Photo: Peacock Lane Pedestrian Night
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The holidays are definitely in full swing as SE Portland’s Peacock Lane holiday/Christmas lights opens this weekend! This weekend also has some of the best nights to attend as both Sunday & Monday (December 15 & 16) are both pedestrian-only nights. You are sure to see some caroling on those evenings.
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Portland’s Peacock Lane Tradition Continues
Since the 1920s, each house in this quaint southeast neighborhood has been decorating for Christmas. Mostly Tudors, the houses are adorned with not only beautiful sparkling lights, but also nativity scenes, rotating Christmas trees and stunningly life-like replicas of Santa and Frosty. Visitors are often surprised to learn that homeowners are not contractually obligated by neighborhood covenants to decorate their properties, but rather volunteer their efforts for the enjoyment of the community.
Be forewarned: this is a very popular Portland tradition and the crowds can get quite thick. It is wise to park several blocks away and walk, rather than drive through the area. Better yet, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
Don’t forget – December 15 & 16 are “Pedestrian-only” nights, no vehicles are allowed.
Happy Holidays from all of us on Peacock Lane!
December 15 (Pedestrian Only Night) 6 pm – 11 pm
December 16 (Pedestrian Only Night) 6 pm – 11 pm
December 17 – 30: 6 pm – 11 pm
Special Hours – December 24: 6 pm – midnight
Special Hours – December 31: 6 pm – midnight
Where is Peacock Lane?
Peacock Lane is between SE Stark St. and SE Belmont St. and one block east of SE 39th. The best way to see the lights is on foot. Park somewhere in the neighborhood and enjoy a stroll down the Lane.
Many visitors enjoy sipping a warm beverage while viewing the lights. “We accept donations for free cocoa and cider from the 15th to the 24th, served from our homemade booth at the corner of Peacock Lane and SE Alder,” says Peacock Lane president Becky Patterson. Proceeds from the cocoa booth cover the costs of running the event, such as street closure permits, cleanup and street maintenance. The remainder is donated to a local charity selected annually by residents. “We believe Christmas Lights should be free for all to enjoy; we don’t allow any vending or sales,” explains Patterson.
Take the bus to Peacock Lane.
To reduce traffic congestion for our Southeast area neighbors (who often have trouble getting home and parking during the lights display) and long car waits to turn onto Peacock Lane, visitors to Portland’s Christmas Street are strongly encouraged to find free street parking several blocks away and walk or utilize public transportation if possible. TriMet buses 15 (SE Belmont) and 75 (SE Cesar E. Chavez / 39th Ave) have stops within a block of Peacock Lane. For those coming from greater distances, please consider carpooling or using TriMet’s Trip Planner web site to find your best route for public transportation or park-and-ride options.
Please do not park in the Walgreen’s parking lot.
If you’re driving, please beware of heavy traffic, and limited access to the street by moving vehicles. Coming from the West, or downtown, enter Peacock Lane going South via Stark Street. Coming from the East, take Belmont Street to Peacock Lane and go North up the Lane.
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