Shore Acres Christmas Lights
There are more than 350,000 holiday lights to be
seen while visiting Shore Acres State Park during the holiday
season. The season to view the Christmas lights begins normally the day after Thanksgiving and ends a few days after the New Year. It
is open from 4pm to 9:30 pm every night. There is a $5 dollar per vehicle
admission fee to the park.
The decorated garden has more than 7 acres of holiday lights ranging
from animated sculptures, aquatic animal life, a frog dancing in
a real pond, and many, many trees of various styles and shapes.
The holiday lights are beautifully laid out with lighted paths to guide
your way along.
On a bit of a side-note. I have been in contact with the owners of the Park and inquired about exchanging a link with them considering I have 3 pages devoted to Shore Acres. I was "politely" asked to change the heading of my page "Christmas Lights" to "holiday lights". I refused to make the change because I am not taking Christ out of the Holiday Season. They felt that by using Christmas it might affect people coming to see the Shore Acre Christmas Lights. Apparently "Christmas" is no longer politically correct among certain circles especially those businesses which are in fear of losing visitors and money.
I visited the garden about two weeks ago, unfortunately I was a
week or two early to see the flowers in full bloom. Most of the
flowers were budding, and within the next few weeks I'll go
again to capture the full beauty of the gardens during the Spring
To view more pictures of the Shore Acres Christmas Lights visit this page.
A Bit of History About Shore Acres
Louis J. Simpson originally owned the estate which stretched from
Sunset Bay to Cape Arago. In 1906 Mr. Simpson built a beautiful
home on the bluff for his wife Cassie. In 1921 tragedy struck the
Simpson Family. Cassie died suddenly and on the 4th of July of
the same year the mansion burned to the ground. Mr. Simpson wed
again in 1927, and had a new home built for his new wife made
from the wood salvaged from a wrecked schooner named
In 1932 the Simpson's gave the portion of their Cape Arago
estate to the state of Oregon. During the war, the army closed
the roads near Sunset Bay and the Simpson's moved to nearby
Barview. Late in 1942 the Simpson's sold the remainder of the
estate for approximately $29,000.
I am not affiliated in any way with Shore Acres State Park, but
wanted anyone visiting area to be sure and visit the