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Originally published Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Create your own tour of local holiday lights

Bask in the glow of the holidays with a tour of the area's many light displays. Our list includes Christmas lights and decorations at individual homes, a garden of delights and more.

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There are holiday lights galore in our region, worthy of an evening's drive. Here's a list of home displays suggested by our readers, followed by an assortment of public displays.

It's not too late to show and tell about your own home. Look for this list (with a Google map) on and share your address or a photo.

Residential lights


Ed Boese, 6557 Fourth Ave. N.E. More than 15,000 lights on the front and sides of this three-story condo one block off Green Lake.

Don Rice, 2128 47th S.W. Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang (Charlie's 33rd year in the yard). More than 7,000 lights, a 50-foot tree with star and lights plus other trees.

Fred and Sharon Ehrig, 3916 Woodlawn Ave. N. 16,000 lights, Santa and North Pole theme (Santa's on the front porch).

The Johnsons, 9547 Wallingford Ave. N. Snow is the theme.

Olympic Manor, North Seattle neighborhood includes dozens of decorated homes. Enter at Northwest 85th Street and 23rd Avenue Northwest.

Gail and Kathy McCormick, 9234 13th Ave. N.W., Crown Hill neighborhood. Every night from 5 to 10 nearly 20 trees throughout the property are lit for the season, with polar bears, Santa and a snowman.

Dan Pardy, Dan and Vonnie Breidenstein, 10723 Densmore Ave. N., Northgate neighborhood, between Interstate 5 and Aurora Avenue North. Animated display. One section is a winter wonderland with woodland animals skiing, skating and having fun in the snow. Peek into Santa's workshop in the second section to watch the elves building, painting, wrapping and packing the toys into Santa's sleigh. The display will be on 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and until midnight on weekends through Jan. 1.

Judy Darrow, 516 N.E. 120th St. Every time you look at the yard, you'll see something new: the bear in the bushes, Santa falling off the roof, an igloo with penguins, two giant bears with their cubs, snowmen, candy canes, garland and lights.


Candy Cane Lane, Park Road Northeast (off Northeast Ravenna Boulevard, near Ravenna Park). Annual display with multiple homes decorated with lights and figures. Street lighted 4-11 p.m. weekdays and 4 p.m.-midnight Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Eve, featuring music until 10 p.m. each day.

41st Avenue Southwest and Southwest Concord Street, West Seattle neighborhood decorated. Off

Southwest Barton Street (up from Fauntleroy ferry dock). Many people park and walk through neighborhood.

Jon and Anne Manos, 1422 E. Aloha St., Capitol Hill. The house and surrounding foliage is outlined in clear lights, with a Christmas tree on the second-floor balcony, wreaths on the columns and a star on the roof; candles in the windows, house is outlined, lights are on 5-11 p.m. nightly.

Jeff and Sandi Bates, 5021 44th Ave. S., Columbia City neighborhood. 20,000-plus lights illuminate the house, yard and walkways, with a Nativity set, Santa, reindeer and a shooting star.


Sigrid Soini, 121 N.E. 194th St., Shoreline. 17 inflatables, 30 jumbo lights, candy lights, flashing blue snowflakes, 280 LED lights. "The yard is full. No Grinches or Scrooges at this house!"

20426 Dayton Ave. N., Shoreline. Motorized reindeer, lights and music.

Johan Jorna, 12313 N.E. 165th St., Bothell. Computer-controlled display choreographed to music. More than 7,500 lights. Accepting nonperishable donations for food bank.

Tom Higgins, 23825 15th Ave. S.E., Unit 302, Bothell. Lights and animals.

Mountlake Terrace, cross streets are 227th Place Southwest and 42nd Place West, just off 228th Street Southwest. More than 20 homes lit for the season. Donations accepted for food bank.

228th Place Southwest, Brier. Decorations adorn homes on this cul-de-sac in Brier's Timberline Park neighborhood. Off 228th Street Southwest just east of 39th Avenue West.

C.B. and Shirley Hogle, 726 N. 204th, Shoreline. More than 6,000 lights and decorations.

R.J. and Pam Monfiletto, 1905 206th St. S.W., Lynnwood. Display features more than 30,000 lights and 130 handmade cutouts. Santa and his reindeer, singing penguins and gingerbread houses, "slammin' Santa" in Husky colors swinging from a basketball hoop.

