West Seattle Holiday Guide 2015

The WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide is sponsored by Wyatt’s Jewelers in Westwood Village:

Updated 12/1/2015: 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 daily to add what’s new and remove what’s already happened.


DECEMBER 3, 10, 17: “Shop Late Thursdays” at participating Junction stores

DECEMBER 10: West Seattle Art Walk, 6-9 pm, see wsartwalk.com for venues and artists

DECEMBER 12: Coastal‘s “Give and Get” Sale when the Christmas Ships sail by Alki Beach–

-Bring in a clothing donation and pick a Gift from Coastal off the tree!
-Mia Melon all weather jackets trunk show
-Hot cider to take with you out to the beach and watch the caroling from the shore

(2352 Alki SW)


(Santa Brunches at Salty’s – scroll down for info in this section!)

THROUGH DECEMBER 20: Santa visits CAPERS in The Junction on Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas. Bring your own camera; cash donations accepted for the West Seattle Food Bank. (4525 California SW)

THROUGH DECEMBER 24: Santa at Westwood Village daily – info here.

DECEMBER 5: Santa photos for kids up to age 10 are part of the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle‘s 67th annual pancake breakfast, 7-11 am at Alki Masonic Hall. Tickets are $8 advance, $10 at the door, kids under 10 eat free. Buy advance tickets online or call Stephanie at 206-920-3900. **Bring unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots!!** (40th/Edmunds)

DECEMBER 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 24: Santa Brunches at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor). “During December, Santa is in the building and ready for his close-up with children of all ages. This year we are lucky to have ballerinas from Evergreen City Ballet joining Santa. Reservations are highly recommended at all locations.” 10 am-2 pm except on Christmas Eve, 11 am-2 pm. (1936 Harbor SW)

DECEMBER 10, 11, 12, 13, 19: Santa Al has a busy schedule around Puget Sound during the holidays; these are the dates and places to find him in West Seattle: “Santa will be walking around at the West Seattle Art Walk and Open Late Thursday the 10th from 5-9 pm. HomeStreet Bank (41st/Alaska) Friday the 11th from 3-6 PM; JF Henry (4445 California SW) December 12th, 11 am-2 pm. Then that night at the Menashe Family Lights (5605 Beach Drive SW) 6-10 pm, “Santa and a can for West Seattle Food Bank.” Sunday the 13th, Santa visits Three Little Birds (6959 California SW) from 11 am-2 pm. On the 19th at Tram’s Hair Salon (4110 California SW), 10 am-1 pm. At most stops, Santa is sponsored by the businesses and all photos that you take are free; a $5 photo is available at My Three Little Birds and JF Henry.

DECEMBER 11: HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) celebrates its two-year anniversary in West Seattle, featuring free photos with Santa (as mentioned above), a hot cocoa bar, warm apple cider, holiday treats, and more, 3-6 pm! Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the West Seattle Food Bank. (41st/Alaska)

DECEMBER 12: Santa Paws! Photo op for Santa and your pet(s). 10 am-1 pm, “Come in and get your photo taken with Santa, free professional photo with Santa, pets welcome! Saturday, December 12, from 10 am to 1 pm. Photography by Richard and Christina Figgins.” At Windermere West Seattle in The Junction. (4525 California SW)

DECEMBER 19: “Cartooning Santa” at Luna Park Café – 4-7 pm.

(2014 Cartooning Santa photo courtesy of Lindsay)
From the café: “Food and beverage specials; have our Santa draw a cartoon for your little one or get a Santa picture (bring your camera) All the Luna Elves are working hard to get everything decorated and prepared for a fun evening! Hope to see you all there!!!!” (2918 SW Avalon Way)

DECEMBER 20: Come to Santa’s House in The Junction, 10 am-2 pm. “Santa is coming to The Junction to listen your children’s Christmas requests. At ‘Santa’s House,’ you’ll find a festive tent to drop in for a hug and a smile. Bring your camera and capture your own special moment. Live music too. Meet at Key Bank.” (California/Alaska)

DECEMBER 24: You’ll find Santa visiting Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) at 10 am! (9261 45th SW)


(WSB photo from 2013 Duwamish Native Holiday Gift Fair)

