Best Christmas Lights Displays in Seattle

Seattle is known for experiencing fearfully cold winters, but that doesn’t mean the city’s Christmas spirit isn’t as warm and friendly as ever. As a matter of fact, there are a ton of really exciting Christmas lights displays that are definitely worth checking out if you want to create a memorable holiday experience for you and your family. 

The list below includes some of the most impressive events to be found in Seattle this winter, all of which are suitable for families as well as for groups of friends who just want to have a good time together. Read on to find out exactly where you should be planning to go for Christmas this year.

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LUMAZE SEATTLE: A FAIRYTALE CHRISTMAS

One of the toastiest Christmas lights displays to be found anywhere, Lumaze Seattle’s event is one you definitely don’t want to miss this holiday season. Adults can kick back at the on-site licensed bar if they feel like they need some downtime, safe in the knowledge that the kids can enjoy themselves for hours at a time in the playgrounds and the other interactive entertainment features to be found at the show. Illuminated structures are ideal for group selfies, while the magical light tunnel is a one-of-a-kind experience that simply has to be seen to be believed.  

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CHRISTMAS SHIP FESTIVAL

CHRISTMAS SHIP FESTIVAL

As part of an overall tour that visits more than 50 different communities all over the Puget Sound, the Christmas Ship festival will be in Seattle this year. It’s something a little different from some of the more standard Christmas lights displays, but it is by no means any less spectacular. If you decide to ride the ship for any amount of time, you’ll be able to load up on boxed meals, snacks, and beverages. The stunning lights themselves will be accompanied by live, classic Christmas choral music – that can be enjoyed by those on-board and on-shore.

WILDLIGHTS: WOODLAND PARK ZOO

WILDLIGHTS: WOODLAND PARK ZOO

Located in the perfect place for a really exceptional Christmas lights display, this year’s Wildlights takes full advantage of everything the unusual setting has to offer. Paying homage to the animals which normally reside in the enclosure, there are tons of trees and other bushes that have been made up to look like various animals, thanks to an intricate network of thousands of electronic lights. Kids will love the spooky nighttime atmosphere, making this an ideal spot for families to enjoy some Christmas lights this holiday season.

GARDEN D’LIGHTS: BELLEVUE BOTANICAL GARDEN

GARDEN D’LIGHTS: BELLEVUE BOTANICAL GARDEN

Another in the list of walk-along Christmas lights displays, the Garden d’Lights is one of the most extravagant events to be held in a botanical garden anywhere in the entire United States. More than half a million lights make up the bulk of the visual offerings, which focus on botanical themes, like butterflies, flowers, and peacocks with beautiful tails, to mention but a few. This is different from the standard Christmas imagery, but if you’re a little tired of Santa and his reindeer this might just be the perfect place for you to spend a very memorable evening.

WINTERFEST: SEATTLE CENTER

Boasting a huge range of fun activities for all ages, Winterfest has earned an impressive name for itself by throwing top-class Christmas lights displays every single winter for the last few years. This year’s edition even includes live music and other entertainment performances, meaning that not just families will get a kick out of the festive display. Groups of friends and loved ones alike will all find something to keep them entertained while they sit back and take in the multicolored spectacle.

As long as you remember to wrap up well and bring enough hot chocolate, most of the above events promise a great time for you and your loved ones. Christmas lights displays are one of the most magical aspects of everybody’s favorite holiday, so make sure you get in early and start planning your schedule right away.

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