Keizer Miracle of Christmas lights opens Dec. 2

Twinkle, glow, ho ho ho. The Keizer Miracle of Christmas Lights Display begins Dec. 2.

The annual seasonal lighting event, which has been an area tradition for more than 30 years, runs from 6 to 10 nightly Dec. 2 through 26 in Keizer’s Gubser neighborhood. Admire at least 200 decorated and illuminated houses over a route that spans approximately 3.4 miles.

Visitors can walk or drive but be aware that on a busy weekend night, it can take several hours to view and there are no public restrooms available. Walking the route is a good alternative option. Vehicles may be parked at Whiteaker Middle School, 1605 Lockhaven Drive NE, or Gubser Elementary School, 6610 14th Ave. NE.

The scavenger hunt will return this year, said event coordinator Brigett Eisele. Visit the Miracle of Christmas Facebook page once the display is open to print out the clue list of things to look for while on the route.

Although free, the display encourages donations of canned food and nonperishable items, as well as cash for the Marion-Polk Food Share. The donation drop off site is part way through the route on Mistwood Drive.

“We found a couple of local businesses to help sponsor our candy canes so that will allow us to put more donations towards Marion-Polk Food Share,” Eisele said.

Last year, 26,000 candy canes were purchased and distributed during the event. Additionally, $23,424.77 in cash donations plus 20,539 pounds of food for the Marion-Polk Food Share.

“We would love to hit the 25,000 mark for both food and money,” Eisele said. “That is our goal this year.”

For information, visit facebook.com/MiracleofChristmas.

Email cwright2@StatesmanJournal.com, call 503-399-6671, or follow on Twitter @CarleeWrightSJ


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