Come Enjoy a WinterWonderland Experience
|2013 Dates: November 28th - December 25th
Recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest as the "Largest
Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi", the 21st
annual Winter Wonderland presented by Columbia Humane Society, powered by Comcast will grab your attention
with glimmers and glows around every corner.
Since 1993, a journey through Winter Wonderland has become a Holiday tradition
for many families, friends, and social organizations to celebrate the spirit of
the holiday season. Spectators can enjoy the most spectacular drive-through light
show in the region, viewing over 250 colorful light set pieces and many fully animated scenes
from the comfort of their own vehicle.
Over two million visitors have taken the Winter Wonderland journey since its
origin, helping to contribute over $551,000 and over 41 tons (82,000 pounds) of food to the Sunshine Division.
Best Times to See the Show
Beat the rush and enjoy the light show at your own pace!
Weekends are always popular times, as is the week of Christmas.
To avoid the crowds, plan on attending the Winter Wonderland presented by Columbia Humane Society, powered by Comcast in early December, or during week nights.
Schedule - Subject to Change
||Thanksgiving (Nov 28) - Dec 25, 2013 (including Christmas night)
||A sensational display of lights and animation spanning the track at Portland International Raceway. Enjoy the largest drive-through light show in the Northwest right from the comfort of your own car. Traditional favorites include 12 Days of Christmas, Santa jumping down an 84 foot ski slope, reindeer flying over your car and the vivid color of the giant poinsettia arch.
|| Winter Wonderland is located at Portland International
Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd. Going north, take exit
306-B from I-5. It is the next exit after Columbia Blvd.
Exit 306, and is identified by Victory Blvd &
Expo Center. Coming from the north,
the exit is identified the same
Blvd. & Expo Center.
Sunday - Thursday, 5 pm - 9 pm
Friday & Saturday, 5 pm - 11 pm
*Times subject to change for Special Events. Please check Special Events listed below. No cars on track during walk night and bike night (free parking).
*Closed on Tuesday December 3rd, and Tuesday December 10th
| Walk (Dec. 2nd only)
||(See special events below)
|Bicycle (Dec. 9th only)
||(See special events below)
|Passenger Van (8 people or more)
||(No Bus Night Discount)
||(No Bus Night Discount)
|18 Passenger Van
||(Wed. Bus Night $16)
|Mini Bus (16-24 people)
||(Wed. Bus Night $20)
|Bus (25+ people)
||(Wed. Bus Night $30)
Cash (or check) only - no credit cards or debit
- No tire chains allowed on PIR track surface
Food donation barrels for Portland's Sunshine Division are located
near the ticket booth entrance.
Wednesdays are bus nights (Of course, cars are welcome on bus nights too). All visiting
buses from churches, senior homes, and other organizations
receive a discounted admission on Wednesdays:
18 passenger van -- $16.00 (regular $18)
Mini bus (16-24 passenger) -- $20.00 (regular $30)
Bus (25+) -- $30.00 (regular $45)
Prices subject to change.
Tour groups should call ahead to check
out our holiday packages. For more information call
November 30, 2013
Winter Wonderland of Lights Run & Walk Race
Click here to read one person's experience at the 2013 event, as featured in The Oregonian's OregonLive blog.
Over 1500 participants each year - Thank you for making this new event a big success!
Registration & Packet Pick-up: 3pm- 4:45pm (pre-register)
Lil Elves (12 & under) Parade start time: 4pm
Race start time: 5pm
Race distances: 1 loop, 2 loops, or 3 loops (approx. 2 miles per loop). Must finish before 7pm*
Must register and have number displayed to be allowed on track.
*Race ends at 7pm
Winter Wonderland will re-open to cars at 7pm
December 2, 2013
Gentech Dentist Walk Night
Enjoy a casual festive walk, with or without a dog.
Join us Monday Dec. 2nd 5-9pm. Only $6 per person - Children under 13 are free (dogs enter free, too).
A portion of the proceeds goes to the Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank, a local non-profit that supplies pet food to families that are struggling to feed their pets. Their website is thepongofund.org.
BRING PET FOOD TO DONATE! All pet food donations must be in original sealed (unopened) packages. No expired packages please. Cash donations will also be accepted. Thank you!
