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The Lights of Christmas opens with a "Pay What You Can" night on Thursday, December 1

The Lights of Christmas holiday festival opens for the 20th year on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at 5pm. Opening night is one of four “Pay What You Can” nights this year, also offered on December 8, 27 and 28. This offer gives the opportunity for guests who cannot afford regular ticket prices to pay what they can. When guests come to the ticket window to purchase Nightly Festival admission on these nights, their amount due will be tallied, but they only pay what they can.  

“Pay What You Can nights are about creating opportunity for everyone in the community to experience the wonder of The Lights of Christmas regardless of their ability to pay,” says Loren Isaac, Event Director.  

The Lights of Christmas is the largest holiday festival event in the Pacific Northwest with over one million lights, live entertainment stages, children’s activities, gift shops, food and more.  

The “Pay What You Can” special is only offered on December 1, 8, 27 and 28, 2016 for Nightly Festival admission tickets. Overnight accommodations and Dinner/Dessert Theatre are still available at normal prices, advanced reservations required.      

For more information, check the Nightly Festival and Tickets web pages, or call Warm Beach Camp at 800-228-6724.

The Lights, the Memories, the Gift

by Kirsten Radke

It’s four o’clock, dark outside, I’m hustling around the house getting mittens, hats, coats, and extra layers together as my three children sit watching out the kitchen window, eagerly waiting for their dad to get home from work. Headlights pull in the driveway, children run out the door, boots on and coats in hand not even giving my husband a chance to change out of his work attire before they pile in the car yelling in excited voices, “Dad, let’s go!”

As I load the car and get kids buckled, my husband comes out, coffee in hand, ready to go. The 45 minute drive to The Lights of Christmas Festival is filled with conversations about donuts, pony rides, trains, hot chocolate, and Christmas lights! By the time we arrive our kids have planned our entire evening.

The Lights of Christmas is by far one of our favorite family outings every December. The kids’ eyes light up as the experience of Christmas comes to life. My husband and I love watching their faces and excitement. For me, being able to spend time together as a family and slow down during a busy season to experience the love of Christ is what Christmas is all about.

After several hours filled with candy canes from Santa, Elfland toy shop, Polar Express train rides, pony rides, light maze, the petting farm, fresh hot donuts and hot chocolate, we walk to the life-size Nativity scene in the center of it all and stand there in silence. As my children look at baby Jesus, my oldest, who is learning to read asks, “What do those words say?” as he looks at the Christmas story displayed next to the baby Jesus.  

As we read the Christmas story together, I am reminded of God’s goodness, His blessings in my life and His promise. There is a simplicity in Christmas that can often be overlooked with the busyness of the season. We run around checking things off our list and creating new lists, often to the point where we lose sight of the reason for the season. The Lights of Christmas creates a place where family comes first, quality time and experiences will forever be remembered through the memories that are created, and we can reflect on the wonderful gift God gave us in His Son.

Come volunteer at The Lights of Christmas!

Would you like to do something fun and fulfilling this Christmas season? The Lights of Christmas holiday festival has plenty of opportunities for volunteers. It’s a great way to share the joy of the Christmas season.

If you are interested in helping make The Lights of Christmas happen, there are lots of ways you can pitch in. We need help with Pre-event Set Up, Thanksgiving Working Weekend, Event Volunteer Staff, and Event Take Down.

Pre-event Set Up volunteers help with special projects and setting up displays and scenes outdoors.

Thanksgiving Working Weekend is an “extreme makeover weekend” were the grounds of Warm Beach Camp are transformed into a Christmas wonderland. Over 100 volunteers come together for one final push to get ready for The Lights Christmas. There are many different indoor and outdoor projects including decorating, display installation, sewing, grounds clean up and more.

The Lights of Christmas Event Volunteer Staff make the event possible! Each night, more than 100 volunteers per night power the event. As you can imagine, there is plenty to do on the 19 nights we are open: indoor hosting, parking attendants, pony ride attendants, train attendant, and much more.

After the event, help is needed to take things down and put them away. Take Down this year happens on December 29 and 30. If enough people get involved in this process, everything gets done over a couple of days.

Are you interested in helping with any part of The Lights of Christmas this year? To register or for more information, visit our website at https://www.thelightsofchristmas.com/volunteer or call Jessica Wilson, at either 360-312-3417 or 360-652-7575 ext. 2276.

"Christmas on the Tumblin' D" - back by popular demand!

Desert Theater 009 web400The Christmas season is a time for friends and family to build memories shaped by love, joy, and laughter. What better way to celebrate than to enjoy an evening of Holiday Theatre at The Lights of Christmas!

Set amidst the enchantment of over one million lights, guests enjoy either Dinner Theatre with an exquisite five course meal, or Sunday Dessert Matinee with gourmet dessert and light appetizers. Each option features the delightful performance of Christmas on the Tumblin’ D by Victoria Ritchey. First debuted at The Lights of Christmas 2010, Tumbin’ D won wide acclaim for witty lines, clever plot twists, and hilarious character.

One 2010 attendee said, “The play this year was excellent, funny, poignant, the music was great. Best play ever.”

Christmas on the Tumbin’ D takes us back to the war year of 1941 on a Colorado Ranch where Lucy, a fashionable Boston girl, travels to spend the holidays with her aunt. As a big city, East Coast girl, Lucy is unprepared for the wild twists and turns her “quiet” country holiday takes. Music, humor, romance, and adventure await on the Tumblin’ D.

Make The Lights of Christmas Holiday Theatre part of your Christmas celebration this year!

Holiday Theatre reservations include admission to The Lights of Christmas Nightly Festival. Parking is free. Group discounts are available. See our Holiday Theatre page for details and reservations. Make reservations soon to get your best selection of dates.

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Nightly activities

Nightly activities

Live music, story-telling, crafts, food, pony rides, a petting farm, and Polar Express Train rides. Learn More
Performance schedule

Performance schedule

A variety of choir, band, dance and drama performances, carolers, storytelling, acoustic sets. Learn More
Food & snacks

Food & snacks

Mini-Donuts, Joyland Café, Tinhorn Town, Coffee House, CaribBean Cuisine and other food vendors. Learn More
Driving directions & event map

Driving directions & event map

Only 1 hour North of Seattle! Learn More
Wheelchair accessibility

Wheelchair accessibility

The majority of the event area is either concrete, asphalt or a 'chip sealed' gravel which has a surface nearly Learn More
Volunteering

Volunteering

Share the hope and joy of the Christmas season as a volunteer. Each year, over 800 volunteers make The Lights Learn More
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  • My daughter absolutely loves the train! Us adults just love all the beautiful lights and the manger scene is excellent!
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