Seattle Holiday Christmas Lights Guide

Dated: 12/03/2013

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Do you remember hopping in the family truckster and driving around town looking at lights during the holiday season? It’s a fun and nostalgic thing to do around town, and now you can just follow the Team Troy guide to Christmas lights viewing and off you go:  

Neighborhoods:  

1.Candy Cane Lane, Ravenna: A tried and true Seattle lights scene is located on NE Park Road, just past 20th. Each house goes over the top in this northeast Seattle neighborhood.  At least 25-30 houses are decked out in lights and decorations, and there is even a hot cocoa stand set up before you enter.  The best part? It’s free!
 
2. Olympic Manor: It is actually a part of the HOA that you decorate your house for the holidays.  If you grew up in Seattle, odds are Olympic Manor’s reputation precedes itself.  Start at Northwest 85th Street and 23rd Avenue Northwest in Greenwood.

3. Kerry Park Viewpoint: After driving through the display of the old Victorian homes on Queen Anne hill, head to Kerry Park for the best view of the lighted Christmas tree a top the Space Needle. It’s free too. 211 W. Highland Drive, Seattle, WA.
4. Woodinville Wonderland, 23620 NE 183rd Street in Woodinville. Many homes claim, to have the best holiday lights, but this one consistently makes it to the top of visitor’s lists with over 100,000 lights.  The family spends about a month setting this up and collects donations for the Special Olympics.

5. Timberline Neighborhood in Sammamish: This neighborhood gets a lot of buzz each year. Residents deck out their homes in lights displays including a Grinch House and the Polar Bear Express Station at N.E. 42nd Street and 204th Avenue N.E.
Displays:
1. Spanaway Park: The Pierce County Parks and Recreation puts on quite a lights show in its two-mile drive-through display. There are over 300 elaborate displays and thousands of sparkling lights. You can tune in to 93.7 to listen to holiday music while you drive. The cost is $13 per vehicle.  Print a coupon for $3 off: http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/index.aspx?NID=2301
 
2. Wildlights, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle: The Woodland Park Zoo’s second annual holiday lights show is bigger and brighter this year, with wild creatures and scenes illuminated by thousands of LED lights.  You can walk through with your family from Nov. 29 – Jan. 4, closed on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. Tickets are $6.50-$9.50 and you can purchase them ahead of time on their website: http://www.zoo.org/wildlights
3. Country Village, Bothell: This holiday light display in Bothell features a 40-ft sea serpent, giant dragonfly, and fiddling pig. Children can greet Santa with traditional tree lighting, caroling, and hot roasted chestnuts. A free event on December 7.
4. Garden D’Lights at  Bellevue Botanical Garden: Annual Lights show is stunning and affordable at only $5 per person, and kids 10 and under are free.  It features half a million colored lights twisted by volunteers into fanciful flower and critter shapes. Free admission on Dec. 2, 3, 4, 5, and Dec. 9, 10, 11, 12.      

Troy Anderson

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