West Seattle Holiday Guide 2014

The WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide is sponsored by Wyatt’s Jewelers

Updated for 12/20/2014: Holiday event or venue missing? Please let us know so we can add it ASAP!

HANUKKAH

THE DATES: 5th night of the Festival of Lights, December 20th.

CHRISTMAS EVE/DAY

We are putting together our lists of restaurant/grocery/coffee hours – for church services, scroll down this page to see what we already have listed. More Christmas Eve/Day info to come this weekend. Info for us to include? E-mail editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

GIFT WRAPPING

DECEMBER 20-24: Furry Faces Foundation will “Wrap It Up” again!

Dec 20th, Beer Junction, 2 – 6 pm
Dec 21st, Pit Stop Bottle Shop (Burien), 3 pm – 8 pm
Dec 23rd, Pit Stop Bottle Shop (Burien), 5 pm – 9 pm
Dec 24th, Beveridge Place Pub, 2 p – 7 pm

It’s a nonprofit fundraiser and they’re still welcoming volunteers – details are in this post in the WSB Forum.

HOLIDAY BAZAARS, BUSINESS OPEN HOUSES

(WSB photo from Hotwire’s ‘Deck the Walls’)

THROUGH DECEMBER 31: 4th Annual “Deck the Walls” at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor): “The Hotwire Deck the Walls is a month-long event where customers can purchase art (priced $50 or under) right off the walls. It’s a great way to buy original pieces of art from local (and very talented artists). This year, we’re pleased to present art by: Wyn Bielaska, Todd D. Martin Lifestyle Designer, Babs Fulton, Linda Goddard McClamrock, Tina Routt.” (4410 California SW)

HOLIDAY PHOTOS WITH SANTA (ETC.)

(Santa Claus in his inaugural West Seattle appearance of 2014, 11/28 at Endolyne Joe’s)

THROUGH DECEMBER 24: Santa at Westwood Villageinfo here.

DECEMBER 20: Santa is at Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) Saturday, December 20, from 11-2 for DIY images; donations are going to Wild Steelhead Coalition. (42nd/Oregon)

DECEMBER 20-21: DIY Santa Photos at CAPERS in The Junction, with “ex-Westwood Santa.” Bring cameras/phones, kids/friends, and a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank. Saturdays and Sundays, noon-3 pm. (4525 California SW)

DECEMBER 20: Cocoa Cris Cringle at Easy Street in The Junction, as tweeted:


(California/Alaska)

DECEMBER 20: Santa Al will be at Tram’s Salon (4110 California SW), 10 am-1 pm on the 20th; and at the Menashe Family Lights (5605 Beach Drive SW) 6-10 pm on December 20th, bring a can for WS Food Bank.

DECEMBER 21: DIY Santa photos (bring your camera!) at southwest corner of California/Alaska in The Junction as part of West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays, 10 am-2 pm.

DECEMBER 21-22: Santa at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) – 11 am-3 pm on Sunday, 3 pm-7 pm on Monday. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)

HOLIDAY LIGHTS

NIGHTLY THROUGH DECEMBER 31: Any night’s the right night to enjoy this year’s West Seattle Lights/Helmstetler Family Spectacular. See the season’s full schedule here. Find the music-synchronized display at 3908 SW Charlestown; bring food to donate to the West Seattle Food Bank.

WEST SEATTLE YULETIDE: This year, Olaf the Snowman has joined the West Seattle Yuletide holiday light show, synchronized to music you can hear on your car radio at 101.9 FM. Located on 38th Ave SW halfway between Genesee and Dakota Streets. Nightly through the Sunday after New Year’s (January 4th). The shows begin shortly after dark, at about 5 pm, and run until about 10 pm on weeknights and until 11 pm Friday and Saturday nights. Later on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. More info at westseattleyuletide.blogspot.com

And of course …

MENASHE FAMILY LIGHTS … They’re on! Our photo above is from the first night (11/30). Don’t forget to bring that letter to Santa! And see him there on December 20th – see Santa listings above. (5605 Beach Drive SW)

Got lights to tell the rest of your West Seattle neighbors about? See lights others would want to go admire? Please let us know!

JUNCTION HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS EVENTS (co-sponsored by WSB)

(2014 Junction Christmas Tree)

(Junction Santa: 2012 WSB photo)
DECEMBER 21: Santa Meet and Greet in The Junction, 10 am-2 pm. Bring your own camera. 12/21 is at Santa’s House on the southwest corner of California/Alaska.

