A sign of Christmas: Tree arrives in downtown Portland this week

A sign of Christmas: Tree arrives in downtown Portland this week
A previous tree installation at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Photo courtesy Flickr user jennypdx (Creative Commons).

PORTLAND, Ore. - You know Christmas is getting near when it's time for the tree to arrive at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland.

This year's tree, donated by the Stimson Lumber Company, is scheduled to be delivered this Friday at noon. And there will be a lot of fanfare to go with it.

Santa, the Get a Life Marching Band and Darigold's Farmalicious 1941 tractor will be escorting the tree as it makes its way along Southwest 6th Avenue to its destination.

And there will be free peppermint hot chocolate for those who gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square to watch the tree go up.

Once the tree is set in place, it'll take about a week to re-attach branches and tree limbs. When that is done, more than 14,000 multi-colored LED lights will be strung around the tree.

A tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving (Friday, Nov. 23) at 5:30 p.m. This year's event will feature a holiday sing-a-long.