As the darkest day of the year approaches, we seek ways to bring light into our lives. This year the winter solstice is on December 21 at 2:44 am, with darkness that lasts about 15-1/2 hours.
Some people bring cheer into dark nights by stringing lights on a Christmas tree and outside the home. Others look forward to Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, and the candlelight of the menorah.
Some local gardens, parks and zoos celebrate with special lighting events in the dark days of December. Here are a few that you and your family may enjoy.
Green Lake Pathway of Lights. Dec. 10, 4:30-7:30 pm. Luminaria, music and refreshments on the 2.8-mile path around the lake. Free. Your own lights and food donations encouraged. Info here.
A Bonsai Solstice. Dec. 18, 4:00-7:00 pm. Pacific Bonsai Museum, Federal Way. Enjoy the beauty of bonsai by candlelight. Free admission; commemorative votive with $5 donation. Info here.
Fantasy Lights. Nov. 24-Jan. 1. Spanaway Park. The largest holiday drive-through display in the Northwest, with nearly 300 elaborate displays. Info here.
Snowflake Lane. Nov. 25-Dec. 24. Along Bellevue Way. Live toy soldier drummers, music, animated snow characters and glittering lights. Info here.
Zoo Lights at Point Defiance. Nov. 25-Jan. 1. Point Defiance Zoo. Over half a million colorful lights adorn the zoo grounds for a holiday display. Info here.
WildLights. Nov. 25-Jan 3. Woodland Park Zoo. Features wild animals and wild places recreated in hundreds of thousands of sparkling LED lights. Info here.
Garden d’Lights. Nov. 26-Dec. 31. Bellevue Botanical Garden. Over a half million lights transform the garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Info here.
Light Your Own Landscape
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