Christmas is right around the corner, but there’s still time to squeeze some more holiday spirit out of the season. Christmas light viewing is right up there on the list with cookie baking and Christmas tree hunting. There’s not much that beats bundling up with mittens and hot cocoa and setting off through the neighborhoods in search of the best Christmas light displays. And Seattle can definitely do Christmas lights.
Looking for a quintessential Christmas village, 10-foot candy canes and all? There’s a display for that. A few grandiose nativity scenes? There’s a display for that. Lighted trains and inflatables? There’s a display for that. If neighborhood spectacles aren’t enough for your little elves, there are plenty of more options on a grander scheme, from Woodland Park’s WildLights to Bellevue’s Garden d’Lights. And the best part? It doesn’t cost a thing! Except perhaps a couple of cocoas.
Numero Uno on my list for best light displays in Seattle is Olympic Manor, near Greenwood. Like Candy Cane Lane, their homeowners association “encourages” each house to decorate for Christmas, and from what I could tell, each house went above and beyond a string of lights. Plus, it’s much bigger than Candy Cane Lane, so there’s no traffic jams (and more lights!)
Start at Northwest 85th Street and 23rd Avenue Northwest
Candy Cane Lane
Of course I still love one of Seattle’s longest running display of lights! The charming neighborhood of Park Road in Ravenna has been lighting up Christmas since 1941. I still remember driving past the beautifully decorated Tudor homes with my grandma and brothers over 20 years ago.
Dec 15 – Jan 1, 4pm-11pm (midnight on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve).
Northeast Park Road, off Ravenna Boulevard
Head to Greenlake for a music & lights show! When you arrive, tune your radio to 102.1 FM, and watch as the magic happens! 30,000+ lights are synchronized to music.
Greenlake, 5pm-11pm daily
For over a decade, Bothell resident and Christmas enthusiast, Jeff Keener, has been spreading holiday cheer through over 100,000 lights. Visitors are welcome to drive through the huge circular driveway while admiring 1.5 acres of light displays.
Daily 6pm-10pm (11pm on Weekends)
16504 112 Place, Bothell
Kerry Park Viewpoint
Kerry Park isn’t just great for sunsets; it also boasts one of the best views of Seattle’s Christmas lights. From the gorgeously decorated homes of Queen Anne HIll to the tree topping the Space Needle, the views are like a postcard from the North Pole.
211 W. Highland Dr.
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***And please add your favorite light displays!!