Northwest NEWS

November 22, 1999


Holiday wonderland at Marymoor

Northern Lights

Northern Lights, sponsored by the King County Dept. of Parks & Recreation, returns to Marymoor Park on Nov. 26, running through Dec. 23.

by Deborah Stone

   Northwest Christmas Lighting and the King County Department of Parks & Recreation present the second annual season of Northern Lights, a drive-through holiday lightpark in scenic Marymoor Park.

   This is one of the largest holiday light displays in the Northwest and features over 1.2 million light bulbs and 650,000 watts of power. Last year, Northern Lights hosted over 85,000 visitors who enjoyed brightly-lit trees and animated and stationary light displays ranging from eight feet to two stories tall.

   The displays are located on both sides of the 1.5-mile roadway in Marymoor. Cars enter at the west entrance to the park and drive one way through to the park's east entrance.

   The event raises money for Toys for Tots, the Teddy Bear Patrol, Northwest Harvest, and King County Parks. Local charities and non-profit organizations will be handing out Lightbucks coupons for $2 off regular admission to Northern Lights. Ten percent of the gross revenue from each coupon redeemed will go back to the charities and non-profit organizations at the end of the season.

   Estimated attendance this year is 110,000 over the next four weeks. Northern Lights will operate Nov. 26 through Dec. 26 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. For more information, call the event hotline at 206-230-5280.