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The heart and soul of The Lights of Christmas

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Stanwood, Washington is marked by its beautiful scenery, friendly population, and talented local artists. It’s also the home of the largest Christmas festival in the Pacific Northwest, The Lights of Christmas. Last year, the Festival brought together over 78,000 people in celebration of the holidays and the birth of Christ. Previous attendees have said, “We always have a happy, positive experience, and keep coming back,” “the event created special memories,” and “my kids think it’s one of the most magical events ever!”

What makes The Lights of Christmas so special? Why is this Christmas festival different than other Christmas events? The answer is community. The event hails local talent, food vendors, and artisans amidst the dazzling lights; but more than that the event sparks community.

Community within western Washington where high school bands, choirs, and dance groups perform. Community between the staff and volunteers where people come together to serve each other and make the best possible experience for each attendee. Community with the attendees from all over Puget Sound and varying locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and more! Many come back year after year and have adopted the event as family tradition.

Pope John Paul the II once said, “A community needs a soul if it is to become a true home for human beings. You, the people must give it this soul.” The local community, staff, volunteers, and attendees truly are part of the heart and soul of The Lights of Christmas.

We hope that you’ll come and join our community this year at The Lights of Christmas festival.

Get ready with me - Festival attire and more

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Are you wondering exactly what you should wear or bring to The Lights of Christmas festival? Here are 5 things you should consider as you prepare to come.

  1. blogsmallsquarelayers 150pxWinter Weather Attire

    Burrrrrr…..it’s getting cold! Remember your winter jacket, hat and gloves. The event does have indoor venues but the majority of the event is outside. I mean, you came for the gorgeous lights and fresh mini donuts both of which are outside, right? So, you’ll want to stay warm as you walk around gazing at the beautiful lights and munching on those yummy donuts.

    It wouldn’t hurt to wear an extra layer, especially on colder nights. I like the knit baggy sweaters and of course festive ugly sweaters are always welcome!

  2. Boots & Shoes for the Outdoors

    Don’t forget your boots or water resistant shoes! It can get wet and a little muddy in some of the parking areas and gravel roads. Comfortable boots and shoes are important since you will be doing a lot of walking to see all the beautiful displays and participate in the fun activities.

  3. Extra Helpful Items

    Bag or Purse - If you are anything like me, you love shopping for unique gifts. The Lights of Christmas has a variety of items available for purchase. Local vendors will be selling gifts throughout the event. You may even get all your Christmas shopping done. Bring a bag or purse to hold all your items comfortably.

    Umbrella - If it looks like it might rain, that’s ok… It just makes the lights extra sparkly! But remember to bring your umbrella so you can stay dry and warm.

    If someone in your group is using a wheelchair, remember to bring a blanket to keep them warm and comfortable. Wheelchairs are available at the Welcome Center on a first-come first-serve basis.

  4. blogsmallsquarecamera3 150pxCamera or Smart Phone

    There are so many beautiful displays and picture perfect areas. Not to mention fun characters that are eagerly awaiting a photo op with you! Remember to tag us on social media with #WarmBeachLights and #TheLightsofChristmas!

  5. Your holiday spirit!
    It’s Christmas! One of the most wondrous holidays of the year! Don’t forget your childlike sense of adventure. You’ll find joy in all the fun activities and wonder in the beautiful light displays. For extra fun, lighted accessories are available for purchase at the Welcome Center!

Please note: No pets, alcohol or marijuana allowed at the event.

We look forward to seeing you at The Lights of Christmas festival!

KaylaStikeleather2018 100px webKayla Stikeleather
Marketing Assistant

7 fun things for adults at The Lights of Christmas festival

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The Lights of Christmas is fun for kids but it’s also a blast for adults. There are a ton of great activities you can do at The Lights of Christmas Festival to make the holidays just a little brighter. Here are some favorites:

  1. The Lights!
    There are over one million lights displayed throughout the event. Take a stroll and enjoy the beautiful displays. Let the beauty bring wonder to your heart.

  2. blogshopping 150pxShopping!
    See what creative and unique items local artisans have crafted. Who knows, you may find the perfect gift for that one family member that’s super hard to shop for.

