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The Lights of Christmas Dazzle Winter Nights

Since its inception, over a million people have flocked to the Pacific Northwest’s largest Christmas festival, “The Lights of Christmas,” just an hour north of Seattle in Stanwood, Washington.

To visit is to be dazzled by the lights, sights, and happenings that so perfectly capture the joyous spirit of the holidays. One million lights are carefully and creatively displayed, transforming Warm Beach Camp into a sparkling winter wonderland. And that’s not all. There is live music, food and beverages, shopping, and activities for the kids.

Savor the sounds of costumed carolers singing in perfect harmony, dressed as if they’re straight out of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Dig the bands playing lively bluegrass, country, and jazz music. With five stages setup for entertainment throughout the camp, there is something to suit the tastes of everyone.

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You may just want to come hungry. The festival hosts food vendors that serve a variety of meal options: BBQ, cheesesteaks, fish n’ chips, gyros, Southwest and Caribbean cuisine—take your culinary pick. Or if you’ve got more of a sweet tooth, there is no shortage of dessert choices. Treat your kid or grandkid to cotton candy or an elephant ear.

The kids can meet Santa Claus, go on a mini train ride, or make conversation with a talking Christmas tree named “Bruce the Spruce.” There are pony rides, face painting, and a petting zoo, too. Children three and under get in for free.

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From out of town? The lights of Christmas offers lodging on campus. They have charming holiday-themed rooms that sleep up to six people. They also offer a large family suite that can sleep 18. Overnight stays include festival admission and a hot breakfast.

This season, let the Lights of Christmas brighten your winter night. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss.

Christa Porter
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