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Take your own tour of holiday lights: a guide to the best displays around

Seattle Times readers responded enthusiastically when we asked 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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Seattle Times readers came through when we asked 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 Dec. 31. Canned-food 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. Santa on the roof, skiing snowman and handmade forest lit for the season.

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.

Ed Boese, 6557 Fourth Ave. N.E. 25,000 multicolored lights and a 16-foot inflatable Santa in a hot-air balloon, 5-10 p.m. Accepting canned food and monetary donations for food bank.

Johnson family, 7702 19th Ave. N.E. Dazzling array of lights and ornaments arranged by 10-year-old Luke has inspired neighbors to decorate as well.

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

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.

Rada/Gaines residence, 8615 32nd Ave. S.W. "South Beach in West Seattle." All decorations homemade including the 8-foot Santa Claus, flamingos and palm trees. 5 to 9 p.m. daily.

Duane Davis, 4152 46th Ave. S.W. More than 7,000 lights including pink cotton-candy trees. Neighbors joining in this year as house marks 100th year.

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, 20-foot tree, candy canes and chaser lights, designed by 14-year-old Wyatt Carlock.

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

Ardith and Jeff Burns, 3216 S.W. 114th St., Arbor Heights. More than 18,000 lights, 17 vintage blow molds and two animated scenes. 5 to 10 p.m. daily through New Year's Eve.

Terry Martin, 4402 S.W. Holly St. Winter wonderland with lots of lights, trees, snowmen and deer.

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 and more, with thousands of lights.

Bill Muse, 5103 S. Alaska St. "A garish gantlet of electrical excess."


Mike and Deanna Zawaideh, 1827 N. 192nd St., Shoreline. Life-size Nativity scene, synchronized musical lighted trees, Santa and sleigh with reindeer, thousands of LED lights.

Joe Waltz and Lyn Donivan, 15758 Greenwood Ave. N., Shoreline. Santa's sleigh and reindeer, Nativity set in manger, trees, lights, Santa in window. Collecting food-bank donations.

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.

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

Edmonds Yacht Club at Port of Edmonds Marina, 336 Admiral Way, Edmonds. Public welcome to view lighted boats at guest docks J, K and L, nightly through Dec. 31. Food-bank and charitable donations accepted.

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 local food bank.

Jeff Layne, 66th Avenue West at 227th Street Southwest, Mountlake Terrace. Two houses with more than 9,000 lights apiece. One has a light show coordinated to music. Accepting cash and food for food bank.

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

Johan Jorna family, 12313 N.E. 165th St., Bothell. "B1nary Chr1stmas": more than 20,000 lights on two houses, computer-controlled and sequenced to music; lightning towers and mega tree, plus leaping deer and more; tune radio to 88.3 FM for nontraditional music such as "Wizards in Winter." Collecting food bank donations and working light strings to improve display. 5-11 p.m. through Jan. 9.

John and Sindi Cysewski, 17115 102nd Ave. N.E. (Norway Hill), Bothell. 13,500 red and white lights synchronized to outdoor Christmas music. Lining the driveway are lighted candy canes and above the house is a large bright star.

David Anderson, 12121 Admiralty Way, Apt. P-101, Everett. Unusual display at apartment complex, with multiple inflatable figures including Santa at his workshop, Santa in a hot-air balloon, snowmen, penguins and more.

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. "Sky Lites," 1924 house with more than 40,000 LED lights, fiber-optic illuminations, Santa's village, reindeer forest, Nativity scene.


Bob and Nancy Meyer of 13835 146th Place S.E., Renton, have decorated a 200-foot public walkway that connects the corner of Southeast 139th Place and 146th Avenue Southeast with 146th Place Southeast, partly bordering Maplewood Park. "Big Bertha," a 16-foot candy cane, marks the entrance. Look for figures hiding under the holly hedge, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Winnie the Pooh, Snoopy, Taz, Mr. and Mrs. Claus and plenty of snowmen. Free candy canes in Santa's mailbox. Spin Santa's Naughty or Nice wheel. 4-10 p.m. daily.

Joe Kinne, 12759 185th Way S.E., Renton. More than 37,000 lights, 20 lighted deer, animated 20-foot tree, animated star on house, and a North Pole with presents and snow. 5-10 p.m. daily.