DECEMBER 4: Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) open house @ Westwood Village, 10 am-6 pm. (2600 SW Barton)

DECEMBER 4-6: Brace Point Pottery‘s 18th annual Holiday Art Show and Sale. Festivities begin Friday, December 4th at 4:00 pm and continue on Saturday and Sunday, the 5th and 6th, from 10 am to 5 pm. This year Loren Lukens brings in four additional artists in an exhibition of pottery, wearables, jewelry and prints. A Seattle Sampling event. (4208 SW 100th)

DECEMBER 4-6: This year, Seattle Sampling is host to 5 studios and more than 20 artists in West Seattle alone. Event hours are Friday 12/4 from 4-9 pm and Saturday 12/5 and Sunday 12/6 from 10 am to 5 pm.

DECEMBER 4: Husky Deli‘s holiday open house, 6-8 pm. (4721 California SW)

DECEMBER 5: 6th annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show in the Social Hall at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation Social Hall, 10 am-4 pm. “You’ll find original and one-of a kind gifts: jewelry, knits felted hats, paintings (watercolor and other media), designer bags and accessories, greeting cards and stocking stuffers, edible holiday goodies, glass art, fiber art and more. Plus there are free refreshments and the event is free. Cash and checks only.” (7141 California SW)

DECEMBER 5: Open house at Fleurt: “Extended hours 10 am to 6 pm. Lucky door prizes handed out throughout the day along with appetizers and beverages. Spend $100 or more and get a free mini succulent or cactus. Enter to win a custom holiday wreath.” (4536 California SW)

DECEMBER 5: Kennedy Catholic High School Arts and Crafts Fair, 9 am-4 pm. Please join your Kennedy Catholic High School neighbors as they present their annual Arts and Crafts Fair. Enjoy holiday music, raffles and a delicious lunch. Shop from more than 140 high-quality vendors and artists presenting unique and one-of-a-kind items, a Holiday Bake Sale and more. This festive event is one not to be missed. John F. Kennedy Catholic High School Gymnasium and Cafeteria (140 South 140th St.)

DECEMBER 6: The 7th annual St. Nicholas Faire at First Lutheran Church of West Seattle (WSB sponsor) is being held to raise money for the West Seattle Food Bank and the West Seattle Helpline.

Every dollar that is contributed goes directly to these two great organizations, which provide so much assistance to members of the West Seattle community. We offer appetizers and spiced cider or mulled wine; silent auction of gift baskets featuring beer, wine, coffee, cocoa, kitchen items, games, puzzles, art activities, Seahawk & Mariner gear, baked goods, children’s books, etc, and gift cards from local merchants and restaurants. Plus a ring-toss game and wine tasting.

WHEN: Sunday, December 6, 2015, 4 pm-7 pm
WHERE: First Lutheran Church of West Seattle – lower level
DONATION: $5 per person with non-perishable food item or $15 per family with food donation for each member. If no food donation then $10 per person or $25 per family

(4105 California SW)

DECEMBER 8-9: Craft Bazaar by local artists and crafters at Admiral Bird, featuring LOCAL holiday shopping options. 5-8 pm. (California/Admiral)

DECEMBER 10: Craft Fair and Art Show at Lafayette Elementary, 5:30-7:30 pm. Students and adults selling homemade goods to the community. (California/Lander)

DECEMBER 10: West Seattle Art Walk, December/holiday edition, 6-9 pm. Check wsartwalk.com for artists/venues.

DECEMBER 11: HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) celebrates its two-year anniversary in West Seattle, featuring free photos with Santa (as mentioned above), a hot cocoa bar, warm apple cider, holiday treats, and more, 3-6 pm! Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the West Seattle Food Bank. (41st/Alaska)

DECEMBER 12-13: C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor) Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair:

A free event featuring unique, local arts and crafts.

Handmade jewelry, toys, clothing, prints , paintings, furniture and more

Saturday, Dec 12 from 9 am-3 pm

Sunday, Dec 13 from 8 am- 2 pm

(5612 California SW)

DECEMBER 12: South Park Arts’ “Art Under $100,” a holiday art sale and party. 2-8 pm, free entry; 1-2 pm, VIP hour with $20 ticket. Free parking. At Seattle Design Center’s Atrium. (5701 6th Ave S.)