CELEBRATIONS, EVENTS, ETC.

DECEMBER 20: Santa Pub Crawl (per poster seen in Junction), put on your Santa suit and join in – starts 5 pm at Coastline (4444 California SW), on to Shadowland (California/Oregon) at 6, and more stops beyond. More info on this Facebook event page.

DECEMBER 21: 5:30 pm – “It’s that time of year again!! Come join us at West Seattle Runner for our 5th Annual Christmas Light Run. Get decked out in your antlers and Santa hats, bring your elves and do a leisurely 2-3 mile run/walk to view the Christmas lights of West Seattle. As always we will end at the Helmstetler Hacienda for the big extravaganza! Feel free to bring a canned food item for donation. We will serve Christmas cookies (probably not homemade) and hot chocolate and cider afterward. Remember to wear lights to see the sidewalks and reflective gear so that cars can see you. We think battery-operated Christmas light strands do quite nicely for this purpose. Merry Christmas!!” (California/Charlestown)

HOLIDAY PLAYS AND OTHER PERFORMANCES, MOVIES

THROUGH DECEMBER 28: Judy’s Scary Little Christmas” is the show this holiday season at ArtsWest in The Junction. Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 3 pm, Christmas Eve show at 5 pm, no Christmas Day show. Buy tickets online here. (4711 California SW)

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES/DONATION DRIVES/BENEFITS

HICKMAN HOUSE GIVING TREE AT CAPERS: CAPERS in The Junction shares the photo above and this update:

This is the last weekend to bring in gifts for the Hickman House Giving Tree at CAPERS. Gifts collected benefit women and children who are survivors of domestic violence and living in West Seattle. If you can’t stop by to choose a wish from the tree you can bring in gift cards to area shops/groceries/restaurants. Remember these are families beginning anew so they can use all household goods and some fun treats too. CAPERS IS OPEN DAILY THROUGH 12/24.

DAILY: Soap for Hope at AAA West Seattle (WSB sponsor) – collecting toiletries/personal-care items for those in need, either sample sizes or regular sizes; bring donations to the storefront during business hours – full details here. (4734 42nd SW)

COLLECTING WARM CLOTHES: That’s State Farm agent Dave Newman (longtime WSB sponsor) standing next to two bins that he and his staff hope you will fill with warm clothes for West Seattle Helpline. Their collection drive is continuing until the last day of the year. You can drop off donations at their office, 3435 California SW (map), 9 am-5 pm Mondays-Fridays (9 am-noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve)

CAN YOU SPARE SOME TIME? Are you available on a weekday morning? The White Center Food Bank needs volunteers for a distribution to hand out holiday food Monday, December 22 from 9 am to 12:30 pm. Setup time is included in the shift. We expect to see 125 families each of these times. Contact Audrey Zemke at audrey@whitecenterfoodbank.org or (206) 762-2848.

DAILY THROUGH DECEMBER 23RD: Pet Giving Tree at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), sponsored by Hotwire and Furry Faces Foundation: “Help the kind folks at Furry Faces Foundation with gifts and food for the pets this holiday season. Drop by Hotwire between now and December 22nd to pick up a tag from the pet holiday tree. Simply bring the tag and gift (can be wrapped or unwrapped) to Hotwire by December 23rd. All gifts are distributed to local pets in need. Make it a happy holiday for the four-legged West Seattle friends.” (4410 California SW)

SHOPPING NOTES

THUNDER ROAD GUITARS (WSB sponsor): Normal hours Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Open for holiday shopping Sunday 12/21, 12-5, and Monday 12/22, 11-5. Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Proprietor Frank Gross says, “For the first year since opening we will be offering great beginner instruments priced between $79-$199 for the aspiring rocker. We are also completely stocked on our normal selection of high-end vintage and modern guitars and amplifiers.” thunderroadguitars.com (3916 California SW)

STRAIGHT BLAST GYM OF SEATTLE (WSB sponsor): Online shopping, local benefits! “Straight Blast Gym is offering different web specials for intro classes in our programs. Try 3 introductory classes and a free shirt for $29.95 in Boxing, Brazilian Jiujitsu, or Fitness (women’s only or co-ed). We are also offering four weeks of kids classes for a $69.95 special! Kick start that New Year’s Resolution now! You don’t even have to leave your house to purchase these specials, just visit www.sbgseattle.com.”

