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.

Menashe Family Lights

West Seattleites have long loved visiting the Menashe Family Lights at 5605 Beach Dr. SW. With over 340,000 lights strung around the property, alongside blow-up characters, animated animals, a manger scene with vintage figures and a sweet little train that captivates the kidlets, this is one display that’s brimming with holiday cheer. In year’s past, the Menashe’s have invited Santa and Mrs. Claus to make an appearance and even unleashed gentle flurries on the gathered crowd. Who knows what special additions will be made this year! Plan to park the car along the street and get out to wander (and wonder) at this dazzling display.

Keep an eye on the West Seattle Blog for opening dates and special appearances.

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