(Thanks to Wyatt’s Jewelers for sponsoring the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide!)
Updated for January 1, 2018: 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.
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)
THROUGH JANUARY 2: The Menashe Family Lights are the biggest and brightest display in West Seattle.
(WSB photo from first 2017 night, December 2)
Nightly through January 2nd (we confirmed the end date with the Menashes on 12/28/17). (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)
READER TIP – YOUTH-DESIGNED SHOW: “For the second year in a row, Sawyer Wolters, now 10 years old, has designed a magical light and sound show to spread Christmas cheer. Stop by 3414 41 Ave SW.”
MORE LIGHTS: From suggestions by readers, and spots we’ve seen – 30th SW between Barton and Roxbury! 40th between Charlestown and Hinds! Also, 61st SW north of Spokane. And see what we’ve featured already – scroll through our archive here.
(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!
FREE BUS RIDES ON NEW YEAR’S EVE: That’s what Metro will offer.
NOT-SO-SILENT-NIGHT PARADE AND CORNER BAR: At Highland Park Improvement Club:
Join us in our annual celebration of the New Year. We’ll be hosting a Masquerade Party, so come donning your best masks, disguises, or alter egos.
Not So Silent Night Parade – Assemble at 6 pm. We will head out into the neighborhood when everyone is ready. Bring your noisemakers, lights, umbrellas – whatever is necessary!
DJ Dr. Lehl & DJ Evan will provide us the tunes that take us to the main event.
The HPIC Hot Dog Stand will be open in the Courtyard, courtesy of Nickie Jostol!
McTuff will provide us with the life-sustaining music that will power us to and through the New Year from 9ish until late (1-130?)
RL Carroll will be here again for all your keepsake photos!
Beverages – Draft beer, wine, special cocktail and champagne! As always, we offer a wide assortment of non-alcoholic beverages as well. Please remember that no outside alcohol is allowed.
HPIC is on the northeast corner of 12th SW/SW Holden.
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 AT WHISKY WEST: West Seattle trio the Five Buck Band will be playing from 7 to 9:30. The Durable Goods band will play from 10 to midnight. (6451 California SW)
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: 9 pm-2 am, NEW YEAR’S EVE featuring THE YADA YADA BLUES BAND. Blow out 2017 with one of the most rippin’ shows in the entire city. Hardcore electric blues complete with champagne toast! $10. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT POGGIE TAVERN: With the Delridge Boys. (4717 California SW)
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE SKYLARK: 8 pm, $8 cover, 21+ – Dead Sonics, Hi Crime, New Felts. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT OUTWEST BAR: Dolly’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, 9 pm-2 am with complimentary champagne and balloon drop at midnight. (California/Brandon)
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.
RESTAURANTS THAT TOLD US THEY’D BE OPEN NEW YEAR’S DAY: Here’s the list.
NEW YEAR’S DAY PARK SCHEDULE CHANGES: See them here.
NEW YEAR’S DAY COFFEE: Official WSB coffee sponsor C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW) will be open New Year’s Day, 8 am-1 pm.
NEW YEAR’S DAY ALKI POLAR BEAR PLUNGE: 10 am on the beach across from Duke’s. Details here. (58th SW/Alki SW)
NEW YEAR’S DAY NIA CLASS: From the new Move2Center Studio:
A group of Nia teachers from what was formerly known as The Center for Movement & Healing are hosting a New Year’s Day class in our new space, Move2Center Studio, located at 3618 SW Alaska St in the lower level of the West Seattle Veterans building. That’s the red building with the cannon out front on Alaska Street. The entrance to the studio is on 37th Ave. SW.
Our celebration begins at 10 am and offers a terrific way to dance in the New Year with plenty of positive energy. Since Move2Center is new, we’re doing a drop in fee of $10 plus tax. Questions?
firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to sharing this auspicious morning with West Seattle!
CHRISTMAS-TREE RECYCLING: Here’s the city info on pickup/dropoff.
RAINBOW GIRLS TREE-RECYCLING EVENT: 9 am-1 pm January 6th at Masonic Center parking lot. Full details here. (4736 40th SW)
RECYCLING CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Drop them off at McLendon Hardware – nearest store is in White Center. (10210 16th SW)
OTHER POST-HOLIDAY RECYCLING INFO: Find it here.
Here are the final dates/times/services for churches that sent us their holiday-season schedules. You’re invited to send yours next year! – email@example.com – thank you!
TIBBETTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (3940 41st SW; WSB sponsor)
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.
FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH OF WEST SEATTLE (4105 California SW)
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
Let us know what else you want to see listed here, and/or what’s missing!