Between the stunning coastline, lush forests and exciting urban landscape, Seattle has a way of delivering something up for everyone who visits. When the holidays come around, the magic of this vibrant city is hard to deny. Made all the more intriguing by a vast selection of Christmas light displays, those who love the holidays will find Seattle transformed into a twinkling oasis of light when the cold weather rolls in. Here are 5 of the best Christmas light displays you won’t want to miss.
The shopping pride of Pine Street is the place to be when it comes to making the most of holiday lights in Seattle. Westlake Center hosts the city’s most impressive Christmas tree lit to the max every year after Thanksgiving and keeping the area twinkling well beyond the New Year. Come to enjoy the sparkling decorations that grace the many storefronts, and feel free to pick up those last-minute gifts while you’re admiring the view.
Those seeking an authentic Seattle experience in shopping, dining and entertainment often make their way towards Bellevue Square. During the holidays, this oasis of commerce transforms itself into a winter wonderland of lights complete with the infamous arrival of Snowflake Lane. Inside the shopping center, the lights are bright, but outside every evening at 7 pm through the month of December, visitors can enjoy a live holiday parade complete with music, falling snow and a lot of seasonal magic. Snowflake Lane characters also spend time indoors during the day to take photographs, so keep an eye on the event calendar for meet and greet times!
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
The day may belong to the animals but during the holidays, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium lights up with the joy of the season. A stop by this well-loved location during the month of December is an encounter with over 700,000 holiday lights that adorn the zoo grounds. This awe-inspiring display of lightwork includes 3-D displays made to enchant and inspire.
Those seeking an interactive way to satisfy the holiday light craving will want to make their way to Safeco Field. A glittering beacon of the season, Safeco Field becomes a twinkling light maze made for all to enjoy. While you’re here, take advantage of the ice-skating trail and make your way through the Christmas market where you can browse the works of over 70 vendors. The centerpiece of this twinkling destination is an 80-foot tree of light that’s impossible to miss.
Candy Cane Lane
Seattle locals are known for their holiday spirit and when Christmas comes to town, some neighborhoods know how to set themselves a step above the rest. Lovingly named Candy Cane Lane, a drive through the neighborhood that encompasses the cross section of Ravenna Boulevard and 20th near the University of Washington is always awash in an impressive display of lights. With a community dedicated to keeping the spirit of the season twinkling throughout the month of December, it’s worth a drive through when you’re looking for some glittering inspiration this year.
A Seasonal Seattle Holiday Stay
When you’re in Seattle for the holidays, make the most of those inspirational lights by booking a stay through Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals. We’ll find you an ideal location that keeps you close to the Seattle holiday fun while bringing the luxury, privacy and comfort you’re looking for. Contact us today to start planning!