Portland, Oregon loves the holidays. A stroll through Downtown Portland anywhere around Thanksgiving and through the new year will treat your eyes and ears to all the sounds of the holiday season. Christmas carols, magnificent lights, and Salvation Army Santas all help to ensure that you are full of holiday spirit.
The problem, if you can call it that, is that there are so many ways to celebrate the holiday season in Portland, Oregon and only so many days to fit it all in. Peacock Lane, of course, as a top five holiday display in the country is a no-brainer. But what else is there?
Another Portland, Oregon love is animals, specifically dogs– so why not go to a holiday event that both puts you in the holiday spirit but also helps dogs (and hungry kids, to boot). This is really a can’t lose.
“Recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest as the “Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi”, the 22nd annual Winter Wonderland presented 250 light displays and fully animated scenes, to the sonorous carolers. Winter Wonderland has been delighting Portlanders since 1993– and it can all be enjoyed from the comfort of your warm and toasty vehicle, if you choose.
The Winter Wonderland and Portland International Raceway entertains more than 10,000 people each year. We always get a kick out of the 12 themed displays, including the 12 Days of Christmas, Candy Cane Lane, Reindeer Road, Sports Corner, Christmas Tree Lane and, of course, Toyland.
The Winter Wonderland is filled with numerous events, all of which have a small fee and a collection of food for the Oregon Food Bank (to date, 41 million pounds of food and over half a million dollars have been raised for this great charity). We like to go on the dog walking night, where there are no cars allowed, and kids and dogs walk for free. Our labradoodle loves to sniff and meet other four legged (and two legged) friends while we all enjoy the lights and the sounds.
So while you no doubt have numerous commitments and traditions this holiday season, if the Winter Wonderland at Portland International Race Way is not on your list, be sure to add it this year. It was recently voted one of the top ten light displays in all of America, and it’s right here in Portland, Oregon. Bring cash (sorry, no checks or cards), bring the Christmas Spirit, bring the family, bring the dog, and bring charity.