Portland began its holiday trimming Wednesday, Nov. 10, when a 75-foot tree went up at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
The full and towering Douglas fir paraded into downtown on a truck from Stimson Lumber Company, which donates a tree each year to be used for the city’s tree lighting. With the help of a crane, it stood up straight and landed in a large hole for a base beneath the square’s bricks.
When the time comes for the official tree lighting at 5 p.m. Nov. 25, the tree will be decorated with about 14,000 multicolored lights, and the holiday season will be in full swing. Until then, you can still catch the unadorned tree in Pioneer Courthouse Square for a little bit of the forest right in downtown.