If you've lived in Portland for any length of time, you have probably heard about Peacock Lane. A stroll down these abundantly decorated blocks is a fun way to celebrate the holidays and take in the magic of the season. (According to the Peacock Lane website, these traditions began in the 1920s.) The residents of this little chunk of Southeast Portland pride themselves on the cheerful, flashing decorations, and children will be charmed by the influx of carolers, visitors, and festive atmosphere. Bundle up in your fleecy layers and bring change for the cocoa/hot cider that is sold, or bake some goodies and bring them along. It's fun to plan to visit with other families and go as a group.
To best enjoy your visit, remember that it's often very crowded with folks anxious to see the lights. Cars have access to the street so you will need to keep an eye on darting kiddos. You may want to carry little ones high up on your shoulders or bring a wagon to tote groups of kids safely. For best results, take Tri-Met to the fun because parking in the surrounding area can be a chore. It's rumored that parking at the nearby Walgreens is one option. The lights begin at 6:00 p.m. so you can enjoy the sights after dinner and still make it home for a decent bedtime!