West Seattle Holiday Guide 2014
Updated 11/28/2014: Holiday event or venue missing? Please let us know so we can add it ASAP!
(WSB photo from 2013 Duwamish Native Holiday Gift Fair)
NOVEMBER 28, 29, 30: Duwamish Native Holiday Gift Fair, 10 am-4:30 pm each day at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse. Fine art, native crafts, regalia, cards, jewelry, t-shirts, smoked salmon, snacks including frybread; more details in our calendar listing. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
DECEMBER 5, 6, 7: Seattle Sampling, billed as “Seattle’s most established and largest holiday arts and crafts tour celebrating over 25 years of fabulous arts & crafts! This free, self-guided tour offers holiday shoppers a relaxed and intimate opportunity to meet the artists in their own environments. Of the 10 studio locations, 4 of them are in West Seattle, including Brace Point Pottery, Village Green Nursery, Ceramistas Seattle and Penguina Designs. This year’s tour is featuring a First Choice Friday event at each location on Friday 12/5 from 4-9 pm and on Saturday 12/6 and Sunday 12/7, each studio is open from 10 am-5 pm. Detailed tour information is available at seattlesampling.com.
DECEMBER 5: The famous Husky Deli open house, as noted in our tweet:
Speaking of open houses …the announcement so many await each year… the posting of the Husky Deli plan: 12/5, 6-9p pic.twitter.com/PoRsXoRdXz
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) November 21, 2014
DECEMBER 6: 5th annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show in the Social Hall at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation Social Hall, 10 am-4 pm: “You are invited to our fifth annual sale of gifts by local community and WSUU artists and handcrafters. You’ll find original, one-of-a-kind gifts: felted hats, knits, jewelry, watercolor paintings, designer bags and accessories, greeting cards and stocking stuffers, edible holiday goodies, glass art, fiber art, more. Plus free refreshments. Cash and checks only.” (7141 California SW)
DECEMBER 7: Holiday Craft Bazaar at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor). “Please join us in our Fellowship Hall from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for our annual Holiday Craft Bazaar. Just in time for the holidays, Tibbetts has a beautiful selection of hand-sewn items, crafts, stocking stuffers, baked goods & jewelry available for purchase. Choose the perfect gifts for the special people in your life: children, teachers, bosses, friends, family members.” (3940 41st SW)
DECEMBER 7: 5th annual Blithe Bazaar, 3-7 pm. Cozy afternoon/evening of shopping and sipping, supporting West Seattle artisans. At Community School of West Seattle. 4-8 pm. (9450 22nd SW)
(WSB file photo, St. Nicholas Faire)
DECEMBER 7: First Lutheran Church of West Seattle‘s St. Nicholas Faire, 4-7 pm, fundraiser for West Seattle Food Bank and West Seattle Helpline, admission $5/person with nonperishable food item, $15/family with food donation for each family member, or, without food donation, $10/person or $25/family. Appetizers and spiced hot cider; elegant bake sale items; silent auction with a variety of gift baskets- puzzles, games, wine, art & educational activities, gift certificates to local businesses, food -themed baskets, Seahawks and Sounders gear, etc! Plus a ring-toss game to win wine prizes and wine tasting. (4105 California SW)
DECEMBER 11: West Seattle Art Walk, holiday edition, 6-9 pm. Check wsartwalk.com for artists/map/venue list.
DECEMBER 13-14: C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor) Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair, 9 am-2 pm both days. Local arts and crafts – unique gift possibilities! (5612 California SW)
NOVEMBER 28: 10 am at Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor), Santa and Mrs. Claus!
— Endolyne Joe's (@EndolyneJoes) November 24, 2014
Joe’s says, “Everyone is invited! We’ll have plenty of candy canes.” (9261 45th SW)
NOVEMBER 28-DECEMBER 24: Santa at Westwood Village – info here.
NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 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. Noon-3 pm. (4525 California SW)
DECEMBER 6: 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 6, 11, 13, 20: Santa Al will be at Small Clothes (3215 California SW), 11 am-2 pm on December 6th, bring your own camera or get a photo for $5; at QFC’s outdoor area during the Junction Tree Lighting (42nd/Alaska) 5-6 pm on December 6th (bring a can for West Seattle Food Bank); strolling West Seattle Art Walk/Shop Late Thursday on December 11th, 5-9 pm; at JF Henry (4445 California SW) 10 am-1 pm on December 13th, bring your own camera or get a photo for $5; 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 6: 4th annual Santa Paws event sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Realty (WSB sponsor) – “Bring your pets in for a FREE photo with Santa! 12-4 pm in the Jefferson Square Building, 2nd floor lobby, 4700 42nd Ave SW”
DECEMBER 12: HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) celebrates its one-year anniversary in West Seattle, featuring free photos with Santa Al, a hot cocoa bar, warm apple cider, holiday treats and more! We ask that you please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the West Seattle Food Bank. (41st/Alaska)
DECEMBER 14: Santa Paws at West Seattle Windermere, 11 am-1 pm, bring a nonperishable-food donation. (4526 California SW)
DECEMBER 17: 6:30-9:30 pm, Santa Claus will be at Pegasus Pizza – photos free with $20 purchase (they’ll be made available online 48 hours later). “Let’s make pictures on the beach with Santa a tradition for years to come! Large groups make sure to call in your reservations ASAP! Give us a call at 206-932-4849. (2770 Alki SW)
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.
