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The Lights of Christmas wins award

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It is an honor to announce The Lights of Christmas Festival has placed seventh in the 2018 USA Today 10Best Reader’s Award for Best Public Holiday Lights Display in the U.S.

The Lights of Christmas was selected as a nominee by a panel of expert judges and then ensued four weeks of public voting in order to earn its place in the top ten.

USA today is a multi-platform news and information company that is currently the nation’s number one newspaper in print circulation with an award-winning newspaper website, and a leader in mobile application.

The Lights of Christmas is a holiday dream come true. Christmas magic awaits the whole family at the festival.”
– Patrick Patterson, Warm Beach Camp General Manager

We are honored for being recognized by this prestigious multi-platform news company. We want to thank everyone who voted for The Lights of Christmas, for our hardworking staff, our wonderful volunteers, our supportive community, and all our amazing attendees.

Our desire is to provide a one-of-kind holiday experience for each attendee and honor our community with the spirit of Christmas.

The Lights of Christmas will remain open after Christmas, Dec. 26-29 of this year. Purchase Festival tickets online or at the gate, or make overnight getaway reservations online. .

My Christmas story

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I was warm and cozy in my bright pink fluffy blanket. As I started to stretch, my eyes shot open. It was Christmas morning! What was I doing in bed? My eight year old self jumped out of bed, slipped on my big furry slippers, and grabbed my dearest stuffed animal, Raspberry, a big pink bunny. As I opened the door the smell of cinnamon toast and hot chocolate filled the air. I ran to the living room and saw it… the huge pile of presents Santa had left the night before. “Boy, I must have been good,” I thought as my eyes looked at the many gifts.

When I think about Christmas I think about tradition. Sleeping in Christmas morning, eating cinnamon toast, reading the birth story of Christ, enjoying a meal of appetizers the night before, and opening just one gift on Christmas Eve, going to church and singing Christmas carols. Most of all, experiencing the wonder of the holidays and seeing Christ alive in every joyous moment.

For me, Christmas is more than just a holiday. It’s a reminder of how much I love my family. It’s a reminder of how fortunate I am to live in a circumstance where I can celebrate the holidays with decadent food and presents. It’s a reminder of everything good in the world and how that good is a reflection of who Christ is and what He desires for our lives. Genesis 1:31 reads, “God looked upon all He had made, and it was good.” It was good. God’s desire is good.

The Lights of Christmas Festival is a tradition for many families. Some come and stay in the overnight lodging. Others attend the theatre performance. Many come for the yummy mini donuts, activities, and beautiful light displays. Our hope is all who attend The Lights of Christmas Festival experience the wonder and joy of the Christmas Spirit. We hope you have a very merry Christmas!

The Lights of Christmas is open after Christmas, too! Join us Dec. 26-29 and extend the celebration of the season!

Enjoy our Christmas digital magazine! Includes stories, kid's craft, coloring pages, and more. Merry Christmas!

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Marketing Assistant

Food & beverages at The Lights of Christmas

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The Lights of Christmas is a fun-filled activity-packed event. There’s a variety of yummy food and beverages too! Let’s take a quick stroll around the event and check out all the holiday eats and more!

Welcome Center

  • Grab a snack and hot beverages before you enter the festival. Enjoy pastries, including delicious carrot cake, and hot beverages at the Welcome Center. Fun lighted accessories are available for purchase and are great to get you and the family into the holiday spirit!

Joyland area

  • The Joyland Café
    Jolyand Café offers delicious comfort food including fresh sandwiches, warm soup, and white cheddar mac and cheese. There’s even a kids meal and vegan option!

  • bloggyrogyro 150pxGyros! Gyros! & Curly Fries
    Yummm! Gyros from Gyros! Gyros! are the perfect treat to quench a Mediterranean food craving.

  • Cotton Candy
    This yummy fluffy treat will satisfy your sweet craving and is perfect for munching on while you look at the dazzling lights!

Nativity area

  • Donut Hut
    If you haven’t tried the famous mini-donuts at The Lights of Christmas you are missing out on a taste transforming experience!

  • S & T Espresso
    What’s a fun night of lights without the companionship of a delicious espresso? It will keep you warm and your energy high throughout the evening.

Absolutely Nuts

  • Warm fresh toffee covered nuts will fill your mouth with the taste of Christmas! Freshly made and ready to munch on.

Starlight area

  • Starry Night Coffee House & Gifts
    Treat yourself to a hot chocolate or warm espresso and enjoy live music or do some shopping! They also have treats for purchase to snack on.

Tinhorn Town area

Outdoor Food Vendors

  • blogphilly 150pxPat’s Philly Steak Sandwiches
    Enjoy at mouth-watering Philly cheese steak at Pat’s! Or warm up with their award winning crab and shrimp chowder!

  • Pioneer Popcorn Kettlekorn
    Whether you choose original or caramel you are sure to enjoy this sweet and salty holiday treat!

  • Stanwood Concessions
    Order an elephant ear, a corn dog, a fried Oreo and more! Eating at Stanwood Concessions is like being back at the fair.

  • Sundance
    This is the perfect spot to order a delicious sausage that’s been run through the jungle! Yum!

  • Kolossus Food
    Bite into fresh British style fish and chips! Sure to taste great!

Indoor Food Vendors

  • BBQ by Stanwood Concessions
    Enjoy a delicious pulled pork BBQ sandwich! A bite of southern cuisine just may warm your spirit!

  • CaribBean Cuisine
    Enjoy a warm tamale or burrito as you warm up in Tinhorn Town!

*All are welcome to eat in the Tinhorn Town dining area regardless of purchase location. Enjoy the warmth, great food, and live bluegrass/country music!

Is your mouth watering yet? Meals cost between $7-15 per person and beverages range from $2-5. Snack options range in price from $2-10. For more information visit https://www.thelightsofchristmas.com/dining-options

Come enjoy a night at The Lights of Christmas Festival open select nights in December.

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.

Subcategories

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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