Subscribe to get tough, fair journalism seven days a week.
Subscribe today

‘Miracle’ lights up Keizer nights


The Keizer Miracle of Christmas lighting display will again have the Gubser neighborhood awash in the glow of holiday cheer and, of course, lots and lots of lights.

The tradition, which raises money and food for the Marion Polk Food Share, draws eyes from around the region.

The display kicked off last week, and cars will be roaming the neighborhood from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Dec. 26. It’s expected that nearly 20,000 vehicles will pass through the neighborhood.

There’s no admission fee, but as the event is a fundraiser for hungry families in the mid-Willamette Valley, donations are always welcome. Cans and non-perishable food donations along with cash are welcomed. In 2010 25,171 pounds of food were collected for Marion Polk Food Share as well as $18,050 in cash.

The route is about 3.5 miles long, and can take several hours to complete on busy weekends. Snow-Cop barricades will mark the direction of the route.

Organizers remind attendees that there are no public restrooms available, and visitors should keep their headlights on at all times while driving through. It is a residential neighborhood, so please be aware and courteous to pedestrians and residents trying to get in and out of driveways.

The display is also walkable, with sidewalks throughout the Gubser neighborhood. If you choose to walk it, please park at either Whiteaker Middle School, 1605 Lockhaven Drive NE, or at Gubser Elementary School, 6610 14th Avenue NE.