Seattle's Child

Your guide to a kid-friendly city

Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo

Christmas in July: News about WildLanterns, Snowflake Lane

We interrupt your summer (briefly) for some holiday-related news

Have you been thinking about Christmas a lot lately? No?

Well, a couple of local organizations want you to.

After receiving two holiday-related announcements this week, we decided we had to share:

  • Discounted tickets go on sale July 15 for WildLanterns, the popular holiday light show at Woodland Park Zoo. It will run Nov. 11, 2022 through Jan. 22, 2023. This year’s show will have new lanterns and themed zones plus old favorites. Here’s where to get tickets if you’re the plan ahead (way ahead) type. They must be reserved for a particular date and time, and there are no refunds. Prices will go up after Oct. 3. [ Parent review: WildLanterns, Woodland Park Zoo’s holiday light festival ]
  • Snowflake Lane, the Bellevue Collection’s nightly holiday parade, is getting ready to hire cast members for its 2022 show. It will run Nov. 25 through Dec. 24. It requires about 200 performers and crew members, and pay is $40 per show (there are 30 shows). Snowflake Lane is looking for drummers, dancers, color guard performers, holiday characters, as well as stagehands and float drivers. Auditions will be held Sept. 17 (dancers), Sept. 18 (color guard), Sept. 24 (characters) and October 1 (drumline) at Bellevue Square. Here’s where to find an audition form. Additional information is available by contacting


Meanwhile, back to summer: Seattle’s Child Summer Route 66:  Your roadmap to family fun

About the Author

Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 13-year-old girl.