Christmas Light Show

A December 2019 photo shows the decorations that are customary at The Christmas Light Show. It will be illuminated this year nightly starting Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at the SAGE Center in Boardman. The free event runs through the end of December.

Employees of the SAGE Center and the Port of Morrow have been making a list and checking it twice since the end of October. They are preparing to illuminate the holiday season with around 500,000 lights at the interactive visitor center.

Torrie Griggs, the center’s manager, said people will see some new additions to the Christmas Light Show, including Santa taking flight and lighted presents along the light show loops. Also, Griggs said the display now features all LED lights.

The choreographed light show, which is synchronized to music, features eight holiday songs. In addition to the outdoor speakers, Griggs said they revamped the radio station for improved audio sound.

“We made a lot of improvements for the show quality,” she said.

The Christmas Light Show gets underway Saturday, Dec. 4, as the SAGE Center and the Boardman Chamber of Commerce host the annual Christmas Tree Lighting event. The festivities, which include photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and refreshments provided by Mid-Columbia Bus Company, runs from 6-7 p.m. at 101 Olson Road, Boardman.

The light show will continue nightly from dark to daylight through Dec. 31. There is no admission charge.

In its sixth year, the annual Christmas Light Show was the only event held in 2020 at the SAGE Center. Griggs said the push for the festive holiday display came from the former Port of Morrow general manager.

“It was Gary Neal’s vision to have a robust Christmas Light show located in Boardman for all to enjoy,” Griggs said. “It’s a way to provide the Christmas spirit to the community and passersby.”

With the SAGE Center located just off Interstate 84, people can see it going either direction from the freeway. A pair of convenient exits — at Milepost 164 and Milepost 165 — allow people easy access to hop off the freeway to get a closer look.

For more information, call 541-481-7243 or visit

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