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Lots of fun activities for kids of all ages amidst one million lights!

858 Kid activities at The Lights of Christmas Stanwood PNWYoung and old alike will be amazed and enchanted at The Lights of Christmas holiday festival in Stanwood, WA. There is so much to see and do, and with more being added this season, give yourself enough time to experience it all.

There are many fun activities at The Lights included with the cost of admission. The visit isn’t complete without a ride on the Polar Express Train. Once you ride the train, head over to Bruce the Spruce, the talking Christmas tree, to say “hi” and share a few jokes. Just around the bend is the Shepherd’s Keep—a petting farm featuring soft and gentle sheep, a llama, and goats. For the kids under four feet tall who love horses, pony rides are a must. New this year is the Natural Wonders Light Maze, an actual maze to make your way through, made entirely of lights!

And of course, Santa is at The Lights through December 23, talking with little visitors about their wish list. On the way, you might even see Frolaf the snowman and the Engineer Bear for a photo op.

Some activities have a modest additional cost. There is a very talented face painter across from the Polar Express Train in the downstairs lobby of Bayside Inn. Kids can try their own creativity and make ornaments in Joyland Ornament Shop and wooden toys at Elfland Toy Shop.

For more information on activities, entertainment schedules, food options, and more at The Lights of Christmas, be sure to check out this page. Connect with us on Facebook at <link> for fun posts, contest and more!

By the way – as of right now there is only 61 days, 23 hours, 10 minutes left!

Amazing new attractions coming to The Lights of Christmas

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You may have to adjust your landmark this year when visiting The Lights of Christmas—the iconic pond area in front of Cedar Lodge is taking on a whole new look. Tree Island will now dominate the pond with four 20-foot Christmas trees, along with smaller trees, reflecting brilliantly over the water. As you round the pond and pass the Wishing Well heading out toward The Polar Express, be alert for the jumping whale. Like the excitement of a real whale sighting, now you’ll be able to see a whale jump over you in a thrilling sequenced lights display.

As you stroll through and enjoy the displays and activities in the Tinhorn Town area, make sure to go beyond the Natural Wonders display to the new light maze. You’ll be able to enter and wind your way through the maze with thousands of lights dazzling as you go.

This year, The Lights of Christmas is sure to be full of more amazing fun than ever! For nineteen nights in December, more than one million Christmas lights will be displayed, spread over 15 acres at Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood, WA. The general festival also features live entertainment, children’s activities, food, and more. In addition, The Lights of Christmas offers overnight options, Dinner Theatre, and Sunday Dessert Matinee. Keep up with the fun plans, postings and constests on our Facebook page

The Lights of Christmas 2013 – a blessing in many ways

“Beautiful” “Inspiring” “Amazing” – these are words people use to describe The Lights of Christmas. The 2013 season was one of our best ever. With four fewer nights than the year before, we had better overall attendance than 2012 and the second highest year ever with over 63,000 people. Our largest night was our closing night, a “Pay What You Can” night, with 7,000 guests - a fitting conclusion to an amazing season.

People came, literally, from around the world. We met people from Europe and Asia who came to the Puget Sound area in December particularly for The Lights of Christmas. Guests came from up and down the west coast of the US and Canada with the largest number from within an hour’s drive away.

The commitment level of our volunteers has never been higher. Each night over one hundred volunteers rose up to help with parking, greeting, ticket selling, security, hosting, costume characters, and a host of other jobs. Several people worked all or most of the nights! We are so grateful for our volunteers. Truly, The Lights of Christmas is a community effort.

One of the more touching things the staff and volunteers have the privilege of doing is praying over the many prayer requests that are placed in the Prayer Chapel’s “Prayer Box.” Reading those requests gives you a deep sense of the depth of need residing in the hearts of many who come. One heart-stirring request was from a child simply asking for a “Daddy.” In this world where you hardly hear the words “Merry Christmas,” here is a place where hundreds of people ask complete strangers to lift up the deepest needs of their souls to God. There is no better picture of God’s Kingdom becoming visible than when beauty and wonder attract and serve to open one’s heart to hope.

The Christmas celebration is over for another year. But we pray that the work of God in people’s hearts and lives will continue on through eternity.

What's new at The Lights of Christmas 2013?

Gloria DisplayThat question is often asked during the months leading up to the opening of The Lights of Christmas. And every year, there are new things to discover when you come to The Lights!

The Victorian Lighthouse Inn is emerging this year as the Bayside Inn. There, you will find Harbor Light Gifts, a shop reminiscent of a seaside trading post, with jewelry and unique hand-made items from global artists, gourmet coffee and teas, and other never-ordinary treasures. Bayside Inn also features face painters and a wreath/swag making shop.

The Joyland Depot, a food venue where you could purchase a quick snack or beverage is changing into the Sweet Stop this year. You will still find snacks and beverages, but it will also feature delectable cookies and candies. Come treat your sweet tooth!

Of course, the light displays are always changing. The Gloria light display near the Nativity Scene has been expanded and now includes more angels. The flying ducks that used to be featured at the pond in front of Cedar Lodge are back this year, a part of the Natural Wonders display near Bruce the Spruce.

On the entertainment stages around the event, many popular performers are returning for another year, but the Joyland Concert Hall, Tinhorn Town, and Starry Night Coffee House will all feature some new performers. Take a look at the performance schedule on the Camp’s Lights of Christmas website to see who will be here and when.

Come enjoy The Lights of Christmas this year, and lavishly celebrate the gift of God’s Son to the world. The Lights are open for 18 nights between December 5 and December 29, 2013.



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


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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