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PIR Winter Wonderland – A Portland Holiday Tradition

PIR Winter Wonderland – A Portland Holiday Tradition

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*This post is sponsored by PIR Winter Wonderland. My family received complimentary admission to this event. All opinions are my own.

This holiday season, create lasting memories with an incredible cant-miss Portland experience – PIR Winter Wonderland! This past week, we celebrated our weekly “Friday Family Night” by getting into our jammies, and taking a drive through this amazing series of light displays. We sang carols, munched on candy canes, and caught a bit of Christmas spirit, all while enjoying some of the BEST Christmas lights in the area.

Over 100,000 people tour the show each year – and you can be a part of the many local families that have made this event part of their annual holiday traditions.
As you drive through, you’ll see 250 holiday colorful light set pieces and many fully animated scenes. The light scenes are incredible, and truly something you have to see first-hand to truly appreciate. I LOVED the sounds of our four pirchildren delighting in the scenes and displays as we drove by! “Look! A train!” “Look at Santa!” “It’s a field of candy!” They had a BLAST and can’t wait to return next year! (They actually asked if we could drive back through as soon as we finished the loop!!)

One of the “fan favorites” is  the “12 Days of Christmas.” I remember loving this series long before I had children, and love sharing it with them now. You’ll get to see all the gifts lit up in a super cute and incredible display. My personal pir2favorite is the French hens. You’ll also enjoy  12 themed display areas including Toyland, Candy Cane Lane, Christmas Tree Lane, Reindeer Road, Sports Corner, and many more!

As you drive through the amazing light display, you’ll want to check out the artwork created by local schools. The schools were able to compete for a $1,000 prize. (Our favorite actually won this year!) This is such a neat program, and I am so happy to see a Portland institution like PIR Winter Wonderland supporting the arts and local education. When I was in my very first classroom as a teacher intern, my fifth grade students from James John Elementary in Portland had the opportunity to compete in this art contest. They loved the experience. Come on out and see the incredible artwork local students created.

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PIR Winter Wonderland is open NOW through December 28th (including Christmas night!) *They are CLOSED on Tuesday, December 9th!!!

RATES:
Car– $18, Passenger Van (8 people or more) – $20; Limo-$25;
RV/Motorhome-$25; Mini-Bus (16-25 people) – $30; Bus (26-45 people)- $45.

*PIR Winter Wonderland accepts CASH or check only. No debit or credit cards will be accepted. Plan ahead! (There is an ATM near the entrance if you forget!)

PIR Winter Wonderland also gives back to the local community, giving you another reason to make this attraction a must-do this year! Over 41 tons of food and $551,000 has been donated to local charities by Winter Wonderland. That’s incredible! Head out to PIR Winter Wonderland this year and start creating family memories by the glow of the lights! Happy holidays!!

 

 

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