led by Santa Claus and The Beat Goes on Marching Band and The Dickens Carolers.

The tree will be set in a 6-foot-deep base in the square. It will take nearly 600 hours in two weeks to build and decorate the tree with more than 14,000 multi-colored LED lights — about 2.5 miles of lights wrapped around the tree.

It will be lit during the 32nd annual holiday ceremony, Friday, Nov. 25.