DECEMBER 13: Open House and Deck the Walls, at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse, 2 pm-5 pm. “Who loves local art, easy holiday shopping, and a sparkling open house? Celebrate original art and shopping local with the annual Hotwire holiday open house. Holiday inspired food, sparkling drinks, giveaways, raffles and the crown of the event – Deck the Walls. Join Hotwire and co-host Todd D. Martin Lifestyle Designer as we present Deck the Walls, 2015. Shop local directly from the walls. All art will be priced under $50 and 100% of the proceeds goes directly to the artist. We’ll wrap it too, compliments of Furry Faces Foundation. Meet friends, enjoy some delish food, support local artists! It’s all happening at the open house.” (4410 California SW)


DECEMBER 4: Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish & School invites you to “Light Up the Night: An Evening of Caroling and Community,” with Christmas caroling, arts and crafts, cookies and hot cocoa, and of course, lights! “Please bring non-perishable food items to fill our sleigh and help our community.” 7 pm. (35th/Myrtle)

DECEMBER 5: West Seattle Junction Tree Lighting, 5-6 pm. “The Junction presents our 12th annual Tree Lighting \ Event. It’s a community event for family, friends and neighbors. It will be held in Junction Plaza Park. And this year, Alaska Street will be closed!” (42nd/Alaska)

(co-sponsored by WSB)

(2012 WSB photo)

SHOP LATE THURSDAYS: December 3, 10, 17. “Want an evening shopping alternative to stuffy malls? Many Junction retailers are open late on Thursdays. Pair with happy hour and you’ve got a great night out.”

JUNCTION HOLIDAY PARTY: December 5, 4-8 pm. “Stroll The Junction and discover a progressive party hosted by Junction businesses who will stay open late. You’ll find nibbles, drinks, games, and deals all wrapped up with holiday flair.”

JUNCTION TREE LIGHTING: December 5, 5-6 pm. “The Junction presents our 12th annual Tree Lighting Event. It’s a community event for family, friends and neighbors. It will be held in Junction Plaza Park at 42nd and Alaska. And this year, Alaska Street will be closed!”

COMMUNITY CAROLING, COCOA, AND COAT DRIVE: December 13, 10 am-2 pm. “Join the Junction Association and West Seattle Kiwanis at the Farmers Market for a taste of the holidays and several activities to enjoy. And to share warmth with those in need, we will collect coats, blankets and warm items.” (California/Alaska)

HOLIDAY ART WALK: December 10, 6-9 pm. “Take a walk on the wild side and find a truly unique gift. Explore art exhibits and trunk shows hosted by Junction businesses. And listen for Figgy Pudding Carolers…”

COME TO SANTA’S HOUSE: Sunday, December 20, 10 am-2 pm. “Santa is coming to The Junction to listen your children’s Christmas requests. At ‘Santa’s House,’ you’ll find a festive tent to drop in for a hug and a smile. Bring your camera and capture your own special moment. Live music too. Meet at Key Bank.” (California/Alaska)


DECEMBER 5 (but reserve your ticket ASAP): Christmas Tea at St. John’s. “A wonderful holiday event with fresh brewed teas, sweets, savories, entertainment, door prizes, silent auction, and raffle,” 2-5 pm.

Event ticket prices:
$15.00/seniors 70+
$10.00/children 10 and under

Raffle ticket prices: $1 for one, $5 for six. Enter for a chance to win a beautiful full/queen hand-made quilt.

At St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church – follow the link to contact the church for your ticket (3050 California SW)

DECEMBER 5: 3rd annual 12 Bars of Christmas West Seattle, 4 pm-1:30 am – more details on the official FB page. (Multiple locations)

DECEMBER 6: Gingerbread House Workshop at Alki UCC Kids’ Place, 1-2:30 pm. Price: $35 per family (up to 4 people).

Please join Alki Kids Place for the perfect way to sweeten your holiday season! Work together with your family to create a gingerbread masterpiece and leave all the preparation and clean up to us. We provide the pre-assembled houses, a giant candy buffet, and lots of icing, tasty treats and seasonal drinks all in a festive environment. Alki Kids Place cleans up the mess and you go home with some extra holiday cheer and a marvelous gingerbread creation to enjoy through the season. Come enjoy the sounds and scents of Christmas this holiday season while creating memories! Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Make this a holiday tradition with your family and friends for years to come.

