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Bright lights featured at the Oregon Zoos Holiday light show, Zoo Lights.
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Bright lights featured at the Oregon Zoos Holiday light show, Zoo Lights.

Zoo Lights

Walk around the Oregon Zoo to see different themed lights that show the holiday spirit in every way imaginable. More than 1.5 million lights create this beautiful imagery, called “Zoo Lights,” at the Oregon Zoo each winter season. The Zoo Lights run from November 19th to January 7th. Tickets for adults are $18, and Children 2-11 are $12. Times vary daily. For more information, check out


Portland Christmas Tree

Many people gather around to watch the Tree Lighting Ceremony, listen to holiday music, and visit with family. Pioneer Square in downtown Portland features a 75-foot tree that was lit on November 24th, the day after Thanksgiving annually. This is a free event, but you would just have to deal with the parking of what is downtown Portland. While this event has already passed, it’s always a good idea to grab some hot chocolate and go see it downtown.



The Nutcracker is a beloved tradition for most families. The Nutcracker is a story about a little girl named Clara who is at a family Christmas party, then falls asleep and sees a magical winter wonderland. This year, the Oregon Ballet Theater is holding 12 performances (December 20-24) at Keller Auditorium. Prices range from $29-$156. For more information, visit


The Grotto Festival Of Lights

The Grotto is already a beautiful place to go to any time of the year because of the nature and scenery, but during the holidays, The Grotto hosts light festivals from November 24th to December 30th. You can go from 4:45-10:00 pm (entry gates close at 9:30). Online tickets for adults (12+) are $14, children ages 3-11 are $6. If you wait to go in person, adults  are $18 and children are $8. Children two and under are free.  For more information, visit


Lloyd Center Ice Skating

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Hi I’m Phoebe I’m a Junior and this is my second year on the banner. Outside of school I like reading, going on walks and going to xc meets!

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