Are you excited for Christmas? It’s only a couple of weeks away, and there’s nothing that will get you more in the spirit than an extravagant light display! Many are cheap or even free to attend, and all of our local setups in Washington are sure to blow you away. If you’re feeling festive, here are 12 of the most amazing displays in the Northwest to light up your holiday season:
1. Zoolights, Tacoma
You'll never experience anything quite like this event at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. It runs until January 3rd and features several 3-D animal displays, as well as one of the iconic Mount Rainier and Tacoma Narrows Bridge. There are also lots of other activities to check out from a magical carousel to a camel ride surrounded by twinkling lights.
2. Christmas Lighting Festival, Leavenworth
The first three weekends in December are full of half a million lights and holiday cheer at this event in our state's
! While you're out visiting this magical Christmas town this winter, be sure to browse through Kris Kringl, Washington's premiere Christmas store.
3. Senske Light Show, Kennewick
Residents near the Tri-Cities can celebrate a very merry Christmas at this animated display coming up on December 11th & 12th, as well as next Saturday on the 19th. Dutch Bros. Coffee and Between the Buns will also be there to provide hot drinks and food, with proceeds going to 2nd Harvest charity. And the best part of it all? It's absolutely free to attend!
4. Wildlights, Seattle
If you're near the big city, this event at the Woodland Park Zoo is definitely one of the most exciting ones to check out this season. They'll be showcasing 600,000 energy-efficient LED lights to re-create animals along the zoo's pathways, as well as a carousel and a fantastic Holiday Beer and Wine Garden. This family favorite event will be open until January 3, from 5:30-8:30pm.
5. The Lights of Christmas, Stanwood
More than a million Christmas lights will twinkle at Warm Beach Camp this holiday season! The Lights of Christmas Festival is the largest holiday light display in the entire Pacific Northwest and will be going on December 10-13, 17-23, and 26-29.
6. Garden D'Lights, Bellevue
If you think our state's botanical gardens are lovely during the regular season, wait until you see them covered in dozens of lights for the holidays! This dazzling display can be viewed at the Bellevue Botanical Garden until January 2, 2016.
7. Keener's Christmas, Bothell
This holiday set-up features thousands of lights and unique vintage displays! Visitors will be able to enjoy a magical experience while driving through the acre-and-a-half property on a 300-foot circular driveway. It will be open everyday at 16504 112 Place NE in Bothell from 6pm till 10pm until New Year's Eve!
Here's a sneak peak of the magic: VIDEO
8. Winter Glow Spectacular, Spokane
Spokane's premiere holiday lighting event can be found here at Riverfront Park! The area's transformed into a total winter wonderland full of music, spectacular lighting, and plenty of Christmas cheer. They'll be celebrating everyday from 5 to 9pm until January 1.
9. The Lights at Ken Lake, Olympia
You might have seen our state's waterfalls before, but have you ever seen one made out of Christmas lights? This one-of-a-kind display in our state's capital is sequenced to music for the ultimate holiday experience. The show will run from 5pm-10pm on weekdays and 5pm-11pm on weekends until December 27th, located at 2228 Lakemoor Dr SW.
10. Fantasy Lights, Spanaway
This event in Spanaway Park is the largest holiday drive-through display in the Northwest! They'll be featuring nearly 300 elaborate displays and thousands of sparkling lights on a two-mile drive along Spanaway Lake, up until January 1st.
11. Holidays With Lights, Federal Way
You may have been to this theme park during the summer, or stopped by their Frightfest event for Halloween - but this attraction puts on a wonderful event this time of year as well! Admission is only about $10 to see dozens of twinkling lights, not to mention the chance to get on some of your favorite rollercoaster rides during the winter.
12. Ivar's Clam Lights, Renton
This classic display of lights decorates dozens of trees and shrubs along a walkable path in Gene Coulon Memorial Park and is completely free of charge to see! The exciting event's already kicked off for the season and will be open every night from 5 to 9pm until January 1.
Where else can you see a dazzling light display in Washington this holiday season? Add to this list below!