Popular holiday light displays around Oregon

Check out ZooLights in Portland, “Sea of Lights” in Newport

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

It is hard to believe that the holidays are just around the corner. Although the turkey is not yet in the oven, eager elves have begun illuminating their streets.

In honor of these early birds, here are a couple of light shows available around the state this December.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Sea of Lights kicks off Dec. 6 and 7 in Newport. The event includes live holiday music and an opportunity to meet Santa in his workshop. Opening weekend prices for the after-hours event are $2 per person with two items of non-perishable food.

For the first time, Sea of Lights will continue throughout the month of December. Admission is $8. For more information, visit www.aquarium.org or contact 541-867-3474.

The popular ZooLights returns Nov. 29 to the Oregon Zoo in Portland. According to a news release, this year’s event “promises a more immersive experience, with visitors moving in a continuous loop around the zoo through areas that haven’t been lit up before.” The lights will be on display through Jan. 5.

Back by popular demand, life-size 3-D animals — including hippos and crocodiles — will transform the zoo’s concert lawn into a meandering river of light. Most of the lights on display are eco-friendly LEDs (light-emitting diodes).

Due to construction, the zoo railway will be temporarily out of service this year. However, the famous Oregon steam engine will be adorned with holiday lights for a festive photo backdrop.

Admission to ZooLights is $10 for adults, $8.50 for seniors and $7 for children (free for children ages 2 and under). For more information, visit www.oregonzoo.org or contact 503-226-1561.

— Reporter: 541-383-0350, jwasson@bendbulletin.com