Log trucks festooned for Christmas roll between Riddle and Myrtle Creek during a winter festival Dec. 8. (Courtesy Myrtle Creek Chamber of Commerce)
Log trucks festooned for Christmas roll between Riddle and Myrtle Creek during a winter festival Dec. 8. (Courtesy Myrtle Creek Chamber of Commerce)
Saturday, Dec. 8

Portland may have its Christmas ships plying the Willamette, but southwest Oregon celebrates a venerable timber tradition with an annual parade of logging trucks lit up brightly enough to be seen from orbit.

The Timber Truckers Light Parade and Myrtle Creek Winter Festival, held each year on the second Saturday of December, starts on Main Street in Riddle. Viewers huddle around bonfires lit along the five-mile route, with truck drivers tossing candy and trinkets out the windows.

Like something from Star Wars, scores of trucks creep down Old Highway 99 to Main Street in Myrtle Creek where the glowing entries are judged. Viewers can get an up-close look at the radiant rigs and chat with drivers.

The festival is held along Main Street in Myrtle Creek where visitors can spoon down hot chili, sip warm cider and nibble on treats. Myrtle Creek puts up a Christmas tree and has the courage to allow a live nativity scene.