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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.

What is the best Christmas getaway in the Pacific Northwest?

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The best overnight Christmas getaway in the Pacific Northwest is The Lights of Christmas in Stanwood, WA, just an hour north of Seattle, WA. You not only experience the fabulous wonderland of over one million lights, live entertainment and fun activities, you get to stay in holiday themed lodging and soak in the Christmas spirit. Your special time at The Lights starts as soon as you check in right at the parking area. A volunteer host will help direct you to your accommodations or whisk you and your luggage in a courtesy cart directly to your room.

There are numerous lodging options at The Lights of Christmas for couples, families, and groups. The Bayside Inn is perfect for couples and small families, the Mt. Baker rooms and Kringle Cottage are ideal for families, while the Nutcracker Suite, Trails End and Ever After Mini-Lodges are terrific for large groups and families. By staying overnight, guests get the opportunity to fully enjoy the evening without a long drive home. Festival admission is included in the price, and a breakfast buffet the next morning is included in your stay.

Lots of delightful memories will linger long after you leave, so you might make Overnight Getaways at The Lights an annual tradition. Quite a few guests do!

“This is our family tradition. We look forward to it every year!!” – 2016 Overnight Guest

“We enjoyed the overnight and not having to drive home after such a great night out.” – 2016 Overnight Guest

To book your overnight stay and for information/photos click here, or call our Registration Department at 800-228-6724 ext. 2282.


The Lights of Christmas is an event of Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center. Situated on 300 acres of natural beauty with views of Port Susan Bay, Warm Beach Camp provides year-round conference, camp and retreat facilities for church, school, and non-profit groups and offers programs for adults, families, and youth. The Camp is conveniently located both one hour north of Seattle, and south of Bellingham.

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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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