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Downtown Portland Reigns in the Holiday Season

Ugly sweaters, Pop-Up Shops and free parking are back in celebration of the holidays

Presented by November 6, 2015

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Downtown Portland is dressed up for the holidays —are you? Come do your holiday shopping downtown and enjoy some monumental attire around Pioneer Courthouse Square. Our statue mascots have some festive surprises in store for you.

Beginning Tuesday, November 10, some of downtown’s most iconic sculptures will don their holiday finery for the season. In the Pioneer District on Southwest Yamhill and Morrison streets (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), you’ll see Animals in Pools, Allow Me (aka “Umbrella Man”) and Kvinneakt dressed up in festive ugly sweaters.

A team of local fiber artists will descend upon downtown and make these so-ugly-they’re-cute wardrobe changes on Thursdays through Christmas. You can join in on the fun: Wear your ugly sweaters downtown and take selfies with these yarn-bombed statues. Be sure to tag pictures with #uglysweaterpdx.

Downtown Portland’s retailers have unique offerings this holiday season that you can only find in store! Head downtown for the best holiday gifts for the loved ones on your list, and maybe you’ll find some treats for yourself while you’re at it. Visit longtime favorites Nordstrom, Macy’s, Powell’s Bookstore and Pioneer Place and new businesses including Wildfang offering all things tomboy; Detroit-based Shinola known for American made fine watches, leather goods and bicycles; women’s clothing brand Jarbo presenting sleek and high quality women’s separates; custom charm bracelets at Pandora and doll lover’s favorite American Girl.

Head over to Old Town Chinatown where PDX Pop-Up Shops have popped up again this year, turning Portland’s vacant retail space into temporary stores where local designers and artists can “set up shop” for the holiday season. The program showcases local design talent, encouraging downtown shoppers to seek out unique gift offerings this holiday season. The shops are opening at 438 NW Broadway and 341 NW 5th Avenue starting on Tuesday, November 10. This year’s local talent includes:

Draplin Design Co. will feature the full line of merchandise, including t shirts, hats, stickers and posters featuring graphic designs by Aaron Draplin. The store will also feature the entire Field Notes product line, distinctive memo books made in America. At 438 NW Broadway

Stubborn Stiles will offer resin and metal jewelry, holiday ornaments, concert posters, art prints, books and journals, t-shirts, gift wrap and greeting cards created by the design-build duo of Dan and Melissa Stiles. At 438 NW Broadway

FOLK will showcase thoughtful and sustainable furniture, lighting, and goods created by Richard Koehler that are Made Best To Last. Products will include bottle openers, hand sewn leather wallets, and wood cutting boards; larger items including tables and desk-lamps will be made to order. At 438 NW Broadway

Omiyage celebrates the Japanese tradition of gift-giving. The Omiyage pop-up shop is sponsored by the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center and will feature Asian-inspired gifts and crafts by local artisans. At 341 NW 5th Avenue

PDX Pop-Up Shops are open Tuesday, November 10, through Thursday, December 24. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 am- 7pm, Sunday 12-5 pm, and closed on Monday. Omiyage has special hours: Wednesday through Friday 11 am- 6 pm, Saturday - Sunday 12-5 pm.

On three Sundays in December, parking at SmartPark is the best deal you can find — it’s free! On Dec. 6, 13 and 20, customers who park at a SmartPark garage can visit the customer service kiosk at Pioneer Place (lower level near the Gap) or Boys Fort (902 SW Morrison St.) or PDX Pop Up Shops (438 NW Broadway and 341 NW 5th Avenue) any time between noon and 5 p.m. to show their eligible Smart Park ticket for the day and receive one $5 parking voucher to cover parking for the day.

For more information on downtown events and happenings this season, please visit www.downtownportland.org, Facebook: Downtown Portland, Twitter: InDowntownPDX; and Instagram: DowntownPDX. Join the conversation using hashtags #uglysweaterpdx and #pdxpopupshops