Seattle Christmas Lights in Ballard and Beyond!

In today’s Seattle Times, there is a handy guide on where to see some fantastic holiday light displays in the Seattle area. For those of you in the Ballard area, you don’t have to go far. Check out the displays at these addresses:

  • 9234 13th Ave NW – This house has a fun display, with Santa on the roof, a skiing snowman, and a handmade forest!
  • 351 NW 52nd St – Using over 18,000 lights (WOW!), this property owner has a train, a 25-foot star, candy canes, a snowman, a Christmas Tree, and the list goes on and on…
  • Olympic Manor – This is a no-brainer for most Ballard residents but take a drive or walk through Olympic Manor to see some lovely light displays celebrating the holidays. The entrance is on NW 85th St. and 22nd/21st Ave NW or at NW 90th and 24th ave NW.
  • NW 75th St and 21st Ave NW – I was driving around the neighborhood and spotted a house around this location that definitely embraced the holiday spirit. If you have time, swing by and check this house out.

If you want to know where you can go outside of Ballard to see fantastic holiday light displays, check out the Seattle Times guide.

Post in the comments if you saw or made a great holiday display!

The Annual 2011 Christmas Ships Are Coming to Ballard!

2011 Christmas Ship Festival in SeattleSeattle’s annual Christmas Ship Festival officially kicks off this Thursday, December 1st, and you don’t want to miss it when it floats by Ballard.  The 62 year Seattle tradition is a sure way to get you and your family into the holiday spirit.

On December 7th, head over to either the Ballard Locks or Golden Gardens Park in the evening to see the largest holiday floating parade in the world. The brightly decorated Christmas ships will stop in front of the Ballard Locks for 20 minutes, starting at 8:10pm. It’ll continue on to Golden Gardens Park and be there from 9:05-9:25pm. Pack a thermos of hot chocolate, warm your hands by the bonfire and listen to the Dickens Carolers.

If you’re busy on Wednesday, you can catch the ships up near Carkeek Park on Sunday, December 11th. The Christmas Ships arrive in Carkeek Park a bit earlier, around 6:00pm. For more information, check out the full schedule here. Happy Holidays!

December Happenings

We’ve already had our first taste of winter as last week marked the first snowfall.  Most have started putting holiday lights and decorations, and we’re tuning our radio stations to those playing Christmas music.  Yet, December is much more than cold weather and “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” coming through the speakers.  Most importantly, it’s a time for family, community, and togetherness.  Here is a list of what’s happening in your neighborhood to help celebrate the spirit of the Holidays.

Dec. 1st – Dec.30th-Head to the The 5th Avenue Theatre with your family to see the newest rendition of a holiday classic “A Christmas Story: The Musical!”.  The toe-tapping take on the funny film is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.  The musical runs until the 30th of December, so be sure to make it to the Theatre.

Dec. 2-The Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle and 2200 Westlake host a holiday celebration that benefits the Seattle Humane Society with a focus on your pets!  There will be a first annual tree lighting, dog costume contest, pet portraits all while you enjoy carolers, hot cider, cookies and shopping at the 2200 retailers.  The event is free and starts at 6:00 p.m.  

 Dec. 3-Westlake Center has its annual holiday tradition-The Great Figgy Pudding Carol-off!  Come see (and hear!) over 40 caroling teams singing for a spot to compete in a sing-off on the main stage.  The event is at 400 Pine St in Seattle, running from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm.  

 Dec.3-Upper Queen Anne is hosting its annual Holiday Magic festival from 3:00-9:00 pm.  Put on by the Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, it will include discounts at local business, snacks, and  a performance from the John Hay Chorus.  Kids can enjoy art projects, a firetruck, prize drawings and and the annual tree lighting at Bethany Presbyterian Church.  

 Dec 4thThe Magnolia Tour of Homes and Holiday Boutique starts this weekend, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Attendees are able to tour beautiful homes in the neighborhood to see some of the best holiday decorations around!  Tickets are available at Around The Block in The Village in the Magnolia neighborhood.    Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 the day of the event.  Proceeds will go to the Association for Catholic Childhood.

 Dec. 5th-Magnuson Park in Seattle is hosting the Red Stocking Run & Walk, a 5k run/walk to benefit Children’t Home Society of Washington.  The cost is $30/person (through Dec.2) and is $35/person day of race.  There is a free 1k for kids, and a Hot Chocolate Garden and other festive booths for your enjoyment.  The run is at 7400 Sand Point Way in Seattle and begins at 9:30 am.  

 Dec. 11The 34th Pathway of Lights begins at 4:30 p.m. and runs until 7:30 p.m.  Hosted by Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Green Lake Community Center Advisory Council, the 2.8 mile path running around the lake is lit up with luminaria, including the lights and candles brought by attendees.  The free event will include performances from local musicians, warm snacks and drinks, and an encouraged non-perishable food item donation booth.  

 Dec. 12For those of age, the 3rd Annual 12 Bars of Christmas Pub Crawl is happening Sunday in Queen Anne, beginning at 4:00 p.m.  A $5 dollar donation from each attendee will go to the Dynamic Family Services.  Enjoy drink specials and friends at this event. 

 Dec. 18th-Take a cruise on the Virginia V, a historic Steamship who is hosting holiday cruises to support the non-profit, Forgotten Children’s Fund.  Passengers will enjoy holiday music and sights from the boat, and the Christmas Ships Festival.  Departing from South Lake Union, tickets are $39 and $49 and includes desserts.  The ship departs at 7:00 p.m. and returns at 10:30 p.m.  

 Dec.18thYear after year, Madison Park residents enjoy the arrival of the Christmas Ships at Madison Park Beach.  The ships, will arrive on this day between 4:55 and 5:15 complete with elaborate holiday light and decorations displays.  Live music will be provided by the Vivace!  Cathedrals Choir.  The ships will be making a number of appearances at beach parks throughout the city as well.

 Dec. 19-Head to Ballard’s Swanson’s Nursey to see a decked out holiday display.  Among ornaments and trees are live Reindeer, part of the Reindeer Festival, a visit from Santa Claus himself and a other animals including a camel and a miniature donkey.  The event, running until Christmas Eve, is great for young children. 

 Any way you choose to enjoy this holiday season, have fun doing it!  There is a large variety and something for everyone to enjoy.

Happy Holidays Seattle!