Monthly Archives: December 2013

Welcome to our Holiday Traditions

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Christmas, and the many other holidays that occur during the winter months, are defined by social and family traditions. Some of these traditions can be difficult to fulfill in a brand new state, particularly if you have moved all the way across the country and have little to no family in the area. I would like to use this article to welcome all of our new neighbors and friends, and to share with you some of our great Portland area Holiday Traditions.

Let’s Begin with my personal favorite;

  • Oregon Zoo Lights:

Location: Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd.

When: November 29th-January 5th

(excluding Dec 24th and 25th).

Sun-Thurs 5pm-8pm/ Fri & Sat 5pm-8:30pm

Oregon Zoo Lights is a tour through the zoo all dressed up for the holidays. Forests and tunnels full of lights and magic, fun for the whole family. Be sure to stop by the Africafe for cup of wonderful Hot Cocoa. Please visit for admission prices.


Next on our list is the “Largest light show west of the Mississippi” at the

  •  Portland International Speedway’s Winter Wonderland;

Location: Portland International RaceWay, 1940 N. Victory Lane

When: November 28th-December 25th (including Christmas Day).

Sun-Thurs 5pm-9pm/ Fri & Sat 5pm-11pm

You can walk, bike, or drive through this spectacular display of animated light sets. A portion of the proceeds for this event goes to the Portland Sunshine Division, since its inception it has raised over a $500,000 or 41 tons of food for the Sunshine Division. Please visit for admission prices.


  •  The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

If you are looking for a more old-world Christmas tradition then this one is for you;

Location: The Grotto, 8840 NE Skidmore St.

When: Nov. 29th-Dec 30th (excluding Dec. 24th and 25th, however they do of course have their Christmas Mass on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Daily from 5:15pm-9pm.

This event features over 500,000 lights, a petting zoo, hot cocoa, carolers, puppet shows and most impressively a different choir performing each evening. This is truly a very touching experience and sure to put any one in the holiday spirit. For more information please visit their website


  •  Christmas Ship Parade

For a free to low cost evening tradition you can sit in your car or at one of many local restaurants  and witness a fleet of up to 60 ships, all decorated individually by volunteers, in the Christmas Ship Parade.

Location: This parade runs along both the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.

When: Please visit their website for parade routes and the best viewing locations.


  • The Cinnamon Bear Cruise

In true holiday dessert fashion, I have saved the best for last. The Cinnamon Bear was a radio show that aired every holiday season in the 1930’s through the 1960’s, though some markets continue to air it still today. The Cinnamon Bear Cruise is based on this old favorite. The Cinnamon Bear Cruise, brought to you by The Portland Spirit, is a 2 hour cruise along the Willamette River. The cruise offers a delightful array of holiday treats, music, the beauty of the Willamette, characters in costume, and of course story time. Please visit their website for cruise times and rates,

I hope that you are able to enjoy at least one of these great Portland Area traditions this year.

And on behalf of the entire Iron Gate Storage family, I would like wish you all a very a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!!!