(Thanks to Wyatt’s Jewelers for sponsoring the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide!)
Updated for December 12, 2017: Welcome to this year’s WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide! Holiday event or venue missing? Please let us know ASAP so we can add it! As usual, we’ll be updating this at least once a day to add what’s new and remove what’s already happened.
THE DATES: This year, the 8-night Festival of Lights begins the evening of December 12 and ends the evening of December 20
(WSB file photo from Duwamish Native Holiday Gift Fair)
DECEMBER 14: West Seattle Art Walk, December/holiday edition, 5 pm until “late.” Check wsartwalk.org for artists/venues.
(Santa Brunches at Salty’s – scroll down for info in this section!)
DAILY THROUGH DECEMBER 24: Santa photos at Westwood Village – Mondays-Fridays, 11 am-7 pm; Saturdays; 10 am-7 pm; Sundays, 11 am-6 pm
THROUGH DECEMBER 23: With admission for open play or membership, Main Street Play visitors can write a letter to Santa and get a personal letter back within a few days. (9988 15th SW)
DECEMBER 12-13: Santa Photos at Pegasus Pizza on Alki, 5 to 9 pm. “Come down to Pegasus Pizza and Pasta for a night of fun with the Alki Santa! Pictures are free with any purchase. The images will be posted on the Pegasus Pizza Facebook page in high resolution, ready for download.” (2768 Alki SW)
DECEMBER 12, 16: Santa visits and free DIY photos, 2-5 pm at Main Street Play. (9988 15th SW)
Details here. (California/Alaska)
DECEMBER 15: Santa Photos at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor), 3-6 pm. (4022 SW Alaska)
DECEMBER 16, 17, 23, 24: Santa Brunches at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor). 10 am-2 pm. Contact Salty’s for reservations! (1936 Alki SW)
DECEMBER 16: Santa Photos at My Three Little Birds (WSB sponsor), 11 am-2 pm. (6959 California SW)
DECEMBER 16: Santa at Ounces, 12 pm-3:30 pm: “Skip the mall and come to Ounces to meet Santa! He’ll be here from noon-3:30 pm taking photos and spreading holiday cheer! Santa photos are FREE…and you can enjoy a few pints while you meet Jolly St. Nick!” (3809 Delridge Way SW)
DECEMBER 16: Santa Photos at the Menashe Family Lights, 6-10 pm. Bring nonperishable food for the West Seattle Food Bank. (5605 Beach Drive SW)
DECEMBER 17: Santa Photos at Tram’s Salon, 1-4 pm. (4110 California SW)
THROUGH NEW YEAR’S: Thanksgiving was the first night for West Seattle Lights, light shows programmed to synch to music. See the nightly schedule by going here, and watch that website for updates! (3908 SW Charlestown)
First show, Friday, December 1, 2017 and run Friday, Saturday and Sundays through Sunday, December 10, 2017. Then plan to run continuously beginning Friday, December 15, 2017, through New Year’s day, January 1, 2018. We’ll plan to begin shows about 5:30 PM and run through about 9:00 PM. We’ll run longer if an audience has assembled and its likely we’ll run longer on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
(4120 38th SW)
NOW ON: The Menashe Family Lights are the biggest and brightest display in West Seattle.
(WSB photo from first 2017 night, December 2)
Nightly. (5605 Beach Drive SW)
NEW THIS YEAR: Austin Street Lights, music-synched display:
4-10 pm nightly – music is on 103.3 FM. (3711 SW Austin)
Got lights? See lights? Neighborhood displays included – please let us know!
SHOP LATE THURSDAYS – December 14, 21, shop until 9 pm – many Junction retailers will be open! More info here, including Santa stops between 5 pm and 8 pm on the 14th.
NEW THIS YEAR – RIDE THE SANTA TROLLEY! 10 am-2 pm on December 17th:
NEW this year! A Santa trolley to whisk families into some holiday cheer. Step on board as Emerald City Trolleys takes you on a loop around the Junction. Sponsored by Westside School.