Extra houses can be purchased for $25 but subject to availability. ****** Registration Deadline EXTENDED: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 ****** go here to sign up. More info?alkikidsplace@gmail.com (6115 SW Hinds)

DECEMBER 9: Gingerbread House Making at Delridge Community Center. 6-7 pm – more info here. (4501 Delridge Way SW)

DECEMBER 10: “Mix, Mingle, & Jingle” with the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, 5:30-8 pm party at the Sanctuary at Admiral. Buy your ticket online. (42nd SW & SW Lander)

DECEMBER 14-18: DIY Holiday Crafts for teens at Hiawatha Community Center, 2:30-4 pm each day. Details in our listing. (2700 California SW)

DECEMBER 14: Holiday Cookie Decorating Class for the whole family at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), 6 pm. Reservations required – get all the info here. (1936 Harbor SW)

DECEMBER 18: Winter Festival at High Point Community Center – celebrate holiday traditions from around the world, 5-7 pm. (6920 34th SW)

DECEMBER 19: Winter Fest at Southwest Teen Life Center, 7-10 pm, with dinner at 7, games and more at 8. (2801 SW Thistle)


DECEMBER 6: Admiral Sings Christmas! “West Seattle’s favorite family Christmas sing-along. Join the fun to sing everything from White Christmas to Silent Night to Frosty the Snowman!” 4 pm, Admiral Church; Come at 3:30 for a sumptuous chocolate buffet, yum! It’s FREE! See you there! (4320 SW Hill)

DECEMBER 6: South Seattle College Community Choir presents “WinterSong” Concert, 7:00 pm, Fauntleroy Church UCC, Bronwyn Edwards, Music Director with John Lehrack, Pianist/Conductor. Free admission. All are welcome. (9140 California SW)

DECEMBER 11: Bells of the Sound at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor): This year’s holiday concert is “Ring, Little Bells“! Come see and hear Puget Sound’s premier handbell ensemble at 7:30 pm – show and ticket details here. (3940 41st SW)

DECEMBER 11: The Steve Griggs Jazz Ensemble, featuring Steve Griggs, Milo Petersen, Susan Pascal, and Evan Flory-Barnes, will play Christmas and seasonal favorites, 7:30 pm. Come support the West Seattle Helpline and professional jazz in West Seattle, brought to you by the “Music with a Heart” concert series at Alki UCC. Free Will offering, $15-20 suggested; refreshments at intermission. (6115 SW Hinds)

DECEMBER 12, 13: Christmas Concert at Fauntleroy Church, 7:30 pm Saturday and 4 pm Sunday. Featuring the Fauntleroy Chancel Choir, Peace Lutheran Choir, and local instrumentalists. (9140 California SW)

DECEMBER 13: Seattle Metropolitan Singers “invite you to join us for our annual holiday concert at 3 pm. The concert will be held at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church. Admission is by free-will donation. For more information, go to our website www.seattlegleeclubs.org.” (3050 California SW)

DECEMBER 18: Northwest Boychoir‘s annual “Festival of Lessons and Carols” at Holy Rosary Church, 7:30 pm. More info, including ticketing, here. (42nd/Genesee)

DECEMBER 20: 7:30 pm, Seattle Girls Choir at Holy Rosary Church: Carmina Angelorum: songs for harp & treble voices. An evening concert of elegant music celebrating winter and the holiday season, featuring harpist Juliet Stratton and the young women of Prime Voci and Cantamus. Works by Benjamin Britten, Edward Elgar, and Paul Carey to be performed. Link for tickets from our website. $12 and $8 for senior/students. Also available at the door. (4210 SW Genesee)


DECEMBER 3-27: It’s a Wonderful Life” is the show this holiday season at ArtsWest in The Junction. Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 3 pm, no performances Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Buy tickets online here. (4711 California SW)

DECEMBER 4-13: Join Twelfth Night Productions this holiday season for “A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play.” Performances December 4, 5, 11, 12 at 7:30 pm and December 6 and 13 at 3:00 pm at Kenyon Hall. Buy your ticket(s) online at this Brown Paper Tickets link or an hour before showtime at the venue box office. (7904 35th SW)


(December 2010 Alki photo by David Hutchinson)

DECEMBER 9: Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship in West Seattle! 9:15-9:35 pm, Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), with Choir of the Sound on board

DECEMBER 12: Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship in West Seattle! 4:20-4:40 at Lowman Beach, 5:10-5:30 pm at Alki, with The Dickens Carolers on board. Alki Bathhouse is offering cookies and hot cider, 4-7 pm, for the occasion.


