Have you heard about Lumaze Indoor Light Festival? It’s the newest Christmas light event in Seattle and it’s full of holiday fun for the entire family. Scroll to get my top tips.
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My family LOVES Christmas events. We make a point to do as many Christmas events in Seattle as possible.
From Magic in the Market, to seeing The Nutcracker at Pacific Northwest Ballet, to visiting the Teddy Bear Suite at the Fairmont Olympic, and catching the holiday show at Seattle Children’s Theatre, we try do it all!
But, I know most families only have time to a handful of holiday events. December is a crazy busy month and you probably need to be very selective on what you can fit in your schedule.
So, let me help you narrow down your options.
Since we attended Enchant Seattle last year, we decided to check out Lumaze this year and I’m so happy we did. Both events feature light mazes and I know a ton of families are trying to decide which one to attend.
Here’s my event breakdown:
What is Lumaze Indoor Light Festival Seattle?
Lumaze: Lost in Lights is the newest Seattle Christmas event and it runs November 29, 2019 -January 4, 2020. They have locations all over the country, but it’s the first time it’s been in Seattle.
It’s located at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal (Pier 91) and it takes up 2 floors. The entire event is indoors.
Here’s what to expect:
As soon as you enter, kids are invited to take a ride on a little train. It does 2 little laps and it’s just for kids under 12 years old.
It goes around some light displays and it’s pretty adorable. My kids rode it 5 times and could have easily done a few more laps.
They have a big stage set up on the main level featuring local artists. There’s also a bar area, so you can sit and enjoy a beverage while listening to live music.
SCAVENGER HUNT IN THE GARDEN WALK
Kids will love searching the Garden Walk to find all of Santa’s presents. Staff members will stamp their card and kids can turn them in for a prize (it’s a candy cane.)
The presents are fairly easy to find and kids should be able to do it completely on their own. And it’s small enough that you can do a few laps to take advantage of all the photo ops, too.
BONUS: There’s also an interactive area where kids can hop on light up circular discs for a game of hopscotch. And explore a bunch of hanging lights.
LUMAZE KIDS PLAY AREAS
Something I wasn’t expecting was all the play areas for kids. It kind of feels like a Christmas-themed indoor play space.
There’s a giant play structure with slides and climbing things. And really cute light up see saws.
Plus, there’s a corral of (what seems like) a hundred bouncy unicorns for toddlers and preschoolers to race each other.
And there’s a section for kids to color pictures and “mail” them to Santa himself! Oh, and a wall of light up pegs where kids can stick them in holes repeatedly (this occupied my 3 year old for a super long time.)
Parents will love the amount of benches and seating to sit back and relax while kids go play.
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VISIT WITH SANTA
There’s a place for Santa photos, which are technically free but they do invite you to donate. They don’t have a professional camera, but they have an elf who will use your camera or phone to take family photos.
There were only 2 families ahead of us in line when we went. My 3 year old decided to have a meltdown in line, so we did a photo just with my oldest.
He was very excited that Santa asked him what he wanted for Christmas because none of the other Santas we’ve seen this season has asked!
LUMAZE PHOTO OPS
There is no shortage of fun photo ops all over Lumaze Seattle. Up in the Garden Walk area, there are fun hanging picture frames, a giant lightbulb, Santa’s sleigh, a carriage, a gingerbread house, and so much more.
Downstairs, there is a row of light up swings, a tunnel of lights, Santa, and more.
Plus, there are a ton of walls with white lights that make great selfie spots.
Lumaze has a few roving princesses walking around available to take photos with kids. We saw Belle (from Beauty and the Beast) and Cinderella while we were there.
There is an aisle with vendor booths selling items like smoked meats, novelty balloons, ornaments, Christmas pajamas, light up toys, etc. And Smith Brother’s milk delivery is there (we love them!)
LUMAZE INDOOR LIGHT FESTIVAL FOOD TRUCKS
You can easily plan to have dinner at Lumaze Seattle. They have 9 food trucks set up and several even have kids meals available.
Lumaze Food Trucks:
- Acai Bowls
- Wok This Way
- Mini Donut
- Munch Munch Waffles & More
- Fish and Chicken
- Dumpling Shack
- Cheyenne Coffee Co.
They set up a ton of plastic picnic tables in a designated area, which makes it easy for families to sit and eat dinner.
They also have a couple of dessert trucks where you can get fancy waffles or fresh donuts (or deep fried Oreos!)
Top Questions about Lumaze Indoor Light Festival Seattle
WHERE IS IT LOCATED?
