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Green Lake Path of Lights

Green Lake Pathway of Lights is back for 2022

Missed in 2021, the annual illumination of Green Lake is back this year

The Green Lake Pathway of Lights returns to the lake’s inner loop this year after it was skipped in 2021 for the first time in 42 years. That’s welcome news for the upwards of 20,000 people who looking forward to walking the 2.8 mile path by candlelight as a winter tradition.


The Green Lake Path of Lights event is free and will take place Saturday, December 10, 2022, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Bundle up and walk the illuminated lake while listening to seasonal music along the way.


As in years past, the lake’s inner loop circuit, paths and docks which will be lit with thousands of twinkling “luminari” — candles nestled in paper bags weighed with sand. Free refreshments and live holiday music are all part of this annual event, as are hot air balloons.

The Pathway of Lights is a partnership between the Green Lake Advisory Council and community partners including Lake & Company Real Estate, Green Lake Masons, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, PCC Community Markets and Aegis.

Volunteer as a family

Lighting nearly three miles of candles is a feat and organizers rely on volunteers to set the lake glowing. Consider volunteering as a family to help place luminari bags, pick up litter or help clean up at the end of the evening.  Volunteer shifts are available from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. To volunteer, contact John Frazier, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at or 206-684-7381.

Is there a musician in your family? Play for walkers!

Green Lake Path of Lights organizers are looking for volunteer musicians to play 30-minute sets of holiday season music between the hours of 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on the night of the walk. Musicians will play at three separate venues around the lake. So if you or your children have musical talent and desire to play by candlelight, contact or 206-684-078o.

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