The Best Free Holiday Light Displays This Season

What better way to brighten up these long winter nights than with a festive light display? From beautifully wrapped trees lining a quiet city street to boisterous parades, there are numerous ways to celebrate the season in style. To help you illuminate your holidays, we’ve found the best light displays across Seattle and the Eastside — and all of them are free to experience. So grab your hat and boots, your friends and family, and enjoy these winter wonderlands.

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Perhaps the best known event on this list, Snowflake Lane is an annual tradition for a reason. Running every night at 7 p.m. from now until December 24, Snowflake Lane is a complete holiday parade held on Bellevue Way between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square. The show features parade floats, elves, princesses, and dance routines to your favorite holiday songs. To cap off the night, it “snows” over the parade each night. Find out more information here.

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This winter, both Westlake Park and Occidental Square have a new look. The downtown gathering spots have been transformed with festive decorations including light displays, artistic light sculptures and holiday booths where you can shop for gifts this season. The festivities also include a holiday scavenger hunt, treats and sweets and concerts and carolers in the park. You can learn more here.

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This celebration of arts, light and culture centers around a delightful light display at Downtown Park in Redmond. Available every day from 5 – 11 p.m., Redmond Lights includes a self-guided tour of the various light installations that leads from the park to Redmond Town Center, where additional activities include holiday performances, art installations and more. Redmond Lights will run until January 5. More information can be found here.

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