It’s that time of year, short days, long nights, cold east winds and Christmas and Holiday Lights. Portland has some of the best festive lights in the country. This blog will give some insight to some of the stellar Christmas and Holiday Light events and attractions that are a must see. So grab your favorite holiday sweater and cup and fill yourself with Holiday Cheer and Spirit and check out these fun sights.
Peacock Lane, established in 1929 is Portland’s oldest Christmas and Holiday light attraction and display. Located in south east Portland just between Belmont Street and Stark Street and just east of Cesaer Chavez Street (formerly SE 39th Ave). This street is lined with mostly Tudor style homes and all of the houses are decked out with lights, nativity scenes, rotating Christmas Trees and so much more. It’s truly a spectacle that has to be scene in person. Opening night is December 15th and is open through December 31st from 6pm to 11pm. The street will be closed to all vehicles and only open to pedestrian traffic on December 15th, 16th and 17th. Portland City Police may close the street on other nights and plan ahead for traffic and parking.
Winter Wonderland Portland is located at Portland International Raceway (PIR) and is open from November 23rd through December 26th. Please note that they do not allow vehicles with studded tires (no chains either). They host annual “special nights” as well such as “Bike Night,” “Lights and Leashes Night,” and “Misfit Night.” They are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Check their website here for additional information and ticketing. This is a paid for entry attraction.
The Grotto’s Festival of Christmas Lights is located in NE Portland at The Grotto of Portland and opens the days after Thanksgiving every year and is open through December 30th nightly from 5pm to 9:30pm. This is a ticketed event and tickets can be purchased at the gate and at the Grotto Gift Shop. This attraction features amazing light displays and a real live choir. The choir schedule can be found here.
The Oregon Zoo Lights is located inside the Oregon Zoo and is open from November 21st through January 5th. They are closed on November 30th, December 24th and 25th. This is a ticketed attraction and advance tickets can be purchased here.
There are several other attractions and sights to see in Portland for Christmas and Holiday Lights. Whether you prefer to drive through certain neighborhoods like Laurelhurst, Alameda or Maywood Park, or snuggling up in some blankets and watching the Christmas Ships float on by. There are many options and attractions to see in Portland for the Holidays. One of the most obvious and most favored sights to see is the Portland Stag Sign lit up like Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer.