The holidays are a perfect season for dazzling displays and illuminated events, so what better way to celebrate than with an illuminated display? Garden d’Lights and the Christmas Ship Festival are two stunning events that should not be missed this winter.

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Garden d’Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden

Garden d’Lights, at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, now through January 4, is a dazzling display of more than half a million lights. This nationally-recognized holiday display turns Bellevue Botanical Garden into an illuminated winter wonderland. Some display favorites include Snap d’Dragon, Charlotte in her web, and Willie the Slug. This year, the adorable illuminated Honey Bear joins the crowd.

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The Argosy Christmas Ship Festival (Photo Credit - Lisa Merrill)
The Argosy Christmas Ship Festival (Photo Credit – Lisa Merrill)

The Christmas Ship Festival started November 29 and continues through December 23. Hosted by Argosy Cruises, this Pacific Northwest tradition brings waterfront communities around the Puget Sound together around roaring beach bonfires to enjoy Christmas Ship choir performances and the largest holiday float parade in the world. Those with their own lighted boat are welcome to join the parade and those looking for a more private dinner experience can board the Royal Argosy, which often follows the Christmas Ship parade.

These events are bound to brighten any chilly winter night while warming the hearts of everyone involved.To stay in the loop on events and things to do in Bellevue this holiday season, make sure to connect with Visit Bellevue Washington on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.   We like to see what you’re up to in Bellevue too! Show us how you’re celebrating the holidays in Bellevue with us on social media using #MyBellevue.

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