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Dazzle ‘Em With These 18 Holiday Light Displays

There’s nothing like driving through a neighborhood decked in lights or watching a synched display set to Christmas music to get you in the holiday spirit. While there are dozens of twinkling displays across the city to check out, we’ve rounded up the best holiday light displays the Emerald City has to offer this year. Scroll down and prepare to be dazzled!

photo: Maple Leaf Lights

Maple Leaf Lights

A relatively new display, Maple Leaf Lights, located at 845 N.E. 88th Street in Seattle, is gearing up for another bright season in 2019. They’ve added to their collection, and are excited to share the expanded display with visitors. The nightly show features close to 80,000 lights synchronized to music, so families can enjoy all this show has to offer without braving the elements (sounds like a jammie trip to us!). Head over to check out this North Seattle display Sundays through Thursdays, from 4:30 p.m.–9 p.m. or Fridays and Saturdays until 10 p.m. The display will go live on December 1st and will keep visitors entertained until January 4, 2020.  

Location: 845 N.E. 88th St., Seattle, WA 98115
Dates: Dec. 1, 2019-Jan. 4, 2020
Times: Sun.-Thurs., 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Free
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photo: Don Detrick

Snoqualmie Winter Lights

The city of Snoqualmie is getting in on the lighted action this year with their first annual Winter Lights event. The festivities kick off on Saturday, December 7 with a tree lighting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., as well as horse-drawn wagon rides, ice carving, special treats and selfies with Santa. Families can enjoy the lights nightly from the inaugural event through January 7. To get the full effect of this town-wide display, start at the Salish Lodge (park across the street and take the pedestrian bridge over), where you’ll find dazzling trees and figurines throughout the hotel’s lobby. Between there and the Majestic Walnut Tree (stop 10 of 10), you’ll find eight other bright spots to add holiday magic to your night. As you wander, remember to stop at the gazebo in town (stop 5), where kids can place their letter to Santa in his personal mailbox. The route is stroller friendly and includes plenty of family-friendly spots to sit and grab a bite to eat or warm up with a cup of cocoa and a cookie as you weave through town.

Holiday extra: If you want to make a day of it, add a Santa train ride to your day before you view the lights.

Location: Historic Downtown Snoqualmie
Dates: Dec. 7, 2019-Jan. 7, 2020
Times: 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
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photo: Keener's Christmas

Keener's Christmas Light Display

The award-winning Keener’s Christmas light display in Bothell is a north end favorite for oh-so many reasons. Located at 16504 112 Pl. in Bothell, this traditional light display is put on with a whole lotta love (not to mention skill!) by Jeff Keener and his wife Candice. As you drive through the towering arch, you land in the middle of over 500,000 lights, for a truly magical effect. And if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of Santa or even shake his hand as he passes out candy canes along the circular drive. The display, and all the hard work put into it, helps raise money for the Strong Against Cancer foundation and HopeLink of Kirkland, so bring your spare coins and dollars if you’ve got them. You’ll see the donation drop when you drive through the 15-foot high arch on the circular driveway.

Note: This is a drive thru only display; no parking or walking.

Location: 16504 112 Pl. N.E., Bothell, WA 98011
Dates: Nov. 29-Dec. 31, 2019
Times: 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Free
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photo: Evergreen Church

Evergreen Christmas Lights Show

The folks at Evergreen Church in Bothell (located at 3429 240th St. S.E.) hope you and the kids will stop by to wonder at the light display they’ve been working on for months. The Littles will be entertained by over 500,000 bright lights dancing to choreographed music while parents can snuggle up under the heat lamps. Head inside for Christmas cookies and cocoa and of course, a holiday picture after you’ve followed the decked out train through the lighted tunnel. Psst! Remember to bundle up for this one because "snow" is in the forecast every 30 minutes! The show runs nightly from 5 p.m.-10 p.m., starting on Dec. 1. Merry, merry!

Good to know: Although the light display runs through New Year's Day, hot cocoa, cookies and the train end on Dec. 24, 2019.

Location: 3429 240th St. S.E., Bothell, WA 98021
Dates: Dec. 1, 2019-Jan. 1, 2020
Times: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Free
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photo: The Very Merry Christmas House

The Very Merry Christmas House

Be sure to put the Best Of Washington's 2015 winner on your driving route this year. Gena Laws and fam have taken down their Halloween light display and are hard at work getting the Christmas one installed! Expect lots of fake snow, handmade displays and over 65,000 twinkling beauties as you watch the synchronized display (located at 30211 176th Ave. S.E. in Kent) with your crew. This is a get out and wander show (with tons of photo ops too!) that’s made from totally green materials the Laws have saved from the landfill. They spend the year going to garage sales, taking donations and scrolling Craig’s List ads to find everything you see in their fanciful display.

