Our neighborhood has some pretty impressive light displays at Christmas. The really amazing thing is how many folks get them up on Thanksgiving (or before!). My husband likes to hold out for a good snow and ice storm, after which he knows I won’t let him near a ladder. Sneaky grinch, he is.
If neighborhood displays are too small scale for your crew, you can see some truly dazzling creations at Fantasty Lights in Spanaway.
Fantasy Lights is a two mile drive through light show around Spanaway Lake. It’s put on by the Pierce County Parks department, and it’s a bit like zoo lights, except that the light displays aren’t animal themed. As you drive through, you can tune to a special station to hear area high school groups play holiday music. It’s half tacky, half sweeet-100% family fun.
Staff will usually warn you that waits on Saturday nights can be up to an hour. Honestly, we’ve always gone on Sunday nights and had no wait at all.
You can also walk through Fantasy Lights on Sunday, November 18th from 5-7. This is a one day only option. Preregister by the 14th(Yes, that’s tomorrow- EEP!) and your walkers will pay just 3.00 or each or 9.00 for a family of four. Wait until the day of the event, and you’ll pay a few bucks more. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome, and you’re reminded to dress for the weather! Service animals only. Now, I’ll tell you I’ve heard mixed things about this outing. I think the main thing to keep in mind is the distance. If you have a wagon for the kids, and a thermos of hot chocolate, I think it could be a lot of fun. On the other hand, I’ve heard from friends and readers whose kids started weeping from the cold and the walk at half a block in-so you decide if it would be a good fit for your family!
The drive through option runs November 24th-January 1st. Admission is 13.00 per car, but you can save 3.00 by downloading the coupon (scroll down for the beige box under, “Discount tickets.” Do note that it’s a slow drive, and there isn’t any turn around option. If you have children with sensory issues, this may not be the outing for you!
Speaking of holiday happenings, make sure you didn’t miss this morning’s post on the holiday bazaar at South Tacoma’s STAR center. You’ll also want to make sure you’ve checked out this week’s list. It’s full of good stuff.