West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle Christmas lights http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:07:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle holidays: Menashe Family Lights start Sunday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-holidays-menashe-family-lights-start-sunday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-holidays-menashe-family-lights-start-sunday/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:36:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293145

We also checked tonight on the Menashe Family Christmas Lights, the brightest lights in West Seattle year after year, and found the crew working hard on the display even as night fell and rain moved back in. Josh Menashe tells us that this Sunday will be the first official night of this year’s display, starting around 6 pm. Here’s something brand-new this year:

Kids will be able to drop off letters to Santa Claus in that brand-new box you’ll find outside the house at 5605 Beach Drive SW. (As Josh put it, Santa knows exactly where their house is.)

P.S. The Menashe home is of course also featured in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide – which also includes everything from Thanksgiving info (workouts, free dinners, coffee-shop/restaurant/grocery-store hours) to New Year’s, and we’re updating it daily.

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Holiday countdown: West Seattle Lights/Helmstetler Family Christmas Spectacular starts on Thanksgiving night http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/holiday-countdown-west-seattle-lightshelmstetler-family-christmas-spectacular-starts-on-thanksgiving-night/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/holiday-countdown-west-seattle-lightshelmstetler-family-christmas-spectacular-starts-on-thanksgiving-night/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:10:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293137

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
Blustery weather or not, the show must go on, so Jim Winder was back up on the roof today at 3908 SW Charlestown, home of his friends the Helmstetler Family, who have hosted his music-synched dancing-lights Christmas Spectacular since 2009.

When the show debuts on Thursday night, you’ll hear new music (added – including Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass,” Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off,” Pharrell Williams‘ “Happy,” and Rock Sugar with “Don’t Stop the Santa”). “Surprises in early December,” too, Jim promises.

Jim says he’s not planning a big ceremony this year – the light shows will simply start on Thanksgiving night, with the website schedule updated by then, and you’ll be welcome to stop by any night through New Year’s Eve. A few hours after stopping by to see him, we passed the house again just before dark tonight, and noticed the baseline lights aglow, in Seahawks/Sounders blue and green:

The light show starts at 7 pm Thursday night – remember to bring a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank (there’s a bin out front). You can hear the synchronized music in your car at 101.9 FM.

P.S. This is one of three light shows that are part of the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide – we’re updating another show next – and please let us know when you see great lights, animated or not, throughout the season … here’s how.

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West Seattle holidays: Merry Christmas (lights), Charlie Brown! http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-holidays-merry-christmas-lights-charlie-brown/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-holidays-merry-christmas-lights-charlie-brown/#comments Sun, 22 Dec 2013 01:56:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=259885

Thinking of going out to look at Christmas lights tonight? Here’s another display listed on the WSB West Seattle Christmas Lights Map, the Rice home at 2128 47th SW. Finally got a chance to go by, just as it was starting to get dark – this is one that’s fun to see even before nightfall. As with most holiday displays, a quick photo doesn’t do it justice, so be sure to see it for yourself (especially if you are a “Charlie Brown Christmas” fan like your editor here). Speaking of the map, it continues to be findable on our Holiday Guide page or by direct Google Maps link, but here’s another look – click any tree icon for the corresponding address:

View West Seattle Christmas lights, 2013 in a larger map

And we can still add to it if you have an address to suggest! editor@westseattleblog.com or text 206-293-6302 (photos welcome too).

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West Seattle Christmas lights: ‘Cotton Candy Trees’ join our map http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-christmas-lights-cotton-candy-trees-join-our-map/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-christmas-lights-cotton-candy-trees-join-our-map/#comments Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:52:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=259555

‘Tis the week before Christmas – prime time to enjoy lights. Duane Davis shared that photo of his display and an invitation to come enjoy it, and others nearby:

Come by 4152 46th Ave SW and see the Cotton Candy Trees, multicolored junipers, and our glowing home. A combination of incandescent and LED lights adds a bright festival feel to our neighborhood. Continue to drive up the street and see our friendly neighborhood lighting competition.

We’ve added it to the WSB West Seattle Christmas Lights Map – which you can see at that Google Maps link, or embedded on our Holiday Guide page. Photos and/or address tips still welcome – editor@westseattleblog.com – we hope to resume scouting tonight!

