Take a trip to see lights fantastic
There are holiday lights galore in our region, worthy of an evening's drive. Here's a list of residential attractions suggested by our readers, followed by an assortment of public...
Northwest travel guides
(Listed from south to north)
Leann Thomson, 10427 14th Ave. S. She suggests that Sea-Tac air traffic might mistake her light show for a runway.
Jeff and Sandi Bates. 5021 44th Ave. S., Columbia City neighborhood. Lighted house, trees, shrubs, walkways, Nativity set, Santa and reindeer, candy-cane tree, snowmen, drummer boys and 16,000 lights. Fifteenth year.
Rob Donavan, 4927 49th Ave. S. Seward Park neighborhood. There's a 15-foot martini glass, complete with green olive and red fuzzy swizzle stick, outlined in holiday lights on the roof. Donovan says, "We sit high on top of a hill, so it's kind of a neighborhood beacon. Not your everyday holiday light show."
Charlie and Marion Deardorff, 3435 Walnut Ave. S.W., West Seattle. Featuring Santa and his reindeer, and about 20,000 lights. "We have more lights than Clark Griswold," Marion Deardorff said. They've been decorating for years.
41st Avenue Southwest to 4000 S.W. Concord St. West Seattle neighborhood decorated. Off Southwest Barton Street (up from Fauntleroy Ferry Dock). Many people park and walk through neighborhood.
Duane Gustafson, 4840 48th Ave. S.W., West Seattle.
Tony and Shari Fox, 5218 35th Ave. S.W., West Seattle. Three houses south of the Camp Long entrance. Lighted house and walkways. About 7,000 lights.
Don Rice, 2128 47th Ave. S.W., West Seattle. More than 6,000 lights, a 40-foot tall tree and the Peanuts gang.
Jack and Kate Guenther, 2562 Seventh Ave. W., Queen Anne area. 3,000 blue-and-green lights, including 1,000 watts of blue spotlights.
Manos residence, 1422 E. Aloha St., Capitol Hill. The house and surrounding foliage is outlined in white lights, with a Christmas tree on the second-floor balcony, wreaths on the columns and Santa on the roof.
Casey Hendrickson, 6543 N.E. Windermere Road, Windermere neighborhood. Hendrickson, a 19-year-old Central Washington University student, has installed more than 50,000 lights.
Candy Cane Lane, Park Road Northeast (off Northeast Ravenna Boulevard, near Ravenna Park). The theme for the 54th annual holiday light display on this loop of homes is "Children's Christmas Toys." Also on display are signs spelling the word "peace" in 24 languages, one sign in each yard. Bring food donations, and look for Santa this Saturday and Sunday, and Christmas Eve.
Olympic Manor. This North Seattle neighborhood, created after the closure of Olympic View Golf Club 50 years ago, is a longtime Seattle holiday favorite, with dozens of decorated homes. Enter at Northwest 85th Street and 23rd Avenue Northwest.
Gail and Kathy McCormick, 9234 13th Ave. N.W., Crown Hill neighborhood. Every night from 5 to 10 p.m. Nearly 20 trees throughout the property, polar bears, Santa and a snowman. More than 5,500 lights.
Dave and Lisa Parkinson, 2509 227th Pl. N.E., Sammamish. Waterfall, lake, field and herd of deer all made of lights. Also many trees, bushes and inflatable figures are lighted, as well as a giant candy-cane archway at the front-door entrance. About 60,000 lights.
Robert Paasch, 836 172nd Ave. N.E., Bellevue. Lochmoor area. More than 30,000 lights. Golfing Santa. Santa and his reindeer. Collecting donations for Northwest Harvest.
Kevin Matheson, 20606 N.E. 85th St., Redmond. Union Hill area. Lighted trees, bushes and reindeer. About 10,000 lights.
Bill and Merrily Hornell, 15320 S.E. 48th Drive, Bellevue (Eastgate), in the Horizon Crest area. More than 10,000 lights.
Cris Simonson, 10254 N.E. 21st Pl., Bellevue. There's an 8-foot-wide wreath on the roof. In the yard, an animated train and gifts, a sleigh-driving Snoopy with reindeer; and three dancing, singing snowmen ("Santa Claus is Coming to Town"). More than 26,000 lights.
The Kisers, 15522 101st Pl. N.E., Bothell. Bridlewood neighborhood. Lighted trees, Santa on the roof, deer and toy soldiers. About 20,000 lights.
Gerry and Dianne Gawne, 9405 Valhalla Way, Bothell. Overlooks Wayne Golf Course. Mountain outlines in lights, falling snow in lights, winter wonderland scene.
Rob and Arlene Karmil, 707 204th St. S.E., Bothell. Thrashers Corner area. More than 15,000 bulbs, numerous displays and Christmas characters, including an 8-foot Grinch on the roof.
