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Originally published December 17, 2009 at 12:06 AM | Page modified December 21, 2009 at 12:48 PM

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Guide to best holiday lights around Puget Sound

A roundup of the best holiday lights around Puget Sound.

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Seattle Times readers responded with gusto when we asked them for tips on the best holiday lights in their neighborhoods. Here's a list of home displays followed by an assortment of public displays.

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Candy Cane Lane, Northeast Park Road off Ravenna Boulevard. Neighborhood light display, a longtime local tradition, 4 p.m.-midnight daily through Jan. 2. Food bank donations accepted.

Olympic Manor, enter on Northwest 85th Street at 21st or 22nd Avenue Northwest, or at Northwest 90th Street and 24th Avenue Northwest, Seattle. Most houses in the neighborhood decorated.

Gail and Kathy McCormick, 9234 13th Ave. N.W. Twenty trees lit for the season, polar bears, Santa and snowman.

George Vanton and David Yarcho, 8250 14th Ave. N.E. Year in Lights display of holidays throughout the year, shamrock lights for St. Paddy's Day, eggs for Easter and more, lots of Christmas lights.

Russ and Phyllis Kintrea, 6303 Sixth Ave. N.E. Thousands of lights, Nutcrackers, Santa, nativity scene, music, snowmen.

Ed Boese, 6557 Fourth Ave. N.E. 20,000 lights on three sides of condominium building. Accepting donations to Food Lifeline. 5-10 p.m. weekdays, 5-11 p.m. weekends.

Judy Darrow, 516 N.E. 120th St. Lights, candy canes, snowmen, Santa, igloo with penguins.

Kathy Johnson, 9547 Wallingford Ave. N. Winter wonderland of snow with lights, snowflakes, Santa.

Sharon and Fred Ehrig, 3916 Woodlawn Ave. N. and Kay and Tony Horner, 3923 Woodlawn Ave. N. Neighbors work together on the Ehrig house, lights with a North Pole theme and Santa rocking on the porch, and whimsical display of 8,000 lights and inflatables at the Horners'.


Dan and Vonnie Breidenstein, 10723 Densmore Ave. N. (accessed only from North 107th Street). Animated display, not lights, with a "winter wonderland" of animals skiing, skating and playing in snow, Santa's workshop with elves working and playing, 5-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, until midnight Fridays-Sundays through Jan. 1.

Duane Davis, 4152 46th Ave. S.W. More than 7,000 lights including pink cotton-candy trees.

Don Rice, 2128 47th Ave. S.W. Lighted trees, merry Christmas with Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang, 8,000 lights.

Martha Aitken and Greg Carlock, 3729 40th Ave. S.W. Inflatables, vintage lawn décor, candy canes and chaser lights, designed by 13 year old Wyatt Carlock.

Chris Walker, 3201 36th Ave. S.W. Lots of multicolored lights, 27-foot tall Christmas tree made of green lights.

Jon and Anne Manos, 1422 E. Aloha St. Classic Capitol Hill home entirely outlined with clear lights, with lit candles in all the windows and lit wreaths on all the columns. There are lights on foliage and railings and a star on the roof. 5-11 p.m. daily.

Jack Menashe and family, 5605 Beach Drive S.W. Manger scene, train, Santa Claus and more, with many thousands of lights.

Bill and Barbara Shaug, 12257 14th Ave. S. Lighted carousel, penguins, reindeer and sleigh, Disney characters, 15-foot Santa, lighted Santa's workshop with window to see Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves working on toys.

Bill Muse and Beth Scott, 5103 S. Alaska St. Huge light display.

Jeff and Sandi Bates, 5021 44th Ave. S. Santa, reindeer, music, 25,000 lights.


Sigrid Soini, 121 N.E. 194th St., Shoreline. Jumbo lights, inflatables, flashing blue snowflakes.

R.J. and Pam Monfiletto, 1905 206th St. S.W., Lynnwood. Santa and reindeer, singing penguins, "slammin' Santa" in Husky colors swinging from a basketball hoop, 30,000 lights.

Mark Hunsinger, 14011 Ash Way, Lynnwood. Christmas village, Santa and Rudolph, thousands of lights, 30-foot lit tree.

Les Ruthford, 21105 Shell Valley Road, Edmonds. More than 85,000 hand-strung lights, three decorated 40+-foot trees.

Mountlake Terrace. Twenty-five homes at 227th Place Southwest and 42nd Place West, just off 228th Avenue Southwest, Mountlake Terrace. Lighted carousel, rooftop stars, cars, trains, Santa, snowmen. Collecting donations for the local food bank.

Tom Higgins, 23825 15th Ave. S.E., Unit 302, Bothell. Huge reindeer, sleds, lots of lights, 4-9 p.m. daily.

Kim and Valerie Stephan, 2308 169th Place S.E., Bothell. Light sculptures of Santa and his reindeer, snowmen, angels, toy train, nativity scene, thousands of lights.

