On this very dark December day, ArtsPage HQ brings you a list of some of the best places to view Christmas lights this weekend. We hope you’ll go out to share some twinkly holiday cheer with your friends or family, and then be inspired to enter our 2013 Holiday Lights contest — the prize this year is a $100 Starbucks card.
A one-night-only display of luminaria takes place Saturday night at Green Lake. It’s the annual Pathway of Lights, presented by Seattle Parks and Recreation. In addition to the lighted walkway, there will be refreshments and holiday music. You’re encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation.
A glowing parade of Christmas Ships launches four times this weekend — once from Shilshole and three times from Kirkland City Marina. You can book a spot on the lead boat or one of the followers; in either case, expect music and special activities for the kids. Note that operator Argosy Cruises donates some of the proceeds to The Seattle Times’ Fund for the Needy. The Christmas Ships sail through Dec. 23.
Candy Cane Lane, a Christmas-light-crazed corner of North Seattle, invites you to walk the neighborhood and take in house after house of over-the-top displays. The lights are lit through Jan. 1 at North East Park Road and Ravenna Blvd.
Then there’s the usual fantasia of public light displays presented by nonprofit and commercial outfits: Garden d’Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden; WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo; ZooLights at the Pt. Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma; Clam Lights at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton; and Redmond Lights at Redmond City Hall Plaza. For details on all of these, see Seattle Times staffer Madeline McKenzie’s excellent overview.
Have a beautiful, bright winter weekend.