During the holidays, Portland's already stunning surroundings become even more spectacular with the addition of lights. Take in the joy of the season when you tour these holiday light displays around Portland homes for sale.
- Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony - Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Portland, OR 97205
Kick off the holidays with a festive gathering in "Portland's Living Room." Pioneer Courthouse Square is the site of the city's 38th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Thomas Lauderdale, founder of Portland's own Pink Martini, will lead musicians, chorale singers, and audience members in a joyful sing-along. Afterward, Santa Claus himself will flip the "on" switch to turn on more than 14,000 colorful LED lights adorning a 75-foot Douglas fir. The event is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, November 25, and admission is free.
- Peacock Lane - SE Peacock Ln., Portland, OR 97214
An annual event since 1932, Peacock Lane transforms each holiday season thanks to clever light displays put on by local residents. Located in Southeast Portland, Peacock Lane is known for Tudor-style homes and as Portland's Christmas Street. For 2022, lights will be displayed starting December 15 and be available to view until December 31. Explore the neighborhood on foot when you attend one of their car-free nights on December 15, 16, or 17.
- ZooLights - Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, OR 97221
The grounds of the Oregon Zoo become even more impressive when they're bedecked with 1.5 million lights. ZooLights, one of the more popular holiday traditions in PDX, features a walk-through light display of just over one mile. Drive-through viewing is also offered on select evenings. Some of Portland's favorite food trucks will be on hand, while other refreshments available include elephant ears, hot cocoa, and Oregon beer and wine. Leave the kids at home for a date night at BrewLights on November 18 and 19. Activities include beer and cider tastings and dancing to live music. ZooLights runs from November 23 - January 5. Timed-entry tickets must be purchased in advance. Visit the website for hours and prices.
- Winter Wonderland - Portland International Raceway, 1940 N Victory Blvd., Portland, OR 97217
Portland International Raceway is usually a whirlwind of activity, but it takes on a whole different aura when it's transformed into a Winter Wonderland. For the 29th year, the raceway is the home of the "Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi." Circle the track in the comfort of your own car and marvel at the sight of more than 250 light set pieces and animated displays. All proceeds benefit Sunshine Division, an organization that provides food and clothing to Portland families in need. Winter Wonderland takes place from November 25 - December 31. Hours are 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with expanded hours the week of December 16. Visit the website for prices.
- Christmas Ships Parade
In 1954, the Christmas Ships Parade was actually singular, with one lone sailboat from the Portland Yacht Club traveling the rivers. Today, the Columbia and Willamette River fleets average 55 to 60 boats. Thousands of visitors line the shores of the rivers to thrill at the sight of the colorful ships passing by. While many of the participating boats are regulars, new ones join every year, so there's always something different to see. Visit the website for the full schedule on both rivers, which includes meet and greet events on the weekend of December 17.
Portland is a great area to call home in any season, with plenty of local events throughout the year. Looking for a new home that puts you close to all your favorite local venues and events?
Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain to learn more from our brokers and let us help you find a home for the holidays.