I love Christmas, especially when it goes over the top in terms of lights and other decorations. One of the perks of moving to the United States is to witness Americans go all out on the decoration of their houses for Halloween and Christmas. There are several places to enjoy some holiday spirit and lights in Seattle; the most iconic, though, is the row of 23 adorably decorated 1920s-era Tudors known collectively as ‘Candy Cane Lane’.
With lights, music and moving objects, this neighborhood has been a Seattle holiday institution since 1949. Picture the usual array of sleighs, reindeer, blow-up candy canes and other Christmassy objects, but blown out of proportion, and giving off the essence of something right off a gingerbread house display. My favorite is the ‘Toy shop’ house with a made-up old-fashioned window display of toys.
Looking to take a trip down memory lane or to start your own family tradition? Grab your little elves and hit this decked out, iconic Seattle holiday ‘hood as soon as it gets dark.
For parking: you can skip the stress of finding a parking spot and just drive by the whole thing. But if you want the full experience of the music, lights, and mechanical decorations, park on a side street or down at Ravenna Park, just a half block away, which has about a dozen parking spots. There’s plenty of places to eat or grab a hot drink nearby at University Village (see my article on the U Village).