Countdown to West Seattle Lights’ 2011 debut next Saturday

November 20, 2011 at 7:02 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle Christmas lights, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

On a cold, cloudy Sunday afternoon, what better place to be than … up on the roof. Jim Winder, mastermind of the Helmstetler Family Spectacular synchronized light show atop his friends’ home across from the Charlestown water tower, was hard at work continuing to put up features when we stopped by. It’s the kind of light show that manages to look impressive even unlit, in daylight:

This year more than 60,000 lights will flash and dance atop, on the sides of, in front of, etc., the house, including high-rise features he was still working on this afternoon:

If you haven’t seen this show the past two years (WSB 2009 coverage is here, 2010 coverage here) – you can get an idea from the videos on the site Jim has set up, (here’s the page of 2010 songs, just for starters). One thing you’re going to want to look closely for when you stop by – the new West Seattle Food Bank donation bin out front:

They’re also collecting cash donations – the first weekend, everything will go to the family of Ed Kingston, the volunteer soccer coach who died suddenly last month after suffering a heart attack while coaching his son’s team. They’ll be collecting through the season for the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, too. 7 pm Saturday night (November 26th), the lights go on! Lots more info here.


  1. So exciting!!!

    Comment by Stacy — 9:28 pm November 20, 2011 #

  2. Thanks for making our Christmas brighter. :-) Your light shows are always fantastic… can’t wait!

    Comment by sun*e — 11:34 pm November 20, 2011 #

  3. Fantastic!!! So glad your going Up with the Lights!! Can’t wait to see how you will use that large pole and straps,last year was exciting but this year looks even Bigger…See you Saturday with my food donation!

    Comment by Annie — 9:05 am November 21, 2011 #

  4. Looks like Seattle City Light is going to have a merry christmas.

    Comment by CB — 2:30 pm November 21, 2011 #

  5. awesome house I love it

    Comment by w.s. maverick — 4:50 pm November 21, 2011 #

  6. Love your display. I went to see it on Dec. 22nd last year, and went into labor that night. Will be bringing my beautiful little baby girl to see it with me this year!

    Comment by Julie — 7:31 pm November 21, 2011 #

  7. Looks like Seattle City Light is going to have a merry christmas.

    Comment by CB

    Sorry CB…but we use 100% LED’s…so our power usage will be less than 10 strings of ordinary incandescent Christmas Lights…City Light will have to get their “Merry Christmas” elsewhere… LOL

    Comment by Santa — 7:31 am November 22, 2011 #

Sorry, comment time is over.

All contents copyright 2005-2015, A Drink of Water and a Story Interactive. Here's how to contact us.
Entries and comments feeds. ^Top^