Enjoy the lights on a carfree Peacock Lane on December 14th

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Enjoying a carfree Peacock Lane.
(Photo by Greg Raisman)

A longstanding holiday institution in Portland is taking a stroll — or, more prevalently, a slow, idling drive — down the one-block Peacock Lane to gaze at the elaborate holiday light displays that residents drape over their houses, trees, and yards.

Last year for the first time, neighbors on the Southeast Portland street decided to open a night early and make the event carfree. This year they’ll be doing the same — on December 14th, from 6pm to 11pm, the street one block east of SE 39th Ave between Stark and Belmont will be closed to all but foot traffic.

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Peacock Lane wrap-up: Lots of fun without the cars

Enjoying a carfree Peacock Lane.
(Photo by Greg Raisman)

Last night was the unofficial/official start of the annual Peacock Lane holiday light festival. For the first time ever this year, organizers decided to try a carfree night.

From all reports we heard, it was a big success. Not even snow, ice and frigid temps could keep people away from the lights and this “quintessential PDX experience” (as one reader put it). Not having to worry about cars in the street was icing on the cake.

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