Updated for 1/1/2017: Welcome to the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, continuing through New Year’s! The guide is sponsored by Wyatt’s Jewelers:
RESTAURANTS OPEN NEW YEAR’S DAY: Here’s what we have so far. If a restaurant is not listed, either it’s closed both days, or it didn’t answer our inquiries – not too late for us to add, though, firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks!
GROCERY STORES CLOSED NEW YEAR’S DAY: The only one in West Seattle that’s closed all day is Trader Joe’s.
NEW YEAR’S DAY WALKS: Hundreds do it every year – you should too:
CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S WITH A WALK!!!
Let’s get out and walk on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day! It’s a great way to celebrate with family and friends. And, you’ll have plenty of time afterward for that New Year’s Eve Party and those New Year’s Day games.
These free walks will be in West Seattle, with different 5 and 10K routes on the Eve and the Day. And there’ll be hot soup to chase away any chills. Walks start on New Year’s Eve anytime between 4 and 7 PM, and on New Year’s Day between 9 AM and 12 noon, at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 3050 California Ave, in West Seattle. No fee for the walks, which are noncompetitive.
The New Year’s Eve 5K route winds through the holiday lights in the Admiral neighborhood and Junction. The 10K 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 for both routes.
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.
From I-5, take exit 163 (northbound) or 163A (southbound), and cross West Seattle bridge. Exit at Admiral Way. Go up Admiral Way a little over a mile to California Ave SW, a major intersection. Turn left and go .3 mile to West Seattle High School parking lot, adjacent to St. John’s Church and the start/finish.
Hosted by Emerald City Wanderers and St John the Baptist Episcopal Church, and sanctioned by American Volkssport Association.
Info: Mike at email@example.com or 206-851-2101.
NEW YEAR’S DAY – ALKI POLAR BEAR SWIM: From Mark Ufkes, who organizes it every year:
January 1, 2017, at 9:50 am, polar bear swimmers will line up along the beach across from Duke’s.
With a countdown, at 10 am sharp we will hold hands with our friends and run into Puget Sound. Bring water shoes, a towel, a change of clothes and your hopes and dreams for 2017 with you. Also bring the lessons you learned in 2016. Running into the water with friends and family will help you leave behind the complexities of 2016 and start the new year clean and burden-free. We hit the water at 10 sharp.
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION LABYRINTH WALK AT OLG
WHAT: Annual New Year’s Resolution Walk at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. The community is invited to set an intention or two for the new year and use the labyrinth as a tool to put their intentions into motion. Hot chocolate and cider will be served.
WHEN: New Year’s Day, noon – 2 pm
WHERE: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Peace Garden & Labyrinth, 7000 35th Ave SW, NE corner of campus
Here’s who we have heard from – updated to now show New Year’s services (you’re still welcome to send yours – firstname.lastname@example.org):
TIBBETTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (WSB sponsor)
3940 41st SW
New Year’s Day at 10 am
New Year’s Day is also on a Sunday and we will gather at 10 am to do a version of John Wesley’s Watchnight service traditionally done New Year’s Eve. We will renew our covenant with God and with each other as we reflect on the year past and the new year to come. Join us for this time of reflection and renewal.
FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH OF WEST SEATTLE, 4105 California SW
Join us for Advent and Christmas at
Sundays: 8:00 am Holy Eucharist, in the chapel
10:30 am Holy Eucharist, in the nave*
8:00 pm Compline, in the chapel
*Liturgy & Holy Eucharist with Choir 10:30 am
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.
To end the 12 days of Christmas be sure to join us on –
Friday, January 6, 2017: The Day of Epiphany
11:45 am Holy Eucharist, in the chapel
HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL (4456 42nd Ave SW)
New Year’s Day Worship: 10:30 a.m. Service with Communion (one service only)
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST EPISCOPAL PARISH
(3050 California Ave SW, next to West Seattle High School)
New Year’s Day, The Feast of the Holy Name
Sunday, January 1, 10:15 am (Note: one service only, at 10:15 am!)
ADMIRAL UCC (4320 SW Hill)
Sun, 1/1 10:30-11:15 am New Year’s Day Combined Celebration
-Admiral hosts Alki Congregational Church for a combined worship service,with two choirs, two congregations, and one global-themed lunch afterward provided by Admiral’s hospitality team!
PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH (39th SW/SW Thistle)
On New Year’s Day @ 10:30 am. According to Luke’s Gospel, January 1 is the day on which Jesus received his name and was circumcised. Following this tradition, we will celebrate January 1 as Name of Jesus Sunday. Our liturgy begins with a blessing of our house of worship for the New Year, followed by a simple service with Holy Communion and plenty of singing.
WESTSIDE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION (7141 California SW):
New Year’s Day – Atonement Service
Sunday, January 1, 10:30 a.m. Rev Alex Holt
This first 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 2016 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.
CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING: 9 am-1 pm Saturday, January 7th, drop off your tree at Alki Masonic Center in The Junction. Sponsored by West Seattle Assembly #18 Order of Rainbow for Girls. (4736 40th SW)
CURBSIDE/TRANSFER STATION RECYCLING: Free through January 31st.
Let us know what you want to see in NEXT year’s guide, which we will launch by mid-November as usual, with daily updates throughout the season! Thank you!