(Just part of the Menashe Family’s beloved display)

MENASHE FAMILY LIGHTS: The Menashe Family Lights are on, nightly! (5605 Beach Drive SW)

WEST SEATTLE LIGHTS: Light show synchronized to holiday music. Here’s our first 2015 clip:

Runs through New Year’s. Bring a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank or consider donating on the WSL website, where you’ll also find the full schedule — westseattlelights.com. (3908 SW Charlestown)

WEST SEATTLE YULETIDE: Light show synchronized to holiday music, running through New Year’s weekend, 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM and later on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We’ll also run longer on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.” Our first 2015 clip:

More info here. (On 38th SW between Genesee and Dakota)

Got lights? See lights? Let us know!


(Wreaths at 2014 Holy Rosary Tree Lot)

The trees have arrived!

WEST SEATTLE NURSERY: The nursery tweeted photos of its trees’ arrival a full week before Thanksgiving:

WSN is at California/Brandon.

HOLY ROSARY LOT: Holy Rosary Tree Lot, north of the school. Part of this lot’s proceeds benefit West Seattle Helpline, Hickman House (domestic-violence shelter), and West Seattle Food Bank. Open daily through December 13th. (41st/Dakota)

RITE-AID: The trees have arrived – spotted Wednesday, November 25th.

WEST SEATTLE PRODUCE: Trees have arrived – spotted Friday, November 27th.

JUNCTION TRUEVALUE Trees are in! (44th/Edmunds; WSB sponsor)

Other likely spots:

TONY’S MARKET (35th/Barton) … MCLENDON HARDWARE: (10210 16th SW) … … HOME DEPOT (Delridge/Orchard) … You can also expect to see trees at QFC stores. Let us know if you spot other locations – every year a new independent lot pops up somewhere unannounced until we (or you) see it! editor@westseattleblog.com or text 206-293-6302


CONTINUING TFN: What’s needed at the Clothing Closet at Chief Sealth IHS:

Chief Sealth International High School is thankful for the generosity of our community to keep our Clothing Closet stocked with clothing, school supplies and toiletries for our homeless students and other students in need.

We currently need these items:

*College-ruled composition books
*Graph paper composition books (5×5 quadrille preferred)
*Gloves & mittens
*Cold-weather scarves
*Men’s athletic and sweat pants — all sizes and gently used is great
*Men’s dress socks
*Men’s new or gently used blazers and suit jackets — all sizes but especially smaller sizes

Donations can be left at the front office. 2600 SW Thistle St

That’s during school days/hours – but if you want to find out about other ways of getting your donated items there, contact Lisalisalconley@hotmail.com.

CONTINUING THROUGH YEAR’S END: Donation drive for West Seattle Helpline, at Dave Newman State Farm Insurance (WSB sponsor): Drop off donations of clean clothes, coats, and shoes at Dave Newman’s office (3435 California SW) from now until the end of December. If you want to donate, but can’t get the item(s) to the donation location, pickup might be available – call 206-932-1878 to inquire.


AAA Washington is teaming with local charities, including Treehouse, New Horizons, and Sojourner Place, to provide an opportunity for those in need to have a fresh start to their day. AAA Washington’s eighth annual Soap for Hope donation drive to collect unused travel- and full-size toiletry items for local shelters, food banks and other charitable organizations goes through the end of the year. Want to be a part of supporting your local community? Scan your cabinets and gather items from your last trip, including unused and unopened hotel shampoos and soaps. Donations of new, full- and sample-size toiletry items such as conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes are accepted at all AAA stores in Washington and northern Idaho, including AAA West Seattle Store, located at 4734 42nd Avenue SW. All donations stay in the community where they are collected. More than 25 charities in Washington and northern Idaho benefit from the donations. For more information, including a list of recipient charities, visit www.aaa.com/SoapForHope


