If you’re looking for the neighborhoods with the best holiday lights in the greater Seattle area, start with these five long-time favorites. From Candy Cane Lane in the Ravenna neighborhood to Woodinville’s Wonderland, you’ll be dazzled by the city’s inspired holiday light displays.
Candy Cane Lane
N.E. Park Road & Ravenna Blvd.
Ravenna, WA 98105
Nothing says “happy holidays” quite like a stunning light display, and the neighborhood of Ravenna has proudly featured a community light display annually since 1941. Every year, Ravenna’s Candy Cane Lane features a breathtaking light display that’s perfect for a long evening walk or, if you’re short on time, a pleasant tour by car. This free community light show begins on December 15 and lasts through New Year’s Day. The lights turn on at 4 p.m. and stay on until 11 p.m., but on New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve, the neighborhood remains illuminated until midnight.
N.W. 85th St. & 23rd Ave. N.W.
Greenwood, WA 98117
Located near the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle, Olympic Manor is a longtime favorite for holiday light enthusiasts from around the Puget Sound area. Olympic Manor is definitely dedicated to its holiday light displays; it’s written in their homeowner association rules that homeowners should festively decorate for the holidays. Watch for the lights to first show up around mid-December and then start your holiday light tour at Northwest 85th Street and 23rd Avenue Northwest. You’ll find families walking and driving the holiday lights of Olympic Manor – and limousines even frequent this favorite holiday light display!
Kerry Park Viewpoint
211 W. Highland Drive
Seattle, WA 98119
The Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle has sloping hills dotted with picturesque historical buildings. When those homes are decked out in brilliant lights, the beautiful Baroque features of this neighborhood’s architecture amazes visitors. After you’ve toured the lights of this neighborhood, drive up to the Kerry Park Viewpoint to see the entire area decked out in lights. From this viewpoint, you can see the gables, dormers, chimneys, towers and elaborate windows outlined with brilliant bulbs – and there’s even a clear view of the Space Needle, complete with its glowing Christmas tree.
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23620 N.E. 183rd St.
Woodinville, WA 98072
Woodinville is located northeast of Seattle, but it’s worth the trip around the water or over the bridge. Every year, the Woodinville Winterland boasts an amazingight show. This neighborhood is a not-to-miss favorite, featuring more than 100,000 glowing holiday lights. The lights first show up on December 1 and last until New Year’s Eve, but preparation typically begins one month before the show begins. You’ll come for the animated lights, music and festive feeling, and you’ll leave feeling just as warm and bright as the light display. Donations from the light show have supported the Special Olympics.
N.E. 42nd St. & 204th Ave. N.E.
Sammamish, WA 98074
Located just east of Seattle in Sammamish, the Timberline Neighborhood pulls out all the stops for the holidays. The city of Sammamish flanks Lake Sammamish, which reflects back the luminous light displays, creating a warm, awe-inspiring glow. Homes, trees and decks are adorned with festive light displays throughout this neighborhood. Prior years have featured a Polar Express Station and a Grinch House.
Tracy Campion is a freelance writer covering all things Seattle. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.