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Car-free Peacock Lane tonight

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The Peacock Lane lights display is a favorite from as far back in my childhood as I can remember. It's only the second year, however, that the event has had an official car-free night; the evening before "opening day" is reserved for pedestrians and bicyclists (and rollerbladers, skateboarders, or other modes of transport without engines).

This year, it won't be nearly as frigid as last year and I'm hoping I'll convince my boyfolk to go. It starts at 6 p.m. tonight and goes through 11 (as if any parents stay up that late on a school night! ;)... will you be there? My advice, if you go: bring a thermos of hot cocoa and perhaps a few home-baked cookies. And if you're not on bikes, Trimet is very convenient; one year we got off at one end, walked the length of the lane, and got back on the bus at the other end. Like a limo, but cheaper...

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If anyone's on the fence, it was terrific from about 6-7 tonight. Parking was a snap, it wasn't too cold, fantastic hot chocolate from a little booth halfway down the block taking charitable donations for cider/chocolate. A light and very cheerful crowd.

This is just our second Christmas in Portland. We visited Peacock Lane last year just by chance and it was wonderful! Definitely plan on visiting this year and would like to do it on foot.

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