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Ho-Ho-Holiday Fun on the Cheap: Budget-Friendly Attractions for Seattle and Eastside Families

No need to blow your budget to have a good time this season

Published on: November 21, 2019

Ho-Ho-Holiday Fun on the Cheap: Budget-Friendly Attractions for Seattle and Eastside Families

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Candy Cane Lane in Seattle. Credit: Frank Fujimoto via Flickr CC

Where to see free holiday lights

Lots of folks visit the spectacular local light displays at zoos, gardens and parks. (Among them, Renton's Clam Lights is free!) 

We're also lucky enough to have terrific neighborhood displays around Puget Sound, totally free for your enjoyment. What's your favorite? Many locals love Candy Cane Lane in Ravenna and others appreciate Olympic Manor north of Ballard. The Very Merry Christmas House in Kent makes a drive-by-worthy display with just one house.

Evergreen Church in Bothell dresses up in 500,000 Christmas lights and offers free viewing, plus free cocoa and cookies, to the public Dec. 1–24, 5–10 p.m. nightly.

The city of Burien hosts the It's a Wonderful Burien holiday fest, which includes Town Square Park lit up with holiday lights evenings Nov. 30–Dec. 31, 2019.

Local news station KOMO typically puts out a call for great neighborhood light displays and posts them on its site; here are their picks from 2018.

Note: If you do go to see a neighborhood display, please drive very carefully, or consider parking and getting out of the car; many drivers are distracted looking at lights.

Editor's note: This story was originally published in 2013 and was most recently updated in November 2019.

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