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Where to see Christmas lights this holiday season in Mill Creek and beyond

Christmas lights in a Mill Creek neighborhood. Photo credit: Lesley Van Winkle.
Christmas lights in a Mill Creek neighborhood. Photo credit: Lesley Van Winkle.

By Lesley Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.

During this dark time of year it’s always fun to pile the kids in the car, bring along some hot cocoa to sip on, play Christmas music, and take a drive around local neighborhoods looking at Christmas light displays.

There are also several organized light displays, some are free and others charge a small fee or ask for donations of canned goods.

Here are some suggestions for 2015; click on the links for more information, bundle up and enjoy the lights!

Organized Light Displays

The Lights of Christmas Festival at Warm Beach

More than one million Christmas lights will be displayed during 19 days in December, a spectacle spread over 15 acres at Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood, Washington.

The Lights of Christmas is the largest holiday light display in the Pacific Northwest that combines live entertainment, children's activities, food, holiday shopping and more.

  • Where: 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood, WA 98292.
  • When: December 17-23, 26-29, 2015, from 5:00 pm to10:00 pm.
  • Cost: $11 to $16, AAA members $2 0ff.

Evergreen Church Bothell

Enjoy amazing light displays, music, a train, and hot cocoa.

  • Where: 3429 240th St SE, Bothell, WA 98021.
  • When: Every night through January 1st, 2016, from 5:00 pm   to 10:00 pm.
  • Cost: Free

Garden d'Lights at Bellevue Botanical Garden

Garden d’Lights features over half a million lights, which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland.

  • Where: Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005.
  • When: Every evening including holidays, from 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm, through January 2, 2016.
  • Cost: $5 per person; children 10 and under are free and do not need a ticket.

Snowflake Lane

Snowflake Lane is a magical evening performance for the entire family. It’s a holiday spectacle of live toy soldier drummers, exhilarating music, animated snow characters, glittering lights all surrounded by snow falling every night along Bellevue Way.

  • Where: Between NE 6th to NE 8th on Bellevue Way. On the street between Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place in Bellevue, Washington
  • When:  Every evening through December 24, at 7:00 pm
  • Cost: Free

Woodland Park Zoo WildLights

Experience a winter wonderland at Woodland Park Zoo’s annual WildLights!

More than 600,000 sparkling LED lights will recreate wild animals and wild places along the zoo’s pathways, along with many family activities including; snowball fights and visits with Santa and his reindeer.

  • Where: There are two zoo entrances: 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle WA 98103 and 750 N. 50th Street, Seattle WA 98103.
  • When:  November 27, 2015 to January 3, 2016, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Closed December 24 and 25.
  • Cost:  $6:95 to $9:95.

Neighborhood Lights:

  • The neighborhood of Fir Grove in South Everett is popular for its annual tradition of many decorated homes and an amazing light display. Fir Grove is located close to the Silver Lake Costco at the intersection of 21st Avenue SE and 104th Street SE.
  • Take a ride along Village Green Drive in Mill Creek and visit some of the popular neighborhoods for decorated homes, such as: Fairway, Parkside, Red Cedar, Brighton and many more.
  • We’ve heard from facebook friends that there’s a house in the original Apple Tree neighborhood on 145th Place SE and 46th Avenue SE with a wonderful winterland display.
  • From “Nextdoor” we found the following recommendations: Northpointe neighborhood on 141st SE, and in the Silver Firs neighborhood on 48th Ave. SE.

The Mill Creek Community Association, Mill Creek’s largest homeowners association, has been conducting an annual Christmas lighting and decoration contest called the Elf Award Contest for decades.

The result of the 2015 Elf Award Contest is as follows:

Grand Theme Awards:

  • Winter Wonderland:  The Bloods - 2524 147th Place SE.     
  • Holiday's Around the World: The Spann Family - 1551114th Drive SE.     
  • Fairy tales: The Meyer Family - 1800 148th Street SE.       
  • Deck the Halls: The Caveleros Family - 1514 142nd SE.     
  • Christmas in the NW: The Robertsons -15319 25th Drive SE.        

Entrance Awards:

  • Single Family Entrance: Evergreen.    
  • Townhome Entrance:  Belvedere Place.         
  • Condo Entrance: Trillium Court.