TriMet helps roll in the holiday spirit


Thanksgiving service schedules; Taking TriMet to holiday festivities

Thanksgiving service

On Thanksgiving, buses and MAX trains will run on Sunday schedules. WES Commuter Rail will not be running. TriMet customer service offices will be closed.

Holiday festivities – Friday, Nov. 23

Get in the holiday spirit and leave the driving to TriMet on Friday, Nov. 23rd. The Macy’s Holiday Parade takes to the streets of northwest and downtown Portland in the morning and the holiday tree lights up at Pioneer Courthouse Square that night. Avoid the hassle of parking by hopping on the MAX or a bus to get to the festivities. All MAX lines run through downtown as well as more than 15 bus lines.

Macy’s Holiday Parade

Arrive early for the parade to get a spot along the route (details here). During the parade, which steps off at 9 a.m. and goes through about 10 a.m., seven bus lines will be detoured. Expect minor delays to trains and some other buses as they hold from time to time to allow the parade to pass.

Portland Tree Lighting Ceremony

Portland’s holiday tree will be lit up during a ceremony that begins at 5:30 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Due to the large crowd expected at the square, the following MAX platforms will be closed from 4 p.m. until about 7 p.m., or when the crowds disperse:

  • Pioneer Square North MAX Station
  • Pioneer Square South MAX Station
  • Pioneer Courthouse/SW 6th Ave Station

Riders should deboard a stop before or after to reach the square.

Fares required in downtown Portland

Many people heading to the holiday festivities may be riding the MAX for the first time since the Free Rail Zone in downtown Portland was eliminated. TriMet wants to remind everyone that fares are required throughout the MAX system. Riders can buy a day pass, which is the same price as two 2-hour tickets, and avoid needing to make two purchases.

Day Pass Fares
Adults:                        $5
Youth:                         $3.30
Honored citizens:       $2

TriMet gears up for busy Friday

TriMet will have extra staff on hand in the downtown and Lloyd Center district throughout the day. In addition to the parade and tree lighting, the Portland Winterhawks play at the Memorial Coliseum in the afternoon and the Trail Blazers play at the Rose Garden that evening.

Take TriMet to community tree lighting events

Take TriMet to other tree lighting events outside of downtown Portland.

Friday, Nov. 23

  • Lake Oswego’s Millennium Plaza Park – bus line 35

Saturday, Dec. 1

  • Gresham’s Center for the Arts Plaza – MAX Blue Line, bus line 9
  • Milwaukie City Hall – bus lines 30, 31, 33, 70, 75
  • Oregon City’s Liberty Plaza – bus line 33
  • Hillsboro’s Civic Center Plaza – MAX Blue Line, bus line 57

Friday, Dec. 7

  • Beaverton City Park – bus lines 76, 78

Plan ahead

TriMet’s online trip planner makes it easy to plan a trip, with information on travel and walk times, transfers and cost. Visit, for smartphones.