Catch the trolley at the south end of the Farmers’ Market – the star on this map provided by the Junction Association:
COCOA AND COAT DRIVE: Sunday, December 17th, 10 am-2 pm. “Join the Junction Association, West Seattle Kiwanis, and West Seattle Christian Church at the Farmers Market for a taste of the holidays and several activities to enjoy. And to share warmth with those in need as we collect coats, hats and gloves – all donated to the West Seattle Helpline.” (California/Alaska)
HOLIDAY FARMERS’ MARKET: Christmas Eve! Sunday, December 24, 10 am-2 pm (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)
DECEMBER 13: 3rd annual Gingerbread House Decorating event at Delridge Community Center. “Each child 12 years and under old will get a house to decorate and other family activities will be planned. Please call the center to register. This event brought to you by the Delridge Advisory Council.” Free! (4501 Delridge Way SW)
DECEMBER 14, DECEMBER 21: Winter baking demonstrations/tasting at West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) with chef/author Kim O’Donnel. From gingerbread cutouts to sufganiyot (jelly donuts) for Hanukkah to benne seed biscuits for Kwanzaa. No signup required. 4:30-5:30 pm. (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)
DECEMBER 14: Holiday appetizer tasting at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), 4-7 pm. (4201 SW Morgan)
DECEMBER 14: Denny Posada, 6-9 pm, holiday celebration at Denny International Middle School. (2601 SW Kenyon)
DECEMBER 15: Woodward Canyon Wine Tasting at Sound & Fog, 5 pm-8 pm. “Walla Walla Winery will be pouring several of their hit wines.” $5 tasting fee. (4735 40th SW)
DECEMBER 15: Holiday Film & Singalong, doors open at 6:30 pm at South Park Hall:
Brian Edwards is a local film collector who lights up Admiral Bird every Saturday night with his 16mm films. He lugs in his projector and screen for the mere satisfaction of sharing his collection with the public. Everyone is welcome and there isn’t any fee to come on in and enjoy the kitsch appeal of film. On December 15th we are taking this experience over to South Park Hall. He is going to team up with Tim Scallion, a one-man band, to create this special night. We will show films and have group sing alongs. There will be popcorn (free for the first 10 people), beer, pork sliders, doughnuts, hot cider and coffee. The doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7 pm; tickets are $12, kids 5 + under are free. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
(1253 S. Cloverdale)
DECEMBER 16: West Seattle Santa pub crawl, 6 pm – schedule:
Coastline Burgers- 6:00-7:00
Beer Junction- 8:00-9:00
Poggie Tavern- 9:00-10:00
The Lodge- 10:00-11:00
Benefits Furry Faces Foundation!
DECEMBER 16: 6:30 pm, West Seattle Runner‘s annual Christmas Lights Run – and more! Meet at the store:
Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your lights and reflective gear! It is a festive, easy 3ish mile run to look at lights. We are still hoping one year we will have someone organize caroling! Anyone!? (This elf is tone-deaf so looking for help on this) We will find a route with good light displays and try for minimal hills, no promises, it is West Seattle. Kids and strollers are welcome, dogs at your own discretion, Myrtle is sitting it out. Just remember a headlamp because our sidewalks can be rough. We also ask you stay on the sidewalk and not run in the streets. This is an easy-paced group run, not a race, plan your week’s workouts accordingly. Walkers are encouraged. Afterwards we will have treats, socializing, and drinks back at the shop. We have someone special to celebrate this year as this takes place 2 days before Tim’s 50th birthday! Come and toast our fearless leader!
