The Mountlake Terrace Holiday Light Display – an annual holiday tradition!


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If you live in Mountlake Terrace, chances are that you drive by this neighborhood on a regular basis, but come Black Friday each year, this neighborhood is transformed into a Christmas Wonderland! In 2009, this display is bigger and better than ever with seemingly more participants, not just in the 2 blocks that it officially spans, but many amazingly lit houses throughout the following blocks.

You’ll find the entrance to the neighborhood light display just across the street from Cedar Plaza, at the intersection of 228th St SW and 42nd PL SW. Upon entering, be sure to turn down your headlights, but leave your parking lights on to make the most of the drive through for you and the cars around you. At the West end of the display you’ll find many friendly residents of this neighborhood keeping warm by a fire, collecting food and cash donations for the Mountlake Terrace Food Bank, and handing out candy canes to one and all!

Once in a while you’ll catch a special visit from Santa Clause himself or even The Grinch! I’ve also heard that there’s a good chance you’ll find one of the local Girl Scouts troops Christmas Caroling around the neighborhood this coming Thursday, December 17th, 2009 – weather permitting.

The lights come on around dusk and usually stay on until about 10pm. Don’t forget to bring your donation for the food bank, if possible – and remember to turn your headlights on when you leave!



  1. I’m sure it is. People should always use their best judgement, but when you enter most of these big light displays you see signs that say “parking lights only”. I would doubt the poliice mind for circumstances like this, but they’d care if you pulled out with your lights still off. 🙂 Happy Holidays!




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