Lumaze Warms the Heart (and the Hands)

New to the Northwest holiday happenings scene is Lumaze — an indoor light festival and market at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal on Pier 91. Unlike other light displays you can see from the car, this one is a hidden, sparkling gem with two floors of lights, entertainment, a Christmas Market, food trucks, a train, and of course, Santa.

Lumaze is perfect for families or a date night. It is especially awesome because it’s inside. You do have to park and take a shuttle to the event — so make sure to dress warm to stand in line (even though the shuttles are efficient and the line-standing is short).

We loved the lightbulb blinky drinks — a Shirley Temple for the little one and a Dirty Shirley for Mom. We will be drinking out of those fun cups until the lights go dark. The food truck offerings included everything from Munch Munch Waffles and More, where you can get fried chicken in a waffle cone, to the Dumpling Shack with their mac & cheese dumplings poutine. Looking for something lighter? Acai bowls, Asian fried veggies, and healthy bites from Gourminis will hit the spot. There is something for everyone — even chicken strips for the kid who will only eat chicken strips.

You might even get some of your holiday shopping done, thanks to the vendor market that features more than 30 local artisans and businesses.

One thing is for sure, you will want to make sure your phone or fancy camera is fully charged, because every turn is a photo (or Christmas card) waiting to happen. It seems like Lumaze was created with Instagram in mind — and we imagine you’ll be seeing a lot of it on feeds from now until Jan. 4. Also, the price hovers around $20 per adult and about $17 per kiddo — and varies a bit depending on dates or if you snagged an online discount. More at lumazelights.com.

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