WestSide Baby’s annual JOY donation drive 2015 is taking place, collecting cash donations, diapers, clothing, and essential equipment to help keep local children in need safe, warm and dry. Get involved by donating new or lightly used goods, hosting a drive, or volunteering at one of WestSide Baby’s sites in White Center or the Central District. Most needed items are: Size 6 diapers, winter coats, wipes, shampoo/ baby wash, diaper cream, NEW underwear and socks, pajamas, clothing accepted goes up to size 12. Continuing throughout November and December. Various sites and drives are listed on the website, or you can donate goods at 10002 14th Ave SW in White Center.

CONTINUING THROUGH THE SEASON: “Brookdale Admiral Heights will be collecting food (and pet food) starting December 1st through the 19th for the West Seattle Food Bank. Drop-off donations are welcome anytime after December 1st until the 19th. On their wish list are protein foods, diapers (especially size 4,5,6), kid friendly items, baby food and formula, and toiletries.” (2326 California SW)

THROUGH DECEMBER 1: Causetown Shopping Extravaganza at The General Store Seattle (WSB sponsor):

We’re thrilled to announce The General Store Seattle’s Causetown Holiday Shopping Extravaganza! Simply mention Causetown when making a purchase, and The General Store Seattle will donate 5% of your purchase to ANY school or charity in the country you choose! Nonprofits can also schedule group fundraisers through our Causetown profile page. Get your holiday shopping done AND donate to your favorite charities at the same time!! Valid from Thanksgiving Day (November 26th) at 10 am until December 1st at 10 pm. All in-store and online sales qualify!

(3400 Harbor Ave. SW or online)

DECEMBER 5: Kiwanis Club of West Seattle‘s annual pancake breakfast, 7-11 am at Alki Masonic Hall. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis-sponsored youth programs in West Seattle (high school Key Clubs, Boy Scout Troop 284, Venture Crew & more) as well as the Kiwanis Children’s Cancer Program (to fund cancer research at Children’s Hospital). Santa photos for kids up to 10 years old! Tickets are $8 advance, $10 at the door, kids under 10 eat free. Buy advance tickets online or e-mail halcomb.kiwanis@gmail.com. **Bring unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots!!** (40th/Edmunds)

DECEMBER 5: Rotary Club of West Seattle‘s annual Children’s Shopping Spree, 5:30 am, Sears Southcenter. Sign up here to volunteer – and watch for coverage on WSB!



Thursday, December 24, 2015:
Christmas Eve

Liturgy of Lessons, Carols, & Holy Eucharist
11:00 pm Holy Eucharist, in the nave

Friday, December 25, 2015:
Christmas Day

Festival Liturgy & Holy Eucharist
10:30 am Holy Eucharist, in the nave

Saturday, December 26, 2015:
St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr

11:45 am Holy Eucharist, in the chapel

Sunday, December 27, 2015:
St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

8:00 am Holy Eucharist, in the chapel
10:30 am Holy Eucharist, in the nave *
8:00 pm Compline

Monday, December 28, 2015
The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

11:45 am Holy Eucharist, in the chapel

To end the 12 days of Christmas be sure to join us on –

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
The Day of Epiphany

9:30 am Matins, in the chapel
11:45 am Holy Eucharist, in the chapel
7:00 pm Vespers & Reserve Sacrament, in the chapel


Blue Holiday Service
Tuesday, December 15 at 7:30 pm.
Rev. Beatrice Hitchcock, Interim Minister, music by Tom Humphreys. 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. We will hear and share stories, prayers, readings, songs, and silence. The service will be followed by light refreshments and fellowship. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend.

Winter Solstice Celebration and Pageant and Child/Baby Blessing
Sunday, December 20, 10:30 a.m.
Dir. of Religious Exploration, Betsy Lowry, Crystal Zerfoss, and Music Director Bertram Gulhaugen. Join us for a vibrant multigenerational service created by and for all generations. Children and youth will present a pageant sharing the beautiful pagan traditions of winter solstice celebration and highlighting the gifts of this season of rich darkness and the anticipation of growing light. This service will explore the “spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions, which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature,” one of our Unitarian Universalist Sources (http://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/sources). The service will also include our annual child and baby blessing ceremony. For more information about this special ceremony please contact Rev. Beatrice (minister@wsuu.org) by Dec. 14.

