Where you can see holiday lights around Seattle this season

Dec 4 2020, 11:29 pm

Please note: As recommended by Washington’s health officials, gatherings of any kind and unessential travel in the state is not recommended at this time. Please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including proper physical distancing and frequent handwashing. If you are sick, please stay home.

If you’re looking to make your festive season truly merry and bright, look no further than these locations where Christmas lights are the main attraction.

After all, nothing says Christmas quite like thousands of tiny twinkling lights, does it?

While making all of your holiday memories this year, be sure to wear your mask and stay distanced from those in other households.

Here are several places where you can catch twinkling lights in Seattle this winter:

Woodland Park Zoo


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Although not exactly a holiday-themed light show, you can enjoy walking around the grounds taking selfies through a light safari with the zoo’s first-ever illuminated animal festival. Expect everything from lantern tunnels over 130 feet long to 15-foot tall illuminated giraffes. WildLanterns will be open from 4 to 8:30 pm daily. Tickets start at $23.95 and can be purchased online.

Downtown Seattle


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Explore over 80,000 lights on holiday-themed sculptures in Westlake Park before walking through the downtown Seattle retail core with your phone, which you can use to discover augmented reality adventures scattered throughout parks, sidewalks, and plazas. In addition, visit a 17-foot sparkling tree in Occidental Square before enjoying thousands of lights at Pioneer Square. The winter celebration is taking place now through January 9.

Seattle Center


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The one Winterfest tradition that’s remaining in-person is the campus luminata: lights around the campus. Pop by the Seattle Center and visit the gorgeous winter light display, which will wrap around the trees and make its way all the way up the Space Needle.

Bellevue Square


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Those who’d like to experience Snowflake Lane in-person this year can do so by walking or driving by the sidewalk between Lincoln Square and Bellevue Square from 5 to 9 pm nightly.

Lusio lights in Pioneer Square

The Alliance for Pioneer Square and LUSIO are lighting up Pioneer Square this winter with storefront art exhibits and twinkly lights. The lights and shows will be available until January 14.

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