Tree lighting officially rings in holiday season

The tree lighting starts at 5:30 p.m. on November 25

The 2016 Pioneer Courthouse Christmas Tree. (KOIN)
The 2016 Pioneer Courthouse Christmas Tree. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Thanksgiving is over and Black Friday shoppers are ready to drop, so that means the holiday season is officially here.

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On November 25, the Pioneer Courthouse Square tree will be lit for the season.

Police say there is no reason to believe there will be any problems, including big protests.

As a precaution, there will be security for the tree lighting and street parking is closed for the surrounding blocks. There are also barriers to control the crowd and a “robust” security presence for the ceremony.

“We have officers that will be out and about lots of places and if something were to happen, whether it be a disruptive event at the mall or tree lighting up to and including a major incident that we have people ready to respond,” Sgt. Pete Simpson said.

Police also warn those coming for the ceremony not to drive. Take public transportation or if you do drive, don’t leave valuables in your car.

The 75-foot Douglas Fir was donated by Stimson Lumber Company for the 15th time.

The tree arrived in Portland on November 10 and since then, workers have been reattaching limbs and branches and stringing up about 14,000 multi-colored lights.

The tree lighting ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m.