Thursday, November 18 at approximately10 AM, the tree that signals the holiday season in Portland arrives in Monument Square. The beautiful 50 foot Colorado Blue Spruce was donated anonymously by a family on 111 Brentwood Street, Portland and the owners look forward to seeing it lit in Monument Square.
“It is the most magnificent tree we have ever had in Monument Square, it is really a beautiful tree” says Jeff Tarling, City Arborist.
The tree will be lit with over 1,500 LED lights, donated by Efficiency Maine during the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday November 26th at 5:30pm. Produced by Portland’s Downtown District (PDD), the festive night includes entertainment by Rick Charette and the Bubblegum Band and the Maine State Ballet. A Make-A-Wish child will light the tree this year with help from a very special guest! The tree will be surrounded by a white picket fence making it the perfect place for downtown holiday photographs.
Crews from the Forestry Section of Portland Department of Public Services will prepare the tree for transportation to Monument Square at 8:30 AM, 111 Brentwood Street. Keely Crane Services and Shaw Brothers Construction have donated staff, crane and transportation services to make this project possible. At 9AM, the tree will begin its hour-long trip down Stevens Avenue, Brighton Avenue and through the downtown via Congress Street arriving at its new home in Monument Square around 10 AM.