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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.

One-of-a-kind Christmas festival adds new features

The Lights of Christmas brings both nostalgia and innovation together for a one-of-a-kind family Christmas experience you have to see to believe. Since The Lights of Christmas festival first opened in 1997, the event has doubled in size and scope, now with over one million lights, 50% more decorated area, and annual attendance three times the 20,000 people we had in year one. 

This 20th anniversary year brings additions and upgrades to enhance the beauty and wonder of the experience. Highlights include:

The marquee larger-than-life nativity scene will expand with the new “Journey to Bethlehem” display, adding Joseph with Mary riding on a donkey. Three wise men are also joining the central scene.

The Gloria Angel display is going to sport a large fountain of lights as the centerpiece.

The Polar Express train station is moving to a new location across from the Elfland Toyshop, where guests will load and unload the train. The train ride will still take guests around the Tinhorn Town loop, to enjoy the Christmas sights and sounds as they ride.

The Wonderland area is receiving the first phase of upgrades to create a land of fairy tale delight. A new lighted archway will draw visitors into this place of wonder and fun, including the petting farm and light maze, along with creative light displays.

New food options in Tinhorn Town will feature CaribBean Cuisine and Stanwood Concessions Barbeque. Seating will be arranged to encourage guests to bring food in from the outdoor vendor stands as well.

We hope you will join us for this experience that brings the Christmas spirit to life! Opening night is November 30, with 22 nights available in 2017. For more information about the Festival, Live Theatre, or Overnight Getaways, go to www.thelightsofchristmas.com.

The Lights of Christmas 2016 opens with a "Pay What You Can" night

The Lights of Christmas Festival 2016 opens for the 20th year on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at 5pm. Opening night is one of four “Pay What You Can” nights this year, also offered on December 8, 27 and 28. This offer gives the opportunity for guests who cannot afford regular ticket prices to pay what they can. When guests come to the ticket window to purchase Nightly Festival admission on these nights, their amount due will be tallied, but they only pay what they can.  

“Pay What You Can nights are about creating opportunity for everyone in the community to experience the wonder of The Lights of Christmas regardless of their ability to pay,” says Loren Isaac, Event Director.  

The Lights of Christmas is the largest holiday festival event in the Pacific Northwest with over one million lights, live entertainment stages, children’s activities, gift shops, food and more.  

The “Pay What You Can” special is only offered on December 1, 8, 27 and 28, 2016 for Nightly Festival admission tickets. Overnight accommodations and Dinner/Dessert Theatre are still available at normal prices, advanced reservations required.      

For more information, check the Nightly Festival and Tickets web pages, or call Warm Beach Camp at 800-228-6724.

The Lights, the Memories, the Gift

by Kirsten Radke

It’s four o’clock, dark outside, I’m hustling around the house getting mittens, hats, coats, and extra layers together as my three children sit watching out the kitchen window, eagerly waiting for their dad to get home from work. Headlights pull in the driveway, children run out the door, boots on and coats in hand not even giving my husband a chance to change out of his work attire before they pile in the car yelling in excited voices, “Dad, let’s go!”

As I load the car and get kids buckled, my husband comes out, coffee in hand, ready to go. The 45 minute drive to The Lights of Christmas Festival is filled with conversations about donuts, pony rides, trains, hot chocolate, and Christmas lights! By the time we arrive our kids have planned our entire evening.

The Lights of Christmas is by far one of our favorite family outings every December. The kids’ eyes light up as the experience of Christmas comes to life. My husband and I love watching their faces and excitement. For me, being able to spend time together as a family and slow down during a busy season to experience the love of Christ is what Christmas is all about.

After several hours filled with candy canes from Santa, Elfland toy shop, Polar Express train rides, pony rides, light maze, the petting farm, fresh hot donuts and hot chocolate, we walk to the life-size Nativity scene in the center of it all and stand there in silence. As my children look at baby Jesus, my oldest, who is learning to read asks, “What do those words say?” as he looks at the Christmas story displayed next to the baby Jesus.  

As we read the Christmas story together, I am reminded of God’s goodness, His blessings in my life and His promise. There is a simplicity in Christmas that can often be overlooked with the busyness of the season. We run around checking things off our list and creating new lists, often to the point where we lose sight of the reason for the season. The Lights of Christmas creates a place where family comes first, quality time and experiences will forever be remembered through the memories that are created, and we can reflect on the wonderful gift God gave us in His Son.

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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