SEATTLE — Jolly red Santas. Dancing green Christmas trees. Snow white reindeer. The holiday season is ramping up and elaborate Christmas light displays are popping up across the country, including in Washington. If you're one of the many parents who'd rather drive your kids to the nearest Clark Griswold-esque house rather than climb onto the roof and staple 10,000 tiny lights to your house, you're in luck.
The good folks over at ChrismasLightFinder.com have built an easy way to see the best Christmas light displays near you. For your convenience we've rounded up a few of them in the Puget Sound:
845 NE 88th St.
30,000 lights programmed to music by a "middle autistic 17-year-old." A mix of rock and Christmas tunes play along with the illuminations every day; Sunday to Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m.
905 178th Ave. NE
4,500 smart LEDs and more choreographed to music on 103.1 FM, playing daily from 4:30 to 9 p.m.
3429 240th St. SE
More than 200,000 lights synchronized to a 25-minute light show laid out across a whole Christmas village, which includes a Candy Cane tunnel, Christmas photo op, and model trains. Free refreshments are available nightly from 5 to 10 p.m.
17610 168th Pl. NE
A full property display featuring 35,000 lights and a Christmas tale narrated by a couple Christmas trees. Donations are also collected for the Homeward Pet Adoption Center.
2019 S. 10th St.
More than 50 inflatables and 11 light projectors brings the Anderberg's property to life every night through Dec. 31.
Find even more in Washington at ChristmasLightFinder.com
Many of the best Christmas light displays share familiar themes. You'll see many illuminated snowmen, more than a couple Rudolph's with shiny red noses and quite a few candy canes. But some take a unique spin on the holiday.
In Caldwell, Idaho, event organizers create a "Winter Wonderland." Brilliant blue, green and red lights cover trees and immerse festivalgoers in the spirit of the season. Look closely and you'll even see Santa fishing in a stream.
You'll also see some inspiring houses. Take last year's "Lights on Suter" display in North Haledon, New Jersey. Each year the Tomasi family creates a light display. Last year, it was set to the tune of Llama by the band Phish. The family has also created a display based on the film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
The "West Chester Griswolds" in Pennsylvania have a light display have a holiday-themed display up already with more than 100,000 lights. The display, which is completely controlled by computers, features a massive Christmas tree, dozens of icicles and numerous holiday characters.
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Patch national staffer Dan Hampton contributed to this report.