Hello, North Parent Press readers! I can barely contain my excitement here- The Lights of Christmas is back for the holiday season and better than ever! We had another fabulous experience at this widely popular event this past Saturday. Christmas would not be complete for our family without a trip to this magical festival of lights. It tops our holiday list of must do’s each year.
The Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center transforms into a Christmas wonderland filled with over one million lights, making it the largest Christmas festival in the Pacific Northwest. How cool is that? It’s no wonder that hundreds of people venture out from all over to see this unique event.
So what’s to love? Everything! From the unique gift shops, live entertainment to live music and storytelling, you will find something for everyone. Santa Clause even makes a visit on select nights!
Hint: Your kids will love Bruce the Spruce and pony rides!
There’s something about walking around, warm drink in hand, listening to Christmas carols with your family that truly makes for a remarkable evening. The lights glimmering, surrounded by cheer- makes you feel like a kid again.
Our first stop is always coffee and hot chocolate, because of course! Then we grab a festival map and head off to look at all the creative displays and beautiful lights. We like to take everything in, enjoying the time together. We never want to be on a time limit because that just takes all the fun out of the night. We eventually stop for donuts, smelling them before they come into sight. It’s normally one of my boys who spots them first, anxious for a taste of the warm, homemade goodness. We wander throughout, Christmas music filling our eyes, our eyes captivated by all twinkling lights.
A favorite with my boys is the Polar Express train ride, the wait can be a little long but it’s worth it. We make a stop for food at one of their many food options, always enjoying a tasty treat. Someone spots a campfire and we are off to take a break and warm up, but only for a couple minutes- there’s too much fun to stand still for long. Our next stop is Elfland Toy Shop, where we make tops. So fun!
A race is on when we reach the light maze. Spoiler- I never win. By the time we’ve explored the fifteen acres of lights, we are ready to head home, happily full of Christmas cheer.
If you are looking for something unique to do this holiday season, definitely check out the Lights of Christmas. Your kids will be mesmerized, talking about it for years to come. Who knows, maybe it’s a new family tradition? Check out the Dinner Theatre and overnight options to make your trip even more magical.
Plus it’s just another way to enjoy the magic of the holidays. You won’t be disappointed!
PLAN YOUR VISIT
Dates: Nov. 29- Dec. 1, Dec. 5-8, 12-15, 18-23, and 26-29. 5-10 p.m.
Ticket prices: $18/adult, $14/youth, under three free. Special military and senior discount. More info here.
Pay what you can nights: December 5, 12 and 29.
Coming in a group of 20 or more? Don't forget to get your group discount.
You can find more information about The Lights of Christmas here.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Bring snacks. Absolutely enjoy those yummy food options (Donuts, yes!) because they are worth it! But you know how much kids eat. It’s funny because even if you eat dinner before you leave they will be immediately hungry when you get there and every five minutes after.
Brr, it’s cold! This feels like a given but I swear it’s much colder than I think it will be each year. It’s better to come prepared with warm coats, mittens and hats.
Plan ahead. This seems obvious but it’s important to know this event is popular and it does get full fast. You can view a map of the festival and plan for your trip here.
Plan to get there early. Be prepared for traffic. Traffic can sometimes be intense, although they do a great job at directing traffic.
Find driving directions here.
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