(2743 California SW)
DECEMBER 16: Finnriver and Mt. Townsend tasting at Sound and Fog. “Local artisan makers Finnriver Cidery and Mt Townsend Creamery are teaming up for a night of cider and cheese. Lots of great gift options available.” $5 tasting fee. 4:30-7:30 pm. (4735 40th SW)
DECEMBER 16: 6 pm “Service of Remembrance” at Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Cemetery (WSB sponsor). All welcome. (30th/Sylvan Way)
DECEMBER 18, 25: At Prost! West Seattle:
Join us every Monday throughout December at 7pm for a festive German Holiday tradition called Feuerzangenbowle. We soak a sugar cone in German Rum, light it on fire, which drips molten sugar into our house-made Glühwein. It’s delicious and it benefits a local cause! Half of all Glühwein proceeds will go to the West Seattle Food Bank. Come celebrate this Holiday Season with us at Prost!
(3407 California SW)
DECEMBER 12: West Seattle Community Orchestras‘ Intermediate Orchestra and Wind Symphony: “December Celebration!” 6:30 pm at Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium. Admission is FREE; donations appreciated! (2600 SW Thistle)
DECEMBER 13: Sounds of Winter Concert at Hope School, with groups from Hope and Seattle Lutheran HS – Concert Band, Chapel Band/Choir, Handbell Choir, Glee Club, SLHS Band. 7 pm. (4456 42nd SW)
DECEMBER 15: We 3 Carolers, holiday music to support the White Center and West Seattle Food Banks, 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company. (5612 California SW)
DECEMBER 15: 3rd annual Northwest A Cappella Seasonal Showcase, 7 pm doors, 8 pm show, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.
The Contemporary A Cappella Musicians’ Institute is excited to present the 3rd annual Northwest A Cappella Seasonal Showcase! Come celebrate the season at this family friendly holiday showcase as some of the PNW’s most entertaining contemporary a cappella groups take the stage!
The 2017 Northwest A Cappella Seasonal Showcase will feature:
B-Side Book Club A Cappella
Online presale $12, at the door $15. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
DECEMBER 16: Dancer & Prancer, holiday surf music! 3-7 pm at The Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
DECEMBER 16: Cream of Christmas, “20 fantastic songwriters” in 2 hours at C & P Coffee Company, 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
DECEMBER 17: Enjoy both new and familiar music of the season in a free vocal and instrumental concert by the chancel choir at Fauntleroy Church, starting at 5 pm in the sanctuary. Fully accessible by elevator from parking. (9140 California SW)
THROUGH DECEMBER 23: ArtsWest’s Holiday Cast Party, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 pm, Sundays 3 pm. Hosted by Mathew Wright. (4711 California SW)
Based on the classic 1946 Frank Capra film, playwright Joe Landry’s take on “It’s a Wonderful Life”, comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast as the ensemble of characters bring the town of Bedford Falls to the stage.
Buy your ticket(s) online at this Brown Paper Tickets link, or at the venue box office. (7904 35th SW)
(WSB video: Christmas Ship in West Seattle, 12/9/2017)
DECEMBER 14: Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship back in West Seattle! One local stop is on the schedule for this night, with the Dickens Carolers on board:
-9:10-9:30 pm at Don Armeni Boat Ramp
JUNCTION TRUE VALUE (WSB sponsor) … trees have arrived! (4747 44th SW)
WEST SEATTLE NURSERY: Not only are trees available, but their wreathmaking tables are also up with “a nice assortment of greens and accents for people to use.” Open until 8 pm through December 23rd. (California/Brandon)
HOLY ROSARY TREE LOT: Holy Rosary Tree Lot, north of the school:
The Holy Rosary School TREE LOT, located behind the school, opens the day after Thanksgiving, Friday November 24th and will remain open through December 17. There will be trees, wreaths and garland.
Monday through Thursday 3:30 pm to 9 pm
All others Fridays 3:30-10
Part of this lot’s proceeds benefit West Seattle Helpline, Hickman House (domestic-violence shelter), and West Seattle Food Bank. (41st/Dakota)
TREES BY THE SEA (2530 Alki SW):
We are open:
Mon/Tues – 12 pm – 7 pm
Wed-Fri – 12 pm – 8 pm
Sat/Sun – 10 am – 8 pm
We also have a holiday hut with wreaths, some beautifully decorated, and a pop-up shop of our products. Honey, candles, soaps, etc.
