Snowflake Lane: This is a classic. Two blocks from our old condo, this is the official sign of Christmas for our family. Althought we only went three times this year, it's still a favorite and we really liked all the new characters and acts they added this year. It's snows every night on Snowflake Lane!
Bellevue Botanical Gardens: Best lights on the Eastside (maybe the greater Seattle area). Period.
Pacific Place: This place has an indoor snowfall every night. Fine but I liked it better the first time when it was called Snowflake Lane. Also there's not even any performers.
Toyland Village: Its a bunch of cute Christmas light displays all along the Seattle waterfront. We worked up an apetite doing the City of Seattle's holiday waterfront scavenger hunt and then took advantage of a little fried shrimp from Ivar's. Very fun.
Christmas Village: The Seattle Center House had a whole Christmas village set up with trains running through it. All the miniatures were really cute and of course the kids liked the trains best. I wouldn't call a miniature train village an A+ for toddlers though, it was a 10 minute max activity for us.
Carousel: Very festive carousel set up in downtown across from Westlake Center. We went less than a week before Christmas so we encountered a little bit of a line. Waiting in this line was not Andrew's favorite. Riding on this carousel was Andrew's favorite. So much so that I had to pry his fingers off the pole one by one amidst hysterical screaming (and probably several cell calls to CPS).
Gingerbread Houses: These were insane. There was one of Grand Central Station for pete's sake. Way over the top, way delicious looking. Leah was willing to take a bite to verify they were edible but we waved her off.
West Seattle Lights: Just a private house with crazy awesome Christmas lights. Not only were there like 29834263 million lights but they were synchronized (by color!) to music that you could tune your radio to. Paul said they are the best Christmas lights he's ever seen. My Mom said the same thing.
Gene Coulon Park: A fun little Christmas lights display down in Renton on the Lake Washington waterfront. It is sponsored by Ivar's so of course it has dancing clam lights - a holiday tradition in every household.
Christmas Eve we had a delicous buffet dinner at our house and a Christmas program by the family:
Christmas Song Medley.....Leah & Andrew
Light of Christ.....Eric & Emily
Presentation of the Nativity.....Leah
Live Nativity.....Leah & Andrew
Reading of Luke 2.....Paul
Closing Song.....Silent Night
Everything on the program was great. The Live Nativity had a few issues when Joseph hit baby Jesus on the head with a glow stick and threw it at the Christmas tree. Mary was not pleased with his lack of professionalism.
Despite the behavior I observed leading up to Christmas, Santa did indeed come. Leah's favoriate present was a Doctor's Kit which she has used to examine and diagnose every person that has been to our house so far. Andrew is OBSESSED with a little basketball hoop we got him. It could have been his only present and he wouldn't have cared.
What a fun Christmas we had. Yes, it was full of nuts moments when I wanted to leave my children on a doorstep but that is to be expected with two toddlers. Overall, it was great and went too fast!
I hope yours was great too. Merry Christmas from the Wellers!!