West Seattle Holiday Guide 2014

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

Updated for 12/31/2014: Holiday event or venue missing? Please let us know so we can add it ASAP!


(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: 6 pm start for the annual New Year’s Eve celebration at and around Highland Park Improvement Club – first the Not So Silent Night Parade, then the Sage Comet, then the Corner Bar, as noted on the HPIC website. (12th/Holden)

SACRED HOOP: A “more ceremonial way” to welcome the New Year. 8 pm-1 am at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse. Details here. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

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.

MORE NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENTS: Continuing to compile this, including special dinner menus, bar parties – please let us know if you have something to add! – here are a few:

FEEDBACK LOUNGE: New Year’s Eve party with Off The Hook Band, 9:30 pm (no cover! champagne at midnight!)

SKYLARK CAFE/CLUB: New Year’s Eve with Hibou, 9 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

BENBOW ROOM: “Rockin’ Rockabilly” New Year’s Eve party, 9 pm, details here – advance ticket purchase advised. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

YEN WOR VILLAGE: Guy will start karaoke at 9 pm, stop it down for about 10 minutes of countdowns to the New Year’s arrival at midnight, then continue karaoke until 2 pm. (California/College)

WEST SEATTLE BOWL: Special New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day offerings, both detailed here. (39th/Oregon)

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT CASSIS (WSB sponsor): See the special prix-fixe menu here. (2820 Alki SW)

NEW YEAR’S DAY HANGOVER BRUNCH AT MARINATION MA KAI: Open early – 10 am – January 1st, see the Marination ma kai (WSB sponsor) “epic hangover brunch” details here. (1660 Harbor SW)

OTHER RESTAURANT INFO: Our holiday restaurant list shows who told us they’ll be open New Year’s Eve and/or Day. (Please note, as always, plans might have changed since our research, so if you have an update to report, text/call us ASAP – 206-293-6302 – thank you!)

COFFEE: NY Eve/Day info from Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor; 4410 California SW)

New Year’s Eve we’re open from 7 am to 5 pm. Also that day we’re having a small food drive. We’ll be offering free 8 oz lattes to anyone who brings in a non-perishable food item. It’s a way for everyone to end 2014 on a good note!

New Year’s Day we’re open from 8 am to 6 pm. We’re doing a special drink to ring in the New Year. $3.00 from each drink will benefit WestSide Baby.

Also on New Year’s Day: Caffé Delia in White Center will be open 9 am-1 pm.

NEW YEAR’S DAY POLAR BEAR SWIM: Just got the confirmation on December 27th – the New Year’s Day swim on Alki across from Duke’s is ON, 10 am (but, be early, organizer Mark Ufkes always warns) – details here. (58th/Alki)

EARLIER SWIM, TOO: The West Seattle High School Class of 1965 invites you to a 9 am January 1, 2015, jump into the water from Alki Beach, across from Duke’s, as a scholarship fundraiser.



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.



(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)


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 New Year’s Eve. More info at westseattleyuletide.blogspot.com

And of course …

MENASHE FAMILY LIGHTS … Indisputably the biggest and brightest in West Seattle. Our photo above is from the first night (11/30). (5605 Beach Drive SW)

NEIGHBORHOOD LIGHTS: Two featured on WSB December 22nd – photos and addresses here.

And two featured on December 24th – photos/locations here.

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


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)


CITY TREECYCLING: At the curb and at the transfer station through January 11th, says the city.

RAINBOW GIRLS’ DROPOFF FUNDRAISER: 10 am-3 pm Saturday, January 3rd, at the Alki Masonic Center parking lot, drop off your tree (no flocking or tinsel), cash donations accepted. (40th/Edmunds)

Let us know about anything to add/correct! We’ll be updating daily through New Year’s Day.

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