Best Places to See Christmas Lights

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The author of "Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon", Adam Sawyer talked with Tra'Renee about the best places to see Christmas Lights.

Peacock Lane

  • December 15th -31st, 6pm - 11pm. Pedestrian only December 15th, 16th, and 17th.
  • Since 1929 - Each house in this quaint southeast neighborhood has been decorating for Christmas for decades. Mostly Tudors, the houses are adorned with not only beautiful sparkling lights, but also nativity scenes, rotating Christmas trees and stunningly life-like replicas of Santa and Frosty.

PIR (Winter Wonderland)

  • Largest light show in the Northwest. Now through December 26th. Sun - Thur, 5:30 - 9:30 pm. Fri - Sat, 5 - 11pm. Check website for “Special Nights”
  • Recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest as the “Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi”, the 25th annual Safeway Winter Wonderland powered by Advantis Credit Union, will grab your attention with glimmers and glows around every corner.
  • Since 1993, a journey through Winter Wonderland has become a Holiday tradition for many families, friends, and social organizations to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season.
  • Spectators can enjoy the most spectacular drive-through light show in the region, viewing over 250 colorful light set pieces and many fully animated scenes from the comfort of their own vehicle. Over two million visitors have taken the Winter Wonderland journey since its origin. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Sunshine Division.
  • Car – Online tickets $2 off
  • Car – (November 24 – December 14, 2017) $20
  • Car – (December 15 – December 26, 2017) – $22
  • Limo/Passenger Van (8+ people)/RV/Motorhome – $25
  • Mini-Bus (16-25 people) – $30
  • Bus (26-45 people) – $50

The Grotto (Festival of Lights)

  • Now thru December 30, nightly 5 – 9:30 p.m. (Festival grounds close at 10 p.m.)
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • Presenting the sights, sounds and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. The festival features nearly 160 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest.
  • Five indoor concerts are scheduled each evening in The Grotto’s 600-seat chapel, known for its cathedral quality acoustics. Continuous family entertainment in The Grotto’s plaza area includes outdoor caroling, puppet shows and a live petting zoo.
  • Holiday foods and beverages are also available, as is seasonal shopping in The Grotto Gift Shop.
  • You may also purchase Festival tickets at The Grotto Gift Shop during their regular hours.
  • Please note during the Festival of Lights, The Grotto Upper Level Gardens and grounds close at 3 p.m. (You may purchase admission to the Upper Level Gardens until 2 p.m.)
  • General: $11.00
  • Senior(65+)/Military: $10.00
  • Children (3-12): $6.00
  • Children (2 & under): Free

Zoo Lights

  • It wouldn't be the holidays in Portland without a visit to the Oregon Zoo's annual winter festival, ZooLights. As you walk around the zoo, you'll see a dazzling display of more than million and half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light. In addition to visiting elephants, penguins and other animals, you can ride the popular lighted train and enjoy dinner from a variety of food carts. Little ones may want to ride the carousel, and Santa will be available for photos each night.
  • ZooLights runs from November 24, 2017 to January 7, 2018. ZooLights is closed November 29 (for BrewLights) December 24-25 and January 1-4. Ticket prices vary from free - $14.95. Ride MAX, get $5 off ZooLights admission on weekends! Check website for details.
  • The zoo opens each day at 9:30 a.m., and ZooLights tickets are valid after 4 p.m. ZooLights hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., 8 p.m. on Value Nights. Grounds remain open for one hour after gates close.

Maddax Woods

  • Join the Friends of Maddax Woods at the 14th Annual Lighting of Maddax Woods.
  • Lights will be on November 18 - December 31 4-9 pm .
  • 5785 River St.
  • Enjoy a magical walk down a lighted , accessible path through the Woods and to the viewing platform on the Willamette River.
  • - Search for creatures of the Woods
  • - View new Maddax's Boat History
  • - See Dorothy Maddax's Garden
  • For Questions contact Sally McLarty at 503-722-2137 or

Bonus: Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park

  • 31st annual Holiday Lights at Shore Acres – A community tradition with at least 325,000 lights (almost all L.E.D.)
  • 89039 CAPE ARAGO HWY, COOS BAY, OR 97420
  • Thanksgiving thru New Year’s Eve – 4:00 – 9:30 PM every night (including Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Walk-thru Display – All abilities accessible. Open Garden House with hot cider, punch, coffee and cookies!
  • A community event sponsored by Friends of Shore Acres, Inc. in partnership with Shore Acres State Park, Coos Bay, Oregon.
  • The brightest and most beautiful place on the West Coast shines as brightly as ever this season.Plenty of Parking; Parking fee: $5 per vehicle or current OPRD Annual Parking Pass or Coastal Passport or current OPRD Campground Receipt or current Special Access Pass. No additional charge for lights viewing