Peacock Lane officially lights up at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, 15 December 2015.
Peacock Lane is a narrow residential street one block east of Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard (née 39th Ave) between SE Stark and Belmont. Since the 1920s the residents of this stretch of mostly Tudor-style houses have gone hog wild with the Christmas lights. The collective display has become a Portland tradition, prompting gawker pilgrimages from throughout the area (if you’ve ever hit stop-and-go traffic on SE Stark at 9 PM on a Tuesday night near the holidays, now you know why).
For a glimpse at what to expect read Heather’s account of our visit a few years ago: Oooooh. Aaaaaah.
Every night from 15 December until New Years Eve the lights are on from 6pm to 11pm (and until midnight on December 24th and 31st). It’s free! And the display is best seen on foot (since the conveyor track idea was rejected). The Pedestrian Only nights this year are Friday, December 18, Saturday, December 19, and Sunday December 20.
Peacock Lane is only a few hundred yards long. Bundle up, grab a hot cocoa (last year residents offered hot drinks at a reasonable price from a small kiosk in a family’s yard ), and take a leisurely stroll. I highly recommend stopping in post-stroll at the Horse Brass Pub, just up Belmont a few blocks for a festive warming beverage in cozy environs. Another excellent option is Good Food Here foodcart pod up on 43rd and Belmont.