(WSB photo from Wednesday night’s visit)
The Christmas Ship returns tonight, with two more West Seattle stops, plus a bike ride and other activities accompanying one stop. That’s just part of what you’ll find while you’re out and about – highlights from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide and regular year-round Event Calendar:
BENEFIT BREAKFAST: As previewed here earlier this week, pancakes are being cooked up at Highland Park Improvement Club 9 am-noon to raise money for the family of Vince Hance, the 18-year-old West Seattleite hit by a train. (12th SW & SW Holden)
ARTS & CRAFTS AT C & P: C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor) presents its Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair featuring unique, local arts and crafts. Handmade jewelry, toys, clothing, prints , paintings, furniture and more. First of two days, 9 am-3 pm. (5612 California SW)
SECOND-TO-LAST DAY FOR HOLY ROSARY TREE LOT: Getting your Christmas tree today? The Holy Rosary Tree Lot (WSB sponsor) is open for its second-to-last scheduled day. 9 am-9 pm. (41st SW & SW Dakota)
SANTA PAWS: Photo op with Santa, and your pet is welcome, 10 am-1 pm, free professional photo with photography by Richard and Christina Figgins. At Windermere West Seattle in The Junction. (4525 California SW)
CLAUS, CHOWDER, & CARTOONS: Presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society at The Admiral Theater: Family celebration from 10 to 11:30 am. The fun starts with the screening of an hour of classic Christmas cartoon shorts. Then, “The Real Santa Claus” will entertain with a 20-minute live show, followed by an opportunity for families to take photos with Santa while enjoying chowder served in the Admiral lobby by Duke’s Chowder House. Donations will be taken for SWSHS. If you didn’t already get a ticket (online availability closed a week ago), note that walk-ups will be admitted only if space is available. (2343 California SW)
RAINWISE CELEBRATION: Another neighborhood ribboncutting, and you’re invited – go see what you could do in YOUR yard! (3700 block Tillman)
SILVER BELLES: Missed them on Art Walk night? The Silver Belles are due back in The Junction with spirited carol parodies, 1-3 pm.
ART UNDER $100: South Park Arts‘ big annual “Art Under $100” holiday art sale and party. 2-8 pm, free entry. At Seattle Design Center‘s Atrium. (5701 6th Ave S.)
HOLIDAY PARTY ON THE PORCH: At the Log House Museum. “Planning to watch the Argosy Christmas Ship stop at Alki Beach from 5:10 to 5:30 p.m.? Don’t wait around feeling clammy and cold! Stop first and warm up at our ‘Birthplace of Seattle’ Log House Museum starting at 3 p.m. with our annual free cookies, hot cider and – added this year — tasty chowder from our sponsor, Duke’s Chowder House … While you wait for the fabled vessel and its broadcast carols, enjoy some of Duke’s chowder and get a sneak peek of our upcoming exhibit, direct from the Nordic Heritage Museum, about the life and times of a West Seattle notable, the restaurateur, folksinger and Port of Seattle commissioner Ivar Haglund. The exhibit will be up at our museum from December through next May.” (3003 61st SW)
RIDE TO THE CHRISTMAS SHIP: 4:15 pm, starting from Seacrest Marina, 1600 Harbor Ave SW – “Decorate and light up your bikes and come join West Seattle Bike Connections for a fun all ages, all abilities, all faiths, family-friendly ride from Seacrest Marina to Alki Bathhouse to see the Christmas Ships, and to hear and join the carolers. Seattle Parks will have hot cider and cookies at the bathhouse and a bonfire on the beach to keep us warm. Please arrive by 4:15 to sign in. We’ll roll at 4:30 in fading light, and arrive at the bathhouse as it is getting dark. The Christmas Ships are due to be at Alki from 5:10 to 5:30.” More on this FB event page. (1660 Harbor SW)
WHEN/WHERE TO SEE THE CHRISTMAS SHIP: It’s your last two chances this year to see the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship in West Seattle! 4:20-4:40 pm at Lowman Beach, 5:10-5:30 pm at Alki, with The Dickens Carolers on board. The Alki Bathhouse is offering cookies and hot cider, 4-7 pm, for the occasion. (60th SW & SW Alki)
SANTA & LIGHTS: 6-10 pm, “Santa Al” is at the Menashe Family Christmas Lights display for photos – bring a nonperishable food donation for the West Seattle Food Bank. (5605 Beach Drive SW)
FRED TALK FOR HANUKKAH: From Kol HaNeshamah: “Essayist, poet and award-winning storyteller Merna Ann Hecht will share an evening of Jewish stories taken from the treasure troves of both Eastern European and Sephardic tradition, beginning at 8 pm at West Seattle’s Kol HaNeshamah progressive reform synagogue community. Hecht is part of an ongoing series of FRED or Fresh Relevant Educational and Dynamic talks.” (6115 SW Hinds)
NIGHTLIFE! Live music, karaoke … see the venues on our complete calendar.