CAMP CROCKETT (WSB sponsor): Offering some sweet deals on our packages. 1 week free with every 20-day package, $150 savings; 3 days free with every 15-day package, $90 savings; and 1 day free with every 10-day package, $30 savings. campcrockett.com (5611 Delridge Way SW)

CLICK! DESIGN THAT FITS (WSB sponsor): Keep an eye on the Click! blog to see what’s up this season. (4540 California SW)

CURIOUS KIDSTUFF (WSB sponsor): Toys in The Junction! (4740 California SW)

WYATT’S JEWELERS (WSB sponsor): Holiday hours Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 am-6 pm, Sundays in December, noon-4 pm, wyattsjewelers.com

MOUNTAIN TO SOUND OUTFITTERS: Celebrating 5th anniversary this holiday season. m2soutfitters.com (3602 SW Alaska)

ATOMIC BOYS: The retro toy/candy store in The Admiral District has special holiday hours – Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sunday 12/21, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; Christmas Eve, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

WEST SEATTLE FABRIC COMPANY: “West Seattle Fabric Company has debuted a new line of Gifts & Goods. (2210 California SW)

THE BEER JUNCTION: Holiday hours:

Christmas Eve (Wednesday, December 24th) – Open 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Christmas – Closed
New Year’s Eve (Wednesday, December 31) – extended hours – open until 12:30 a.m.
New Years Day (Thursday, January 1) – Closed

thebeerjunction.com (4511 California SW)

HOLIDAY CHURCH SCHEDULES

TIBBETTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (WSB sponsor), 3940 41st SW
December 21, 7 pm – Longest Night Service – for those for whom the holidays are hard for whatever reason
December 24, 5 pm – Family Christmas Eve Service
December 24, 8 pm – Celtic Christmas Eve Service, complete with bagpipes and liturgies from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales

December 28, 10 am – House of Bread Service – carols and stories and a surprise in the middle

(added 12/20) Important News – The heating system at Tibbetts failed and awaits a new part, so the church will be without central heat for the next few weeks. During this holy time of Advent we will use space heaters where practical and urge everyone to dress warmly. Feel free to bring blankets and we will use the warmth of our faith & friendship to carry us through. We hope to see you at many or all of the Advent and Christmas celebrations this year!

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ALL SOULS (WSB sponsor), at Madison MS, 45th/Spokane
Christmas Lessons + Carols Service
Sunday, December 21, 10 am
*Celebrate Christmas and the hope it brings, as we tell and sing the story of Christ’s birth. All are welcome, come as you are, invite a friend!

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EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, 3050 California SW

*Christmas Eve, December 24, 5 PM* — Children’s Christmas Pageant and Holy Eucharist – A service for everyone

*Christmas Eve, December 24, 10 PM* — Holy Eucharist with incense. Carol sing begins at 9:45PM

*Christmas Day, December 25, 10 AM* — Holy Eucharist with carols. Reception in the narthex follows.

*First Sunday after Christmas, December 28* — 8:00 AM & 10:15 AM, Holy Eucharist

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WESTSIDE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION, 7141 California SW

Sunday, December 21, 10:30 – 11:45 am, Season of Renewal: Multigenerational Service
In this service designed for and offered by members of all ages, we will be guided to experience this season as a time for renewal of our commitment to the principles that form a foundation for our faith.

Wednesday, December 24, 5:00 – 6:30 pm, Christmas Eve Family Service
Join us for a family friendly Christmas Eve of music and story- telling.

Wednesday, December 24, 9:00-10:30 pm, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
(Community Carol Singing begins at 8:45 pm), Join us for this traditional service of carols and readings. We conclude with our annual singing of Silent Night by candlelight.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 7:00 – 8:00 pm New Year’s Eve – Burning Bowl Ceremony
Ceremonies that involve fire as a cleansing ritual go back to ancient times. The service will include music, readings, prayers, singing, and the burning bowl ceremony.

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FAUNTLEROY UCC CHURCH, 9140 California SW
Christmas Eve services, December 24
4 pm geared to children
7 pm with choir & candles
11 pm candlelight & communion
All in the sanctuary

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PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 39th/Thistle
*Our 5 pm Family Service on Christmas Eve is geared toward families with children. It will include the singing of carols and a telling of the Christmas story with the participation of the children who are present. The service is less than an hour long.
*Our 10 pm Service on Christmas Eve will be a traditional Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion. Guest Harpist Mary Frank will add special music, along with the Peace Choir.

