Portland November 15, 2016
10 Christmas Light Displays In And Near Portland That Are Pure Magic
The Christmas season is upon us and there is no greater way to get into the spirit than to visit one of these amazing holiday light displays. With many starting just the day after Thanksgiving, its time to fish out your warm jacket and gloves to bundle up and hit the streets for an after-dark tour of these brightly lit spots around town.
1. Christmas Festival of Lights at the Grotto
Billed as the largest Christmas choral festival in the world, the Grotto comes alive with lights at Christmas. The show opens the Friday after Thanksgiving and continues until December 30th. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 3 through 12, and free for kids under 2. The Grotto is located at 8840 NE Skidmore.
2. Zoo Lights at Oregon Zoo
The Oregon Zoo's holiday spectacular of lights is a great place to get in the holiday spirit, and catch a glimpse of a couple sleeping animals while you are at it. Zoo Lights runs from the Friday after Thanksgiving until January 1st. Prices vary, with value nights during the week. The Oregon Zoo is located at 4001 SW Canyon Road.
3. Aspen Meadows Celebration of Lights
Just 30 miles south of Portland, this 20-year-old festival in Colton is a holiday tradition. A miniature train village and interactive children's area add to the fun. Visit the free festival from December 12th through 27th. Aspen Meadows is located at 24323 S Upper Highland Road in Colton.
4. Christmas in the Garden
In Silverton, the Oregon Garden goes all out with lights and fun. Ice skating is included in the admission price. Christmas in the Garden takes place November 25 through January 1. The Oregon Garden is located at 879 W Main Street in Silverton. Tickets are $6, with kids 4 and under free.
5. Christmas Ships Parade
Dating back to 1954, the Christmas Ships Parade features Christmas-decorated ships cruising on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. The event takes place at different locations on the rivers from December 4 through 20th and is free.
6. Maddax Woods
This 7-acre park in West Linn is transformed into a light super show come Christmas time. The free event takes place from November 14 through December 31st. Maddax Woods is located at 5785 River Street in West Linn.
7. Miracle of a Million Lights
The historic home named Victoria Belle is a great place to celebrate the Christmas spirit. 6 miles north of downtown, this 2.5-acre estate is decorated spectacularly and is open from December 12th through 23rd. Victorian Belle is located at 1441 N McClellan Street in Portland. Admission in $6 for adults, $3 for children and free for kids under 3.
8. Peacock Lane - Portland's Christmas Street
One of the busiest streets in the city come holiday season, Peacock Lane is a great display of lights and community. The free event is open from December 15 to 31st, with the 18th through 20th being for pedestrians only. The light show is located on SE Peacock Lane between SE Stark and Belmont Streets.
9. Sunshine Division Winter Wonderland at Portland International Raceway
Considered the largest light show west of the Mississippi, the annual event is in its 23rd year. The drive-through event takes places from November 26th through December 27th and costs $20 per car. The Portland International Raceway is located at 1940 N Victory Boulevard in Portland.
10. Christmas Fantasy Trail at Wenzel Farm
This Oregon City landmark is a magnificently decorated trail through the woods. Featuring an enchanted castle for children and bonfires nightly, this is a great family spot. The trail is open December 2 through 30 and is $6 for adults and $5 for children under 12. The Wenzel Farm is located at 19754 S Ridge Road in Oregon City.
Which is your favorite place to see lights in the city? Let us know in the comments below.