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West Seattle Christmas Lights: 2013 map, with additions ahead http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-christmas-lights-2013-map-with-additions-ahead/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-christmas-lights-2013-map-with-additions-ahead/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 03:05:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=259276

View West Seattle Christmas lights, 2013 in a larger map

Since we’re going into prime Christmas-lights-viewing time, with a week and a half until the holiday itself, here’s the first version of our annual map. This is NOT all-inclusive – we know there are many more bright lights out there – but we’re short on time for driving around to look, so please keep sharing suggestions, and we’ll be adding more! This is now part of the WSB West Seattle Holiday Events/Info Guide, so you can find it there even if you lose track of this story on the main page (also bookmark our coverage archive: westseattleblog.com/category/west-seattle-christmas-lights). Tips and/or photos, editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks! (We expect to add a few later tonight after another scouting trip.)

8:50 PM: Back from checking out Fauntlee Hills, which usually has more than a few brightly lit homes, and indeed, you’ll find them again this year:

Concord and Trenton, north of Barton, are the key streets to see, and we’re adding them to the map.

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West Seattle Christmas lights: Upper Morgan, with music http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-christmas-lights-upper-morgan-with-music/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-christmas-lights-upper-morgan-with-music/#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 06:23:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=258995

Tonight’s featured house is on the southeast corner of 38th and Morgan, and it’s another case of lights that you just have to see for yourself – our photo barely does them justice, with both music and blinking going on. Dozens of shutter clicks netted us this one in the split-second when all the lights cycled to “on.” The flashing display will definitely catch your eye as you pass by on Morgan.

We’ll be building a map for the weekend, showcasing lights we’ve already featured (archived here) and others we’re getting to – suggestions and/or photos still welcome, editor@westseattleblog.com. We’re tracking lights in our Holiday Events and Info Guide and via this Pinterest board.

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West Seattle Christmas lights: More music and movement http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-christmas-lights-more-music-and-movement/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-christmas-lights-more-music-and-movement/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 07:28:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=258873

Ken Iverson e-mailed to let us know about the lights we’re featuring tonight (in video instead of a still photo, because they’re about music and movement):

I am pleased to announce that our holiday light show is up and running. We are located at 4120 38th Ave SW between Genesee and Dakota. [map] We’re only about 3 or 4 blocks south of the Helmstetler Family Christmas Spectacular and while not quite as ‘Spectacular,’ we do have over 5,000 lights controlled by computer through over 2,700 channels set to music.

We have scheduled two shows of about 25 minutes running on the hour and half hour from 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM Sunday through Thursday, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM Friday and Saturday and will run until about midnight on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

The music is fairly quiet if you stand on the sidewalk to watch, but a sign on the gate says it’s simulcast at 101.9 FM, same frequency as West Seattle Lights.

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West Seattle Christmas lights: From Seola to Spruce http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-christmas-lights-from-seola-to-spruce/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-christmas-lights-from-seola-to-spruce/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 05:26:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=258742

Now that it’s two weeks until Christmas Eve – we’ll be showing West Seattle Christmas lights nightly unless pre-empted by big breaking news. We welcome your suggestions (with or without photos), and we’re out looking around too. Above, Jeff and Ardith Burns shared the photo of their home in the Seola area:

We have decorated our home with lights and would like to share them with our West Seattle neighbors. There are over 18,000 lights and include 31 blowmolds, 3 fence scenes, and 5 standing/sitting deer. Our address is 3216 SW 114th St. [map] The lights are turned on from 5 pm to 10 pm each night through Christmas.

Next, another view from the crane-borne Christmas lights at West Seattle development sites; we noticed tonight that yet more lights have been added to the crane over Spruce (the former “Hole” at 39th/Alaska/Fauntleroy) – blue lights over the lower half of its vertical structure, punctuated by this:

More lights tomorrow! editor@westseattleblog.com if you have suggestions and/or a photo. To find them after we’ve published them, you can look in the archive or the WSB Holiday Guide as well as our Pinterest gallery of West Seattle Christmas lights, which includes an extra view of the Burns home.

