NOVEMBER 22-DECEMBER 29
Following a successful first year, Enchant Christmas will transform T-Mobile Park into a winter wonderland complete with an impressive light maze, light sculptures, a market curated by Urban Craft Uprising, and more. This year’s theme is “Mischievous,” so expect to see sly little elves roaming about.
NOVEMBER 23-JANUARY 1
Spanaway Park will be illuminated with dazzling light displays and scattered with food trucks for your strolling pleasure.
NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 22
Christmas at the Mansion
Per holiday tradition, visitors can marvel at Puyallup’s historic Meeker Mansion decked out in Victorian-style Christmas decorations (with 21st-century LED lights).
NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 23
Christmas Ship Festival
The Puget Sound is filled with lights throughout the holiday season, but no vessel can compete with Argosy Cruises’ Christmas Ship, which docks in 65 waterfront communities to serenade people onshore and onboard with its resident choir. Those who choose to board the ship will enjoy photos with Santa, a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and kids’ activities. For a less family-oriented option, you can trail behind in a 21+ boat with rotating themes each week. It’s also free to watch from the shore.
NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 24
Every year, downtown Bellevue turns into a winter wonderland not just for one night but for a whole dang month, with (fake) falling snow, jolly live music, and a nightly parade filled with dancers and toy drummers. FREE!
NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 29
The Lights of Christmas Festival
Meet Santa, have some snacks, hear stories and music, pay a visit to Baby J at the Nativity, shop, and pet friendly animals at “the largest holiday festival in the Northwest.”
NOVEMBER 29-JANUARY 5
The zoo will light up with thousands upon thousands of (energy-efficient) LED lights that recreate wild scenes and creatures. You can also throw fake snowballs at your friends, get up close with certain animal residents, and sip hot chocolate.
Holiday traditions don’t get more classic than strolling through the zoo when it’s transformed into a luminous wonderland of 3-D animal light installations. Displays from previous years have included hammerhead sharks and sea turtles, a majestic polar bear family, and a giant Pacific octopus.
NOVEMBER 29-JANUARY 6
This year, Santa is enlisting the help of young princes and princesses in helping him find six hidden presents. In addition to the prize-bearing hunt, this kid-oriented indoor festival will also have a gift market (complete with fresh produce and seasonal treats) and a light display.
NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 30
Bright Nights in Burien
Burien Town Square Park will come aglow with twinkly lights every night of the season.
NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 31
Whimsical flora and fauna, birds, animals, and cascading waterfalls get the holiday light treatment at Bellevue Botanical Garden’s annual display. (To be clear, actual birds and animals will not be strung with lights.) Wander the grounds and take photos among the “half a million” bulbs.
NOVEMBER 30-JANUARY 1
Check out over 200 LED-lit monkeys (Phinney’s definitive mascot) at WildLights and around neighborhood businesses throughout the holiday season. On opening night, enjoy free refreshments and a performance from OK Chorale at the Phinney Neighborhood Association.
Evergreen Lights 2019
Over half a million lights will dance around to live music every night of December. Watch the show from a heated viewing area and keep extra warm with cocoa and cookies.
Seattle’s Best Holiday Lights Tour!
A festively decorated mini-bus will cart you across the most twinkly-lit neighborhoods in town. Bring your own (non-alcoholic) beverages and sing along to holiday tunes.
Maple Leaf Lights
Take some time to appreciate the lengths to which people have gone to illuminate their houses with impressive Christmas light displays.
Christmas Lighting Festival
Holiday cheer abounds in Washington’s own Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth, which celebrates the season with live Christmas music, visits from both St. Nickolaus and Santa Claus, sledding, and more—all culminating in glorious lighting ceremonies every Saturday and Sunday.
DECEMBER 6-JANUARY 1
Clam Lights Presented by Ivar’s Restaurants
Every night, Ivar’s powers up the park with thousands of Christmas lights depicting various clammy characters. Is this where clams go to heaven after you eat them at Ivar’s?
DECEMBER 6-JANUARY 19
Snow Day SLU
Denny Park’s winter light display will provide a magical, twinkly respite with a light display, food trucks, a beer garden, live entertainment, and a winter market. Check out the Grand Opening Party for some extra fun.
South Lake Union
DECEMBER 7-JANUARY 1
Candy Cane Lane Holiday Lights Festival
1920s-era Tudor homes in Ravenna have been boasting impressive light displays every holiday season since 1949. Stroll along Northeast Park Road taking in Nutcracker-themed havens complete with sleighs, reindeer, sugar plum fairies, and blow-up candy canes galore.
Giant Menorah lighting & Gelt Drop in Ballard
The first night of Hanukkah will be met with a menorah lighting, traditional treats like latkes, jelly doughnuts, and chocolate coins (which will rain down from an extended fire ladder in a “Great Gelt Drop”), and kids’ activities.
Grand Menorah Lighting at Kirkland Marina Park
A human dreidel on stilts will shower you with Gelt on the first night of Hanukkah—can’t get more festive than that. Also on the docket: a giant menorah lighting and live music.
Grand Menorah Lighting at Volunteer Park
Join Chabad of Capitol Hill for a menorah lighting on the first night of Hanukkah.
Light up the Night – Burger Fest
Spend the night before Hanukkah witnessing Westlake Park’s giant menorah lighting, eating gourmet burgers, latkes, and doughnuts, sipping hot beverages, and learning about Judaism from a Mitzvah tank.
THROUGH DECEMBER 23
Holiday Parade of Lights Dinner Cruise
Stay warm with hot cider and winter cocktails aboard a ship adorned with holiday lights. The cruise liner will be one of many decked-out vessels on the water.