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.

Garden d’Lights

It’s hard to believe this Eastside staple is in its 23rd year! The annual Garden d’Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden opens Nov. 25 and runs through Dec. 31. Expect lots of familiar favorites, like Charlotte of web fame and Willie the Slug, at this Eastside tradition, but be on the lookout for some new displays and critters in the mix. Tickets are just $5 per person, and kids 10 & under are free. You can grab some with a few clicks of a button before heading over. And remember, tickets are a must, even if you’re planning to take the Littles on one of the free nights - Nov 27, 28, 29 & 30 and Dec 4, 5, 6 & 7.

photo: Curt Smith via Flickr


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