Shore Acres Holiday Lights timed entry & parking on sale

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The Holiday Light show at Shore Acres State Park features thousands of lights and displays in the formal garden. The event runs 4:30-9 p.m, Nov. 23-Dec. 31. Last year, timed entry was required for the first time and the response from visitors was positive. We're continuing the system in 2023.

  • Visitors can reserve their date, time and parking spot. Reservation is for vehicle parking only. Visitors in the car do not need tickets.
  • Parking reservation time slots are available for 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Timed entry and parking must be reserved before arrival.
  • No onsite parking permit purchase is available during event hours.

Note: Free parking for Green Friday, Nov. 24, at all state parks that charge a parking fee applies during the daytime at Shore Acres, but not during event hours. Timed entry and parking reservation required 4:30-9 p.m.

How do I reserve timed entry (date and time) and $5 parking?

  • Available now online at or call 800-452-5687, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • 50% of the parking inventory is available now. 
  • If your preferred date and time are sold out, you have another opportunity via the 7-day rolling window that begins Nov. 16 for visits on Nov. 23; Nov. 17 for visits Nov. 24; and continues to roll through the event (see below for more information).

The 7-day rolling window

  • You can get your timed entry (date and time) and parking for any day within the rolling window as long as parking spots are available. The rolling window inventory online becomes available at 6 a.m.
  • Visitors can book any open parking spots until the day of the event.


Frequently Asked Questions

Don't find what you need from the information below? Call our Park Information line at 800 551-6949. One of our information operators will help you. The line is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Do I have to reserve timed entry (date and time) and parking for Holiday Lights, Nov. 23-Dec. 31?

Yes. Holiday Lights visitors need to reserve timed entry (date and time) and parking at Shore Acres. The system allows visitors to quickly enter the park, which reduces traffic backups and safety concerns on the Cape Arago Highway.

  • The timed entry and parking ticket is per vehicle. Carpooling is encouraged so everyone has a chance to reserve.
  • Visitors will no longer have the option to purchase a parking permit onsite to park during event hours.

How do I make a reservation for my timed entry and parking spot?

Timed-entry reservations and the $5 parking ticket is available online at or by calling ReserveAmerica reservations at 800 452-5687. The 7-day rolling window begins Nov. 16.

I already have a 12- or 24-month parking permit. Can I waive the $5 permit during the reservation process?

Yes, when you have one of the items listed below. You do need to reserve your timed entry and parking; however, the $5 fee will be waived when the person making the reservation has one of the following and selects the option during the reservation process. You will need to present the item along with your reservation ticket when you enter the park.

  • 12- or 24-month parking permit
  • Veterans or foster families special pass
  • Current state park camping receipt/confirmation
  • Oregon Pacific Coast Passport

Why is the parking fee $5 for the event?

Shore Acres State Park is one of 26 state parks that requires a fee to park.

When should I arrive to enter the park?

Please arrive at the park on the date and as near as possible to the time shown on your reservation parking ticket. Any line should move quickly when everyone presents the information listed in the next FAQ.

What do I need to present when I enter the park?

The reservation ticket (printed,downloaded pdf, or screen shot shown on your phone), as well as the selected pass, permit, or campground receipt/confirmation if applicable, must be presented to park staff at entry to keep traffic moving. Your ticket, either printed or displayed on your phone, should clearly show date/time, ticket ID, and visitor name.

NOTE: The park doesn't have internet connectivity, so visitors can’t open their ReserveAmerica account and show their screens.

I have a disabled parking pass. Can you guarantee me a spot?

No. We have the normal number of disabled parking sites in the parking area and are creating additional spots close to the garden entrance for vehicles with a disabled parking pass. We can’t guarantee a disabled parking spot, however. We also will have volunteers directing traffic. If someone riding in a car needs to be dropped off near the garden entrance, the volunteer can direct the driver to pull up to the entrance and the passenger can exit the vehicle. The driver will then proceed to a parking spot.

Note: The parking area is large and some of the disabled parking sites are near other features in the park, such as the observation building. These sites may or may not be suitable for some with mobility issues attending the light show.

How long can I stay at the lights?

You can visit the lights for as long as you need. On average, visitors typically stay for about an hour. Please be considerate to visitors who have reserved parking later on the date you're there.

Is my ticket refundable?

No. Tickets can be changed or cancelled online or by calling 800-452-5687 until the date of the tour as long as they haven't been printed or previewed. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations.

What if the weather is lousy on the date of my ticket? Am I out of luck?

We encourage people to wait until the last minute before viewing or printing their tickets. As long as the tickets haven’t been viewed or printed, date and entry time can be changed for free.

  • After a ticket is purchased, visitors have the option of viewing and downloading/ printing the ticket. Once the ticket is viewed or downloaded/printed, the ticket is final and can’t be changed or refunded.

What if I don’t park in the Shore Acres parking lot? Can I still go to see the lights?

Yes, but …  parking is extremely limited outside the main Shore Acres parking lot. Parking on the highway leading to the park is prohibited. If you decide to park, you may return to a parking violation ticket from local law enforcement.

The event has historically been overwhelmingly popular, as well. Parking several miles away may not be available. 

We don’t advise walking along the highway or on trails and risking injury.