No cars allowed on track (free parking); enjoy the lights as you stroll around the track. Dogs must be on leash. You do not have to bring a dog to participate.
December 9, 2013
5th Annual Bike Gallery "Bike the Lights"
Monday Dec. 9th, 2013 - 5-9 PM. $6 per person - Children under 13 are free.
A benefit for the BTA, Bicycle Transportation Alliance. $1.00 from each paid admission, on-site sales, all special raffle tickets and all cash donations go to BTA.
the family to a fun night dedicated to bicycle riding
and the bicycle community (no cars or motorized vehicles allowed on track).
Beaverton Bakery is providing cookies for all the riders!
We will have hot chocolate, too!
required on children 16 & under (including passengers
in bike seats and trailers), and highly encouraged
for all other ages. Stop by your local Bike
Gallery to learn about proper helmet fit.
Proper lighting on your bike is also required please.
is plenty of free parking at Portland International
Raceway for The Bike Gallery Bike the Lights Night. Bring the
kids and bikes, park inside PIR, and pedal around
the track to the wonder of Winter Wonderland.
those riding their bikes to PIR, the South Gate off
Denver Avenue will be open for easy bicycle access.
Please use appropriate lighting for night time riding.
people tour the show each year
250 holiday colorful light set pieces and many fully animated scenes
Showcasing the "12 Days of Christmas" and 12 themed display areas including Toyland, Candy Cane Lane, Christmas Tree Lane, Reindeer Road, Sports Corner, and many more!
In 2010 we had our 2 Millionth Visitor
One of the region's favorite holiday traditions, Winter Wonderland presented by Columbia Humane Society, powered by Comcast, welcomed its 2 millionth visitor in 2010. Morgan Hall of Beaverton was driving the winning vehicle accompanied by his wife Christina and their two young children. "We come here every year," said Hall, "but this is extra special, especially since it's the first year for our 6-month old son." The Jubitz Corporation provided a prize package for the Hall family that included a complete "Jubitz experience" - lodging, meals, movies and entertainment. Alpha Broadcasting contributed overnight accommodations at Cannon Beach at the Tolavana Inn and dinners at area restaurants.
Over 41 tons of food and $551,000 has been donated to local charities by Winter Wonderland.
2013 News Release
COLUMBIA HUMANE SOCIETY JOINS WINTER WONDERLAND HOLIDAY LIGHTS
Region's largest holiday light show welcomes St. Helens-based animal shelter
(Portland, OR, 11-4-2013) The Columbia Humane Society – a no-kill animal welfare shelter based in St. Helens, Oregon – will be the principal sponsor of the northwest's largest drive-through holiday light show – Winter Wonderland – for the 21st edition of the family favorite.
The 2013 Winter Wonderland presented by the Columbia Humane Society will launch on Thanksgiving night at Portland International Raceway and run through Christmas Day. Close to 100,000 people tour the show each year to view spectacular displays of lights and animation from the comfort of personal vehicles and tour buses. Since 1993, the event has collected more than 40 tons of food for local food banks and contributed more than $550,000 to non-profit organizations.
"Thanks to the guidance of one of our board members – who also brought us a pro-bono branding campaign provided by Portland's X Factor Advertising – we now have a partner in Winter Wonderland to help accelerate awareness of our services", said CHS Director Dean Cox. "The event has made some major contributions to animal welfare over the years and we're honored to join in those efforts."
The non-profit Columbia Humane Society, which operates without funding from national or state animal welfare groups or agencies, has been "dedicated to helping friends find each other since 1985". Their facility in St. Helens has a capacity for approximately 60 dogs and 80 cats and is developing an in-house spay/neuter program.
Family pets have long been a welcome component of the Winter Wonderland experience. Visitors are encouraged to load up their dogs and cats to join their cruise through the 250+ light displays. On Monday, December 2nd, more than 1000 dogs and their owners are expected at "Gentech Dentist Walk Night" when the PIR track is closed to all vehicles.
The 21st Annual Winter Wonderland presented by Columbia Humane Society and powered by Comcast, one of America's largest drive-through holiday lights shows, opens Thanksgiving Day at 5 PM and runs through Christmas Day at Portland International Raceway. In 2012 USA Today named it one of "10 great places to see Christmas lights (in America)."