West Seattle Holiday Guide
**NOTE: AS OF NEW YEAR’S DAY 2013, THIS PAGE IS NO LONGER BEING UPDATED – UNTIL THE NEXT HOLIDAY SEASON APPROACHES. WE WILL HAVE A SEPARATE PAGE FOR SPRING HOLIDAYS, AND THEN THE FALL/WINTER HOLIDAY INFO WILL BE HERE STARTING IN NOVEMBER 2013. Please go here for our year-round event calendar. Thank you!**
Updated 12/30/2012: We’re continually updating this guide … until New Year’s Day is over. If you notice a holiday event/note missing, please PLEASE let us know so we can add it ASAP!
(1/1/12 Needle fireworks, photographed by David Hutchinson)
MIDNIGHT FIREWORKS: Visible from any place in West Seattle where you can see the Space Needle!
SPECIAL NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNERS: We’ve heard from La Romanza Italian Bistro (WSB sponsor) in The Junction – “New Year’s Eve we will have a special NYE Menu as well as our live jazz and special musical guests. Reservations encouraged.” … Fresh Bistro (WSB sponsor) has a special menu too – see it here … So does Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) – see it here … Feedback Lounge has a special dinner too, with details and menu on the FL website … Check with venues for reservations ASAP (if you can’t find contact info, check the WSB Restaurant Guide); we’ll add more dinner details as we get them.
LABYRINTH WALK: The Hall at Fauntleroy invites anyone interested to walk the labyrinth on New Year’s Eve, 6 to 8 pm, in the Vashon Room. Enter through the lower-level door off the parking lot (west side of the schoolhouse). Optional donation, benefiting Fauntleroy Schoolhouse capital campaign. More info here.
NOT-SO-SILENT NIGHT: The annual New Year’s Eve parade from the Highland Park Improvement Club, through nearby neighborhoods, is back this year. 6 pm at HPIC (12/Holden) – and a special New Year’s Eve edition of the Corner Bar, too, at 7 pm.
ENJOY NEW YEAR’S EVE/NEW YEAR’S DAY WITH A WALK!
Celebrate the end of 2012 and the start of 2013 with healthy, scenic walks in West Seattle – ideal for families and friends. Walks will 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 in West Seattle. There will be different 5 and 10 kilometer routes each day. No charge for the walks, which are noncompetitive.
The New Year’s Eve 5 kilometer route winds through the holiday lights in the Admiral neighborhood, and features the beautiful view of the City from the Hamilton viewpoint. The 10 kilometer route will head down to Alki and feature the lights around Puget Sound and downtown Seattle.
On New Year’s Day, both the 5 and 10 kilometer routes take walkers through the Alaska Junction. 5K walkers will wander back to the start through quiet neighborhoods. 10K walkers will continue down to the Puget Sound shoreline, and proceed north thru a number of parks and shoreline features.
This event is sponsored by the Emerald City Wanderers and is sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association. Information about volkswalking will be available at the start.
Info: Mike at email@example.com or 206-935-3225.
NEW YEAR’S EVE BURLESQUE AT SKYLARK:
Let’s ring in the new year with sparkly sexy burlesque!!
New Year’s Eve at the Skylark is always an amazing night and we hope you can join us this year. This year will be the start of our THIRD year at the Skylark! Come and party with us on our dual celebration!
Show up at 9 for DJ music
10 pm Burlesque and we’ll rock until midnight!
Midnight complimentary Champagne Toast.
Whisper De Corvo
Sailor St. CLaire
Scandal From Bohemia
12 at the door
Show up early seats sell out fast on New Year’s Eve!
MAC’S TRIANGLE PUB: Special event – details:
PCM Musiq Productions presents Karaoke on New Year’s Eve!
Puttin’ on the Glitz:
Dressing up and singing in the New Year!
Join us for the Midnight champagne toast and party favors!
New Year’s Eve, Dec 31st, 2012
9pm to close. No cover!
Mac’s Triangle Pub, 9454 Delridge Way SW
ANGELINA’S NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH: 10 pm. From the Facebook event page:
Come out, strut your stuff and bring in the new year in style with your always friendly and fun Angelina’s family!! We will be doing a black and silver/disco theme this year!!! Drink specials, champagne toast at midnight, karaoke and dancing all night long!!! Don’t settle for the rest, come party with the best!!!
NEW YEAR’S EVE FREE ZUMBA PARTY AND CRUSH BOOTCAMP: 24 Hour Fitness in Westwood Village invites you to a free Zumba party 10:30 pm-midnight with Zumba instructors Patricia & Mary. Doors open @ 10 pm. and “Midnight Madness CRUSH Bootcamp (in the dark with glow sticks) led by Glenn in the GX room between 10:30pm – midnight. There will be prizes and sparkling apple cider to toast in the New Year.” (24 Hour Fitness is on the breezeway that runs from the standalone Starbucks to Eats Market Café and Bed Bath Beyond – parking on either side.)
