It’s that time of year again—the time for Holiday lights! Here are the 5 best Holiday house displays in Seattle.
Mark Zembruski has turned his home into a one-acre Christmas display complete with fully choreographed music and animation. You’ll find two 48-minute shows that each cycle through more than 30 songs and are conducted two masters of ceremonies: Rudy the Reindeer and Elfus the Elf. Speakers on lawn keep everyone entertained, and you can also tune into the show at 101.9 FM. Mark and his family frequently pass out candy canes.
This light display raised over $6,000 last year for the Washington Special Olympics and the Northshore Wranglers. They’ve set their sights even higher this year.
Helmstetler Family Christmas Spectacular
The Helmstetler Family Christmas Spectacular’s shows start on the half hour, and you have four options to choose from! It gets crowded, so show up a little early to claim your spot.
They collect non-perishable food and cash/check donations for the West Seattle Food Bank and the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation.
Sun–Thurs: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Fri–Sat: 5 p.m.–10 p.m.
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve: 4 p.m.–Midnight
Menashe Family Lights
5605 Beach Dr. S.W.
by the Menashe Family
There’s no official light count at the Menashe house, but the number stretches well into six figures. This display includes a miniature train and village, full-size candy cane streetlights, and inflatable Holiday characters. You’ll find animated animals, too. This year, they even received set-up help from the Fire Department.
They collect nonperishable food donations for the West Seattle Food Bank.
Keener’s Christmas Light Display
16504 112th Pl.
by Jeff and Candice Keener
Tune in at 91.7 FM
Jeff and Candice Keener combine antique displays and state-of-the-art lights to create an impressive display in Bothell. Their 300-foot driveway accommodates a good number of cars (and the driveway boasts a Holiday-spirited 15-foot arch), and it fills up regularly throughout the Holiday season.
The Keeners have a donation drop-off for the local food bank.
6 p.m.–10 p.m. on weekdays
6 p.m.–11 p.m. on weekends.
12313 NE 165th St.
Tune in at 88.3 FM
Johan Jorna started Binary Christmas in 2008 as a high school senior project. Now the display has grown into a multi-family affair that fills the whole cul-de-sac. You’ll find more than 50,000 lights, 3,000 computer-controlled panels, and free candy canes.
Binary Christmas collects non-perishable food for HopeLink.
5 p.m.–10 p.m.
Note: the famous Hawk House is operating no more. Neighborhood complaints about all the traffic it generated forced the light display to shut down.