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West Seattle holidays: OLG’s ‘coldest tree lighting ever’ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-holidays-olgs-coldest-tree-lighting-ever/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-holidays-olgs-coldest-tree-lighting-ever/#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2013 05:00:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=258358

Right before emceeing the Our Lady of Guadalupe tree lighting tonight, broadcaster Brian Callanan told us it just might be the coldest one yet, with temperatures in the 20s. Yet hundreds of people still showed up to carol and cheer, right after the tree was lit:

After some truly brisk caroling, people flocked into the warm gym at OLG’s Parish Life Center for cookies, cocoa, and mingling:

In the giving spirit of Christmas, eventgoers answered the call to fill this handmade (by Dave Fitton) sleigh with food donations:

The OLG tree holds the distinction of being at the crest of the city – since 35th/Myrtle is at the highest elevation in the Seattle city limits, 520 feet above sea level.

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Speaking of development: More West Seattle crane Christmas lights http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/speaking-of-development-more-west-seattle-crane-christmas-lights/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/speaking-of-development-more-west-seattle-crane-christmas-lights/#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 09:35:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=258264

Two days after Christmas lights appeared on the crane for The Blake south of The Junction, the crew at The Former “Hole,” officially Spruce, decked theirs (which has been up for six months already!). Christopher Boffoli spotted the work in progress Thursday morning; after leaving the Design Review Board doubleheader chronicled in two stories here Thursday night, we checked out the resulting lights:

Will the crane at 4730 California be joining them? We’ll wait and see.

P.S. All season long, we’re happy to get your tips on more down-to-earth Christmas lights – editor@westseattleblog.com for photos and/or addresses.

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West Seattle Christmas Lights 2013: First 2 featured homes http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-christmas-lights-2013-first-2-featured-homes/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-christmas-lights-2013-first-2-featured-homes/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 05:15:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=258049

We’ve already featured the official start of the season at West Seattle’s two best-known Christmas-lights displays (here and here) – now, it’s time to show off even more! Tonight, our first reader-contributed photo – above, TJ shares that photo from the 7900 block of 32nd SW. Below, we just noticed and photographed this home on 42nd SW near SW Raymond tonight:

We welcome photos and tips – please e-mail either (or both!) to editor@westseattleblog.com. And something new this year – in addition to archiving our Christmas-lights coverage here on WSB, we’re also featuring photos on a board on the WSB Pinterest page. (By this weekend, we’ll launch a map in the West Seattle Holiday Events/Info Guide too.)

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Video: Let it snow, let it snow … @ Menashe Family Lights http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/video-let-it-snow-let-it-snow-menashe-family-lights/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/video-let-it-snow-let-it-snow-menashe-family-lights/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 04:46:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=257718

Could it be a preview of things to come sometime this winter – maybe even later in the week? “Snowfall” graced the holiday wonderland known as the Menashe Family Lights on their first official night of the season. It’s a new feature this season, according to Josh Menashe; if it’s on, you’ll see the flakes flying from the south side of the front yard. Walking by is the best way to get a close look at so many of the megabright display’s features including the bear:

(This photo and the next four are by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
Look closely between the lights for an unlit decoration – the St. Nick statue:

And look up to see the many stars … including these, on the south side of the house:

Look toward the house to see these nutcrackers standing watch by the front door:

Here’s an opening-night-only scene – Menashe family members posing for group photos under the lights – at center, your hosts for the light show, Linda and Jack Menashe:

Last but not least, a step back to see the show in all its splendor, thanks to Jeff Pond of JP Images:

You can see the Menashe Family Lights at 5605 Beach Drive SW (map) nightly.

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Video: Opening night for 2013 edition of West Seattle Lights / Helmstetler Family Christmas Spectacular http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/video-opening-night-for-2013-edition-of-west-seattle-lights-helmstetler-family-christmas-spectacular/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/video-opening-night-for-2013-edition-of-west-seattle-lights-helmstetler-family-christmas-spectacular/#comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 05:22:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=257640

The song list for West Seattle’s biggest synched-to-music Christmas-lights show, West Seattle Lights/Helmstetler Family Christmas Spectacular, always includes fun as well as tradition – and our first clip from tonight’s lighting ceremony qualifies. It’s “What Does the Hawk Say?”, the Bob Rivers Show takeoff on Ylvis‘s international megahit “What Does the Fox Say?”

