PhinneyWood Winter Lights

Meet the PhinneyWood Winter Lights!

Winter is the perfect time to slow down, reflect, and notice the beauty around us. We are thrilled to debut our new PhinneyWood Winter Lights annual tradition, the PNAnimals, this year and we hope that you take time during December to enjoy the glow of these warm and wonderful creatures.

We are thrilled to introduce you to the new stars of the PhinneyWood Winter Lights, the PNAnimals!

The PNAnimals are a diverse group; they swim, fly, run, and climb. Some we see every day, some only at the zoo, some we might count ourselves lucky to see even once. They all have something important in common: you can find each of these animals in the Pacific Northwest and all of them have characteristics that we feel reflect our community. Now to meet our animal friends!

Crows on a beach. Crows care about their communities.

Orcas breathing at the surface of the water. Orcas share generational knowledge and community traditions.

Otter covering one eye while floating on a its back. Otters like to have fun.

Squirrel eating a nut. Squirrels are good problem solvers.

A mother bear observing two cubs that are playing. Bears adapt to changes in their environment.

Two wolves howling in the woods. Wolves are good communicators.

During these long winter nights, our bright animal ambassadors serve as a visual reminder of what we strive for our community to be, and of our neighborhood’s best qualities. PhinneyWood is our true inspiration! Join us in welcoming the PNAnimals to the neighborhood and celebrating the brightness that comes when neighbors become friends and friends become a supportive and caring community.

Shouldn’t the bear be sleeping?  

One of the PNAnimals is hard to find—normally, our bear would hibernate in the woods, but you can find the bear resting at 5 different locations throughout PhinneyWood.

We need your help! Can you find the bear so we can help them get back to hibernation?

Each time you find a bear, please take a picture and post it on social media using #FoundThePhinneyWoodBear. Or, stop by our Phinney Center office and let us know where you found one or all of the bears. Good luck helping us find the bear!

Collect PNAnimal Cards for a chance to win!  

The PNAnimals represent so much of what this community is all about, and we want everyone take these magical animals home for the holidays. Each PNAnimal has its own collector’s card and you can have fun exploring PhinneyWood to collect all six cards. Find all six and you can enter to win a prize! 

You can visit participating PhinneyWood businesses to find the cards. Look in the windows of each participating business to spot their PNAnimal and learn what card they have inside.  The participating businesses are listed on the right side of this page.

Once you have collected all 6 cards, click this link and fill out our form. Don’t have internet? Give us a call or stop by the Phinney Center to let us know what cards you have collected and enter to win fantastic prizes: 

  • Everyone who notifies us that they’ve collected all 6 PNAnimal cards by Dec. 31 will receive 2 free passes to the Woodland Park Zoo.
  • There will be a drawing and 3 winners will each receive 4 Woodland Park Zoo passes, a ZooParent Adoption, and pie at A la Mode.

There will be a limited supply of the cards so don’t delay!  


Are you a PhinneyWood business interested in fostering a PNAnimal for the winter? Join the fun!

There is still time to take in a PNAnimal friend for the holidays! They are available for fostering by all businesses located between 59th and 87th Streets on Greenwood and Phinney Avenues or in the Downtown Greenwood core around 85th Street.


Because this tradition is so popular, we are limiting businesses to three animals while supplies last. Foster your favorite PNAnimal(s) soon—once they are all homed for the holidays, they won’t be available again until next year!


Photo credit: Jude Dai of Immersive Square