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Best Holiday Light Displays in Puget Sound

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Though the nights are longer in the Pacific Northwest during the holidays, the joy and childlike wonder of sparkly lights makes the night sky bright! Come out and enjoy one of these festive holiday traditions.

Fantasy Lights
November 22 – January 1, 2013
5:30pm – 9:00pm nightly
Spanaway Park
Military Road at 152nd St (Across from Sprinker Rec Center)
Spanaway, WA, 98387
http://www.co.pierce.wa.us

Pierce County Parks and Recreation is pleased to present the 18th annual ‘Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park’ the largest holiday drive-through display in the Northwest, featuring nearly 300 elaborate displays and thousands of sparkling lights. The beautiful two-mile drive along Spanaway Lake has become a memorable lakeside tradition for the entire family. You will also marvel at several new attractions this year including the gingerbread family on a slide, outdoor volleyball players and the mystical LED light tunnel. As you drive, dial your car radio to FM 93.7 to listen to selections of special holiday music performed by a local high school, which adds to the festive atmosphere of the park. Open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, too!

WildLights
November 23 – January 1, 2013
5:30pm – 8:30pm
(no show on December 24)
Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
206.548.2500
http://www.zoo.org

Introducing Seattle’s first ever winter lights festival at the zoo! WildLights features wild animals and wild places recreated in thousands of sparkling LED lights. Experience amazing indoor and outdoor displays, ride the zoo’s Historic Carousel (additional fee), see a few of our animal friends, including visiting reindeer, and enjoy family fun and live entertainment. Until December 13: Adults: $8.50; Children (ages 3 – 12): $6.50; Toddlers (2 and under): FREE. December 14 and after: Adults: $9.50; Children (ages 3 – 12): $6.50; Toddlers (2 and under): FREE.

Garden d’Lights
November 24 – December 31
5:00pm – 10:00pm
Every Evening Including Holidays (last entry at 9:30pm)
Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street
Bellevue, WA 98005
http://www.gardendlights.org

The enormously popular Garden d’Lights festival features over ½ million lights which transforms the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Over 150,000 people enjoy this dazzling display each December! Tickets $5/person. Children 10 and under are FREE. Check the website for special nights and parking information.

ZooLights
November 23 to January 1, 2013
(no show on December 24)
5:00pm – 9:00pm nightly
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
5400 N Pearl Street
Tacoma, WA 98407
253.591.5337
http://www.pdza.org

Bundle up and stroll the Zoo on its 25th anniversary of ZooLights as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights! Sip hot cocoa while you explore seas of dazzling lights and breathtaking displays of ice-skating puffins, playful tiger cubs, the massive flame tree and the new Giant Pacific Octopus. Warm up with the sharks in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, and watch Santa scuba-dive with sharks. Ride a camel, take a spin on the antique carousel and experience the thrill of ziplining through the trees. $8.50 at Zoo’s front gate; $7.25 Online and Fred Meyer stores; FREE: Children 2 & younger; Parking: Free.

Ivar’s Clam Lights 19th Annual Holiday Festival
November 30 – January 1, 2013
5:00pm – 9:00pm
Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park‎
1201 Lake Washington Boulevard North
Renton, WA 98056
http://www.Ivars.com

One of the top regional FREE holiday lighting displays is upon us. Ivar’s Clam Lights hosted at Gene Coulon Beach Memorial Beach Park located off the shores of Lake Washington in the city of Renton is transformed into a winter wonderland.

Holiday With Lights
December 14 – December 31
Sunday through Thursday 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday and Saturday 6:00pm – 11:00pm
(no show December 24 and 25)
Wild Waves Theme Park
36201 Enchanted Pkwy S
Federal Way, WA 98003
253.661.8000
http://www.WildWaves.com

Bring the entire family and celebrate the true meaning of this magical season at Wild Waves Theme Park. Start the celebration on one of your favorite rides, explore the glow of the dazzling light, visit Santa at the North Pole, and enjoy the sounds of the season at one of the entertainment shows. However you decide to start your holiday adventure at the park, you’ll head home with beautiful holiday moments that will last a lifetime! Tickets start at $12.99. Details online.

The Lights of Christmas
November 29 – December 2; December 6-9, 13-16, 18-23, and 26-29
5:00pm – 10:00pm
20800 Marine Drive
Stanwood, WA 98292
360.652.7575
http://www.warmbeach.com

More than 1 million Christmas lights on display, a spectacle spread over 15 acres at Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood, WA. The Lights of Christmas offers live music, theater, crafts, pony rides, a petting farm, and Polar Express Train rides. Visitors can shop for Christmas gifts, listen to carolers, attend a dinner theater and visit with Santa Claus or Bruce the Spruce, the talking Christmas tree. Food choices will range from clam chowder, and kettle corn to rib tips, chef salad, corn dogs and apple pie. Tickets start at $9.00. Purchase tickets online.

Candy Cane Lane
December 8 – January 1, 2013
4:00pm – 11:00pm nightly
Northeast Park Road, off Ravenna Boulevard
Seattle, WA 98105

A Seattle neighborhood tradition for over half a century. Cars (and even busses) come through to see this spectacular display. The Candy Cane Lane Christmas light display can be found at NE Park Road, off 20th Avenue NE and Ravenna Boulevard in the University District.

West Seattle Lights
November 23 – December 31
3908 SW Charlestown
Seattle, WA 98116
http://www.westseattlelights.com

Christmas Lights synced to music in beautiful West Seattle! This is an annual display put on by the Helmstetler family. The viewing is free; donations are welcome for the West Seattle Food Bank and the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation. “Special Shows” on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve that will run from 4:00pm til Midnight. Check the website for show times.

Woodinville Wonderland
December 1 – January 1, 2013
5:00pm – 9:00pm Sun. – Thurs.
5:00pm – 10:00pm Fri. – Sat.
(no shows on Monday December 3, 10 or 17)
23620 NE 183rd Street
Woodinville, WA 98077
http://www.woodinvillewonderland.com

Celebrating the Magic that is Christmas in a rural setting! Woodinville Wonderland is the annual Christmas lighting display of the Zembruski family. Creating Christmas memories and Holiday traditions through the wonder of lights and sound. There is something for everyone here to appreciate, a tasteful blend of Traditional and Technical.

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