Mark Hunsinger, 14011 Ash Way, Lynnwood. More than 35,000 bulbs, a Christmas village, Santa and Rudolph, 30-foot tree with 5,000 lights. Added 10,000 lights this year.


John and Helen Boyd, 18910 Fourth Ave S., Burien. 7,500 lights, with reindeer.

Laura Allen, 31720 Seventh Ave. S., Federal Way. Inflatable decorations and lights.

Jim and Michele Collier, 16235 S.E. 137th Place, Renton. Light show with 10,000 lights synchronized to more than 40 holiday tunes. Motorized displays include snowmen, Harley motorcycle rider, Peanuts, teeter-totter. Light show 7- 9 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

Viewpointe at Redondo neighborhood, Southwest 300th Place off First Avenue South, Federal Way. Almost all of the 44 homes in this neighborhood are decked with lights and decorations. Santa stops by often to help collect donations for the Federal Way Food Bank. If you can't find Santa, take your donation to 135 S. 300th Place.

Colewood Lane, Normandy Park. Each home in this cul-de-sac is lit. From First Avenue South, turn west onto Southwest 186th Street. Drive straight a couple of blocks until you reach Colewood Lane.


The Parkinson family, 2509 227th Place N.E., Sammamish. About 40,000 lights, a lake and meadow scene with deer, ducks and spring flowers, trees, shrubs and a special Candy Cane Corner. Donation bin for food bank.

356 Ogle Place N.E., North Bend. Santa on the roof, snowmen, snowflakes, a gingerbread house, penguins, carolers, a Christmas countdown clock, a church and tons of lights. White lights on lawn resemble snow.

Bill and Merrily Hornell, 15320 S.E. 48th Drive, Bellevue (Eastgate), in the Horizon Crest area. More than 10,000 lights, decorated window and inflated decorations. 4:30-10 p.m.

William Swearingen and Darin Grant, 16010 S.E. Fifth St., Bellevue. House trimmed in white lights and yard decorated with more than 6,000 lights in waves of white, red and green

Kevin Matheson, 20606 N.E. 85th St., Redmond. Union Hill area. More than 20,000 lights decorate the house, trees and bushes. Falling snowflakes, a train, candy canes, etc.

West Sound

Wiley Jones, 7475 Madrona Drive N.E., Bainbridge Island. More than 50,000

lights, ice-skating penguins, refurbished castoffs from other families and old store displays.

Kevin Hawkins, 9223 N.E. Bluefin, Bainbridge Island. Thousands of lights, blow molds (Mickey Mouse and Minnie in Santa outfits, snowmen, Santa Claus and more), 10- and 15-foot inflatables (including polar bears and nutcracker) and more.

Commercial displays

Downtown Light Spectacular

THROUGH DEC. 31 Light show, dusk-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, dusk-8 p.m. Sundays, dusk-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, through Dec. 31, Westlake Park, Seattle; also, 40 energy-efficient LED-lighted Toyland-themed displays including a doll, teddy bear, swing set, wagon, rocking horse and windup toys at locations around downtown Seattle (

Bellevue Magic Season

Snowflake Lane

THROUGH JAN. 11 Snowfall, live toy soldiers and winter characters, music, light show, daily through Dec. 24; Celebration Lane to ring in the New Year, Dec. 26-31, 7 p.m. Friday-Wednesday, downtown Bellevue, Bellevue Way and Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue; free (425-454-8096 or


THROUGH JAN. 4 Holiday- and animal-themed light displays, 5-9 p.m. through Jan. 4 (closed Dec. 24), Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $7 (253-404-3822 or

Garden d'Lights

THROUGH JAN. 3 Holiday and garden-themed display with 500,000 lights, 5-10 p.m. daily through Jan. 3, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; free, donations encouraged; preferred parking $5, parking at Wilburton Park free (425-452-2750 or

The Lights of Christmas

THROUGH DEC. 28 Light displays, train rides, music, pony rides, vendors, 5-10 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through Dec. 28, Warm Beach Christian Camps & Conference Center, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood; $7-$12 (360-652-7575 or

Clam Lights

THROUGH JAN. 1 Display nightly through Jan. 1, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton; free (425-630-6700 or

Menorah Lighting

DEC. 23 Klezmer music, menorah lighting, dreidels and chocolate gelt for children, 6 p.m. Dec. 23, University Village mall, 25th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle; free (206-523-0622 or

Compiled by Madeline McKenzie and Chris Taylor

Copyright © 2008 The Seattle Times Company

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