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6 ways to experience holiday lights in the Seattle area

Do we wish the beautiful lights we get to experience during the holidays were a 365 days type of deal? Of course, but that's what makes them so special — we only get them for so long! There's something so magical about walking through hundreds of thousands of lights this time of year. Here are six ways you can experience holiday lights before and into the New Year:

1. Downtown Seattle

Take a walk through Westlake Center to see the tree, Macy's Seattle Star and all the other beautiful lights downtown.

2. Pike Place Market

The Market held its annual Market lighting ceremony during Magic in the Market toward the end of November. Stroll through one of Seattle's most iconic landmarks and take in all the lights!

3. WildLanterns

WildLanterns at Woodland Park Zoo officially opened in early November and runs through Sunday, Jan. 30. The immersive lights festival features large-scale animals and nature scapes spread across the zoo grounds — there are also many events going on through the season. You can find more info and purchase tickets online. Reminder: All attendees 12 and older must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to get in.

4. Snowflake Lane

Bellevue truly knows how to celebrate the holidays. Falling snow, lights and music — Snowflake Lane is an absolute must! The parade happens between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square from NE 4th to NE 8th streets at 7 p.m. nightly through Dec. 24.

5. Holiday Magic

Put on your best puffer jacket and head down to Puyallup to explore Holiday Magic, a festive walk-through experience at the Washington State Fair. This event features lights displays, photo ops, an ice skating rink, as well as food and drinks for the whole fam. It runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 17-23 and 26-31. Find more info and purchase tickets online!

6. Zoolights

A 23-foot-high Mt. Rainier, 100-foot octopus, TWO Narrows Bridges — all things you can see at this year's Zoolights! This holiday tradition has taken over Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, with more than 800,000 lights illuminating the zoo grounds each night through Jan. 2. More info/tickets can be found online.