Plan to come any time after dusk (around 4:30 p.m.) to catch the show, and tune into 89.1 FM to synch with the music. Lawn speakers are set out too, so you won’t miss anything if you get out to take an up-close look with your mini-me. And if the spirit of the season moves you, bring some canned food to support the Black Diamond Senior Center and Food Bank. Over the past eight years, The Very Merry Christmas display has collected over 15,000 pounds of food for the organization.

Location: 30211 176th Ave. S.E., Kent, WA 98042 (follow signs off of Covington/Sawyer Rd. & 179th)
Dates: Nov. 29, 2019-early Jan. 2020 (check their Facebook page for updates)
Times: 4:30 p.m. (or dusk)-11:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (donations accepted)
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photo: Kristina Moy

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.

Good to know: The Menashe Family Lights were featured in an episode of ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight last year! Keep an eye on the West Seattle Blog for 2019 updates. 

Location: 5605 Beach Dr. SW., Seattle, WA 98136
Dates: Dec. 1-31, 2019 
Times: 2019 times TBD (typically dusk-10 p.m.)
Cost: Free 
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photo: Enchant Christmas

Enchant Christmas Light Maze: Mischievous

If “go big or go home” is your family’s holiday motto, then ask Santa for tickets to Enchant Christmas at T-Mobile Park. Now in its second year, this is one holiday bonanza your fam will remember. At the heart of this light display is the story of Eddie the Elf, who's hidden eight gifts within the maze. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find all the gifts before Christmas Eve. We think you're up to the task. Once your kids have saved Christmas, they can strap on ice skates and hit the skating trail before sitting down with St. Nick to pose for a pic. Feel free to snap your own photos at this magical photo spot or take advantage of the pro photogs they'll have on site (for a fee) all season long. And if your kids are still wide awake, you can visit the Christmas Market or sip hot cocoa and much on cookies before heading home. The display opens November 22 and runs through December 29. Grab your ticket soon!

Location: T-Mobile Park, 1250 1st Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98134
Dates: Nov. 22-Dec. 29, 2019
Times: Nov. 22-Dec. 12: Mon.-Thurs., 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sun., 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Dec. 13-30: 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
Cost: $19.99 & up (3 & under Free)
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photo: West Seattle Lights & Maple Valley Lights

West Seattle Lights & Maple Valley Lights

West Seattle Lights and Maple Valley Lights now put on their spectacular, computerized display in two locations! So whether you’re on the west side or the south side, you can load up the kidlets and enjoy the show. In West Seattle, families will find the familiar fave, Helmstetler house (located at 3908 S.W. Charlestown), decked out from head to toe in bright lights, ready to "dance” to the music while mom, dad and the kids sip cocoa in the car. And the light display in Maple Valley (located at 22629 S.E. 263rd Pl.) offers the same to bundled-up onlookers.

Whatever location you choose, check the schedule before heading out (the programs run nightly from Dec. 1 through New Year’s Eve), and then tune in to 101.9 on your FM dial to enjoy the show from your car. And if you would like to drop off a donation, food donations for the West Seattle and Maple Valley Food Banks are accepted at their respective locations, or you can give a little green to benefit The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation in West Seattle, and Vine Maple Place in Maple Valley. Good causes, good night!

Location: 3908 S.W. Charlestown, Seattle, WA 98116 
Dates: Dec. 1-31, 2019
Times: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Free (donations accepted)
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Location: 22629 S.E. 263rd Pl., Maple Valley, WA 98038
Dates: Dec. 1-31, 2019
Times: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Free (donations accepted)
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Ravenna's Candy Cane Lane

Twenty three cute little houses all in a row, adorned with lights, blow ups, sleighs and reindeer are what you’ll find at this Seattle institution. Since 1949, Candy Cane Lane in Ravenna has been charming visitors far and wide with their whimsical, neighborhood display. Want the scoop on this popular event? Read up before heading out.

Location: N.E. Park Rd., just off the main drag of Ravenna Blvd. at the cross street of 21st Ave. N.E.
Dates: 2019 dates TBD (typically runs the second week of Dec.-Jan. 1)
Times: Mon.-Thurs., 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
Cost: Free 
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photo: Lumaze

Lumaze: Lost in Lights

Get ready to be dazzled at Seattle's brand-new indoor light festival. At Lumaze: Lost in Lights, families can laugh, stroll and play under the twinkle of a million lights as they explore a spectacular interactive light maze and search for Santa's lost presents. The gingerbread house playground will keep the kiddies entertained while parents kick back and enjoy seasonal beverages, delicious food and live music. And everyone in your crew will love the trackless train ride, the vendor market showcasing local artisans and boutique businesses and visiting with the big guy in red. It’s all the magic and wonder of an outdoor Christmas festival hosted inside a cozy and spacious venue at Pier 91.

