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Garden d'Lights Festival at the Bellevue Botanical Garden

Seattle Attractions--Holiday Activities


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Garden d'Lights


City of Bellevue

12001 Main Street

One of the highlights of the holiday season is the Garden d'Lights Festival at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens.  Thousands of volunteer hours are spent assembling the display of over 500,000 lights and  the results are always magical.  150,000 visitors see this special attraction annually. It is a treat for all ages.

I talk to many Seattle residents who have never been to the Garden d'Lights Festival.  This is one of my highest rated activities of the holiday season and I always encourage people to journey to Bellevue and enjoy this grand seasonal presentation.  During non-rush hour traffic, this is an easy trip from downtown Seattle.


Garden d'Lights Display

 I love the Bellevue Botanical Gardens in any season and this is a special early winter treat.  Each year's presentation is slightly different from the previous season. 

Here is the summary information for the 2012 event:

 DATES   November 24 through December 31

 HOURS   5:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 ADMISSION   $5 admission.  Children 10 and under are admitted without charge.



Parking: unless you go really early or on a rainy night, you will probably encounter a lot of people scrambling for close in parking spaces.  The easiest way to park is to go to the furthest of the school's parking lots.  You have a bit of a walk ahead of you but once you get into the Gardens, you will find that the crowds move through quickly. 

Photography note:  photographers should take note that using a tripod will be difficult due to the traffic flow.  Most of the larger and brighter displays including the lake can be photographed without a tripod.

Rain: Rain will keep away the crowds but the rain does not affect the beauty of the lights. Bring an umbrella and have fun.


 Garden d'Lights Display


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