Al's Barb and Judy at Evening of lights

For sixteen years now, Al's has hosted a wonderful evening of holiday fun.  Our Evening of Lights is a holiday open house for all ages, with all the sights and sounds of the season.

The Bigej Family poses for the camera at our event in 2011
The Bigej Family poses for the camera at our event in 2011

It actually first started as an employee Christmas party at our Woodburn store.  Everyone brought holiday desserts to share, but when the lights were turned off, the greenhouses became magical.  Everyone exclaimed that we should share the beauty of the greenhouses at night with our customers.  And the Evening of Lights was born.

So now you can stroll through up to 20 designer decorated Christmas trees, each with it's own unique theme.  You can marvel at the trees festooned with unique ornaments, until one catches your eye!

Two people shopping from a designer Christmas TreeA gorgeous bird-themed tree from Christmas of 2010
Jack & Dee Bigej serve samples of Jack's famous homemade Ice Applesauce
Jack & Dee Bigej serve samples of Jack's famous homemade Ice Applesauce in 2014

Enter in the Season Greenhouse and behold the over 20 different varieties of poinsettias.  Al's entire 2016 Poinsettia Collection will be on display, so come see the decades of breeding that go into cultivating these beauties.

I wouldn't be a party without Al's exclusive Ice Apples.  These Fuji applies are out of Walla Walla, and are allowed to remain on the tree until after first frost.  The change in temperature caused the applies to send all their sugar  to their core, making them sweet and juicy.  Make sure to get a taste of our Ice Apple Applesauce from Jack and Dee Bigej (Jack is Al's son).

And finally, step into the Main Greenhouse to see the Rose City Garden Railway Society's Christmas train display.  Every child delights at the chance to push the button, and watch the train come through the tunnel.

A model trainModel Train courtasey of Rose City Garden Railway Society

Add in some food and drink, and don't forget the live music, and you've got a wonderful way to start off your holiday season.

Join us for this year's Evening of Lights!