  3. Buy a tasty treat or meal.
    There are many food and snack choices at The Lights of Christmas! Even a vegan option at Joyland Café. Also, espresso drinks, and remember the hot fresh mini-donuts! Check out our Food & Snack list.

  4. blogliveentertainment 150pxLive Entertainment
    Throughout the Festival there are five performance areas. Come and listen to talented local musicians and storytellers. Let the music and stories lift your soul. See the performance schedule for details.

  5. Make a decoration.
    Do you like crafts? If so, decorate a wooden ornament at the Elfland Toy Shop. Or, decorate a glass ornament at the Joyland Ornament Shop. (small extra fee) You can hang it on your Christmas tree for years to come.

  6. Theatre at The Lights of Christmas (separate ticketed event)
    Are you looking for a special Christmas experience? Then Dinner Theatre or Sunday Dessert Matinee is for you! This year’s show is a comedy called, A Christmas Story…More or Less, written by Stefano Loverso and Mary Irey who are best known for their work on Saturday Night Live and Ryan’s Hope. Come, eat delicious food and relax as you enjoy a delightful holiday production.

  7. bloglights 150pxRomantic Overnight Getaway (additional cost)
    Need quality time with your partner or friend in a Christmas wonderland? The Lights of Christmas is the perfect place! There are lodging options for almost every budget. The overnight packages include Festival admission, a hot breakfast, and a fun gift!

The Lights of Christmas opens November 29th at 5:00pm, and runs 21 nights through December 29, 2018. We hope to see you!

10 fun activities to do with your kids at The Lights of Christmas

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Can you believe it’s November already? If you are anything like me, you are frantically getting ready for Thanksgiving and planning the perfect Christmas gifts for the kids!

Like most moms, I’m a planner. I plan what activities my daughter will do before I go to work. I plan what healthy meals my family will eat and prep so they’ll actually eat them. I definitely plan out every holiday activity.

For all those moms who want to plan a great experience at The Lights of Christmas, here’s a list of my top ten activities you can do with your kids!

10 fun activites to do with your kids at The Lights of Christmas

  1. The Lights
    First, and foremost, you have to see the beautiful light displays and watch the wonder on your kids’ faces. I mean there are over one million lights creating stunning scenes you and your kids will love to look at.

  2. 150blogfarmPony Rides & Petting Farm
    Does your kid love animals? We have pony rides available for the youngsters age 6 and under, and the petting farm available to everyone.

  3. Elfland Toy Shop & Joyland Ornament Shop
    Is your kid more the creative type? Well, we have toys and Christmas ornaments you and your kids can decorate. (small extra fee)

  4. Delicious Food & Live Entertainment
    Come taste our famous fresh hot mini donuts or check out the many vendors at the event. Grab a meal or snack and watch live entertainment including music performers, dancers, storytellers and more! See our Food & Snacks list and Performance schedule

  5. 150blogsantaSanta!
    Santa will be at The Lights of Christmas until December 23rd. Then he has to get back to the North Pole. Visit him at the Joyland area.

  6. Warm Beach Express Train Ride
    Come ride the train around part of the festival for a magical experience! Everyone is welcome aboard.

  7. Light Maze
    The light maze provides an excellent opportunity for the whole family to work together to get to the end of the maze.

  8. 150blogfacepaintingFace Painting
    Who doesn’t want to be transformed into a butterfly, a lion, or even a kitten? Our face painters are the best!

  9. Bruce the Spruce the Talking Christmas Tree
    Everyone loves Bruce the Spruce! He loves to talk with people of all ages and is sure to make your child smile with his funny jokes.

  10. Storyteller
    Does your child love a good story? I know I do! Every hour from 6-9pm in Deer Mountain Lodge, you and your child have the opportunity to listen to a captivating story (story lasts about 20 minutes).

Come out and join the fun this year at The Lights of Christmas Festival. There is so much to do, see, and taste! You and your kids are sure to make memories to last a lifetime!

The Lights of Christmas opens this year November 29th at 5pm and runs 21 select nights through December 29, 2018. You can purchase your tickets at the gate or online at https://www.thelightsofchristmas.com/tickets.

KaylaStikeleather2018 100px webKayla Stikeleather
Marketing Assistant

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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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