Our neighborhood has some pretty impressive light displays at Christmas. The really amazing thing is how many folks get them up on Thanksgiving. 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 20th from 5-7. This is a one day only option. Preregister by the 16th 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.
The drive through option runs November 24th-January 1st. Admission is 13.00 per car, or you can save 3.00 by purchasing them in advance at the Garfield Book Store, Sprinker Rec Center, or the Lakewood Community Center. In the past, I’ve also spotted coupons in those blue Val-Pac envelopes.
One note about the drive is that it does go slowly, and once you’ve started, there isn’t any way to turn around. A friend of mine has kiddos with sensory issues, and when they were toddlers this turned out to be a bad idea. Oops!
I’ll have more holiday happenings in future posts. Want to make sure I include your favorite? Got a great tip? Let me know!
If you weren’t here yesterday, make sure to read about the Toysmith Warehouse Sale in Sumner. Be sure to read the comments for helpful suggestions from reader, Denise. I also have a list of Veteran’s Day events up in the menu bar for you plan-ahead types (you know who you are)!