Johan Jorna family, 12313 N.E. 165th St., Bothell. B1nary Chr1stmas, more than 15,000 lights on two houses, computer controlled and sequenced to music, lightning towers and mega tree; tune your radio to 88.3FM to "hear" the lights. Collecting food bank donations and working Christmas lights and extension cords to improve the display.

Lorne Counter, 20025 Heathers Place S.E., Monroe. 1,000 strands of LED lights, music broadcast on 93.9 synchronized with display. Dusk to 9 p.m. weekdays, later on weekends.

Larry and Shelly Johnson, 604 Old Cascades Highway E., Skykomish. 1924 house with thousands of LED lights, fiber optic illuminations, Santa's village.


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

Rick and Vicki Johnson, 18602 Marine View Drive S.W., Normandy Park. Best to park your car and walk up the driveway to see toys and gifts dance to music under a magical tree, look in the window to see indoor animated display.

Bill and Frances Morton, 30101 Eighth Ave. S., Federal Way. Hundreds of luminaria on Christmas Eve only, weather permitting.

Jeff Franz, 308 Fourth Ave. S.E., Pacific. House and trees decorated with 20,000 lights.


Robert Paasch, 836 172nd Ave. N.E., Bellevue. More than 30,000 lights, including golfing Santa and his caddie Rudolph. Collecting food bank donations.

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

Kevin Matheson, 20606 N.E. 85th St., Redmond, Union Hill area. More than 20,000 lights, falling snowflakes, train, candy canes.

Mark Zembruski, Woodinville Wonderland, 23620 N.E. 183rd St., Woodinville. More than 74,000 lights animated to music, various vignettes, "Peanuts" Nativity, Santa on a Harley on the roof, elf fashioned after The King, Elvis. Collecting donations for Special Olympics.

Michael Bostjancic, 230 S.E. Bush St., Issaquah. Christmas Story house, 7,000 energy-saving LED lights, 20-foot lighted tree.

Steve Sanelli, 4724 192nd Place S.E., Issaquah. Santa and reindeer, thousands of lights on house and trees, nativity scene.

Northeast 42nd Street cul-de-sac, at 204th Avenue Northeast, Timberline neighborhood of Sammamish. Eleven houses each have a different Christmas theme, with nutcrackers, "Polar Express" display and other decorations.

Thom and Carolyn Conroy, 20541 N.E. 37th Way, Timberline neighborhood, Sammamish. Thousands of red and green lights.

The Parkinson Family, 2509 227th Place N.E., Sammamish. 25,000 lights (mostly LED, some solar-powered), a lake, waterfall, meadow, animals made of lights, Candy Cane Corner, dozens of lighted trees and shrubs. Accepting food bank donations.


Jeff and Tammy Kesler, 9312 Capstan Drive N.E., Bainbridge Island. Animated figures, LED light

show to music on your car radio, snow machine and Santa on weekends.

Kevin Hawkins, 9223 N.E. Bluefin, Bainbridge Island. Thousands of lights, Santa Claus, inflatables, Mickey and Minnie Mouse in Santa outfits.

Jim Munn, 1602 Leland Valley Road W., Quilcene. 40-foot star on top of a small hill in a 7-acre cow pasture, visible from Highway 101.

Commercial displays

Toyland Village Lighted Holiday Display, Waterfront Park, 1301 Alaskan Way, Pier 58, Seattle. Larger-than-life toy-themed holiday light display, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. daily through Jan. 3.

Bellevue Magic Season Snowflake Lane, along Bellevue Way and Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue. Light show, live "toy soldiers" and other winter characters, music, "snowfall," 7 p.m. nightly through Dec. 24 and Dec. 26-31. 425-453-1223 or

Garden d'Lights, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue. Holiday and garden-themed light sculptures, 5-10 p.m. daily through Jan. 2, free, suggested donation $1/person or $5/family. 425-452-2750 or

Clam Lights, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton. Light display sponsored by Ivar's, 5-9 p.m. daily through Jan. 1. 425-430-6700 or

Fantasy Lights, Spanaway Park, Bresemann Boulevard, Military Road and 152nd Avenue South, Spanaway. 300 seasonal light displays on 2-mile drive, 5:30-9 p.m. daily through Jan. 3; expect waits of up to an hour on Fridays and Saturdays; $13/per

Zoolights, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. Holiday and animal-themed light displays, 5-9 p.m. daily through Jan. 3; $6.50/advance, $7.50/at the gate. 253-591-5337 or

The Lights of Christmas, Warm Beach Christian Camps & Conference Center, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood. A million lights, entertainment, life-size nativity, food, kids' pony rides, train rides, petting farm, overnight accommodations available, 5-10 p.m. today-Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-29, Warm Beach Christian Camps & Conference Center, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood; $8-$14. 425-743-5471 or

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