The Largest Christmas Festival in the Pacific Northwest!
2019 Dates: Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Dec. 5-8, 12-15, 18-23, 26-29
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  • 1. How did The Lights of Christmas get started? +

    One of our Board members had been concerned that Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center could better reach out to the community during our slower season (Thanksgiving--New Year’s Day). After experiencing Nashville’s Opryland Theme Park's lighted event "Christmas in the Park" in Nashville, TN, he began envisioning how Warm Beach could import some of those concepts. In 1996, a team of four staff members visited "Christmas in the Park" to answer the question: "Is there something Warm Beach could do to more effectively reach out during the holiday season?” Stemming from that visit and many staff and Board meetings, the Board of Directors adopted the program model we now know as The Lights of Christmas, which they launched in 1997.
  • 2. What does it take to put on The Lights of Christmas? +

    The Lights of Christmas is a year-long project with three full-time staff, and involvement at every level of Warm Beach’s staff. In addition to the 90+ employees, volunteers from all over Washington donate well over 15,000 hours to The Lights of Christmas each year, and 125-145 volunteers help staff the event each night. Many volunteers spend Thanksgiving weekend putting last-minute touches on the decorations and facilities.
  • 3. How many lights do you hang? +

    We quit counting after 1,000,000. There are approximately enough light strands (at least 18,000) to stretch from Stanwood to Qwest Field stadium in Seattle.
  • 4. How long does it take to hang the lights? +

    We begin hanging lights in early September, and work with 7 people, five days a week, until opening day.
  • 5. How many people come to the event? +

    Over 1,110,000 people have experienced the magic of The Lights of Christmas these past 21 seasons. We have averaged 71,000 people per year for the past five years. Our record crowd was 78,753 people in 2017.
  • 6. Where do they come from? +

    About half of our guests come from Snohomish County. Another 30% of our attendance comes from Skagit and King Counties. Guests come from all over the Puget Sound and Lower Mainland in addition to more distant places in the US, Europe, Australia, South America, Africa, and Canada. The Lights of Christmas is a Puget Sound event with international appeal.
  • 7. How many volunteers help out at the event? +

    Over 750 different people volunteer for at least four hours during the event. 3,000 duty shifts are filled by volunteers, many who work multiple nights. Individuals, families, and service groups give thousands of hours to make The Lights of Christmas a Northwest holiday tradition.
  • 8. Do you purchase new lights every year? +

    We purchase approximately one-third of our lights (about 330,000 lights) every year. We also have volunteers who work throughout the year sorting, testing, and repairing lights.
  • 9. Where do you put it all after the event is over? +

    Everything goes into storage like a jigsaw puzzle and doesn’t come out until the next year. Between closets, storage units, and shipping containers, everything finds a home.
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