Good to know: A parking shuttle will be available to and from designated event lots at Smith Cove.

Location: Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91, 2001 W. Garfield St., Seattle, WA 98119
Dates: Nov. 29, 2019-Jan. 4, 2020
Times: Varies. View the calendar here.
Cost: $14.99 & up (3 & under Free)
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photo: Mountlake Terrace Christmas Light Display

Mountlake Terrace Christmas Light Display

A lovely drive through a lighted neighborhood and favorite holiday tunes on the radio is the perfect incentive for some fun with the fam. So, fill up the tank and grab your slippers, then head out to this multi-family display in Mountlake Terrace (located between 228 St. S.W & 42nd Pl. W.) where you can take a stroll or drive around the nearly 25 houses lighting the way. This sparkling spectacular runs through New Year's Day. Away you go!

Location: 22702 42nd Pl. W., Montlake Terrace, WA 98043
Dates: Nov. 28, 2019-Jan. 1, 2020
Times: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Free
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photo: Michele Burton

Garden d'Lights

It’s hard to believe this Eastside staple is in its 25th year! The annual Garden d’Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden opens Nov. 30 and runs through Dec. 31, 2019. 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 too. Psst! Don't forget to stop by the Aaron Education Center to check out the whimsical Gingerbread Village on display there. The price is included with your ticket. Music is also on the agenda this year. Each night around 6 p.m. expect holiday songs from local musical groups to get you in the spirit.

Good to know: Tickets are just $5 per person, and kids 10 & under are free (and don't need a ticket). Tickets aren't date specific so reserve a spot today and then go when you can during the busy holiday season.

Location: Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue, WA 98005
Dates: Nov. 30-Dec. 31 2019 (including holidays)
Time: 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $5/Adults; 10 & under Free
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Issaquah's Nutcracker Lane

Each house in this Eastside cul-de-sac (190th Ave. S.E. off S.E. 44th Way) gets in on this festive display. Six-foot tall painted nutcrackers line the street and lights twinkle in the background. Get in step with the Christmas spirit when you drive around to take in this de-lightful display!

Location: 190th Ave. S.E. off S.E. 44th Way
Dates: Dec. 1-31, 2019 
Cost: Free
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Clam Lights presented by Ivar's Restaurants

Dance with the clams at Ivar’s 25th Annual Clam Lights display at Gene Coulon Memorial Park in Renton. The party starts December 6 at 5:30 p.m. and features over 200,000 lights covering the greenery in the area. Expect a tree lighting and other family-friendly activities on opening night. After the initial kick-off, families can stroll along the stunning mile-long loop and ooh and ahh at the 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 kiddos to burn off energy.

Location: Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N., Renton, WA 98056
Dates: Dec. 6, 2019-Jan. 1, 2020
Time: 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: Free (with free parking at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park)
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photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren for Woodland Park Zoo

WildLights & Zoolights

The Christmas light display canon just wouldn’t be complete without mentioning two wildly popular area faves for families.

Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights features thousands of brilliant LED lights lit up as familiar animals in their sometimes familiar, sometimes exotic habitats around the zoo property. Beyond making the rounds, families can also get in on an indoor snowball fight at Snowmazium, take a night ride on the carousel and then warm up with food and hot bevies around the WildLights firepits. Cozy up! WildLights runs Nov. 29, 2019-January 5, 2020 from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. each night (it’s closed Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 24 & 25). Tickets are available online and they can be used any night WildLights runs.

Location: Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103
Dates: Nov. 29, 2019-January 5, 2020 (closed Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 24 & 25)
Time: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $10.95-$14.95
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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s annual Zoolights festival is the other great display to catch. Each year, the grounds are decked out in their dazzling best, to wow visitors big and small. In addition to familiar faves, like the giant octopus and the Narrows Bridge, kids should keep their eyes peeled for the special baby animal lights on display. Look for the baby tapir, tamandua, wolf and beaver. After oohing and ahhing at the 3-D displays, kiddos can hop on a camel for a nighttime ride. This display goes live November 29, 2019 and runs through January 5, 2020 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. nightly. Buy tickets online to avoid the lines, or play it fast and loose when you get there, for those nights when the season’s excitement takes over your minis and a last-minute energy burn is in order.

Location: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
Dates: Nov. 29, 2019-January 5, 2020 (closed Dec. 24).
Time: 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $11-$13
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Olympic Manor Holiday Lights

The Olympic Manor Neighborhood light display (between N.W. 75th & N.W. 100th) makes for a lovely winter evening walk (or slow drive) for families. The houses in the area are decked and then decked again for a truly illuminating effect that can’t help but make you smile. Bundle up for this one!

Location: Between N.W. 75th & N.W. 100th, Seattle, WA 98117
Dates: Mid-December
Times: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Free
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Editor’s Note: 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!

—Allison Sutcliffe

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