Oregon November 26, 2016
The Christmas Lights Road Trip Through Oregon That’s Nothing Short Of Magical
Oregon is positively enchanting during the holidays. One fantastic way to experience the beauty and cheer of the season is by strolling through the many gorgeous light displays throughout the state. This Christmas Lights road trip will take you on an unforgettable journey to 8 of Oregon’s most enchanting light displays.
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here. The drive is just over 9 hours in total, and you can spread it out over as many days as you’d like. The map is customizable; where ever you’d like to hop onto the route is up to you! Here’s a step-by-step run through of the trip, starting in Roseburg:
First stop: The Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights.
Every year, the town of Roseburg hosts the wonderful Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights. This drive-through light display in Riverforks Park is simply spectacular. You can visit on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays between November 22- January 1 from 5:30pm on. Address: 380 River Forks Park Rd, Roseburg, Oregon.
Your next destination will be the amazing Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park.
Drive west to the coast and soon you'll reach the lovely Shore Acres State Park, located near Coos Bay. Every winter, the beautiful garden is transformed by thousands of lights forming incredible sculptures. Visit between 4:00-9:30pm, November 24 - December 31. Located at: 89039 Cape Arago Hwy, Coos Bay, Oregon.
Next up: The Sea of Lights at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
Follow HWY 101 North until you reach the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, which hosts one of the most unique Christmas light displays in the state. The Sea of Lights takes place every friday and saturday evening of December. The aquarium is filled with thousands of twinkling lights and even a scuba diving Santa. Plus, visitors are encouraged to bring canned food as part of a holiday food drive. The festivities take place at 2820 SE Ferry Slip Road, Newport, Oregon.
The next stop on the itinerary is the Pastega Christmas Light Display in Corvallis.
This magical holiday tradition takes place at the Benton County Fair Grounds from November 27 to December 25 at 5-10PM. Address: 110 SW 53rd St. Corvallis, Oregon.
Don't forget the stunning Christmas In The Garden In Silverton.
Leaving Corvallis, head over to Interstate 5 and drive north to Silverton, home of the Oregon Garden. Every winter, the incredible garden is decorated with countless glittering lights. The festivities will take place between November 25th and January 1st. Address: 879 W. Main St. Silverton, Oregon.
While you're there, you may also want to stop in at the Oregon Garden's seasonal ice rink for some frosty fun on the ice!
Last but not least, there are a few spectacular stops to be made in Portland. The first of those is the beautiful Grotto.
Tucked away in NE Portland, The Grotto is a gorgeous Catholic sanctuary that hosts an awe-inspiring festival of lights each winter, which takes place from 5-9pm November 25 to December 30. Address: 8501 NE Skidmore St, Portland, Oregon.
One classic Christmas tradition in Portland is taking a walk (or drive) down Peacock Lane.
Peacock Lane consists of a row of houses which are lit up extravagantly with Christmas lights every year. Visitors from all over town come to enjoy the festive views. Because of traffic, walking rather than driving is encouraged. Peacock Lane is located in SE Portland between Stark and Belmont St, just east of SE 39th.
The very last stop on the itinerary is the amazing ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo.
Located in SW Portland, the Oregon Zoo puts on an amazing holiday light display. You can visit any time between November 25 to January 1, 5-9pm. Located at 4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, Oregon.
Come prepared with cash, as many of these displays have an entrance fee.
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