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Top 5 Holiday Light Displays

Published: December 17, 2021

'Tis the season for festive light displays! Many family traditions include touring local neighborhoods adorned with thousands of twinkly lights for Christmas. 

Here are the top five best ways to enjoy Eugene's magical lights this year.

1. Tree Lightings

Holiday Lights on the Christmas Tree at 5th Street Public Market

Photo: Melanie Griffin / Eugene, Cascades & Coast

Downtown Eugene kicks off the season when the lights illuminate a magnificent tree in the Park Blocks. There are additional lighted trees at 5th Street Public Market and at Oakway Center. Springfield (at PublicHouse), Creswell, Cottage Grove and Veneta also light up holiday trees. Sometimes there are celebrations with caroling or speeches when the lights are turned on.

2. Covered Bridge Lights

It's not just trees getting all the glory. Several of our historic covered bridges get bedecked in colorful lights too! On Highway 58, the Lowell Covered Bridge is magnificently illuminated with red and green lights which reflect off the smooth waters of Dexter Reservoir. Further along, Westfir's Office Covered Bridge, known for its dedicated pedestrian walkway, is decked out in full holiday lights. The Goodpasture Covered Bridge over the McKenzie River off Highway 126 is also lit up for Christmas. 

3. Neighborhood Christmas Lights

Christmas Holiday Light Tour by Sally McAleer

Neighborhood Light Displays

Photo: Sally McAleer

Eugene's bright spots include the Gilham neighborhood (think music and light shows) and McLean Blvd and Chambers St (no expense spared on some of these magical estates). Individual addresses change every year, so you may just need to jump in your car and drive around. But as the season progresses, we'll make updates here as best we can!

In Creswell, the Hoffstot family has a tradition of decking out their home for a mega-display drive-thru experience. They welcome people to drive by their home at 31208 Camas Swale Road, 5:30 to 9 p.m., daily until Christmas.

While you can always do the driving yourself, taking a guided tour is often the most fun. Holiday light tours are offered by My Party BusSunshine Limo and Sam's Place. The drivers know the neighborhoods and can narrate about area landmarks while you revel in the sights with family and friends. And since someone else is driving, bring along some special holiday spirits from Eugene's local distilleries (please check with your tour company first on their policies). Yes, Eugene has some pretty cool light displays!

4. Holiday Light Parades

Coburg Christmas Light Parade

Coburg Christmas Light Parade

Photo: Eugene, Cascades & Coast

Turn out for a magical line up of huge lighted floats through Creswell, Veneta, Coburg and Junction City. Since you are heading out to "wine country" towns, make plans to arrive earlier in the day to purchase wines from open tasting rooms. Choose your favorite local wines for the holiday table.

5. Oregon Coast Holiday Lights

Heceta Head Lighthouse B&B Holiday Lights

Photo: Eugene, Cascades & Coast

On the Oregon Coast, the Heceta Head Lighthouse is the brightest light year-round and its adjacent bed and breakfast celebrates the season with full lights. Historic Old Town Florence will also light their holiday tree and you can enjoy the added beauty of lighted boats in the marina. From Florence drive 60 miles south to Shore Acres State Park to tour their marine-themed light display in their oceanfront gardens. 

Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.