Darcy Kemp-Pong, 22624 First Drive S.E., Bothell. Canyon Park neighborhood. 50-foot lighted Christmas tree. About 11 lighted homes. A 40-foot candy-cane tree and other yard decorations.
Jeff and Natalie Keener, 16504 112th Pl. N.E., Bothell. More than 100,000 lights on an acre, including trees, inflatable characters and more.
Victor and Joyce Palazzo, 10617 N.E. 195th St., Bothell. The Palazzos have been decorating their home for about 40 years. Candy canes, Christmas trees, cartoon characters, a Santa Claus train and lots of lights.
228th Place Southwest, Brier. Decorations adorn several homes on this cul-de-sac in Brier's Timberline Park neighborhood. To get there: From northbound Interstate 5, take the 44th Avenue West exit in Lynnwood; go south on 44th, turn left at 228th Street Southwest; go east on 228th; turn right at the turnoff just past 39th Avenue West, onto 228th Place Southwest. From southbound I-5, take the 196th Street Southwest exit in Lynnwood; turn right at 196th; left at 44th Avenue West; left at 228th Street Southwest; turn right at the turnoff just past 39th Avenue West, onto 228th Place Southwest.
Nadeen Miller, 8716 216th S.W., Edmonds. 6 to 10 p.m. daily. Falling stars, reindeer, Santa.
Jeff and Victoria Mills, 3414 158th St. S.W., Lynnwood. Gingerbread Land, Santa's town, Dalmatian Land and more. Donations of food for people and animals welcomed.
Bill deGroot, 1531 N. Lake Stickney Drive, Lynnwood. Lake Stickney neighborhood. Three-quarters of an acre, all shrubs and bushes fully decorated, plus 10 giant holiday inflatables and figurines. 25,000 lights. (Use caution driving by, so as not to go into ditch while gazing.)
Colewood Lane, Normandy Park. Each home in this cul-de-sac is lit with decorations. From First Avenue South, turn west onto Southwest 186th Street. Drive straight a couple of blocks until you reach Colewood Lane.
Stephani and Joe Cavender, 3757 S.W. 332nd Pl., Federal Way. More than 35 new displays, many are animated, a 20-foot tall Space Needle and more than 10,000 lights.
Viewpointe at Redondo, Southwest 300th Place off First Avenue South, Federal Way. Almost all of the 44 homes in this neighborhood are decked with lights and decorations for the holidays. Santa stops by often to help collect donations for the Federal Way Food Bank. If you can't find Santa, take your donation to 30014 Second Court S., a residence in the neighborhood.
Jerome and Shailyn Drazkowski, 2215 S.W. 332nd St., Federal Way. The North Pole, Santa, figurines and a bubble machine on the weekends. Food drive for the Federal Way Senior Center. About 47,000 lights.
Public light displays
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
THROUGH JAN. 2 Features thousands of glittering lights, new animal figurines, live entertainment and access to new facilities at the zoo, 5-9 p.m. daily, closed Nov. 29-30, Dec.1, Dec. 24-25, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, $4.50, under 3 FREE (253-591-5337 or www.pdza.org).
THROUGH JAN. 1 Features a winter garden decorated with thousands of glittering lights created by volunteers, music and lights that trace the diversity of Christmas traditions, 5-9 p.m., Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue, FREE (425-451-3755 or www.bellevuebotanical.org).
Lights of Christmas/Stanwood
TODAY-DEC. 23, DEC. 26-30 Showcases nearly 1 million lights, with live music, children's activities, crafts, meals, 5-10 p.m., Warm Beach Christian Camps and Conference Center, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood, $10 adults, $7 children 4-12, $8 seniors and military (800-228-6724 or www.warmbeach.com).
Ivar's Clam Lights/Renton
THROUGH JAN. 1 Co-sponsored by the City of Renton, features thousands of lights covering the park's trees, shrubbery, buildings and walkways, 6-8 p.m., Coulon Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton, FREE, (206-587-6500 or www.ivars.net).
SAT-SUN Final weekend of San Juan Island event features Roche Harbor Christmas Festival, Dec. 18-19, 3-7 p.m., FREE (360-378-9551 or www.guidetosanjuans.com).
Museum of Flight
THROUGH JAN. 2 Outdoor display of half-scale Wright Flyer replica piloted by Santa, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, outdoor display is free (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.org).
Wild Waves/Enchanted Village
THROUGH JAN. 1 At Wild Waves and Enchanted Village amusement park. Includes decorated rides, holiday music and lights throughout the park, which is operating, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way, $12.99-$16.99 (253-661-8001 or www.wildwaves.com).
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