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Lighting up Phinneywood with WildLanterns

By VerityCU December 10, 2020 Community

While you are decorating for the upcoming holidays, the small businesses around you are decorating as well. In North Seattle, instead of red and green lights, they have lanterns depicting wild animals on display in their windows! Hosted by Woodland Park Zoo and the Phinney Neighborhood Association, Greenwood Avenue is now teeming with wild animals.

Over the years, Phinneywood has been known for the dancing monkeys hanging in the windows of small businesses during the holiday season. It was primarily created to promote a sense of unity and light during one of the darkest times of the year, while also giving back to the people who have supported the zoo throughout the years. The tradition started in 2014 and has been a popular sighting since, attracting people from all over the city to this wonderful shared neighborhood of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood.

This year, still keeping the spirit going, the Phinney Neighborhood Association has brought in new ideas to this known tradition. Why should this wonderful display of lights only be limited to monkeys? Starting this year, the small businesses throughout North Seattle will be hosting a variety of animals including us at Verity Credit Union. If you happen to wander outside your home, I recommend taking a drive through the PhinneyWood area to gaze upon the WildLanterns. Our Greenwood branch currently has on display an Owl that lights up the corner of Piper Village and Greenwood Avenue.

If you just can’t get enough of these amazing lanterns while driving through the PhinneyWood area, then you are in luck. The Woodland Park Zoo is holding WildLanterns through January 17th, 2021 that displays even more wild life lanterns in an appropriate, social distanced manner. WildLanterns is an important fundraiser for the zoo. Each ticket sold puts funds towards providing for the zoo animals, as well as supporting wildlife conservation projects around the world. Please click here for event and ticket information! “Hoo” knows, you might see your favorite animal!