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Tree lighting ceremony Sunday, November 26, 2006

Thousands of people filled Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland on Nov. 24 for the lighting of the Stimson Lumber Tree. Stimson Lumber has committed to providing the City of Portland with a tree for the next four years.

For the past week (see previous postings no. 1 and no. 2), workers have been busy erecting a 75-foot Douglas Fir in "Portland's living room," Pioneer Courthouse Square. On Friday night, it was time to light it up.

The program for the tree lighting ceremony included a speech by Mayor Tom Potter, a Christmas singalong with a local area band, a musical appearance by Ed Robertson and Tyler Stewart of the Barenaked Ladies and, of course, Santa Claus.

Now that we're past Thanksgiving, the Christmas season is in full swing. Nov. 24 also included the Macy's Santa Claus Parade in downtown Portland.