More than a million twinkling lights illuminate rides and attractions at Wild Waves last December. The business has canceled their annual Holiday of Lights display this year due to inclement weather and low attendance in previous years. Photo courtesy of Wild Waves

More than a million twinkling lights illuminate rides and attractions at Wild Waves last December. The business has canceled their annual Holiday of Lights display this year due to inclement weather and low attendance in previous years. Photo courtesy of Wild Waves

Lights out for Wild Waves holiday display in Federal Way this December

Wild Waves Theme & Water Park cancels annual Holiday with Lights due to weather, low attendance.

  • Monday, December 2, 2019 1:52pm
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Wild Waves patrons will not experience the dazzling display of more than a million twinkling lights this December, as the business is not hosting their annual Holiday with Lights.

“Due to unpredictable late fall and early winter weather conditions, Holiday With Lights was not published as part of the 2019 calendar at Wild Waves Theme & Water Park,” stated Havilah Ross, a representative with Evans Marketing Partners, in a Nov. 18 email. “Cold temperatures make it a challenge to consistently operate the attractions. Instead, more days and hours of operation were added to the summer and Fright Fest seasons.”

Every December, attendees like Omah Bravo enjoyed the water park’s nighttime holiday wonderland at Wild Waves, which featured amusement rides and attractions illuminated in sparking lights. The display also included a toyland for kids, Santa at the North Pole, and Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer who jointed patrons for a festive sing-a-long every evening.

“I miss the holiday lights,” Bravo recently stated on Wild Waves’ Facebook page, noting the display was “one of the reasons we got this pass every year.”

Other Wild Waves patrons also expressed their disappointment.

“So where did the holiday lights go? It was advertised when I got my season pass last year,” stated Deanna Blanton.

Wild Waves responded that the company “never advertised Holiday with Lights for 2019.” However, they did offer a 2019 season pass special that included the 2018 Holiday with Lights for free last year.

In addition to the early inclement weather, Wild Waves also canceled the event this year due to low attendance in prior years, the company stated on their Facebook page.

The business also stated they are unsure if they will have Holiday with Lights in 2020.

For more information about other Wild Waves attractions, including the debut of three ocean-themed additions in 2020, visit wildwaves.com.


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