PORTLAND, Oregon - On Friday, November 29, 2019, the 35th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by SmartPark will take place at Pioneer Courthouse Square located at 701 Southwest 6th Avenue. The ceremony is scheduled to take place between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this family-friendly event.
The Portland Police Bureau is working closely with TriMet, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Parks and Recreation, and Pioneer Courthouse Square community partners to plan for and host this event.
The Portland Police Bureau would like to provide some important information and reminders to keep this event safe.
In order to accommodate the crowd size and increase public safety, there will be several streets closed to vehicular traffic in the immediate area surrounding Pioneer Courthouse Square starting at 3 p.m. Please heed these closures and plan an alternative route. Street closures during this event will be between SW Alder St - SW Taylor St and SW 5th Ave - SW Park Ave. The roads will likely re-open after the crowd has dispersed around 8:30 p.m.
We encourage those coming to the event to take public transportation. However, please be aware of the following TriMet closures. The MAX platforms at Pioneer Square North, Pioneer Square South and Pioneer Courthouse/SW 6th Ave stations will be closed from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., but trains will continue to run through the stations. Those heading to the Square should get off the trains at stops before or after Pioneer Courthouse Square. Bus lines running on SW 6th Ave will be detoured during that time. Sign up for alerts at trimet.org/email and check trimet.org/alerts for updates.
This event is in a public space and alcohol is not permitted. We also remind the public not to climb on any structures, as this is unsafe and not allowed.
As with any event involving a crowd, we encourage participants to be aware of their surroundings, avoid bringing large bags, and if there is something suspicious, report the activity to 911. Public safety is all of our responsibility.
At this time there is no specific information or concerns about the threat of violence. However, the Portland Police Bureau will respond as it does with any large-scale event and have a number of officers assigned to the area.