Holiday Lights

It’s that time of year again, full of traditions and wonder.  So I wondered what would become our traditions in our new city of Portland.  Here are a few we have checked out as well as my holiday lights wish list.


Peacock Lane

I love this one.  It’s a street of neighbors that bring the holiday spirit.  It’s just a campy block that you can walk down with hot cocoa and coffee in hand.  The sense of community in Portland is something I love and this is a perfect example.  We will be doing this again when it starts up on the 15th.


Zoo Lights

Last year we bought a membership to the zoo and I was excited to check out zoo lights.  There was a lot of hype about this one.  It was fun but we won’t be adding it to our annual menu.  Frankly it was a bit crowded and the lights were better suited for younger kids.  If you come from a bigger city, it just falls a bit short.


The Grotto

We just went to the Grotto a week ago and it is magical.  If you want lights and the true meaning of Christmas this is your place.  You are encouraged to bring non-perisable food to donate on your way in.  There is a beautiful nativity and the singing in the chapel was so peaceful.  There is a petting zoo for kids and it is largely uncommercial wonder.


Still on my wish list are the Christmas Ships and Winter Wonderland at the raceway.  In the meantime Clark Griswold seems to have moved in across the street so I’ll just enjoy the light show from the dry comfort of my home.