Every holiday season, rain, snow, or shine, Barbara and Bob McConnell’s Kirkland home is adorned with a stunning display of lights. Beyond being beautiful, this display truly has the spirit of the season: It’s an annual fundraiser for Pasado’s Safe Haven hosted by some truly amazing supporters. As late autumn rolls toward winter, the McConnells bravely ascend their home, placing thousands of holiday lights in memory of Pasado, the beloved donkey who was a familiar fixture at Kelsey Creek Farm in Bellevue for many years. Pasado was killed 19 years ago by three teenage boys, but his legacy lives on in the good works done in his name. Read his full story here.
This display incorporates more than 50,000 lights and is accompanied by a low-powered FM transmitter that synchronizes with the lights. Visitors can enjoy music from the warmth of their cars by tuning in to 107.3 FM. While some visitors stay for the full 20+ minute musical lineup, others stay longer, listening to their favorite Christmas songs and reflecting upon a season of love and joy.
When there is no parking available, visitors are encouraged to park outside the crowd and walk toward the display. There are speakers posted to allow visitors to hear the music and enjoy the show from the sidewalk, as well. This thoughtful, dazzling display is well worth the trip – and the walk.
You can see this stunning show Sun.-Thurs. from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day, the display goes from 5:00 p.m. to midnight.
The McConnell House
13837 101st Pl. NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
This light show begins on December 1st and goes through New Year’s Day. For the past several years, the McConnells have collected donations for Pasado’s animal residents. If you don’t see Bob or Barbara mingling among the visitors with their two beloved corgis, Max and Michael, you can use one of the two donation buckets. Donations received throughout the holiday season are given to Pasado’s. Please stop by, watch the show, and consider making a donation today.
When you visit, make sure to look for the sparkling white Corgi dog display. This is a tribute to Sam the corgi angel who was the McConnells’ first corgi. Sam absolutely loved to mingle with people who came to view his family’s light show. Since Sam passed away, the McConnells have made the display even larger and more brilliant in his memory. We never forget Sam or his place in the McConnell home and hearts.