Nothing gets you into the holiday spirit quite like hopping in the car and hunting down the most extravagant Christmas light displays in Seattle. Here’s a list of neighborhoods and special events that highlight the best Seattle has to offer!
Seattle Neighborhood Christmas Light Displays
Candy Cane Lane (Ravenna)
Beginning December 15th and running through the New Year, this is Seattle’s best drive or walk-thru light display. It’s a free loop through the neighborhood of Park Road and Ravenna Boulevard (from 4-11 p.m.), and has been a community event since 1941. You don’t want to miss this one.
Northeast Park Road, off Ravenna Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98105
Kerry Park Viewpoint (Queen Ann Hill)
Kerry Park has some of the most spectacular views of Seattle’s skyline. This event is free, and offers some of the best views in town.
211 W. Highland Dr. Seattle, WA.
Timberline Neighborhood (Sammamish)
This neighborhood creates a holiday buzz every year with their famous light displays. Almost every house goes all out with display themes such as the Polar Express and the Grinch the Stole Christmas.
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Olympic Manor (Ballard Neighborhood)
These historic homes are a sight to see even when they’re not lit up with holiday spirit. Since the event draws big crowds, it’s recommended to park and take a walk through the neighborhood instead of trying to drive through.
Between N.W. 75th and N.W. 100th in North Seattle
Light Display Events in Seattle
WildLights (Woodland Pakt Zoo, Seattle)
With over 600,000 LED lights, Wildlights is a magical animal wonderland for the whole family. There’s plenty for kids to do like a carousel, Christmas story telling, and even snowball fights. But this place isn’t just for the kids—adults can enjoy the holiday beer and wine garden. Santa will make a special appearance every Friday-Sunday until January 3rd, and also Dec. 21-23. Tickets range from $6.95-$9.95. Purchase tickets online here: zoo.org/wildlights
Garden d’Lights (Bellevue Botanical Garden)
Looking for an affordable Christmas light show that you can enjoy year after year? For only $5 (ages 10 and under are FREE), see hundreds of thousands of colored lights that resemble beautiful flowers and bugs, and even a smoking dragon. This event gets very crowded, so it’s recommended to go early in the night or buy your tickets ahead of time on their website. See the Garden d’Lights daily until January 2nd, with special free admission nights (see website).www.gardendlights.org
Snowflake Lane at The Bellevue Collection is a winter wonderland every night. From live toy soldier drummers to animated snow characters, this nightly performance is a holiday spectacle you won”t want to miss. Admission is free, and the fun starts at 7 pm nightly from November 27 – December 24th. Learn more about the event here: snowflakelane.com