Every December, a quiet street in southeast Portland transforms its charming homes into a holiday spectacular for all to enjoy. Nothing says it is Christmastime in Portland quite like a trip down this historic lane, one of Portland’s must-see holiday light displays.
Portland’s Peacock Lane has been decking the halls of each house for the holiday season for close to 100 years. The mostly Tudor-style homes are adorned with so much more than sparkling lights. Each home takes on its own personality. Some stick to holiday tradition with nativity scenes and spiritual depictions, while others display incredible replicas of Santa, Frosty and all your favorite holiday characters.
My personal favorites are the Nightmare Before Christmas house and the Star Wars house. Who says the Resistance can’t go on holiday? The creativity and time that goes into making these displays is truly a sight to see.
The best part is this holiday light display is completely free to visit. Hop in the car with some tasty snacks and the holiday tunes cranked, and head to southeast. On almost all nights, you’ll be able to drive through the attraction. Be prepared to wait your turn to enter the street (the snacks will help). There will be people onsite directing traffic.
The best way to visit Peacock Lane is by foot. On every night, you can park your car and stroll the sidewalks. This will let you get up close to all the incredible displays, and really take in the beauty and craftsmanship. You’ll also be able to enjoy the singing groups, musicians and carolers who come to perform on Peacock Lane.
While you’re making the rounds, make sure you swing by the cocoa booth. They serve fee hot cocoa and cider every night at 6 p.m., while supplies last. Donations are accepted, but not required.
Peacock Lane even has designated pedestrian-only nights. On December 15-17, the street will be closed to all vehicles. With no vehicle lights or noise, the street is pretty magical.
The 2019 Peacock Lane schedule is December 15-31 from 6 to 11 p.m. every night. For more information, visit www.peacocklane.org.
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