It’s a tradition that's been happening for many years; the downtown Bend Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. It officially kicks off the Christmas season. The ceremony will be at Newport and Wall Street beginning at 6:00 p.m. with carolers, and other entertainment, and of course, Santa will be there to throw the switch to light the tree. He’ll then be at the plaza near Franklin and Wall, next to Starbucks to hear Christmas wishes. Wall Street from Newport Avenue to Oregon Avenue and Newport Avenue from NW 3rd Street to Wall Street will be closed from about 5:45-7:15 p.m. because of the event. Officials advise you get there early for parking.