Other places to find trees:
MCLENDON HARDWARE (10210 16th SW) … HOME DEPOT (Delridge/Orchard) … TONY’S MARKET (35th SW/SW Barton) … WEST SEATTLE PRODUCE (4720 Fauntleroy Way SW)
Let us know if you spot other locations – email@example.com or text 206-293-6302
GIVING TREE AT CAPERS: At 4525 California SW:
CAPERS urges you to join us in benefitting our neighbors in need this holiday season by supporting our annual Hickman House giving tree now through Dec 21.
The program offers transitional housing for women and children who are recovering from domestic violence. Participating is simple:
1. Choose a star from our tree at CAPERS
2. Purchase the wish
3. Return the unwrapped gift to CAPERS by Dec 21
Hickman House then collects the items each week leading up to the holiday and wraps and delivers the gifts.
Having sponsored the program for 28 years, CAPERS owner Lisa Myers shared, “For many families, it’s become an annual tradition to bring in their kids to choose a star from our tree and help other children in need. We’re proud that it continues to be such a great learning tool about how to give back to the community.”
One of three confidential sanctuaries developed by The Salvation Army to address domestic violence through programs that promote safety, healing and empowerment, Hickman House assists hundreds of domestic violence survivors each year.
Established in 1988, the Hickman House fully-furnished 10-unit apartment complex and transitional housing program helps families exiting emergency shelters return to self-sufficient living.
Stays range from six to 24 months with program fees costing just 30 percent of a client’s income, regardless of how low that might be. The program offers:
Safety planning and individual supportive counseling
Domestic violence and parenting support groups
Referrals to helpful community resources
Children’s advocacy and support groups
Affordable housing referrals, information, and advocacy
(4525 California SW)
WESTSIDE BABY: Ways to help this White Center-headquartered, West Seattleite-led nonprofit:
WestSide Baby needs your help giving JOY to children this year.
· You can organize a JOY drive to collect current most needed items including diapers (sizes newborn, 5 and 6), pajamas, car seats, new underwear and socks, pants for kids’ size 0-12, and warm coats.
· You can volunteer almost any day of the week with your family, friends, or coworkers!
· Donate online at westsidebaby.org/joy or shop for WestSide Baby on their Amazon Wish List
· Many organizations and businesses throughout Seattle have already signed up to host JOY Drives in the community during the season of giving.
CONTINUING THROUGH YEAR’S END: At Dave Newman State Farm Insurance (WSB sponsor): Donate clothes, coats, and shoes for Weset Seattle Helpline. “For those who have donations but are unable to transport their clothes, coats and shoes to the donation location, a pickup may be available. For further information contact the State Farm office at 206-932-1878.” (3435 California SW)
TOYS FOR TOTS: Harbor Insurance Services is a drop site again this year – look for the big sign in the window. (3922 California SW)
DECEMBER 17: Cocoa and Coat Drive, 10 am-2 pm at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market:
Join the Junction Association, West Seattle Kiwanis, and West Seattle Christian Church at the Farmers Market for a taste of the holidays and several activities to enjoy. And to share warmth with those in need as we collect coats, hats and gloves – all donated to the West Seattle Helpline.
DECEMBER 14, 21: Shop Late Thursdays as part of West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays – many stores open until 9 pm.
DECEMBER 23: Last Chance Holiday Dash shopping in The Junction, all day
DECEMBER 24: Christmas Eve Farmers’ Market in The Junction, 10 am-2 pm
DECEMBER 24: Avalon Glassworks in Luna Park open 10 am-2 pm on Christmas Eve.