James M. Arlint, 17834 109th St. S.E., Renton. Outdoor village with working train, animated Santa, elves, Mrs. Claus, skaters. 5-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

Bill and Barbara Shaug, 12257 14th Ave. S., Burien. Many light strings, lighted turning carousel, Santa in sleigh and hot-air balloon, penguins, reindeer, Disney characters, animated drummers, lighted Santa's workshop with window to see Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves working on toys, and more.

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

Fred Volkers, 4241 S. 176th St., SeaTac. Display includes handmade large sculptures and more.

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.

The Sass Family, 1231 185th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. Eleven inflatables in yard, Santa on the roof, countless lights, multiple acrylic animals and snowmen. Food donations accepted.

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 94,500 lights animated to music. 7-foot star at the pinnacle of the roof, new custom-crafted Peanuts Nativity scene, and Santa can be seen working in the window, doing his work before Christmas. Two masters of ceremonies (a talking reindeer, Rudy, and Elfis, an elf fashioned after Elvis) preside over two 25-minute shows of lights and music (broadcast on 101.9 FM and piped in the yard). Collecting donations for Special Olympics.

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

Nutcracker Lane, 190th Avenue Southeast off Southeast 44th Way, Issaquah. Each house on cul-de-sac block has a 6-foot painted nutcracker with red-and-white striped guard house. Fence of candy canes held together with white lights connects entire block. In the cul-de-sac is a child-size gingerbread house with decorated trees and gingerbread people; music played outdoors nightly. Each house also has displays of cutouts including Santa and his reindeer, snowmen, carolers, a Nativity scene and more.

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.

The Parkinson Family, 2509 227th Place N.E., Sammamish. 35,000 lights, with lake, waterfall, meadow, animals made of lights, Candy Cane Corner, giant toy soldier. Food-bank donations accepted.

The Yurkanin family, 7115 410th Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. 5,000 computer-controlled lights timed to music broadcast on 90.1 FM. 5-9 p.m. through Jan. 1. Food-bank donations accepted.


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 Court, Bainbridge Island. Thousands of lights, classic blow molds (Mickey Mouse and Minnie in Santa outfits, Winnie the Pooh, Snoopy, snowmen, Santa Claus and more), inflatables including animated Charlie Brown and Snoopy, 10-foot polar bear and baby, 10-foot Frosty the Snowman, 15-foot Nutcracker with drum; color-changing and animated reindeer, dozens of lighted candy canes and holiday music broadcast for car radios. 5 to 10 p.m. Accepting food/checks for Bainbridge Island's Helpline House.

Commercial displays

Toyland Village Lighted Holiday Display, Waterfront Park, 1301 Alaskan Way, Pier 58, Seattle. Larger-than-life toy-themed holiday light display, daily through Jan. 1; free.

Bellevue Magic Season Snowflake Lane, along Bellevue Way and Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue. Light show, live "toy soldiers," simulated snowfall, music; new this year: snow queen and king, sugar plum fairies and mice; 7 p.m. nightly through Dec. 24, followed by "Celebration Lane" Dec. 26-31; free. 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. 1. New admission policy for 2010: $5/person, free for 10 and younger; reservations strongly recommended, capacity limited. 425-452-6844 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, free. 425-430-6700 or

Fantasy Lights, Spanaway Park, just west of 152nd Street and Pacific Avenue, Parkland/Spanaway, Pierce County; 300 holiday light displays on 2-mile drive along Spanaway Lake. Music broadcast on 93.7 FM; 5:30-9 p.m. daily through Jan. 2; expect waits of up to an hour on Fridays and Saturdays; $13/vehicle.

Zoolights, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. Holiday and animal-themed light displays, 5-9 p.m. daily through Jan. 2, except closed Dec. 24; $6.50/advance, $7.50 at the gate, ages 2 and younger free. 253-591-5337 or

The Lights of Christmas, Warm Beach Christian Camps & Conference Center, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood. A million lights over 15-acre compound, five entertainment stages, life-size Nativity, food, kids' pony rides, train rides, petting farm, visits with Santa or talking Christmas tree, 5-10 p.m. through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-29; $8-$14, ages 3 and younger free. 425-743-5471 or

— Compiled by

Marilyn Hasenoehrl

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