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Before that and other light-show songs, tonight’s event began with caroling, and then the announcement of the name of the new “emcee” – “Sir Charles” the light-up snowman. Two people suggested “Charles” (as in Charlestown, the street the show is on) in the summertime naming contest, including Tim VanLiew, whose name was drawn by WSL creator Jim Winder for the honor of pushing the button tonight.

In that photo, Jim’s on the right, Tim’s on the left, holding his baby daughter Lucy, who helped with the button-pushing. The first song was sung live by Jim’s own daughter, Julie:

West Seattle Lights isn’t just a 32,673-light labor of love for family and friends – the Helmstetlers are the family who live in the house, and Jim is a longtime friend who makes the show happen every year – it’s also, with your help, a community fundraiser and foodraiser:

That’s the West Seattle Food Bank donation bin you’ll find out front; last year alone, more than half a ton of food was donated by WS Lights visitors. You can also donate money to the show’s designated charities, WS Food Bank and Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, on this page of the official website. It all goes to charity, Jim points out – the time and money it takes to put on the show is 100 percent donated.

See the schedule here; get directions here.

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West Seattle holidays: Menashe Family Lights debut Sunday http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/west-seattle-holidays-menashe-family-lights-debut-sunday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/west-seattle-holidays-menashe-family-lights-debut-sunday/#comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 01:56:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=257626

You might THINK you’ve already seen this year’s edition of the Menashe family’s legendary Christmas lights if you have driven by this past week or so, but everything up until now has been a partial test. We took that photo last night; tonight, we stopped by late in the day, and they were still out working on it. Tomorrow, we’re told, is when the Menashes expect to officially throw the switch on the finished 2013 edition of the display, around 5 pm. 5605 Beach Drive SW (map) if you don’t already know it by heart.

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West Seattle scene: Helmstetler Family Spectacular lights up Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/west-seattle-scene-helmstetler-family-spectacular-lights-up-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/west-seattle-scene-helmstetler-family-spectacular-lights-up-saturday/#comments Wed, 27 Nov 2013 23:41:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=257379

Way up on a steeply pitched roof across from the Charlestown water tower, Jim Winder was hard at work today with finishing touches on the 5th edition of West Seattle Lights / Helmstetler Family Christmas Spectacular, which debuts with a ceremony Saturday night.

We dropped by to catch him in action after he sent the official announcement about what’s new this year:

On Saturday, November 30th, West Seattle Lights will have their 5th Annual Lighting Ceremony at the home of Corey and Taylor Helmstetler at 3908 SW Charlestown. The public is invited free of charge, but attendees are asked to bring a food or cash donation for either West Seattle Food Bank or The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation.

This year the Helmstetler Christmas Spectacular will have a NEW Master Of Ceremonies … a talking and singing 8 Foot Tall Snowman!!! Along with his two talking/singing Christmas Trees, Jaeley and Jaxton!

Earlier in the year we had a Name The Snowman Contest and we will be announcing the winner and the Snowman’s new name!

Last year West Seattle Lights collected nearly 1100lbs of food for the West Seattle Food Bank and over $2500 for both the Food Bank and NW Parkinson’s Foundation.

Jim Winder, the creator and brains behind West Seattle Lights, said, “I’m looking forward to having our new Master Of Ceremonies. We will also have a few other new features in our display that I am sure will delight the kid in all of us. Am also looking forward to another banner year of giving by our giving friends and neighbors of West Seattle and surrounding communities that will benefit our charities and bring smiles to all those who attend”.

The Lighting Ceremony begins at 7 pm on Saturday, November 30th at 3908 SW Charlestown in West Seattle.

Please be advised that SW Charlestown Street will be closed between 39th and 40th Ave SW from 6:30pm until 8:00pm during the Ceremony.

Hard to believe this is already the 5th edition; we looked back into the archives and found a couple reports from 2009.

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