The cold nights and frozen walks have begun in Thurston County and with them have come the holiday light displays in Olympia and surrounding areas. Around this time of the season, people and businesses bring out their best and brightest light displays to ring in the holidays and new year. Some do it for the joy of it, others for charity, and a rare few for sport. If you are looking for some holiday cheer, check out these Christmas lights in Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and throughout Thurston County.

Olympia

Oly Lightstravaganza

1515 10th Avenue SE, Olympia

For more than 15 years, Oly Lightstravaganza has been putting on a display of over 90,000 lights. Their walk through light event located on the Eastside of Olympia is open and free to the public. If people want to donate, their open to receiving funds and goods for the Thurston County Food Bank. This display will be open from December 1 into the New Year.

Cove Neighborhood

Town Square Lane SE, Olympia

Christmas lights in Olymia Countrywood Neighborhood
Countrywood neighborhood’s beautiful homes feature inflatables, projections, and hundreds of string lights. Photo credit: Aigner Wilson

Another sight to see in Olympia this season is the Henderson Boulevard Cove Neighborhood. Many of the homes are decorated in celebration of the holiday season. This is an annual event that the neighborhood puts on for the joy of the locals and visiting guests. Though these are private homes, the street is open for people to drive or walk down to view the Christmas light displays.

Countrywood Park Estates

Countrywood Drive SE, Olympia

Another good place to see Christmas light displays in Olympia is the Countrywood neighborhood, in the southeastern part of the city. To see the beautiful displays that the homeowners have selected, visitors can walk or drive through the neighborhood and view the light displays from their cars or the sidewalk.

Christmas Island

Maytown Assembly of God, 2920 Tierney Street, SW Olympia

Come see Thurston County’s own Christmas Island, a family tradition for many. The free event runs every night November 30 – December 27 from 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturdays in December will have holiday snacks and hot drinks.

Frazier Family Home

1630 26th Avenue NE, Olympia

The Frazier family decks out their home for the holidays with a huge display you have to see to believe. You will recognize all your favorite childhood characters in cut-outs – from Charlie Brown and the gang to Mario and Luigi. You can even get your picture taken with Santa. Follow the Frazier Family on Facebook for more information.


Lacey

Narada Court Lacey Christmas lights
The Narada Court neighborhood has a wonderful display of lights to view. Photo courtesy: Stan Guyer

Narada Court SE, Lacey

This neighborhood has over 30,000 lights on several houses for you to drive by and take a look at. Drive Ruddell Road to 54th Avenue SE. Take a right on 54th and then an immediate right onto Narada Court SE.

The Farm

Off Yelm Highway, West of Henderson Boulevard, Lacey

The Farm is located on Yelm Highway and is a neighborhood Christmas light display that’s perfect for those wanting to stay in their car, but still see the sights. Tune to the holiday music station and bring along some hot chocolate or coffee for a pefect evening. The Farm paints a picturesque picture of a holiday light show in the heart of Thurston County.

Christmas lights in Lacey Huntamer Park
Lacey’s Huntamer Park is the perfect setting for a holiday stroll. Photo courtesy: Aigner Wilson

Thomas W. Huntamer Park

618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey

Huntamer Park is a public park in Lacey that decorates its trees and benches each year during the winter holidays. Its location makes for the perfect walking light show. Or, sit and view them for a break from running errands during the holidays. With the beautiful sights and amenities of downtown Lacey, the lights of Huntamer Park are a great attraction when entertaining this Christmas season in Thurston County.

4609 Stikes Drive SE, Lacey

This neighborhood has some great drive-by Christmas Lights in Lacey. They are on around 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. according to Lora Kohn, a ThurstonTalk reader, who says, “there are other great houses in the same neighborhood that makes it worth going by. The one at 4609 has music also.”


Yelm

Off W Yelm Avenue toward Railway Road SE, Yelm

Off W Yelm Avenue onto SW Edwards Street, Yelm

Yelm is a city of lights. Beginning on Yelm Highway, people driving or walking through the heart of the town, can see the Christmas lights hung up on several of the local businesses on main street. Off Yelm Highway there are a few neighborhoods with flashing lights that can be seen from the main road. Notable ones are listed above.

 

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