It’s located at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal (Pier 91). It’s where that awesome Lululemon warehouse sale was many years ago.
You’ll park down the street and hop aboard the free shuttle to take you to Lumaze. Or, you can have Uber/Lyft drop you off.
HOW MUCH DOES LUMAZE INDOOR LIGHT FESTIVAL COST?
There are a lot of different ticket options:
Adults: $19.99 on weekdays, $22.99 on weekends/holidays, or $49.99 for a season pass
Seniors: $14.99 on weekdays, $16.99 on weekends/holidays, or $38.99 for a season pass
Kids 4-12: $14.99 on weekdays, $16.99 on weekends/holidays, or $38.99 for a season pass
Kids 3 and younger: FREE
If you are a member of the military or a first responder, take advantage of their discounted rates: $14.99 on weekdays, $16.99 on weekends/holidays, or $38.99 for a season pass.
And they also have family passes available for 2 adults and up to 3 kids: $65.99 on weekdays or $74.99 on weekends/holidays.
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Parking is $15.
WHAT TO WEAR FOR LUMZE INDOOR LIGHT FESTIVAL:
Since the entire event is indoors, you do not need to wear heavy coats. We ended up carrying our coats the entire time because we were so warm.
Instead, wear festive Christmas sweaters! Or dress up like Santa or an Elf. It’s the perfect place to wear a novelty Christmas outfit.
CAN YOU BRING YOUR OWN FOOD/DRINK?
No, but they have a lot of food and beverage options inside, including kids menus.
CAN YOU BRING STROLLERS IN LUMAZE INDOOR LIGHT FESTIVAL?
YES! You can bring your stroller just about everywhere on both floors of Lumaze. There are also spots to park your stroller if your kids want to walk for a bit.
Just be sure it can be easily broken down to get on/off the parking shuttle.
ARE THERE NURSING STATIONS?
No, they don’t have designated nursing stations, but I saw moms breastfeeding in several different areas. There are a lot of bench seating and I even saw a mom nursing in one of the light up swings.
How Does Lumaze Indoor Light Festival Compare to Enchant Seattle?
Enchant Seattle and Lumaze Seattle both offer a light maze, tons of photo ops, Christmas markets, visits with Santa, signature drinks, and food options.
While these are both holiday light shows in Seattle, they are very different events with different targeted audiences.
Enchant Seattle is located at T-Mobile Park and is a great option for couples looking to take romantic photos while walking around with a cocktail. Or for families with older kids (out of strollers) who want to add a stop to a day of holiday activities in Downtown Seattle.
If you want to go ice skating among the lights, Enchant is the place to do that.
The event is more expensive than Lumaze (and you’ll have to reserve your date/time ahead of time) and the line for Santa can get crazy long. In fact, all the lines are pretty long. And they have limited food options and even less seating. And you can’t go before 4pm because that’s when it starts to get dark outside.
But their displays are massive and you’ll feel the Christmas magic walking around.
Read more about our experience at Enchant Seattle
Lumaze Indoor Light Festival in Seattle
If you are looking for a holiday event for your family with babies, toddlers, preschoolers, or elementary school students, Lumaze is hands-down the better pick.
Because it’s located indoors, families can visit as early as 1pm. That’s great for young kids who might be cranky closer to dinner time.
It’s also cheaper than Enchant Seattle and it’s geared for families. Parents can take their stroller everywhere. There’s a little train ride, interactive light exhibits, a big play structure, bouncy unicorns, light up swings, and more.
They have an extensive food section featuring some of the best Seattle food trucks and a TON of seating.
So, is Lumaze Indoor Light Festival Seattle Worth it?
My kids had an absolute blast! We spent 3.5 hours at Lumaze indoor light festival kind of on accident. I thought we’d spend about 2 hours there but the kids were completely entertained.
Normally, I find family events to be a bit overwhelming and I get sensory overload. But, I found Lumaze to be borderline relaxing. The kids were occupied and my husband and I could just sit back and enjoy.
I really love how they make it easy on parents. There are drink stands all over, several restrooms, tons of places to sit down, and lots of food options.
I also like that there’s a parking shuttle, so I didn’t have to walk very far in the rain with little kids. Plus, the boys thought the shuttle was pretty fun.
Because of how long we spent there, I think Lumaze indoor light festival in Seattle is definitely worth it. It would be a great way to spend a day during winter break to keep the kids entertained and out of the house.
I really hope Lumaze comes back to Seattle next year because we’d love to add it to our Seattle holiday traditions!