‘Tis the season for local light festivals


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A festive light display sparkles at Zoolights.

A festive light display sparkles at Zoolights. (Photo courtesy tripsavvy.com)

With Covid-19 taking over 2020, many holiday traditions are changing. Family gatherings, Christmas parties, and even live Christmas masses are getting canceled. One holiday event still looking to be run – light festivals. Local drive and walk through holiday light festivities are available.

Now where are these light shows? In Tacoma one of the most well known holiday events is the Point Defiance Zoo Lights. This year they are held until Jan. 3 and run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. With over 700,000 lights, 3-D displays, required face coverings, timed ticket entrances, and one-way paths you are sure to have a beautiful and safe experience.

But what if you prefer to stay in the comfort of your car? Spanaway Park’s Fantasy Lights offers almost 300 arrays of lights. Animated displays of Santa, Rudolph, and more truly bring the holiday spirit. Held every night until Jan. 3 from 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. there is plenty of time to see the largest drive-thru light experience in the Pacific Northwest.

In Puyallup, you can enjoy unique festive lights on the Washington State Fair grounds. On selected nights from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Jan. 3, the Washington State Fair is holding Holiday Magic. Offering whimsical light displays is not the only thing in store for the State Fairgrounds. Delicious treats like hot cocoa, apple cider, and even classic fair foods like scones, elephant ears, and funnel cakes are available for purchase. With scavenger hunts, prizes, merchandise, and the light show all from the comfort and safety of your car, the Holiday Magic experience is sure to be memorable.

Head up to Bellevue to walk through Snowflake Lane. Every night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. until Dec. 24, Snowflake Lane offers free, yet spectacular views, lights, and music. If Snowflake Lane is a bit too far, Bellevue Botanical Garden’s Garden d’Lights has something unique to offer, and it is close to home. In fact this year you can watch from home. A quick Google search of Garden d’Lights will lead you to a short but sweet video of the festive lights.

Woodland Park Zoo is amazing as it is, but this holiday season their all new WildLanters Festival is sure to impress. Larger-than-life lanterns of animals all around the zoo create a special and memorable experience. Be sure to find time before Jan. 17 from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to gaze at some amazing lantern nature scapes.

This holiday season our very own Bellarmine is offering a great way to start off winter break. On Dec. 18 and 19 from 5  p.m. to 9 p.m., cars are able to drive through a festively lit Bellarmine campus.

This is a perfect chance to have a scenic drive and donate to Let Others Play, a Bellarmine club working to provide underprivileged youth with sports equipment. Donations of food and clothing will also be accepted.