The Very Merry Christmas House
More amazing light displays
Seattle Center: Seattle Center plans to light its campus with holiday lights for community enjoyment in 2020.
Westlake Center: While there won't be a carousel this year, the downtown Seattle park will dress up in lights for holiday shoppers and visitors in 2020. Watch the Downtown Association website for more info coming soon.
Candy Cane Lane, Seattle's Ravenna neighborhood: An old-school neighborhood light display, Candy Cane Lane lights up N.E. Park Road off of 20th Avenue N.E. and Ravenna Blvd. Crowds form every year to view these homes that residents have been decorating since the 1940s. Drive through, or park and walk to avoid a wait. It's typically open from early December to Dec. 31. Free. Find it: N.E. Ravenna Boulevard and 21st Avenue N.E., Seattle.
The Very Merry Christmas House, Kent: It's cool when someone goes completely over the top for something and we all get to enjoy it. The Very Merry Christmas House is just such an over-the-top display. Word is, it's got a light show synchronized to music. Fantastic. Find it: 30211 176th Ave. S.E., Kent.
Olympic Manor, just north of Seattle's Ballard neighborhood: Midcentury architecture and lots of holiday spirit draw huge crowds to the annual holiday light display in Olympic Manor, a neighborhood of gently curving streets in northwest Seattle. Drive carefully — cars are creeping along and drivers are looking at the same time as driving — better to park and walk through the neighborhood. Find it: Entrance at N.W. 85th Street and 23rd Avenue N.W., Seattle.
Kerry Park Viewpoint, Seattle's Queen Anne Hill neighborhood: A driving tour through the picturesque, historic homes of the Queen Anne neighborhood is always a treat, but it is particularly striking when the holiday lights are on display. Residents put on some spectacularly sparkly shows. Top it off with a stop at the Kerry Park Viewpoint for a panoramic view of the neighborhood, along with a glimpse of the Christmas tree topping our beloved Space Needle. Find it: 211 W. Highland Dr., Seattle.
Evergreen Church light show, Bothell: This community church is converting its annual light show to a virtual experience in 2020, available to all, starting Dec. 1.
Timberline neighborhood, Sammamish: Another neighborhood that gets a lot of buzz each year is Timberline in Sammamish. Residents deck out their homes in light displays, and past years have included a Grinch House and the Polar Express Station. Find it: N.E. 42nd Street and 204th Avenue N.E., Sammamish.
Editor's note: Elisa Murray contributed to this article, which was originally published a few years ago and updated most recently for 2020.