West Seattle weekend scene: Burning Christmas trees at Alki Beach

It’s an unofficial holiday-season-ending ritual at Alki Beach – rounding up dozens of Christmas trees for a big bonfire. It happened last night, and David Christensen was rollerblading past when he stopped for the photo. Another part of the tradition – somebody usually calls 911, since this is beyond what the rules allow for the fire rings. So Seattle Fire and Police were dispatched; we don’t know what happened from there, but the online incident log shows SFD was there for all of six minutes.

16 Replies to "West Seattle weekend scene: Burning Christmas trees at Alki Beach"

  • Question Authority January 7, 2018 (9:58 am)

    Oh those poor helpless tree’s, let’s summon the authorities to stop the carnage and un called for primitive revelry.  And, the pollution and effects on global warming and the socio-economic hardship placed upon the remaining trees throughout the world.  HA!

  • Trickycoolj January 7, 2018 (9:59 am)

    Funny my family in Germany says this is a tradition in their town! And it’s so established food trucks and beer stands are there for the festivities! 

  • Gina January 7, 2018 (12:03 pm)

    Epiphany eve, a tradition in many places. 

  • Mike January 7, 2018 (12:45 pm)

    Seems  to me that the appropriate SFD response would be to have an engine on  hand in case there is a problem.   But it’s apparently a harmless tradition.

  • anonyme January 7, 2018 (3:00 pm)

    Totally harmless, unless you happen to live on a planet with an atmosphere, and belong to a species that has lungs and breathes air.

    • Swede. January 7, 2018 (3:26 pm)

      Was gonna point out that too… Darn those pesky facts!

    • Guy Olson January 7, 2018 (3:31 pm)

      A lot of the folks that were there either rode bicycles or walked to the event in order to offset our carbon imprint.

    • Dtdt January 7, 2018 (5:01 pm)

      Sure hope you bus walk bike and carpool everywhere and not drive a single occupancy carbon emitting vehicle!

  • wscommuter January 7, 2018 (4:01 pm)

    Oh god.  Really?  Burning a few Christmas trees is unacceptable because of the air pollution?  This event has to be discussed in terms of carbon impacts?  

    Balance, people.  Take a deep breath (irony fully intended) and chill.   It will all be okay.

    • Alki Resident January 7, 2018 (5:25 pm)

      And around the corner are ships that sit idol all day long and no mention of that 🙄

  • Richard Kelly January 7, 2018 (5:29 pm)

    Seriously?  Air pollution?  A year full of forest fires, and all the earth rape going on, and someone has to bitch about a night of Christmas tree burning?

    A single gas station emits more pollutants in a year… Candles in churches? Horrible …lets complain!

    by the way: the SFD and SPD was excellent and professional. After observing and ascertaining the event was safe enough and the citizen participation was within acceptable norms, they left.

  • Huck January 8, 2018 (7:41 am)

    That’s just great. Now I’m having trouble breathing. Coughing all the time. This is terrible. 

  • Guy Olson January 8, 2018 (12:24 pm)

    With the amount of fossil fuels emitted to transport the trees to the dump, fuels burned during processing the trees, and fuels burned to transport the final product or compost, we figured it was cleaner to just burn the trees. It united the community and fun was had by all.

    • Guy Olson January 8, 2018 (12:30 pm)

      Also, many that were in attendance have participated in two beach clean up events at Constellation Park. Thanks!

  • nonni January 9, 2018 (1:55 pm)

    Are the ships idling their engines all day and spewing exhaust, or are they being worshipped?

    I don’t understand the whole perpetuation of pagan tree sacrifice. Plant one instead, and add a carbon offset???

    • Guy Olson January 9, 2018 (4:14 pm)

      The trees were already cut down.

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