It just wouldn’t be Christmas time without twinkling lights. Bulbs blinking red and green or classic white are a part of the holidays that inspires yuletide cheer. Bundle up the family, grab to-go cups of hot cocoa and hit the road for the magic of Christmas light displays in Centralia, Chehalis and beyond in Lewis County.
Christmas Lights in Centralia
The Centralia Washington Lighted Tractor Parade is on December 10 this year. In its 13th year, view nearly 100 lighted floats, including tractors and more, at this fun, family event in historic downtown Centralia.
Historic Downtown Centralia is a holiday shopper’s dream, with the streets and shop windows adorned with festive decorations. Just around the corner on Pearl Street, find a massive Christmas tree in the light circled Washington Park.
On the north side of Tower Avenue, visit Hubbub’s art park as it is lit up for the holidays, complete with a massive wreath. Festive lights show off the art in the most magical way making this an excellent stop for cheery photos.
On the other side of Centralia is the area’s largest light display at Borst Park. This drive-through holiday fun is a family favorite. View the colorful displays from the comfort of the car, including many animated ones. In its 11th season, there are new scenes every year, keeping this tradition fresh. The display is open from December 3 to 25 from 5 to 9 p.m. for $5 per car.
Neighborhoods with their Christmas cheer on display include Bengal Court, the Logan District and the letter streets.
Chehalis Christmas Lights
Downtown Chehalis is a jolly exhibition for holiday shoppers. The painted store windows, light pole hangings and lights are a dreamy backdrop for the season. On the other end of the city, find an adorable gingerbread house on the corner of South Market Blvd. and 13th Street. A little further down 13th Street, the Christmas train display across from Shaw Aquatics Center is a delight to passersby.
The historic Westside neighborhood is a lovely example of the spirit of the holidays. A drive south from Chehalis on Jackson Highway always reveals excellent displays of twinkling lights. Continue to Valley Meadows Loop for a fun neighborhood to drive through.
Christmas Lights Around Lewis County
Stop near Napavine for Santa’s North Pole Zoo on Goldmyer Drive. Open from about 4 to 10 p.m., this festive display features tons of blow-up animals, including a few dinosaurs. Chilly from the winter weather? Find hot cocoa and cider available on the front porch. You might even see Santa, Mrs. Claus and an elf If you are lucky!
Visit Whoville right in Napavine. See the Grinch, Cindy-Lou Who and more at this fully decorated house and yard. With 2,000 lights and even the Whoville sign, stop and take photos at this impressive display of holiday cheer. Find Whoville at 315 Camden Way in Napavine.
Continue south to The World’s Largest Egg in Winlock. The iconic landmark is made festive with the lighted Christmas tree nearby.
It’s Christmas in the Mountains at Gust Backstrom Park, featuring a dazzling display of lights. Part of that celebration includes the annual Mineral Residential Decorating Contest, and this Mineral Lake Lyons Club event is for residents to have their outside decorations judged.
Take a drive or walk down State Street in Mossyrock for the Christmas Decorating Challenge. Homes and businesses will compete to light up the winter night with lights and décor. On December 10, judging will coincide with the community tree lighting.
Be sure to check out Lewis County, WA Christmas Lights & Displays for more places to see beautiful lights!
The winter light traditions of Lewis County communities brighten the dark nights of winter and the spirits of all who set their eyes on them. The efforts of those homeowners whose homes are awash in holiday cheer despite bitter cold and tangled lights, pushing the limits of creativity to share the best and brightest light displays, do not go unappreciated.
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