TALARICO’S: A-board out front promises champagne toast at midnight.
POGGIE TAVERN: Music-lineup sheet on window says The Bullets are playing.
POLAR BEAR SWIM ON ALKI: It’s on again! As announced by Mark Ufkes:
The annual West Seattle Polar Bear swim starts at 10 am sharp on January 1 each year. It is a great way to wash away the complexities of the previous year, and celebrate the unlimited potential that awaits each of us in the new year. Year after year, Polar Bear swimmers declare that this ritual creates a sense of renewal, and helps make the new year stronger and more positive.
On January 1, 2013, West Seattle will attempt to reach 1,000 swimmers participating in a Seattle-area January 1 Polar Bear swim. We meet at Alki Beach across from Duke’s and Christo’s restaurants on Alki. Last January, we had about 325 swimmers on January 1, 2012. Swimmers gather at 9:45 am, fan out into a long line along our beautiful Alki beach, hold hands, and then, with a loud cheer, run together into Puget Sound sharply at 10:00 am. Swimmers should bring a towel, good water shoes and dry clothes to change into. Traditionally, Duke’s restaurant generously provides free clam chowder and local families bring hot chocolate for the crowd. Afterwards, Alki beach is full of hundreds of smiling swimmers and their families and friends. Come join the fun. Do the West Seattle Polar Bear swim. You will have a great time!
NEW YEAR’S DAY AT CENTER STUDIO:
Join us New Year’s Day for our Intention Practice to Welcome 2013. We will start by doing postures that allow us to “let go” of anything we are holding that is no longer useful to us. We can then move into “opening” postures to create space for our full potential in 2013. The class will be 1.5 hours of yoga with 30 minutes of pranayama and relaxation. All Levels Welcome! Get ready to experience the joy and revelation of your truest intentions and live the year in abundance!
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Instructor: Shana Hageman
Sign-up online at www.whitecenterstudio.com and follow the links under Workshops.
FREE NEW YEAR’S DAY QIGONG/TAI CHI: In Fauntleroy:
You are invited to join Wise Orchid Martial Arts for a Free Qigong and Tai Chi Class to ring in the New Year!
When: Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 9 am – 10 am
Where: Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California Ave SW, West Seattle (off of Director St. at the Seattle Civic Dance)
For more information about this or other classes: 206-321-0613 or www.wise-orchid.com
Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/458403477553451
NEW YEAR’S EVE/DAY RESTAURANTS: Here’s the list
NEW YEAR’S EVE/DAY SUPERMARKET HOURS: Our list is here.
NEW YEAR’S EVE/DAY COFFEE-SHOP HOURS: Our list is here.
WEST SEATTLE LIGHTS/HELMSTETLER SPECTACULAR: Nightly on SW Charlestown near 39th, across from the water tower, with full schedule information at westseattlelights.com. Bring a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank (or donate to WS Food Bank and/or NW Parkinson’s Foundation online). Listen to the soundtrack at 101.9 FM while you’re near the house! (Above, our video preview, recorded on November 19) – Also note, special event Christmas Eve, with free hot chocolate – see the website (same one linked above with schedule info)
(Menashe lights on their first 2012 night, 11/30)
MENASHE FAMILY DISPLAY ON BEACH DRIVE: Now lit! 5600 block Beach Drive.
Here’s our story.
CHRISTMAS LIGHT MAP!
View West Seattle Christmas lights, 2012 in a larger map
Got lights? See lights? Let us know!
AT LA ROMANZA BISTRO: Christmas Tea Saturday and Sundays, through January 6th. (More info and reservations, here.) Christmas Wine Dinner with Siren Song Wines and special musical guests Sunday Dec 9th at 6:30pm. Space is limited. To see menu and make a reservation, go here.
City residents who subscribe to curbside food and yard waste collection can put their Christmas trees and holiday greens out on their regular collection day at no extra charge, from Dec. 26, 2012 to Jan. 13, 2013.
Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge during this time.
Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.
Trees that are flocked and/or have tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. Customers will need to cut the tree into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Each unit of extra garbage costs $8.60. Plastic trees are not recyclable.
Seattle residents can also drop off their holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ North and South Recycling and Disposal stations between Dec. 26, 2012 and Jan. 13, 2013. The tree sections must be cut to eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. The limit is three trees per vehicle. Only trees and wreaths without flocking or decoration may be disposed free of charge.
The City of Seattle’s North Recycling and Disposal Station in the Fremont/Wallingford area and the South Recycling and Disposal Station in the South Park area will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, and New Year’s Day, January 1. The North Recycling and Disposal Station is located at 1350 North 34th Street. The South Recycling and Disposal Station is located at 8105 5th Ave South. The stations are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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