Best Places to See Holiday Lights In (& Around) Seattle

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1. Candy Cane Lane

Candy Cane Lane is one of Seattle’s favorite Holiday traditions and become one of my personal favorites when I attended the University of Washington. The neighborhood is just north of UW’s main campus and features an entire neighborhood of ’20s era Tudors that simply goes all out for the holidays with colorful lights, sleighs, reindeer, candy canes and a surprise appearances from Santa himself!

Location: NE Park Rd, Seattle, WA 98105
Dates: December 9th, 2019 – January 1st, 2020
Times: Monday – Thursday 4pm – 9:30pm; Friday and Saturday 4pm – 11pm
Cost: Free

2. WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo

Amazing display with sparkling lights, faux snow, animal encounters and our favorite. Hot Chocolate! For more information and tickets visit the zoo website at

Location:5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Dates:Open now through January 5, 2020, Closed December 2, 3, 9, 10, 24 and 25
Times:Nightly from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Times:Cost varies by age and ticket package

3. Enchant Christmas

Enchant Seattle made our other list of Holiday events around Seattle and it’s a must here too. Whether you’re wandering the Worlds Largest Christmas Light Maze with a yummy cup of hot chocolate or ice skating through the ice-skating trail, you’re sure to find something for the entire family.

Location: 13625 NE 175th St., Woodinville, WA 98072
DatesNov. 29–Dec. 1, Dec. 5–8, 12–15 & 26–29, 2019
Times: 9am – 7pm daily, closed Christmas day
Cost: Free

 4. Garden d’Lights

It’s hard to believe this Eastside staple is in its 25th year! The annual Garden d’Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden has lots of familiar favorites, like Charlotte of web fame and Willie the Slug, at this Eastside tradition, but be on the lookout for some new displays and critters in the mix too. Don’t forget to stop by the Aaron Education Center to check out the whimsical Gingerbread Village on display there. The price is included with your ticket.

Location:: Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue, WA 98005
Dates:Nov. 30-Dec. 31 2019 (including holidays)
Times: 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $5/Adults; 10 & under Free

5. Lumaze: Lost in Lights

Need an indoor option when the rain appears? Check out Lumaze. Experience a magical family-friendly indoor wonderland as you wander through your own holiday fairytale and help Santa save Christmas! Enjoy interactive light gardens, illuminated structures, delicious food, festive drinks and daily live entertainment all under the twinkle of a million lights.

Location: Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91, 2001 W. Garfield St., Seattle, WA 98119
strong>Dates: Nov. 29, 2019-Jan. 4, 2020
Times: Varies. View the calendar here.
Cost: $14.99 & up (3 & under Free)

6. Warm Beach Lights of Christmas Festival

This is another option that made our list of Holiday events around Seattle. Bundle up and head north to Warm Beach for the Lights of Christmas Festival. It’s a great option if you live in the north end, and, if you don’t, well, crank up the Christmas tunes and enjoy the drive. It’s worth it! Our family recommends heading straight for the holiday train (to avoid the crazy line later) and then wandering around in awe of the light displays with a hot chocolate and fresh kettle corn.

Location: Warm Beach, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood, WA 98292
DatesNov. 29–Dec. 1, Dec. 5–8, 12–15 & 26–29, 2019
Times: 5pm -10pm
Cost: Kids under 3 are free, Kids 4-12 $13, Seniors & Military $14, Adults (13-59) $18 Purchase your tickets in advance to skip the long lines

7. Ivar’s Clam Lights

Don’t miss this iconic event. Clam Lights (Presented by Ivar’s Restaurants), one of the largest FREE public lighting displays on the Eastside, is back at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton.

Location: Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd N
Renton, WA 98056
Dates: Now through January 1, 2020
Times: Nightly from 5:00pm to 9pm
Cost: Free

Want even more options to choose from? Check out RedTricycle’s Dazzle ‘Em With These 18 Holiday Light Displays list. Also check out our full list of Holiday Events.

Happy Holidays!

Photo by KT on Unsplash

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