Annual Christmas Eve Family Service
Thursday, December 24, 5 p.m.
Rev. Beatrice Hitchcock, Rev. Mark Newton, Dir. of Religious Exploration, Betsy Lowry, Crystal Zerfoss and Music Director, Bertram Gulhaugen. Join us for a family friendly Christmas Eve service of music and story-telling! We’ll sing carols and tell the traditional Christmas story, with costumes and help from our children and youth. We’ll end with a candy cane communion, and our tradition of glow lights and singing of Silent Night.

Annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Thursday, December 24, 9:00 p.m.
Rev. Beatrice Hitchcock, Rev. Mark Newton, along with our musicians led by Music Director Bertram Gulhaugen. This service will include singing carols, beautiful music, and special readings. Hear our choir and musicians, and readings from our interim minister and chaplain. We will end by singing Silent Night as we hold our individual candles and leave the sanctuary for a blessed Christmas.

New Year’s Eve Burning Bowl Service
Thursday, December 31, 7:00 p.m. Crystal Zerfoss, Seminarian. As the year draws to a close, we invite you to join in the long celebrated ceremony of the Burning Bowl; an opportunity to come together in community, to release the closing year, and to set intention and create open space to welcome the New Year. A spiritual ceremony involving fire as a cleansing ritual, this service incorporates letting go of the negative and unnecessary while clearing space for new possibilities in our lives. The burning bowl ceremony will be held in a quiet, contemplative setting encircled with music, readings, silence, and chanting. Everyone is welcome!


Christmas Eve Services
4 PM geared to children
7 PM with choir
11 PM candlelight & communion
All in the sanctuary


Christmas Eve Services
5 pm (children/family-friendly service)
8 pm (traditional candlelight service)
11 pm (traditional candlelight service with communion)


Christmas Eve — December 24, 5 PM
Everyone is invited, especially children and youth.

Christmas Eve — December 24, 10 PM
Come Early! Carol Sing begins at 9:45 PM

Christmas Morning — December 25, 10 AM
Communion and Carols

(Please e-mail us when your church has its schedule finalized – thanks!)


THE DATES: This year, the 8-night Festival of Lights begins at sundown December 6th.

DECEMBER 12: From Kol HaNeshamah:

Essayist, poet and award-winning storyteller Merna Ann Hecht will share an evening of Jewish stories taken from the treasure troves of both Eastern European and Sephardic tradition, Saturday evening, Dec. 12, beginning at 8 pm at West Seattle’s Kol HaNeshamah progressive reform synagogue community.

Listen to Hecht as she draws from Jewish tales of wisdom, stories of the great teaching rabbis and Hanukkah lore. This lively evening is slated for listeners ages nine to 99.

“In our digital age, storytelling transports us back to a slower, gentler time,” Hecht says. “The stories I will share are a celebration of the light and hope of Hanukkah, and speak to the love of storytelling that is woven into Jewish history and tradition.”

Hecht, the recipient of the 2008 National Storytelling Network Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling, is also the founder and co-director of the Stories of Arrival: Refugee and Immigrant Youth Voices Poetry project at Foster High School in Tukwila. She teaches creative writing, humanities and social justice courses for UW-Tacoma.

Hecht is part of an ongoing series of FRED or Fresh Relevant Educational and Dynamic talks at Kol HaNeshamah, 6115 SW Hinds in West Seattle. The talks feature members from the progressive synagogue who share topics or skills they have with the community. The suggested donation for the evening is $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. FRED Talks series is part of Kol HaNeshamah’s Annual Giving Campaign. KHN is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.

(6115 SW Hinds)


(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!

NOT-SO-SILENT-NIGHT PARADE: Check back for Highland Park Improvement Club‘s New Year’s Eve parade plan, usually starting with the Corner Bar at 6 pm.

Let us know what else you want to see listed here, and/or what’s missing! We’ll be adding to the page frequently, as the events come in

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