Seattle's Brightest & Best Holiday Light Displays
Seattle's newest holiday lights attraction is a cozy, indoor experience with playgrounds, food and drink, live entertainment, and of course, gorgeous light displays.
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From simple to spectacular, holiday light displays are one of the most festive and fun ways to celebrate the season. We’re focusing more on the spectacular, with a roundup of lights that would give Clark Griswold a run for his money. Some are free, others require admission or accept donations – you’ll find the details below. Don’t forget your camera!
Nearly every night through Dec. 23, the brightly lit Christmas Ship and its flotilla of lighted boats stop at a different waterfront community while a choir performs for everyone on board and on land to enjoy. Find a listing of scheduled stops, plus ticket information if you want to ride aboard the ship, online.
Olympic Manor Neighborhood
North of Ballard is the Olympic Manor neighborhood, where many homes are decorated with lights. It’s easy to navigate by car or on foot. Mid-Dec. N.W. 85th Street and 23rd Avenue N.W., Seattle. Free.
Look for 150 glowing monkey silhouettes on businesses along Phinney and Greenwood Avenues in Seattle. Also noteworthy is a 17-foot-tall “Glow Cone” on the old air raid siren at N. 67th Street in front of the Phinney Neighborhood Association. Free.
See wild animals and places re-created in thousands of LED lights. Indoor and outdoor displays, some animals on view (including reindeer), and more. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly Nov. 29 through Jan. 5 (closed Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 24 and 25). Entry at west gate only. Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle. Pre-purchased tickets: $10.95 to $14.95
Candy Cane Lane
Neighbors on this charming street have been decorating with lights for some 60 years, with lovely displays on just about every house. Consider parking nearby and walking through to cut down on emissions (and to get a better view). Nightly through Jan. 1. N.E. Park Road, off of N.E. Ravenna Boulevard, Seattle. Free, non-perishable food donations welcomed.
DJ Disco Vinnie's house
Beginning Nov. 29, stop by 6212 9th Ave NW between 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. and you will be treated to a choreographed light and sound display featuring more than 5000 lights fixed on a two-story Ballard house.
For its inaugural appearance in Seattle, Lumaze offers a cozy, indoor experience for holiday light enjoyment. While there, listen to live entertainment, hop on Louis the Locomotive for a spin around the park, or shop at the holiday market. The best part? The kids can run wild at the playgrounds while you sip an adult beverage from the licensed bar. Nightly through Jan. 4, various entry times. Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91, Seattle Waterfront. $15-20, 3 and younger FREE.
Wander through a giant maze of beautifully lit sculptures, arches, and wondrous creatures while snow falls to the ground. Visit the holiday marketplace, Santa’s landing, or the ice skating trail while sipping “Enchanted” drinks. This year’s theme is “Mischievous.” Nightly through Dec. 29. T-Mobile Park, Seattle. $14.99 - $32.99.
A light show synchronized to music with caroling, hot cocoa, the Seahawks’ Blitz, alpacas, a photo booth. Bring new, unwrapped toys, non-perishable foods, and a few dollars in your pocket to support local non-profits. Friday, Dec. 13 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cross Kirkland Corridor at the Google Campus at 747 6th St S, Kirkland, WA 98033, between Building B and D. Carpool, Walk or Bicycle Recommended.
Bellevue Botanical Garden creates a winter garden with more than 500,000 mini-lights in three-dimensional plant and critter shapes. No pets. 4:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30 through Dec. 31. Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue. Tickets: $5, free ages 10 and younger, available online (pre-purchase recommended).
It snows nightly on a parade of live toy soldiers and other characters, plus there is music and a light show. 7 p.m. nightly Nov. 29 through Dec. 24. Sidewalks of Bellevue Way and Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue. Free.
See the Keener family’s home decorated in more than 100,000 lights and other displays. This a a drive-though, not a walking display. Tune your radio to 91.7 FM for accompanying music. 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 29 through Dec. 31. 16504 112th Pl. N.E., Bothell (adjacent to Cedar Park Church). Free, cash donations will go to the Strong Against Cancer fund, and canned food will go to HopeLink of Kirkland.
Jaw-dropping light displays, live music and drama, pony and train rides, a nativity, Bruce the (talking) Spruce and more. Lodging available (reservations required). 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 5-8, 12-15, 18-23, 26-29. Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood. Tickets: $13-$18, kids under 3 are free.
Hop aboard the 20-minute Merrysville Express Rotary Train and see 30 winter scenes done in lights. There is also hot chocolate, s’mores and a bonfire. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays Dec. 11-14 and 18-21, and the 23rd. Cedarcrest Golf Course, 6810 84th St. NE, Marysville. Free, donations welcomed. Suggested $5 for adults, $3 for kids, or $20 for the whole family.
Renton’s holiday light display, over 200,000 twinkling lights covering foliage, shines nightly along the water walk. 5 to 9 p.m. nightly Dec. 6 through Jan. 1. Gene Coulon Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N., Renton. Free.
See a 25-minute synchronized light show (tune your radio to 101.9 FM) 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 5 to 10 p.m. weekends Thanksgiving through Dec. 30, and 5 p.m. to midnight Dec. 24, 25 and Dec. 31. 22629 S.E. 263rd Pl, Maple Valley. Free, all donations will benefit Maple Valley Food Bank and Vine Maple Place.
See nearly 600,000 holiday lights, including depictions of animals and local landmarks. Warm up in the steamy aquarium, ride a camel or the antique carousel. 5 to 9 p.m. from Nov. 29 through Jan. 5. (closed Dec. 24). Tickets: $11-13, free ages 2 and younger. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma.
Drive through 2.5 miles of animated displays at Spanaway Park. Tune your radio to FM 95.3 to hear holiday music performed by a local high school. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 28 through Jan. 1. Spanaway Park, 14905 Bresemann Blvd. S., Spanaway. Tickets: $15 per vehicle.
Live entertainment, Santa, refreshments and more, plus nightly lighting of the downtown village. Activities Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22; lights stay up through mid-February. See schedule online. Leavenworth. Free.