West Seattle, Washington
On this Christmas night, we stopped by West Seattle Lights (3908 SW Charlestown) with time to record just one song, whatever it turned out to be. It was the grand finale of the second set (see the schedule and song list here), “Wizards of Winter,” just before 6 pm. The show goes until midnight tonight. As you can tell from our video’s audio, the best way to listen while you watch is NOT necessarily just standing along the street; if you go via vehicle, listen on 101.9 FM.
West Seattle Lights is in its eighth season, so popular that a couple years ago, mastermind Jim Winder added a show in Maple Valley (where he lives – the show here is at the home of friends). It’s also become a fundraiser/foodraiser – bring a food donation for the West Seattle Food Bank, and/or donate online to the show’s chosen charities, WSFB and the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation (donated money all goes to them – the show itself is put on as a labor of love).
For more info on holiday light shows in West Seattle, see our Holiday Guide.
A few minutes before 4 pm, we stopped by the Alki Masonic Center in The Junction to photograph the volunteers who had just spent four hours making West Seattle holiday history – serving a free sit-down dinner to anyone who needed one. The lodge and The Christmas People co-sponsored the first-ever event, feeding almost 100 people who showed up over the course of the afternoon. They also wanted to say thanks to community members who volunteered time to help prepare, and who donated dozens and dozens of homemade cookies! The Christmas People, led by Rev. Fred Hutchinson and Ruth Bishop, have been feeding others in need, but usually in smaller groups, he told us – this was the first time they decided to offer a big sit-down dinner, and they’ll do it again next year, getting the word out far and wide to fill the hall.
A little later in the morning, Chris Frankovich photographed the Olympics:
And though it’s not from West Seattle – we can’t resist sharing this city view tweeted at us (and a few other news outlets) by Marcus:
— Marcus Klotz (@MisterKlotz) December 25, 2016
Sunset tonight is 4:23 pm, per the WSB West Seattle Weather page.
Merry Christmas! Some info you might find helpful on this holiday:
RESTAURANTS THAT TOLD US THEY’LL BE OPEN TODAY/TONIGHT: Go here for the list (and please note the disclaimer!).
GROCERY STORES OPEN TODAY: Local Safeways are open 8 am-5 pm; Westwood QFC is open 7 am-4 pm. Other West Seattle supermarkets are closed today.
CHRISTMAS DAY CHURCH SERVICES: See the list in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide.
ALSO OPEN TODAY: Origins Cannabis (4800 40th SW; WSB sponsor), 11 am-6 pm.
FARMERS’ MARKET CLOSED: No West Seattle Farmers’ Market today OR next Sunday.
WHERE TO SEE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TONIGHT: See the Holiday Guide.
METRO: Regular Sunday schedule
SOUND TRANSIT: Regular Sunday schedule
WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES: Regular schedule for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth, but expect heavier usage because as of first thing this morning, the Tahlequah-Point Defiance route (South Vashon-Tacoma) is out of service
Want to go to the movies?
ADMIRAL THEATER: The newly renovated moviehouse is open this afternoon/evening (2343 California SW), showing “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Sing,” and “Passengers,” all with showings starting just after 3 pm – here’s the schedule.
Breaking-news tips? Lost/found pets? Traffic trouble?
YES, WSB TRULY IS 24/7/365: Best way to reach us today is 206-293-6302, text or voice.
However you’re spending it – we wish you a wonderful day!
12:58 AM: Seattle Police and Fire are outside the California/Erskine/Edmunds 7-11 in The Junction, where a 19-year-old man was found with what are described over the air as two gunshot wounds to the chest. Scanner traffic says they’re not sure yet what happened or when, as the victim is described as intoxicated and so they’re having trouble communicating with him. SFD Medic 32 is taking him to Harborview Medical Center.
1:19 AM: No word of an arrest, or suspect description, so far.