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.

Woodinville Wonderland

A true winter wonderland, this magical display (located at 23620 N.E. 183rd St. in Woodinville) will have you and your little elves believing in the magic of Christmas from the first minute you see it. The nightly display that runs from Dec. 1-Jan. 1 features two, 48-minute shows cycling through over 30 songs each, plus two masters of ceremonies. Rudy the Reindeer and Elfus the Elf tell jokes and make announcements throughout the show, and generally keep everyone entertained.

Families are encouraged to get out of their cars to explore (creator Mark Zembruski’s got speakers on the lawn so you won’t miss a thing and sometimes he’s even outside passing out candy canes!). It’s okay if you don’t get a chance to see everything the first time around, come back for a second time later in the month. Tune into 101.9 FM for the programming, then take in the wonder of the season! And if the season’s got you in the mood to spread some good will to others, donating to Washington Special Olympics and the Northshore Wranglers through Woodinville Wonderland is a good way to do it. Last year they split the $8,288 they collected between the two, and over the years they’ve raised nearly $50,000 for these two causes.

Find them on Facebook.

photo: Woodinville Wonderland

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