Falling snow, holiday tunes, Santa sightings and the way your sidekick’s face lights up at brightly colored light displays—it’s what the magic of the holiday season is all about. This year, delight your crew of elves with a drive to see Seattle’s most spectacular neighborhood displays. Synched to music, complete with Santa meet and greets, and sometimes a sprinkling of snow, these good neighbors know how to make winter wishes come true! Flip through the gallery to find one in your ‘hood.

Ivar’s Clam Lights

Dance with the clams at Ivar’s 23rd Annual Clam Light display at Gene Coulon Memorial Park in Renton. The party starts December 1 with a tree lighting ceremony, Santa pics (between 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.) and an Argosy Christmas Cruise Ship drive-by around 7 p.m. After the initial kick-off, families can stroll along the stunning mile-long loop around brightly decorated trees and bushes that shine with the season. And don’t forget that killer waterfront view, plus plenty of space for your active kiddo to burn off energy. This popular display runs nightly from 5 p.m.-9 p.m., through the New Year.

photo: Kristina Moy

Good to Know
Be sure to check the Facebook pages of your favorite displays for progress reports, scheduling changes and amazing photos of what you’ll see. We’ve linked them up for you to make it easy!

Do you have a favorite light display to add? Tell us in the comments below!

— Allison Sutcliffe