December in the Pacific Northwest is the start of a magical winter wonderland. With beautiful scenery and a hint of winter frost, embrace all the Pacific Northwest has to offer this winter season. There are fun festivities and holiday shopping around the corner, so be sure to stop and take in the views of Snohomish County’s glistening holiday light displays this year. With an abundance of displays of majestic twinkling lights, check out some of the best spots to view impressive light displays throughout Snohomish County.

Snohomish County holiday light displays
Watch beautiful holiday scenes come to life at the Lights of Christmas in Stanwood with over a million lights. Photo courtesy: Lights of Christmas

The Lights of Christmas

20800 Marine Drive

November 26-28
December 1-5, 8-12, 15-23, 26-30
January 2-8

Buckle up and enjoy a breath-taking light display drive-thru style at The Lights of Christmas in Stanwood. With over a million carefully selected lights, this is no ordinary holiday display. “A drive-thru Christmas, providing a holiday outing for all families to enjoy during this challenging year.” Check out impressive displays, wave to Santa and Mrs. Claus, and listen to Christmas music while taking in the beauty of these dazzling lights. Also making an appearance is Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph.

Reserve your tickets online now as an advanced purchase is required to attend this holiday event. Select a convenient date and arrival time during your online purchase to secure your spot. For vehicles up to 12 people, the cost is $15 on Sunday to Thursday, $30 for Friday to Saturday, and $30 for Christmas week, December 20 to 23. Be sure to arrive within the one-hour selected time frame to ensure entry. The drive-thru takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Grab a cup of hot cocoa or a delicious snack, like the famous fresh-hot mini-donuts from the drive-thru to enjoy. Other snacks, hot beverages, and espresso will be offered for purchase while you take in the beauty of the lights. Are you looking for a special souvenir to remember the experience? At the end of the drive-thru, stop and check out the souvenirs for purchase, including novelty-lighted items, Bruce the Spruce ornament, sweatshirts, and more. Load the family into the car this year and enjoy the magical drive-thru light display at The Lights of Christmas in Stanwood.

Snohomish County holiday light displays
Meet Santa and his elves at Holiday on the Bay 2021 in Everett. Photo courtesy: Holiday on the Bay

Holiday on the Bay 2021

Pacific Rim Plaza
1028 13th Street

Saturday, December 4
Noon – 6 p.m.

Kick-off the holiday season at Pacific Rim Plaza in Everett at Holiday on the Bay 2021. This free community event takes place Saturday, December 4, from noon – 6 p.m. featuring a pop-up holiday market, free holiday crafts for kids, holiday music, photo opportunities, tree lighting ceremony, lighted boat parade and much more. This day-long event is one you won’t want to miss, so bundle up the family and embark on a holiday adventure packed full of fun right at the Everett waterfront. View the entire event schedule for a complete list of activities and itineraries. Bring a donation for the Marine Toys for Tots toy drive and bring the Christmas spirit to a child in need. There will also be an appearance by Santa and his elves, along with the famous tree lighting ceremony and countdown at the new ‘frozen fountain’ tree.

Relax and enjoy a meal at one of the waterfront restaurants, offering holiday specials for this event. After dining, check out the free holiday drive-in movies at Boxcar Park, featuring “The Polar Express” at 5 p.m. and “The Santa Claus” at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required, so sign up to secure your spot. Free popcorn and concessions will be available before and during the movies. Mark your calendar for Holiday on the Bay 2021 in Everett for a day full of holiday festivities and beautiful light displays on the water.

Snohomish County holiday light displays
Stroll through the magical Wintertide Lights at the Evergreen Arboretum in Everett this winter. Photo courtesy: Wintertide Lights

Wintertide Lights at the Evergreen Arboretum

145 Alverson Boulevard

December 1 – 31
Open daily 4 – 8 p.m.

Stop in at the Evergreen Arboretum to see the magical Wintertide Lights in Everett. Check out the creative light displays or bring the family and take part in one of their festive activities offered throughout December. Check out the calendar for a list of upcoming events. This month-long light display is free for all to enjoy and open daily during December from 4 – 8 p.m. View beautiful lights while taking part in the holiday fun at Wintertide Lights at the Evergreen Arboretum.

This winter, step out and view some of the magical light displays throughout Snohomish County. Whether you are looking to walk or drive-thru and view beautiful Christmas lights, look no further than these fabulous displays to experience with your family this holiday season. Enjoy a hot beverage and perhaps sneak in a visit from Santa himself, all while enjoying the beauty of the holidays through dazzling lighted displays. Be sure to stop and see Snohomish County’s glistening light displays this holiday season.

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