Washington December 20, 2016
The Christmas Lights Road Trip Through Washington That’s Nothing Short Of Magical
We hate to admit it, but the days of the beautiful light displays shimmering across Washington are numbered. But don’t worry, there’s still time to see some of our state’s most dazzling displays. This little road trip route will take you to some of western Washington’s finest Christmas lights, and it can easily be done in two days if you time it right. If you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, you will be after you make this journey.
1. Maytown’s Christmas Island, 2920 Tierney St. SW, Olympia
Christmas Island in Maytown is known as the Bethlehem of Thurston County. What started as a very small scene in 1998 has become quite the display at the Maytown Assembly of God. Lighting begins every night at 5:30, and while donations are accepted, the display is free to see.
2. ZooLights, Point Defiance Zoo, Tacoma
Next, head up to Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo to see it transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with over half a million lights. Admission is just $8.50 (for non-members) and there are several fun activities available in addition to all the shimmering lights. The fun lasts until 9 PM, so take your time and end your evening here.
3. Garden d’Lights, Bellevue Botanical Gardens, Bellevue
Your next stop is the beautiful Garden d’Lights display at Bellevue Botanical Gardens. The displays come on at 4:30 PM here, and it won’t take you too long to get a glimpse of the half a million lights that make this place look so magical.
4. Wildlights, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N. , Seattle
Seattle’s zoo also gets into the holiday spirit with their Wildlights display. The sparkling lights and faux snowball fights last from 5:30-8:30 PM each night, with Santa making regular appearances as well. Tickets cost $9.95 for adults and $7.95 for children, and admission is free for toddlers two and under.
5. The Lights of Christmas, 20800 Marine Drive., Stanwood
The Lights of Christmas at Stanwood’s Warm Beach is the perfect place to end a Christmas Light road trip. You’ll step out of your car and be greeted by the smell of fresh hot donuts, the sound of caroling, and the sight of over one million lights. The party lasts until 10 PM here, with the cost of the $16 admission fee ($11 for children 3 and over) allowing you access to the nightly festival that includes entertainment stages, pony rides, a Polar Express train, storytelling, a nativity scene, a petting farm and Santa Claus (through December 23). Overnight accommodations are offered nearby so you can enjoy the party until closing time and then spend the night.
Can you believe Christmas is almost here? How many of
these enchanting things have you done?