Here's where to find the best neighborhood Christmas displays around the Sound

Fun to visit, probably not that much fun if you live next door. From Bothell to Issaquah to Kent, here's where to see epic holiday lights near you

December 4, 2018
Holiday lights on a house

© Mark Peugh |


I have a hard time getting like two strings of holiday lights hung on the front of my house, so I have no concept of how committed a person would have to be to do one of those over-the-top 70,000-light extravaganzas.But people do them, and they do them all around the Sound, every holiday season.

In my neighborhood, West Seattle, there's the legendary Menashe family lights on Beach Drive. For a couple of weeks they had a big commercial cherry-picker and a squad of workers hanging lights and blowing up inflatable Santas; it's a can't miss holiday highlight in my neck of the woods. That's a one-family project, but there are neighborhoods where every house on the street is ablaze with holiday lights, like Nutcracker Lane in Issaquah, Candy Cane Lane in Seattle's Ravenna neighborhood, or a pocket of about 25 houses in Mountlake Terrace where all the homeowners have agreed to crank up the festivities to eleven. (One nice thing about these kinds of productions is the price -- free!)

There are also some big-league institutions that make things all Christmasy, like Woodland Park Zoo’s Wildlights, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s Zoolights festival, and the new Enchant Christmas at Safeco Field. Those aren't free, but they're a nice family holiday splurge.

Here's a great list of spots to check off your list all over the Puget Sound area from RedTricycle Seattle. It's called Light Up the Holidays at Seattle’s Best Neighborhood Displays. It's got all the details about the places I mentioned and more. 

Happy holidays!