Winter Lights

Boothby Square
Boothby Square

A spectacular downtown tradition

Our downtown is lit up with brilliant colors all winter long, thanks to a partnership between Portland Downtown and visionary artist Pandora LaCasse.

Congress Street, Commercial Street and three iconic downtown parks ­— Longfellow Square, Tommy’s Park and Boothby Square — are illuminated by a kaleidoscope of fantastical colors & shapes each year, bringing radiance, warmth and magic to cold winter nights. These dazzling displays wow residents and visitors alike and have become a true signature of Downtown Portland during the holiday season.

The lights are illuminated on the evening of Portland Downtown’s Tree Lighting celebration in November — and they keep the city merry, bright and beautiful through March.

Fun Facts

  • The earliest installation was in 1998 in Tommy’s Park.
  • In 2015, 40 additional forms were added along Congress Street from City Hall to Longfellow Square.
  • 24 light forms are wrapped with 200 sets of lights to create the sculptural display in Boothby Square.