Portland Zoo Lights


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!  


The tree sitting outside the entrance to the park


From taking the ticket, to traversing the bridge into the zoo – the welcome lights!


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!



The bats were still out, but all settling in to go to sleep. I love the bats!


Triple bat wall…..


One of the paths was a tunnel of lights! Gorgeous!




Not many of the animals were out and those that were, were getting ready for sleep –

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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!


This plaque is inside the tunnel along with many that represent the history of the earth in the area – A mini museum!

Visit the Zoo website (click here) for more information.


About Helen Fern

I live in the upper Willamette Valley with my amazing husband and four very spoiled cats - three adopted feral cats and one shelter baby. We have lived here since the dawn of 1991 and love every inch of the region.
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9 Responses to Portland Zoo Lights

  1. Hi Helen, Oh goodness, I am thinking of touring through our neighborhood to take photos at night to share, there are streets and streets that decorate here. THanks for linking up this week on Friday Features!!!

    *Happy Holidays*

  2. RKADG says:

    wow!these are exciting!seems a good place for kids to enjoy!

  3. Amila says:

    very beautiful and colourful..Seems like a great place to spend an evening

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  5. terri says:

    Love your blog. And I was thinking about going to the zoo lights. Now I’m going for sure. 🙂

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