As we are in Christmas time and holiday season, I decided to take a break from my Home Sweet Home series. Instead I will write about my visit to a local holiday event. As we are in December, people are decorating their houses with lights everywhere. There are numerous ticketed lights events throughout Pacific Northwest. Of these many choices, I decided to visit “The Light of Christmas” at Stanwood, WA.
The event is held at Warm Beach Camp and this is more than a decade old annual event since 1997. The camp is located 1 hour north of Seattle. This is ideal family event for holiday season. There are more than 1 millions light displays. Every year, event organizers start to set up lights in September for this magical lights experience. The general admission for ticket is $16 per adult and it is free admission for children under three. $16 might seem a little expensive but I would say it is totally worth it. If it still deems expensive, visitors can visit “Pay what you can” nights. The schedule of those nights can be found on their website every year.
So… what do we get from this admission??? Again visitors can experience more than a million magical light displays. There are some children activities for kids to enjoy such as light maze, polar express train, pony rides, and taking picture with Santa. And I can assure that they also have a good looking Santa since every Santa looks different. For those children who love to do hands on activities, they can stop by at Elfland Toyshop to create their own ornaments. Winter nights in Pacific Northwest can be rainy and cold. In order to remedy the weather, visitors can buy hot foods. The smell of hot chocolate and fresh made hot donuts was really tempting to anyone. Visitors can also experience very traditional Victorian Carol before getting amazed by Nativity Set. Every night the gate opens at 5:00 pm for the event and the event lasts until 10:00 pm. In order to get full experience of the event, I would recommend to set a side at least three hours.
For those visitors who do not want to drive back late night after the event, the camp has lodging options. The price of lodging can be found on their website. The cheapest lodging is around $189 a night for 2015. In my opinion, it is quite a pricey lodging. For me, I just got a lodging in Everett which only costs us half the price. After all, this is a must see holiday lights for those who want to have a great family event filled with holiday spirits. As “A picture is worth a thousand words”, I would just let my readers enjoy some of the pictures I took at the event rather than boring my readers with a really long post on how magical and unbelievable this event is. If the weather seems too cold and you want to stay in fashion while enjoying the fabulous night, please have a visit at my fellow Seattle blogger; Doreen’s Style Diary.
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