Organizers of one of the city’s biggest lights displays announced in November that the show will return in December. The show will take place Dec. 15 through Dec. 31 from 6-11 p.m. each night.
There are a couple of tweaks for 2021: Organizers said there will be no cocoa booth and designated pedestrian-only nights to limit potential exposure to COVID-19.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, and the residents of Peacock Lane are happy to share that they will be displaying their lights from Dec 15th to December 31st,” the group posted on Facebook. “This year to limit potential COVID exposure to our volunteer-based residents there will be no cocoa booth and no designated pedestrian-only nights.
“We look forward to seeing you all soon and can’t want to hear your cheer and see your joy.”
Peacock Lane has been dubbed “Portland’s Christmas Street” and is a tradition in Southeast Portland that dates back decades. The lane draws thousands of visitors every December to its four residential blocks between Stark and Belmont streets. In 2018, organizers successfully petitioned to put Peacock Lane on the National Register of Historic Places because of the street’s holiday charm.
Architect Richard F. Wassell designed the houses in an English Tudor or cottage style and brought Peacock Lane to life in 1924. Given the houses’ steep roofs, Christmas lights give the street an elegant storybook feel.
“We’re well-aware that this isn’t the biggest show around, it’s not the fanciest,” said Barbara Bushell, a Peacock Lane resident who led the effort to form the historic district. “It’s just the most fun.”