Three ingredients make our holiday light viewing complete:

  1. batdorf bronson logoSteaming thermos of hot chocolate (with marshmallows adds the 9-year-old),
  2. Festive tunes on the radio (played loud says the 11-year-old), and
  3. A general idea of where to view great displays (a map, please, requests the 40-something dad).

The map… that’s the hardest part.  Where do we go to see the best light displays around Olympia?  Here are five options to get your family to the right place to see twinkling lights and festive displays.

Oly Lightstravaganza

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Enjoy free home-baked cookies and cider on select nights. Check the website for a full schedule and like the Facebook page for surprise cookie nights.

A cookie shack should be reason enough to swing by Oly Lightstravaganza in Olympia’s Eastside Neighborhood.  The creative minds in your car will appreciate the intricate display.  Your analytical passengers will want to know how many lights are at this one house (40,000+ is the answer).

Read more about Whitney and Luke Bowerman’s Christmas cheer in this article.

Lights at Ken Lake

A loop around Ken Lake isn’t complete without a visit with Santa. Chris McGough leads a massive work party of neighbors, family and friends to light up the neighborhood.  Music signals that you are in the right place to view the 40,000 twinkling lights.

Find out more about the Lights at Ken Lake in this article.

Christmas Island

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A vintage, authentic sleigh is on hand for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

While not technically a light show, Christmas Island is a massive display in Maytown.  Christmas Island has a rich Thurston County history.  You can read more about it, as well as get detailed information on its story, in this article.

Downtown Olympia

Downtown Olympia merchants have gussied up their windows this year.  Twinkle Fest 2015 encourages shop owners to create festive window dressings.  Drive around the downtown shopping core and see their interesting designs.  Then, cast your vote for your favorite window.

Christmas Light Tour

christmas light displayWhen all else fails, use our Google map to find great neighborhoods ready to welcome your carload of holiday visitors.

You can drive our Christmas Light tour by clicking on this article.

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