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Light Up St. Johns bring holiday cheer to North Portland

Window decorations, photo contests, and other family fun will illuminate the neighborhood.

Two people pose in front of a storefront with an ugly sweater cut out for the Light Up St. Johns campaign.

Take a photo at each of the 15 businesses (like Tré Bone) for 15 contest entries.

Frost has yet to get a grip on the windows around Portland, but there are other signs of the upcoming winter holidays adorning the glass storefronts in St. Johns.

Ugly sweater-inspired scenes have been painted along the neighborhood’s main drag as part of the Light Up St. Johns campaign, adding a bit of festive flair to participating businesses.

Starting Friday, Nov. 17, visitors will be able to take photos with ugly sweater cutouts and post them on Instagram with #uglysweaterstjohns to enter into a drawing for weekly gift cards for local restaurants and breweries. There will also be a scavenger hunt for mini ugly sweaters; find 10 hidden designs for a chance at raffle prizes.

Additional events on the calendar include a community tree lighting (Friday, Nov. 17), a celebration and shopping event (Saturday, Nov. 25), and an ugly sweater bar crawl (Saturday, Dec. 9).