Enchant’s ‘Mischievous’ Display is Amazing

At nearly 100,000 square feet, Enchant Christmas markets itself as the “world’s largest Christmas light maze.” There are actually three Enchant displays set up in the U.S. (the other two are located in St. Petersburg, Florida and Washington D.C.) so actually, Seattle’s is one of three of the largest light mazes, but let’s not quibble. This year’s theme is called “Mischievous” and is different from last year’s presentation, but I suspect it’s still fairly similar. Either way, it’s pretty spectacular.

Unlike some of the atrocities you’ve seen on ABC’s Great Christmas Light Fight, Enchant is tastefully decorated. Even if you different know exactly where T-Mobile Park was, you’d be able to find it without any problem as lights are hung all around the outside of the park. It only gets brighter inside.

While this is a family event, Enchant isn’t only for kids. It makes for a great date night too. Of course the maze is the main draw, so that is great place to start…right after you pick up an espresso or hot chocolate. On your way down, you’ll no doubt notice the 100-foot-tall lighted tree (taller than the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Centre in New York City). The maze is loosely themed around Eddie the Elf who “accidentally” misplaced Santa’s gifts. It is your job to find all eight of the larger-than-life toys and when you do, you’ll be rewarded with a chocolate coin, which is much better than a candy cane.

Unlike the corn maze you walked through during the fall, this light maze is a lot more open and while you won’t get lost, you will walk around in circles trying to find all of those toys (the teddy bear is the hardest to find, I swear). While you’re kids might think differently, this isn’t a race. Slow down, take your time and enjoy your surroundings which are filled with photo opps around every corner. If you’re lucky, you might find a snow flurry or two as well.

The next big draw in the Ice Skating Trail which is 30% larger than last year’s. Bring your own skates or rent a pair at the Ice Skate Hut and take a glide. Ice skating is included with the price of admission. Other things to check out here include the Christmas Market which has been curated in collaboration with Seattle’s Urban Craft Uprising and Seattle Made vendors which cycle through each week, seasonal food items and a few ballpark favorites, the Makery where you and your kids can make your own gifts and decorations, the Enchant Cinema showing excerpts from the favorite Christmas movies and TV specials and of course Santa who is ready to hear those wishes.

It is worth noting that a trip to Enchant is not a cheap affair when you add up all of the expenses of the parking, admission, food, beverages and more, but it will be memorable. Also, be sure to bundle up. Yes, T-Mobile Park’s roof is closed for the event, but it is still chilly inside. Although, there are plenty of places to warm up too.

Enchant Christmas continues through December 30 and is open from 4-11 p.m. each night.

Art and Plant Lovers Come Together

This weekend marks one of Everett’s biggest and free arts events. Sorticulture Garden Arts Festival (sort of art, sort of horticulture) will be blooming June 7-9 at Legion Memorial Park in Everett.

The lush arboretum is a great setting to chat with artists, talk to plant experts and dance to live music in the wine garden. Pick out some fine, hand-crafted art for your garden, learn how to care for specialty plants you (up until now) have been to scared to plant and keep the kids busy with their own activities.

Photo: City of Everett

It’s here where you check out a few outstanding display gardens for your inspirational pleasure and listen to plant specialist Ciscoe Morris on Saturday at 2 p.m. Dozens of artists, craftsman, landscapers and plant experts will bring their wares as well.

Over a dozen food booths will be on hand as well including Crepe Town (sweet and savory crepes), Gip’s Down Home BBQ (BBQ pork sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs), NW Corn Roasters (roasted corn on the cob and smoked turkey legs) and Scotty’s Northwest (blackened salmon Caesar salad, clam chowder and shrimp salad.)

Kids’ activities include free face painting, a “paint a flower pot” workshop for kindergardeners, the Quilceda Carvers where you can learn the art of carving wood from the experts and Arthouse Mosaic Studio offering a variety of take home projects (for a fee) and the animal shelter showing off some of the city’s finest critters ready to take home if you’re ready for them!

Photo: City of Everett

The Sorticulture Garden Arts Festival will be held at Legion Memorial Park, 147 Alverson Blvd, Everett, WA 98201 and will open each day at 10 a.m. and will close on 7 p.m. on Friday, 6 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. There is only limited ADA parking at the park, but you can take a free short shuttle ride from Everett Community College. Dogs are weclome on leash at the event but not on the shuttle.