by Gayle Picken

‘Tis the season of social distancing, masks, take-out and drive-thru’s, so we were thrilled to learn about these festive Holiday Light Shows where you can experience the magic of the holidays from the comfort and safety of your own car.

Check out these 9 Drive-Thru Holiday Light Shows happening this month throughout Washington and Oregon.

1. “Drive Thru Holiday Light Fest” at the Central Washington State Fair Park in Yakima

The first annual Drive Thru Holiday Light Fest at the Central Washington State Fair Park in Yakima features 12 festive and fun holiday-themed scenes and nearly 20 miles of lights illuminating buildings and trees. Highlights include a Candyland gingerbread house, the North Pole with two of Santa’s reindeer, and a mailbox for letters to Santa. Listen to Christmas music while you drive through the lights on 100.9 Cherry FM.

Dates: Nov 28 – Dec 6
Time: 5 pm to 9 pm
Admission: $10 per vehicle, $20 for limos and buses
Purchase tickets when you arrive

2. “Enchanted Garden Drive-Thru Holiday Lights” at Manito Park in Spokane

Enjoy thousands of twinkling, festive lights along one-half mile inside Spokane’s historic Manito Park. This brand new drive-thru event, presented by The Friends of Manito and Spokane Parks & Recreation, is a bigger and better than the light show they have held previously at the Gaiser Conservatory. In light of the pandemic, the organizers decided to evolve their show to a Covid-friendly event that would bring some much needed cheer to lift our spirits.

Dates: Open to the public Dec. 11th – 20th
Time: Fri-Sat 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm; Sun – Thurs 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Admission: Free – Donations to the Friends of Manito gratefully accepted.

3. “Holiday Magic” at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup

Enjoy Holiday Magic at the Washington State Fairgrounds with fun light displays, playful penguins, holiday hounds and more. In addition to enjoying the drive through the festive light display with music on SANTA FM 101.5, you can purchase hot drinks and festive fair treats, light headbands and necklaces, 3-D glasses, fair merch and other assorted souvenirs. And each carload can join the scavenger hunt scratch ticket game to find hidden icons during your journey.

Timed entry tickets are required and must be purchased in advance online

Dates: Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 21, 23, 26-28, 30-31 and Jan 2-3
Time: 5 pm to 10 pm
Admission: $25 per vehicle, timed entry (or $35 for anytime pass)
Info & Tickets:

4. “A Drive-Thru Christmas” at Warm Beach in Stanwood, WA

The Lights of Christmas presents “A Drive-Thru Christmas” at Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center in Stanwood, WA. Enjoy spectacular lights and dazzling displays, wave to Santa and Mrs. Claus while listening to Christmas music from the comforts of your own car. Fun for people of all ages and affordable for everyone.

Advanced online admission purchase is required.

Dates: Nov. 27-29, Dec. 2-6, 9-13, 16-23 & 26-30
Time: 5 pm – 10 pm
Admission: $20 per carload Sunday-Thursday; $25 per carload Fri-Sat and during Christmas week
Info & Tickets:

5. “Fantasy Lights” at Spanaway Park

Known as the largest holiday drive-through display in the Northwest, Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park features nearly 300 elaborate displays and thousands of sparkling lights. Enter the magical world of animation and imagination where bears fly kits, Santa and Rudolph sail a tall ship, penguins slide down igloos and reindeer leap over your car! The beautiful two-mile drive along Spanaway Lake has become a memorable lakeside tradition for the entire family for over 25 years.

Dates: Nov 21 – Jan 3
Time: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Admission: $15 per vehicle weekdays and $20 per vehicle weekends
Info & Tickets:

6. Snowflake Lane – Reimagined, Yet Still Memorable – Bellevue

Drive through Bellevue Way (or stroll along the sidewalk) to see twinkling lights, hear holiday music, and if you are lucky, it might magically snow!

Dates: Nov 27 – Dec 24
Time: 5 pm – 9 pm
Admission: Free

7. Holiday Lane – A Drive-Through Celebration in Concrete, WA

Drive through the town of Concrete’s “Holiday Lane” to see Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Town Tree. Enjoy the holiday music and treats and then vote for your favorite lighted home or business in the Holiday Lane decorating contest.

Date: Dec 12th
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Admission: Free

8. Drive-thru ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo

A new drive-through experience at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, OR lets you enjoy a dazzling display of 1.5 million lights from the comfort and safety of your car.

Tickets available 7 days in advance

Dates: Nov. 22 – Jan 10 (closed Dec. 25th)
Admission: Pricing varies depending on the date ($50-$65 per car)
Info & Tickets:

9. Winter Wonderland – Portland International Raceway

Celebrate the spirit of the holiday season at Winter Wonderland, the “Largest light show West of the Mississippi” spanning the track at Portland International Raceway. View over 250 colorful light set pieces and many fully animated scenes from the comfort of your own vehicle. Receive a virtual goodie bag code on entry at this holiday tradition that has been going since 1993.

Cashless entry to the racetrack with Online-only tickets available for purchase. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Sunshine Division.

Dates: Nov. 27 – Jan. 2
Time: Sun – Thurs 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm; Fri – Sat, 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Admission: $28 – $39 depending on the date
Info & Tickets:

Gayle Picken

Gayle Picken is a writer and video creator who loves yoga, hiking, kayaking, connecting with people and exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She founded Day Trips in Washington to inspire you to get out and go on adventures in all of the towns and cities across Washington state.