GROCERY-STORE HOURS: Who’s open and who’s closed? … Metropolitan Market (41st/42nd/Admiral; WSB sponsor): Closes 6 pm Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day, reopens 6 am Tuesday, December 26th … Trader Joe’s, closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day … Costco (not WS but we know many go there): 9 am-5 pm Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day; 9 am-6 pm New Year’s Eve, closed New Year’s Day … More stores to come as we find the info!
THE CHRISTMAS PEOPLE: Noon-4 pm “afternoon of dining and entertainment” at Alki Masonic Center. Full course dinner, coffee, tea, dessert, and music by trombonist/violinist Marc Smason. Free, “provided at no cost as a community service.” If you see this before Christmas – volunteer professional sous chef, line cooks, food handlers needed – call co-founders Dr. Ruth Bishop or Rev. Fred Hutchinson, 206-719-4979. Also, donated home-baked cookies welcome to be dropped off 9 am-1 pm daily December 22 through December 25. (4736 40th SW)
center>HOLIDAY CHURCH SCHEDULES
TIBBETTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (3940 41st SW; WSB sponsor)
December 17 – 10 am The Children’s Christmas Pageant highlights the Third Sunday of Advent. Don’t miss this warm, wonderful and occasionally spontaneous event!
December 21 – 7 pm The Longest Night / Blue Christmas Service is quiet, warm, and intimate. Remember the faithfulness of God even when your heart feels empty. Come, and be. Share in the liturgy or choose to remain silent. This will be a quiet space with minimal singing, candles to light, contemplative words and silence to encourage prayer. Come in solitude, recommend this service to a lonely or hurting friend, or better yet, bring them.
December 24 – 10 am The morning service leads us through the Fourth Sunday of Advent as we continue to prepare for the arrival of Emmanuel: God-With-Us.
December 24 – 5 pm Family Service celebrates the birth of Jesus, with special invitations for fussy babies and clamoring, excited children, as well as youth and grownups. A rousting joyful worship experience early on Christmas Eve. Childcare is provided.
December 24 – 8 pm A Celtic Christmas Eve complete with bagpiper, traditional carols, organ and piano, readings and prayers from the Celtic traditions of the British Isles. Come and celebrate the joy of Christmas!
December 31 – 10 am We continue to celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas!
January 7, 2018 – 10 am The Feast of the Epiphany and the Procession of the Magi. To celebrate the Light of Christ breaking in to the world everyone is invited to bring canned food for the local food bank any time you come to the building. As we sing “We Three Kings of Orient Are”, the cans will be processed to the altar until all the food is piled in front of the altar to honor the Christ Child.
FAUNTLEROY CHURCH UCC (9140 California SW)
DECEMBER 24: Christmas Eve services in the sanctuary with an “Angels Among Us” emphasis: 4:00 pm especially for children; 7:00 pm with special music and candlelight; 11:00 pm with candlelight and communion. Fully accessible by elevator from parking..
WEST SEATTLE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (42nd/Genesee)
Cocoa, Carols, Candles, and Christ! Advent ends on December 24 as we celebrate the Incarnation of Jesus at our Christmas Eve Worship Gathering. We’ll join together at 6pm in the chapel and retell the story that is at the heart of the Christian faith through readings, candles and carols. Afterward stick around for hot cocoa and an unhurried time together. Friends and family are welcome! 6 pm.
FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH OF WEST SEATTLE (4105 California SW)
Join us for the Four Sundays of Advent
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, in the chapel
10:30 am Holy Eucharist, in the nave
8:00 pm Compline, in the chapel
THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD
Celebrate with us the great Christmas feast of our Lord’s Nativity.
May these days fill your prayers with thanksgiving and blessing.
