For the holidays are nigh, and full of lights

A nice way to emerge from the darkness of finals is to brighten your day with holiday lighting. If you’re staying in the Willamette Valley for December grab a friend and check these out!


Winter Wonderland

Since 1993, the lights held at the Portland International Raceway have been an event for the whole family. Known as the “Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi” it is surely not one to miss. Open now through December 27.


Hundreds of thousands of lights and seeing the Portland Zoo at night? No wonder ZooLights is a big attraction, if you’re a fan of animals and lights, this is the place for you. Open now through January 3.

Christmas Festival of Lights

Featuring choirs, food, beverages, and a seasonal gift shop, the Grotto’s festival of lights is known as the biggest holiday choral festival in the world. For a night of music and lights to brighten your holiday cheer make sure to visit the Grotto in Portland. Open now through December 30.

Peacock Lane: Portland’s Christmas Street

Peacock Lane has been a sight to see during the winter season since the 1920s, with the whole street lighting up in holiday spirit and cheer. Starting December 15 and going through the 31, you may have to park a few blocks away and walk, but the sights of the season will make the night well worth it.


Festival of Lights

On December 12 in Keizer will be a parade filled with lights and the spirit of the holiday and community. Full of floats, vendors, and tons of fun what better way to spend a night in December?

Miracle of Christmas Light Display

Much like Peacock Lane for Portland, Gubser neighborhood in Keizer illuminates annually to spread cheer for the season. The event is free to attend, but a donation of non-perishable food is recommended, which will be donated to the Marion Polk Food Share.

Columbia and Willamette River

Christmas Ships

With many stops over 15 nights, there are over 60 ships signed up so far for this event. Starting December 4, up to date locations can be found by searching #ColumbiaFleet or #WillametteFleet on twitter.

Do you have any holiday lighting events that you enjoy attending? Comment below!



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