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OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 35th/Myrtle
Simbang Gabi Mass (traditional Filipino dinner following), 5:30 pm December 20th
Christmas Eve Children’s Mass, 4 pm December 24th
Christmas Eve Traditional Mass, 10 pm December 24th
Christmas Day Mass, 10 am December 25th

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BETHANY COMMUNITY CHURCH/WEST SEATTLE, 6920 34th SW (High Point CC)
Christmas Eve Celebration & Service | Dec. 24, 4-6pm*

- *”JOLLY GOOD TIME” 4:00 pm *– Jazz combo (“Gingerbread Manifesto”), refreshments, family activities and heart-warming Christmas Eve fellowship.
- *FAMILY WORSHIP 5:00 pm *– Readings, carols, and a message to celebrate God moving into our lives and neighborhood in Jesus Christ.

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HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 42nd/Oregon
Christmas Eve/Day services:
December 24, 6:00 PM – Contemporary Christmas Eve service (more contemporary music, perfect for all ages)
December 24, 11:00 PM – Traditional Christmas Eve service (more traditional music with communion)
December 25, 10:30 AM – Traditional Christmas Day service

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HOLY ROSARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, 42nd/Genesee
December 20: Simbang Gabi Mass & Potluck following 5 pm Mass
December 22: Morning Advent Penance Service, 9:30 am
December 24: Christmas Eve Masses at 4 pm, 7:30 pm, 10 pm
December 25: Christmas Day Mass at 9 am

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ALKI UCC CHURCH, 62nd/Hinds
Wednesday, December 24th
Christmas Eve Family Service, 5 pm
*This service is designed specifically for families with young children. Pastor Diane will tell the story of Jesus’ birth (with the children’s help), we’ll sing some carols, and we end the service singing “Silent Night” by candlelight in a circle.

Christmas Eve Service, 10 pm
*Our more “traditional” Christmas Eve service with choir, guest instrumentalists, Christmas carols and a closing circle in the dark as we light up the sanctuary with candlelight and sing “Silent Night.” Children are welcome to join us but child care is not provided for this service.

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WEST SIDE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 3601 California SW
Christmas Eve Services

5:00 pm – a special “children-friendly/family-friendly” Christmas Eve Service. This service is short and interesting enough to keep the children’s attention, but all ages are welcome. After the service, there will be cookies and cider.

8:00 pm – a traditional candlelight service of lessons and carols. It will be a shorter service without communion. Families are most welcome. Cookies and cider will follow the service.

11:00 pm –our traditional candlelight service that climaxes with a celebration of communion at midnight. We conclude by candlelight, joining our voices and our hearts in the singing of Silent Night, Holy Night.

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SHOREWOOD FOURSQUARE CHURCH, 10300 28th SW
Wednesday, December 24th
Christmas Eve candlelight service, 7 pm

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GRACE CHURCH, 10323 28th SW
Wednesday, December 24th
Family Christmas Eve service, 5 pm – candles, carols, children’s voices. “Everyone is invited to join us. There is plenty of parking.”

(Please e-mail us info for any church not mentioned here – if we get it, we’ll add it! – thank you)

CHRISTMAS TREE LOTS / WREATHS, GREENERY

WEST SEATTLE NURSERY: Find your “gluten-free, non-GMO” (don’t miss the marquee) tree at West Seattle Nursery. They ask for a voluntary $5 donation to West Seattle Helpline for tree delivery, and match it. (California/Brandon)

TONY’S MARKET: Trees cut as recently as December 12th! (35th/Barton)

MCLENDON HARDWARE: Sold out, as of December 17th.

TREES ALSO AT … Junction TrueValue (WSB sponsor), West Seattle Landscape, Home Depot, Rite-Aid stores, QFC stores, on Alki SW next to Coastal … West Seattle Produce


(First day of Pathfinder wreath sales, Sunday 11/30)

WREATHS/GREENERY ALSO SPOTTED ATWest Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), West Seattle Farmers’ Market (Alm Hill Gardens booth) … anyone else? let us know!

NEW YEAR’S EVE AND DAY

(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!

CORNER BAR AND NOT-SO-SILENT-NIGHT PARADE: Stay tuned for details about the annual New Year’s Eve celebration at and around Highland Park Improvement Club. (12th/Holden)

NEW YEAR’S EVE/DAY WALKS: The official announcement:

Walk with us to bid adieu to 2014 and welcome 2015! It’s a great way to enjoy New Year’s Eve and Day, walking 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 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 (California/Hanford). 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 features beautiful views. 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! We’ll be adding to the page frequently, as the events come in

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