Washington November 26, 2016
Here Are The 10 Most Enchanting, Magical Christmas Towns In Washington
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Washington! Across the state, people are getting geared up for all the holiday parades and festivals of lights to come. Most of our cities and towns show their Christmas spirit somehow, but these 10 locations seem especially magical this time of year.
Of course, our Bavarian village tops the list. The annual Christmas lighting ceremony draws thousands of people a year to Leavenworth, but the decorated downtown and abundance of Christmas shops makes this town a must for anyone who needs some holiday cheer.
Stanwood is home to the Lights of Christmas Festival, a time when over one million lights light up Warm Beach Camp. The festivities begin on December 1st this year.
Ready to have yourself a coastal Christmas? Anacortes gets into the spirit early with their Nutcracker Holiday Gift Show in November, which kicks off a host of holiday activities. Their annual tree lighting ceremony is December 2nd, with a Holiday Art Walk happening the same day.
Step back in time at Puyallup’s Victorian Country Christmas Festival, happening November 30 - December 4 at the Washington State Fair Events Center. Between Santa’s Village and the Winter Wine Garden, you’ll find plenty of holiday cheer.
The Christmas Lighted Boat Parade is happening on December 2nd and 3rd this year, lighting up the Columbia River starting at the Clover Island Yacht Club. The annual Senske light show is also a local tradition, located at 400 N. Quay.
Spokane gets into the holiday spirit with numerous private Christmas light displays and local events. On December 9, the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center hosts the Winter Glow Spectacular, with light displays, crafts, refreshments and fireworks (on two nights).
Shelton is known as “Christmas Town USA” due to its abundance of Christmas tree farms. The town also hosts a holiday parade downtown, which will be December 6th this year.
It’s not a public parade but a private family home that puts Issaquah on this list. Every year, the Ginnaty family has put on a magnificent Christmas light show they allow the public to come and see. The address is 9325 240th Avenue SE, and the display is usually up from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. There is no charge, but the family accepts donations for Toys for Tots.
The holiday spirit is alive and well in Tacoma. Point Defiance Zoo hosts the dazzling ZooLights event every year, and there’s always a free tree lighting ceremony.
You can depart on the Polar Express or Santa Steam Train from Chehalis, but you’ll definitely want to return to explore the town. Their annual Santa Parade is on December 3, and the Nutcracker is playing locally on December 16-18.
Washington is such a magical place to be during the holiday season. Looking for more Christmas cheer? Check out these local light displays.