West Seattle Christmas lights: Helmstetler Family Spectacular 2010

That’s our personal favorite song from the Helmstetler Family Spectacular music-synched Christmas-lights show, which began its second year at 3908 SW Charlestown (map; across from the water tower) tonight. The first number was preceded by an official lighting ceremony – special guest pushing the button, Zack Lystedt, a Maple Valley teenager who suffered a brain injury after going back into a football game in 2006 following a hard hit – that inspired a history-making law signed by Governor Gregoire last year. In his honor, his family chose Pushing Boundaries as the nonprofit to benefit from any donations made during the show tonight. Zach’s dad Victor spoke briefly at the start of our video – the man on the right is Jim Winder, Helmstetler family friend and mastermind of the lighting extravaganza:

If you go watch in your car – you’ll hear the synchronized music on 101.9. Bring a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank – there’s a donation bin right in front of the house. This year the show even has its own website at westseattlelights.com, loaded with information from directions to schedule, and more. And if last year is any indication, we know Jim will soon have much-better clips of the show than ours, so watch for those.

5 Replies to "West Seattle Christmas lights: Helmstetler Family Spectacular 2010"

  • cj November 27, 2010 (9:54 pm)

    Stopped by tonight (Sat) at 9:30pm but no show – all dark. :(

  • MargL November 28, 2010 (7:19 pm)

    Stopped by and saw the show tonight. Very fun!

    Not sure how the interactive bit worked… are the ‘buttons’ online or at the house?

  • Santa November 29, 2010 (8:02 am)

    Hey MargL…

    I must apologize about the “Interactive Buttons” not being available yet. Due to our 20′ Weber Tree breaking in half on Thanksgiving night, I had to spend Friday removing the broken tree and lights and then Saturday re-designing the display and then setting up what I could salvage for Saturday nights’ “Lighting Ceremony”, leaving me no time to set up the “Interactive Buttons”. Becasue of these events I am behind on SEVERAL things I had planned on having, but I do plan on having the “Buttons” active by this weekend.

  • Shari November 29, 2010 (11:13 am)

    I was wondering if the family has thought about teaching a class on how to create a light display. I would love to have a display like this (maybe not quite this big) but not really sure where to start. Feel free to email me sfox@aplus-staffing.com

  • trusweethrt November 30, 2010 (8:33 am)

    Jim…How appropriate to open with Elvis’ Blue Christmas. I wish I could be there to enjoy the light show with the one I love, but unfortunately I am in Florida having a Blue Christmas without him. I just want to tell him how much he means to me and hopefully he will see this comment and know how very proud I am of all his accomplishments. I want him to know that he lights up my life and brings joy to so many around him. Thank you for a beautiful light show. May your Christmas be marry and white.

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