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.