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

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.

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.orgFacebook: Downtown PortlandTwitter: InDowntownPDX; and Instagram: DowntownPDX. Join the conversation using hashtags #uglysweaterpdx and #pdxpopupshops