Sunday, December 24, 2017:
Liturgy of Lessons, Carols, & Holy Eucharist
11:00 pm Holy Eucharist, in the nave
Monday, December 25, 2017:
Festival Liturgy & Holy Eucharist
10:30 am Holy Eucharist, in the nave
Tuesday, December 26, 2017:
St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr
11:45 am Holy Eucharist, in the chapel
Wednesday, December 27, 2017:
St. John, Apostle and Evangelist
11:45 am Holy Eucharist, in the chapel
Thursday, December 28, 2017
The Holy Innocents, Martyrs
9:00 am Holy Eucharist, in the chapel
To end the 12 days of Christmas, be sure to join us on –
Saturday, January 6, 2018
The Day of Epiphany
11:45 am Holy Eucharist, in the chapel
WESTSIDE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION (7141 California SW)
Blue Holiday Service
Thursday, December 21 at 7:00 pm. Westside’s Sanctuary
Rev Alex Holt
Christmas and other seasonal holidays can be a painful time. The loss of loved ones, the anguish of a broken relationship, the insecurity of employment, the weariness of poor health, the pain of isolation, or the pressure of holiday preparations and activity – all these can make us feel alone in the midst of celebrations of the season. This will be a time for people to share their deeper feelings of loss or isolation during the holiday season. No childcare available.
Christmas Eve Family Service
Sunday, December 24, 10:30 a.m. Rev. Alex Holt, Director of Religious Exploration, Cynthia Westby, Program Assistant Cheryl Brown, Intern Minister Margo Reinhart.
Join us for a family-friendly Christmas Eve morning service of music and storytelling. We’ll sing carols and tell a modern-day pilgrimage story with the help from our children and youth. We’ll end with our tradition of candy cane communion and the singing of “Silent Night.” This service will be ASL (American Sign Language) interpreted.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Sunday, December 24, 9 p.m. Rev. Alex Holt
The candlelight service will feature singing of beloved Christmas carols and a reflection on the Jesus we might want to discover this year.
New Year’s Eve Atonement Service
Sunday, December 31, 10:30 a.m. Rev Alex Holt
This final day of 2017 will be an informal multi-generational service with no music, Religious Education or staff other than Alex. Everyone will be encouraged to use flash-paper to write down those things they wish to atone for from 2017 and then burn them as a way of letting go. There will also be pebbles from a beach in Maine for people to take home representing New Year’s resolutions. All welcome.
We’ll be adding more winter-holiday services – please e-mail us if/when your church has its schedule finalized – thanks!
(1/1/14 Needle fireworks in the fog, photographed by Ryan O’Keven)
MIDNIGHT FIREWORKS: Visible from any place in West Seattle where you can see the Space Needle!
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT HAWKS NEST WEST: Live music, complimentary champagne toast, 21+. Starts at 7 pm. (2806 Alki Ave SW)
NEW YEAR’S EVE/DAY WALKS: Emerald City Wanderers is doing it again:
Walking is a great way to enjoy New Year’s Eve and Day with family, friends and other kindred spirits. We’ll have 5 and 10 kilometer walks on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, different routes each day. And there’ll be hot soup and snacks to chase away the chills. Walks start on New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31, anytime between 4 and 7 PM, and on New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, between 9 AM and 12 noon, at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church (3050 California SW) in West Seattle. No fee for the walks, which are noncompetitive.
The New Year’s Eve 5 kilometer route winds through the holiday lights in the Admiral neighborhood and Junction. The 10 kilometer route also enjoys neighborhood holiday lights, heads down to Alki and features the lights on and around Puget Sound, Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle. Flashlights will be helpful.
On New Year’s Day, the 5 and 10 kilometer routes take walkers through North Admiral, enjoying a number of viewpoints looking over Elliott Bay. 10K walkers also walk along the Puget Sound shoreline, through a number of parks and shoreline features.
This event is hosted by the Emerald City Wanderers and St John the Baptist Episcopal Church, and is sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association. Information about volkssports will be available.
Let us know what else you want to see listed here, and/or what’s missing! Check back because we’ll be adding to the page frequently, as the events come in!