Green Lake’s Holiday Lights 2014

December 18, 2014 6:30am

N 77th St and Winona Ave

Green Lake may not have one awe-inspiring light show but we think the collective neighborhood can pack a pretty (fa-la-la) worthy holiday punch. So recently, we set out, hot cocoa in hand, to find some of the best lights of the neighborhood. (Thanks to readers Kim and Leya, who also helped with some advice via Facebook.)

We started at the Seattle Public Theatre (7312 West Green Lake Drive North). There we saw quite a few houses decked out with holiday lights, including a penguin-drawn sled light display across the street.

Continuing north along West Green Lake Drive North we spotted an abominable snowman kindly waving at us from atop a house on our left.

Then we turned left onto Winona Avenue and 77th to the house that would make Clark Griswold proud. Last year it won the Seattle Times holiday light display contest.  A fun mix of new and old-timey lights this house may be the most decked out house in Green Lake.

Returning back onto West Green Lake Drive North we turned left onto Orin St, where at Orin and 75th we came to a cul de sac decorated like a giant Christmas tree (something that reminded us of the Dr. Seuss tree at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.)

We meandered through the neighborhood, continuing onto Tangletown where we spotted several nicely adorned houses that were fully decked out in full holiday spirit.

We decided to head up to Greenwood Ave to see more about these lighted monkeys we had been hearing about. There we found 150 monkeys that line Greenwood’s businesses – some hanging off trees and windows. The lighted metal framed monkeys apparently escaped from the Zoo’s Wildlights display, which is where we headed next. There, after paying a small admission fee (Adults $9.75, children 3-12 $6.50 and toddlers get in free) we found 600,000 LED lights throughout the zoo.