Winter Porch Parade

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Let's #ShineBrightBothell!  

This December, we’re inviting the community to transform Bothell into a magical wonderland of lights by joining us for a Winter Porch Parade! Choose one of our themes as inspiration, or go wild with your own ideas and decorate your yards, porches, windows, or storefronts – whatever is visible from the road! The Porch Parade is an opportunity to unleash your creativity, create new memories, and bring joy to your family, friends, and neighbors. 

The City of Bothell will produce a virtual map with the locations of all our registered displays, so you can plan a walk or drive around your neighborhood to see and share in the festivities throughout the month of December. Plus, displays registered before Dec. 6 will be entered to win fun prizes! 

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Step 1: Register your display!  

  • Registration is FREE and can be done here.  
  • Your address will be added to the public-facing Winter Porch Parade Map no later than November 30, or within two business days if submitted after Nov. 30. The map will be shared on this page, and on social media.
  • Want to participate in a little friendly competition? We’re awarding prizes to the top three registered displays on Friday, Dec. 11. To participate in the contest, be sure to register before Dec. 7. Lights/displays must be turned on and available for judging Dec. 7 through Dec. 9 between 5:00-9:00 p.m. Judges will arrive anytime during these hours and will not be announced.

Step 2: Decorate Your Porch   

  • Choose one of our themes as inspiration, or go wild with your own ideas. The point of decorating is to unleash your creativity and bring joy to your friends and neighbors. Themes can be found below, under "Get Decorating".  
  • Displays registered prior to Nov. 30 must be up by Dec. 1, and remain up until Dec. 31. Can’t get your display up by Nov. 30? No problem! We’ll keep registration open until December 31 - just register when your display is ready.  
  • Don’t have a porch? No problem! Feel free to decorate your yard, the sidewalk, a window, your storefront, or something else visible from the street or sidewalk.   

Step 3: Explore, Celebrate, Share! 

  • Check back on December 1 to see the Winter Porch Parade Map!  
  • Go for a walk, roll, or drive around your neighborhood, take pictures of the displays you find, and tag us on social to help share the joy! @bothellparksandrecreation #ShineBrightBothell. 
  • Want us to feature your display? Share photos of your display on social media or here to be shared before, during, and after the porch parade!   

Rules & Regulations:  

  • Displays must be appropriate for a family audience. Displays should not focus on political, ideological, or controversial themes or issues.  
  • Displays are not intended for commercial marketing. Businesses are welcome and encouraged to participate with a focus on the mission of bringing joy to the community while staying home.  
  • The City of Bothell reserves the right to exclude any displays that do not meet our guidelines.   
  • Registrations are limited to one per household/business.  
  • Registration for the Porch Parade and/or tagging @bothellparksandrecreation and #ShineBrightBothell, and with related photos or videos on social media, grants the City of Bothell permission to use your images and footage on any platform.  
  • To be eligible for prizes and participate in the contest, lights/displays must be turned on and available for judging Dec. 7 through Dec. 9 between 5:00-9:00 p.m. Judges will arrive anytime during these hours and will not be announced. Winners will be announced Dec. 11 on social media and displays will be scored by a panel of community judges.
  • Need to remove your display from the map? Email Volunteer & Special Event Coordinator, Shelby Krogh, at

Get Involved  

Register Your Porch  

Register Here to make your display official and get it on the Winter Porch Parade Map.  

Get Decorating  

The sky’s the limit! Think of how you usually decorate for the holidays, or what brings you joy when you see it walking around your neighborhood. There’s no right or wrong way to decorate for the Winter Porch Parade, as long as you’re being inclusive and joyful.   

If you need a little help getting inspired, try one of our themes:   

Making Spirits Bright 

Break out your best lights, lanterns, and luminaries and share your family’s favorite holiday traditions.  

Vacationing in Place  

Vacations may be delayed, but that doesn’t meet you can’t enjoy your favorite getaway! Bring a little slice of relaxation to your neighborhood and recreate your favorite beach, ski village, camping adventure...the sky’s the limit!  

Bloom Where You’re Planted 

Looking forward to spring already? Recreate your garden or favorite outdoor oasis with lights, sculptures, and sounds. 

Become a Partner

Every year, local businesses and organizations get involved in supporting wonderful events for the community and we couldn't do it without them! Interested in partnering with Bothell Parks & Recreation on the Winter Porch Parade? Email Volunteer & Special Event Coordinator, Shelby Krogh, at to see how you can get involved!

See the Displays  

Get some exercise and some inspiration – walk, roll, or drive around your neighborhood and see who else is taking part in the Winter Porch Parade. Displays will be available for viewing starting December 1.  

As you explore, remember to take pictures and tag @bothellparksandrecreation and use #ShineBrightBothell on social media so that people who aren’t in your neighborhood can see the amazing displays too!