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The Lights of Christmas celebrates best attendance for its 21st year

The Lights of Christmas celebrates best attendance 2017

The Lights of Christmas welcomed 78,753 total attendees during the 2017 season. Out of all 21 years of this spectacular Christmas festival, this year saw the largest overall attendance.

Guests came from all over the Puget Sound plus Oregon, California, British Columbia and beyond. Over 3,000 stayed overnight. Just over 1,500 guests attended a special Dinner Theatre or Sunday Dessert Matinee amidst the splendor of the holiday atmosphere. Everyone was blessed with beautiful lights and warm hospitality.

Along with the dazzling light displays and fun activities, there were more food vendors than ever, so no one had to go away hungry. Thousands upon thousands of hot mini donuts were cooked to the delight of many. New food vendors in Tinhorn Town pleased guests with traditional BBQ and south of the border CariBean cuisine.

Shopping was brisk in the four gift shops found at The Lights of Christmas. Live entertainment at the five stages was joyous. Starry Night Coffee House & Gifts blended live music, hot drinks, and hand-made crafts. Whether guests were browsing the store, taking in the music, or just warming up with a hot latte, Starry Night brought holiday cheer to thousands.

Over 700 people donated more than 15,000 volunteer hours, making The Lights of Christmas possible. Parking, ticket sales, hospitality, courtesy carts, security, bussing tables, and other positions were filled by many generous volunteers. The faithful volunteers make The Lights of Christmas happen!

Beyond the spectacle of over one million lights is a clear message that The Lights of Christmas celebrates the gift of Jesus, the promised Messiah, Emmanuel – God with us. We pray guests left with light hearts filled with joy, wonder, and a sense of hope. We pray relationships are encouraged and memories made. Our prayer is that people come for the Christmas lights and leave with Jesus.

The Lights of Christmas Festival brings families together

Family group at The Lights of Christmas 785pxOpening November 30 for 22 select nights through December, The Lights of Christmas Festival welcomes an average of over 68,000 people annually. People from all walks of life enjoy over one million lights in dazzling displays, music, drama, children’s activities, and more. The Lights of Christmas brings out the nostalgia of the season and offers many points of connection for people to enjoy a shared experience.

Couples enjoy romantic moments. More than a few marriage proposals have occurred at The Lights of Christmas. Families enjoy time with grandparents and extended family. Children loose themselves in the wonder and joy of the event. Here’s what some of our guests shared from last year:

“This is our family tradition. We look forward to it every year!!”

“We enjoy time with the kids. All the beautiful lights. The train ride. The pony rides. Just the Spirit of Christmas throughout the park.”

“We came twice this year! Once with my husband, myself, and our kids and a second time we brought my elderly mother and disabled sister for their first visit. They've never seen any Christmas light display like it and loved it! Another highlight is how wonderful the staff is!”

So, gather your family and friends, bundle up and come enjoy a Christmas experience that brings the holiday spirit to life!

Festival dates, activities, pricing, and more can be found at https://www.thelightsofchristmas.com/festival .

10 tips to make the most of your visit to The Lights

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Here’s the inside scoop for you to make the most of your visit to The Lights of Christmas! All those who like to plan ahead, keep reading. Those more spontaneous, read on as well because you might be surprised. We asked the experts—staff, volunteers, and guests—who have made The Lights an annual tradition, and these are their best tips:

  1. Come early—early in the month, early in the evening, to avoid the larger crowds. Also, Saturday nights are usually the busiest.
  2. If donuts are calling your name, head to the Donut Hut first. Another good time to get these tasty treats is around 9:30pm, right before they close.
  3. For those meeting up with friends at The Lights, plan to meet in the Joyland courtyard. You may end up parking in different areas and entering the event through different gates. Joyland courtyard is easy to find.
  4. Do you have children who love trains? Then, head straight to the Polar Express Train to get in line before it opens at 5:30pm. Follow it up with dinner at Tinhorn Town. Dancing in the aisles is allowed!
  5. Pony Rides and Shepherd’s Keep Petting Farm are great to visit between 5:00 – 8:00pm.
  6. Engineer Bear and Frosty the snowman love taking pictures with kiddos. You can find them hanging out in the Joyland courtyard. Note - they are usually on a break 7:00 – 7:30pm.
  7. The gift shops at The Lights are a great place for finding fun and unique gifts from local area artesans. Also, they have a 20% off sale after Christmas.
  8. There are lots of food options, indoor venues and outdoor vendors. Grab dinner and enjoy entertainment performances at Joyland Concert Hall, Tinhorn Town, or Starry Night Coffee House.
  9. There's plenty of places to keep warm: several warming fires throughout the event and many indoor venue options.
  10. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and blog for up-to-date news, fun contests, photos and more!

There's many other activities and tips to mention, watch for them in future posts. Really, no matter how you decide to experience The Lights, it is an evening of magical memories!

Check out the NEW event map and information sheet to help make your evening plans. 

Live Theatre amidst ONE Million Christmas lights!

LiveTheatre at TheLightsofChristmas 400pxThis year’s Live Theatre production at The Lights of Christmas, Back Home on the Tumblin’ D, by Victoria Ritchey, was first performed in 2012 and a favorite of our Theatre attendees. A sequel to last year’s play, it brings back the Tumblin’ D characters with new adventures, and lots of love and laughter. A shell-shocked Tom comes home from World War II Italy to find everything changed – his Boston-bred fiancée now a ranch hand, his employer, Miss Eloise, engaged, and cattle disappearing from the Tumblin’ D. How will our characters pick back up their lives and celebrate the enduring bonds shared during the holidays?

The hope and joy of holidays have the power to bring together fragmented aspects of life that are otherwise full of unresolved tension. In an era where so much was sacrificed by so many, the WWII generation offers timeless lessons of strength, courage, and tenacity. Playwright, Victoria Ritchey, shares, “World War II remains the greatest conflict in history… My hope is that this story will give us a small glimpse of an era when both soldiers and civilians gave so much.”

Live Theatre at The Lights of Christmas is an exceptional occasion for the holidays. Set amidst the beauty of the Christmas Festival, the experience offers guests a memorable evening of an elegant Dinner Theatre, or Sunday Dessert Matinee.

See Live Theatre for more information and reservations, or call 1.800.228.6724.

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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