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Spanaway lights walk-through

Holiday lights 2021: Try something new and do Spanaway lights walk-through

For two nights only, get a different view of this popular holiday attraction. Here's how.

When thinking of Seattle-area holiday lights, you’ve likely heard of Fantasy Lights at Lake Spanaway. Maybe you’ve even packed up the car and driven through the colorful spectacle.

There’s also another way:

Fantasy Lights is a walkable attraction for two nights only.

The dates are Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20-21, 2021. There are two sessions each night: 4:30-6:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

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Spanaway lights walk-through: how it works

Walkers of all ages and abilities, including wheelchairs and strollers, are invited to take an early, non-motorized preview of Fantasy Lights.

The catch: You have to walk a little more than 2 miles. (For some, that’s actually a bonus!)

And another bonus: There will be food trucks.

There are a limited number of tickets for each session, so plan ahead (and hope for good weather). Tickets can be purchased online for $4 per person (plus fee); kids 3 and under can go for free. Also: reserve a parking space across the street at Sprinker Recreation Center, for an additional $5. Walkers will be guided to the attraction from there.

If you plan to go the traditional route and drive through, you can start arranging that, too. Online advance ticket purchase is required. Dates this year are Nov. 26 through Jan. 2, 2022, and hours are 5:30-9 p.m. nightly. Price is per vehicle and depends on what you’re driving and what day you go; there are discount days, too. Full details here.

Fantasy Lights is the largest holiday drive-through display in the Northwest, with nearly 300 elaborate displays and thousands of sparkling lights filling the park around Lake Spanaway in Pierce County.

More holiday fun in our Family Event Calendar

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.