Friday, December 18, 2009

tgif... go see some festive lights!

I just saw this on Twitter, and I felt it was just the right thing to share on this last Friday before Christmas. The Seattle Times has compiled a list of awesome light displays in and around Seattle. So hop in the car with some friends, fill the tank, grab some hot cocoa and candy canes, tune into Warm 106.9, and go drive around the city tonight. Here's their list of lights...

Candy Cane Lane, Northeast Park Road off Ravenna Boulevard. Neighborhood light display, a longtime local tradition, 4 p.m.-midnight daily through Jan. 2. Food bank donations accepted. (This is right by my house, and was my favorite thing to see with  my parents growing up. Over the years it's lost a bit of the magic, but it's till fun.)

Olympic Manor, enter on Northwest 85th Street at 21st or 22nd Avenue Northwest, or at Northwest 90th Street and 24th Avenue Northwest, Seattle. Most houses in the neighborhood decorated.

Gail and Kathy McCormick, 9234 13th Ave. N.W. Twenty trees lit for the season, polar bears, Santa and snowman.

George Vanton and David Yarcho, 8250 14th Ave. N.E. Year in Lights display of holidays throughout the year, shamrock lights for St. Paddy's Day, eggs for Easter and more, lots of Christmas lights.

Russ and Phyllis Kintrea, 6303 Sixth Ave. N.E. Thousands of lights, Nutcrackers, Santa, nativity scene, music, snowmen.

Ed Boese, 6557 Fourth Ave. N.E. Thousands of multicolored lights, 5-10 p.m. weekdays, 5-11 p.m. weekends.

Judy Darrow, 516 N.E. 120th St. Lights, candy canes, snowmen, Santa, igloo with penguins.

Kathy Johnson, 9547 Wallingford Ave. N. Winter wonderland of snow with lights, snowflakes, Santa.

Sharon and Fred Ehrig, 3916 Woodlawn Ave. N. and Kay and Tony Horner, 3923 Woodlawn Ave. N. Neighbors work together on the Ehrig house, lights with a North Pole theme and Santa rocking on the porch, and whimsical display of 8,000 lights and inflatables at the Horners'.

Dan and Vonnie Breidenstein, 10723 Densmore Ave. N. (accessed only from North 107th Street). Animated display, not lights, with a "winter wonderland" of animals skiing, skating and playing in snow, Santa's workshop with elves working and playing, 5-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, until midnight Fridays-Sundays through Jan. 1.

Duane Davis, 4152 46th Ave. S.W. More than 7,000 lights including pink cotton-candy trees.

Don Rice, 2128 47th Ave. S.W. Lighted trees, merry Christmas with Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang, 8,000 lights.

Martha Aitken and Greg Carlock, 3729 40th Ave. S.W. Inflatables, vintage lawn d├ęcor, candy canes and chaser lights, designed by 13 year old Wyatt Carlock.

Chris Walker, 3201 36th Ave. S.W. Lots of multicolored lights, 27-foot tall Christmas tree made of green lights.

Jon and Anne Manos, 1422 E. Aloha St. Classic Capitol Hill home entirely outlined with clear lights, with lit candles in all the windows and lit wreaths on all the columns. There are lights on foliage and railings and a star on the roof. 5-11 p.m. daily.

Jack Menashe and family, 5605 Beach Drive S.W. Manger scene, train, Santa Claus and more, with many thousands of lights.

Bill and Barbara Shaug, 12257 14th Ave. S. Lighted carousel, penguins, reindeer and sleigh, Disney characters, 15-foot Santa, lighted Santa's workshop with window to see Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves working on toys.

Bill Muse and Beth Scott, 5103 S. Alaska St. Huge light display.

Jeff and Sandi Bates, 5021 44th Ave. S. Santa, reindeer, music, 25,000 lights.

*Here's a link to the Seattle Times story.

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