Seattle's Dazzling Holiday Light Displays

Five ways to trip the light fantastic this Christmas.

The Emerald City sparkles during the holidays with twinkling light displays dotted around. From one-night celebrations to monthlong displays, these beloved annual events are not to be missed.

Pathway of Lights One of Seattle’s most-cherished parks, Green Lake, gets into the festive spirit on the evening of 12/9 with hundreds of luminaria marking the way to free musical performances. 

SAM Lights On 12/14, the grounds and pavilion of Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park will be aglow with luminaria and colorful light shows. Enjoy live music and sip hot cocoa as you stroll through. 

WildLights The annual event at Woodland Park Zoo (5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly through 1/1) features creative displays using more than 600,000 LED lights, carousel rides, faux snowball fights and visits with Santa and his reindeer.

Garden d'Lights Enjoy holiday favorites from local caroling groups and other performers as you stroll through a winter wonderland of more than half-a-million lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden (4:30-9 p.m through 12/31).

Argosy Christmas Ship Festival Naturally, one of Seattle's best-loved light displays takes place on the water. A quintessential tradition for almost 70 years, this parade of illuminated and decorated boats makes two stops each night at more than 45 locations along Puget Sound (through 12/23). Crowds gather at the waterfront to await the ship and its onboard choir, which serenades the shore with 20-minute performances. Book a place on the lead Christmas Ship or one of the follow boats for festive extras like singa-longs, a gift shop and holiday-themed drinks. Or, head to a waterfront stop to await the ship by a crackling bonfire.