There are so many things going on in the Portland (Oregon) area at Christmas time! We visited the Pittock mansion, perused the downtown area and visited the Zoo Lights all in one day!
I loved the Zoo lights – it was crowded but not too cold and the lights were spectacular! Unfortunately they were hard to photograph, so many I wanted to show you aren’t here! The cost was reasonable and if you used public transit to get there (which I highly recommend as parking is bear!), you get $1.50 off your admission! Although the line was long when we arrived (at a little before opening), it moved really fast! Lines for food and coffee or cocoa were long, so stuff a thermos in your backpack.
If you don’t mind lines, take the train. There are lights that can only be seen from the train. I’m not a good waiter so we didn’t do it, but I wish I had!
A note about the MAX – If you take the MAX (Portland’s light rail system) to the Washington Park stop, you will get out in North America’s deepest subway station (third deepest in the world!), entering via the Robertson Tunnel. Inside you will find information about the history of the land – fossils – even the soil that was bored out of the ground. Pretty interesting place itself!
Visit the Zoo website (click here) for more information.