Wintertime means something different to everyone. It may call to mind the taste of eggnog, snowflakes melting on your tongue, families gathered for the holidays, and so many other treasured memories. In Oregon, one thing winter brings along with it each year is the incredible holiday light displays that are oh-so-magical. Here are 11 wonderful light displays that will fill you with joy:
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11. Christmas In The Garden at the Oregon Garden
Every year, the incredible Oregon Garden in Silverton hosts an amazing winter event including ice skating, a German christmas market, fire pits, and of course, a beautiful and festive light display. Events are scheduled between November 25th and January 1st at 879 W. Main St.
10. Christmas Festival of Lights in The Grotto
Located in Portland, The Grotto is beautiful any time of year, but a truly magical transformation takes place in the winter when the
the festival of lights comes around. The festivities take place every night from November 25 to December 30 (except Christmas day) from 5-9PM. Address: 8501 NE Skidmore St, Portland, Oregon.
9. Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park
This winter, be sure to check out the magnificent display of Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park, located near Coos Bay. The festivities will be from 4:00-9:30 PM, November 24 to December 31. Address: 89039 Cape Arago Hwy, Coos Bay, Oregon.
8. Zoolights at the Oregon Zoo
Every year, the Oregon Zoo in Portland puts on an incredible, immersive light display for the holidays. Get yourself a ticket and see it for yourself from 5-9PM from November 25 to January 1 at the Oregon Zoo: 4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, Oregon.
7. Nature's Coastal Holiday Brookings Oregon
Celebrate the winter holidays at Nature's Coastal Holiday at Azalea Park in Brookings, complete with light sculptures, hot chocolate, and Santa himself (Dec. 16, 17, and 24 only). You can visit the light display from 5-9PM from November 25 to December 26 at 412 Azalea Park Rd, Brookings, Oregon.
6. The Christmas Ship Parade in Portland
The Christmas Ship Parade is a Portland tradition that's been around since 1954. From December 2-18, festively decorated, LED-lit ships will float down the Columbia and Willamette Rivers every night (except for two - check the schedule). Since it's a moving light display, there are many different riverside places where you can get a good view. Learn more on their website: www.christmasships.org.
5. Winter Wonderland at Portland International Raceway
Every year, the Portland International Raceway is transformed into "The largest light show in the Northwest". Buy your ticket and check it out between November 25 - December 25 at 5:30-9:30PM from sundays to thursdays or fridays and saturdays from 5-11PM. Located at 1940 N Victory Blvd, Portland, Oregon.
4. Starfest at Eagle Crest Resort
This holiday light exhibit takes place each year at the Eagle Crest Resort, located near Redmond. Take a self guided tour of the of the mile-long display from twilight until 10PM every night from November 23rd to January 1. You can also book a ride on a horse-drawn carriage for a truly magical experience. Address: 1522 SW Cline Falls Rd, Redmond, OR
3. Aspen Meadow Celebration of Lights
From December 12 to December 27, the Aspen Meadow light display takes place in Colton each evening. Located at 24232 S Upper Highland Rd, Colton, Oregon.
2. Pastega Christmas Light Display
This wonderful holiday light display in Corvallis is an incredible local tradition. Originally located in the Pepsi bottling plant, the festival now takes place on the Benton County Fair Grounds, filled with amazing light sculptures. Experience the wonder from November 27 to December 25 from 5-10PM. Address: 110 SW 53rd St. Corvallis, Oregon
1. Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights
Located in lovely Roseburg, this unique festival of lights is Drive Thru-style. Buckle up and cruise through Riverforks Park past amazing light sculptures and so much more. The festival runs November 22 to January 1, Thursdays through Sundays starting at 5:30PM. It costs $10 per car, and is located at 380 River Forks Park Rd, Roseburg, Oregon.