Shore Acres Holiday Lights new timed entry & parking reservations

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Jul 26, 2022

Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park will open this year Nov. 24-Dec. 31 with a new timed entry system for visitors to park their vehicles 4-9 p.m. The system will help people quickly enter the parking area and prevent long waits to enter the park, which will improve safety issues on the Cape Arago Highway.

A $5 vehicle parking ticket assigned to a date and entry time of the visitors’ choice is needed to enter the show. Holiday Lights visitors must reserve their spot and then have their ticket for parking ready to show the ranger at the booth when they arrive to keep traffic moving. Visitors will no longer have the option to purchase a parking permit onsite to attend.

Date and timed entry parking tickets are available now online. Reservations also can be made by calling 800-452-5687.

Although the parking ticket is required to enter the event, the $5 fee may be waived if the person making the reservation has one of the following and selects the option during the reservation process:

  • 12- or 24-month Oregon State Park parking permit.
  • Special access pass for either veterans with service-connected disabilities or foster, guardian & adoptive foster parents of Oregon foster children.
  • Current Oregon State Park camping confirmation that coincides with the date of the event visit.
  • Oregon Pacific Coast Passport.

The printed ticket, as well as the selected pass, permit, or campground confirmation, must be presented to park staff at entry.

Although visitors can reserve their timed entry parking spot now, additional spots will be available later this fall for each evening during a seven-day rolling window tentatively set to begin Nov. 18. The rolling window will run through Dec. 31. The rolling window tickets will also be available online.

“We realize that it’s early for many families to make November and December plans and we want people to have an opportunity for spur-of-the-moment visits,” Park Manager Lee Ricci added, “We’re holding half the parking sites for that rolling seven-day window to ensure visitors can reserve closer to the event.”