West Seattle Holiday Events and Info

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Updated 12/29/2013: Holiday event or venue missing? Let us know so we can add it ASAP! We update the guide daily to remove events/info whose time has passed…


(1/1/13 Needle fireworks, photographed by David Hutchinson)
MIDNIGHT FIREWORKS: Visible from any place in West Seattle where you can see the Space Needle!

NOT-SO-SILENT NIGHT/NY’S EVE CORNER BAR: The annual New Year’s Eve parade from the Highland Park Improvement Club, through nearby neighborhoods, starts at 6:30 pm (might be sooner – gather at 6 pm in the parking lot).

The parade is followed by the Sage Comet fire performance in the parking lot around 7, then that’s followed at 7:30 pm by the New Year’s Eve edition of HPIC’s popular Corner Bar, with Choroloco performing Brazilian jazz 8-10 pm, and DJ Rich & DJ Evan starting around 10 and continuing into 2014. (12th/Holden)

LOW-LOW TIDE: -2.9 feet just before 10 pm, according to our favorite tide chart.

MORE NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTIES: We’re linking them from our calendar‘s December 31st page for now; click on any individual line to get more info. And keep sending word of what your lounge/bar/restaurant/club/etc. is up to, if it’s open to the public!

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT OUTWEST BAR: “A ‘White Party’! We’ll have a Video DJ, White Winter Jello Shots, a hosted Champagne Toast at midnight and a special guest vocalist to sing Auld Lang Syne.” (5401 California SW)

NEW YEAR’S DAY POLAR BEAR SWIM ON ALKI: 10 am sharp, across from Duke’s (get there early!) – details in our preview published December 22nd.

NEW YEAR’S EVE/NEW YEAR’S DAY WALKS: From Emerald City Wanderers:

Walk with us to celebrate the end of 2013 and the start of 2014! It’s a fun and healthy 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 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 features beautiful views of the City. The 10-kilometer route 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 the Alaska Junction. 5K walkers wander back to the start through quiet neighborhoods. 10K walkers 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.

Meet at the St. John’s parking lot, adjacent to the West Seattle High School lot at 3000 California, just north of California/Hanford.


First, the map:

View West Seattle Christmas lights, 2013 in a larger map

(Helmstetler home, November 2013 WSB photo)

WEST SEATTLE LIGHTS / HELMSTETLER FAMILY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR: This synched-to-music show continues nightly through New Year’s Eve. Here’s our coverage of opening night (with video); find the show schedule here; find the directions to 3908 SW Charlestown here.

MENASHE FAMILY LIGHTS: They’re now officially on! Here’s our opening-night coverage. (5605 Beach Drive SW)

38TH AVENUE LIGHT SHOW: Received via e-mail: “We’re only about 3 or 4 blocks south of the Helmstetler Family Christmas Spectacular – over 5,000 lights controlled by computer through over 2,700 channels set to music. We have scheduled two shows of about 25 minutes running on the hour and half hour from 5:30PM – 9:00PM Sunday through Thursday, 5:30PM – 10:00PM Friday and Saturday and will run until about midnight on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.” (4120 38th SW, between Genesee and Dakota)

HOLIDAY LIGHTS FEATURED ON WSB: We’ve been featuring local homes nightly; see them archived here (newest to oldest).

Got lights? See lights? Let us know!


THROUGH DECEMBER 29: Little Women: The Broadway Musical” is the show this holiday season at ArtsWest in The Junction. Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 3 pm, Saturday Matinees – Dec. 14 & 21st at 3 pm (an optional event tea can be added to the Saturday matinees). Buy tickets online here. (4711 California SW)


THROUGH DECEMBER 31st: PCC Natural Markets-West Seattle (WSB sponsor) says: “Everyone deserves good food during the holidays. PCC is collecting contributions for our 10 local food bank partners this December, which will be used to purchase quality bulk foods at wholesale prices. To make a donation, visit your local PCC and look for our colorful displays near the registers; choose your donation amount and have the cashier ring it up for you. You’ll be surprised how much bulk food you can purchase with the amount you donate!”

PET GIVING TREE AT HOTWIRE: With Furry Faces Foundation, Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) again has its annual giving tree throughout December:

(4410 California SW)

SHANTI’S FOOD BANK DRIVE: “It is the season of giving at Shanti Salon & Spa! This year we have partnered with the West Seattle Food Bank to give back to our community. We are hosting a food drive all month long. Please bring non-perishable items to donate to the food bank. You will receive $5 off any service when you make a donation.”

HOLIDAY GIFTS TO SUPPORT NATURE CONSORTIUM: Check out the “Holiday Market” on the NC website.

ONGOING ‘SOAP FOR HOPE’ DONATION DRIVE: Join AAA Washington (WSB sponsor) in donating your new, unused toiletries for “Soap for Hope.” Travel-size or full-size items such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes needed. All donated items to benefit Sojourner Place. Drop off donations at AAA West Seattle office, 4734 42nd SW in Jefferson Square.


(Only one church has sent us a schedule going to and beyond New Year’s – anyone else? editor@westseattleblog.com)


Tuesday, December 31, 7:00 p.m. The Eve of the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, Holy Eucharist. The Rev’d Sue Reid, presiding.

Sunday, January 5, 8:00 and 10:15 a.m. The Second Sunday after Christmas celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany, Holy Eucharist and Carols. The Rev’d JD Godwin, presiding


CURBSIDE TREE RECYCLING: All the info you need for tree recycling via free curbside pickup December 26th-January 12th is here.

TREE RECYCLING FUNDRAISER: The West Seattle Rainbow Girls are holding their 6th annual Christmas Tree Recycling Fundraiser at the Alki Masonic Center on January 4, 2014. You can drop off your trees between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. There is a suggested donation of $5 per tree. All proceeds benefit this 501c3 charitable youth organization. More information about the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is available at gorainbow.org and nwrainbow.org. (4736 40th SW)

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS RECYCLING: As the city points out – “Light bulbs cannot be recycled in Seattle’s recycling carts – but don’t throw out your burned-out holiday lights – recycle them! Holiday light recycling programs take your old light strands and recycle the copper wire inside them.” Nearest one is at McLendon Hardware in White Center. (16th/102nd)

OTHER HOLIDAY RECYCLING INFO: SPU has put it together here.

Let us know what else you want to see listed here, and/or what’s missing!

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