TONY’S MARKET: Trees are in. (35th/Barton)
ADMIRAL SAFEWAY: Trees are in – thanks to Mary for the tip! (2622 California SW)
HOLY ROSARY LOT, NOVEMBER 28-DECEMBER 14: 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. (41st/Dakota)
MCLENDON HARDWARE: The White Center store’s trees are in: “Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Noble Fir, and Nordmann Firs all of various sizes ranging from 2 ft. to as tall as 9 ft. New additions to our selection this year include a 5-6 ft. sheared Douglas Fir, and a 5-7 ft. Natural (un-sheared) Noble Fir.” (10210 16th SW)
TREES ALSO EXPECTED AT … Junction TrueValue (WSB sponsor), Home Depot, Rite-Aid stores (dates TBA – we’ll add them here as we see them, or when we hear YOU have seen them – email@example.com – thanks!).
PATHFINDER’S HANDMADE WREATHS: Available again this year, November 30, December 7, 14: “Pathfinder K-8 would like to thank the West Seattle Community for supporting our Outdoor Education Programs through the purchase of our Holiday Wreaths. Continuing our 20 year tradition, our BEAUITFUL Handmade wreaths will be available to purchase the next 3 Sundays ( 11/30, 12/7 and 12/14 ) near the WS FARMERS MARKET on the SW corner of California and Alaska, outside of Key Bank. Our wreaths are handcrafted by our students, faculty, and parents with locally donated greens. 100% of what we make goes directly into the classroom.”
DECEMBER 5: Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish & School invites you to “Light Up the Night: An Evening of Caroling and Community,” with its tree lighting, singalong, and food drive. 7 pm. (35th/Myrtle)
DECEMBER 5: “Deck the Halls” celebration and tree blessing at Holy Rosary School, 6-8 pm, including: Hot Cocoa Bar, Christmas Desserts, Festive Christmas Crafts, adult beverages, Dante’s Inferno Gourmet Hot Dogs, and an indoor snowball competition! (Tree blessing set for around 6:40 pm.) Bring nonperishable food to donate to the West Seattle Food Bank. (42nd/Genesee)
NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 31: Thanksgiving night, 5-midnight, is the start of 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 will be joining 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. First show the Friday after Thanksgiving (November 28th), running through Sunday after New Year’s (January 4th). The shows will 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 … the photo of West Seattle’s most legendary light show is from last year; we now know that this year’s first official night will be Sunday (November 30th), starting around 6 pm. And bring that letter to Santa! (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!
(2012 WSB photo)
DECEMBER 4, 11, 18: Shop Late Thursdays in The Junction through the holidays! Till 9 pm; participating merchants TBA.
DECEMBER 6: Junction Holiday Party, 4-8 pm. “Stroll The Junction and discover a progressive party hosted by Junction businesses. You’ll find nibbles, drinks, games, and deals all wrapped up with holiday flair.” (Various locations)
DECEMBER 7 & 14: Mule-Drawn Carriage Rides, 10 am-2 pm. “Take a carriage ride down California Avenue pulled by beautiful Belgian Draft Mules. A treat the whole family and friends will enjoy. Stop off at the Farmers Market for a complimentary hot apple cider.” (California/Alaska)
DECEMBER 7 & 21: Santa Meet and Greet in The Junction, 10 am-2 pm. Bring your own camera. 12/7 is at City Mouse Store, 4218 SW Alaska; 12/21 is at Santa’s House on the southwest corner of California/Alaska.
DECEMBER 11: Holiday Art Walk, 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.” See wsartwalk.com for participating venues.
NOVEMBER 30: Free Wreath Making Workshop at Highland Park Improvement Club, 3-5 pm. More details to come. All welcome. (12th/Holden)
DECEMBER 5: Ugly Sweater Contest during HPIC’s Corner Bar – with a prize! 6 pm, Highland Park Improvement Club. (12th/Holden)
DECEMBER 7: New event in Admiral – the Holly Jolly Holiday Fest, presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, noon-4 pm at The Sanctuary at Admiral:
The Admiral Neighborhood Association welcomes a visit from Santa Claus on Sunday, December 7th at the Sanctuary at Admiral!
Santa’s visit will be part of our Holly Jolly Holiday Fest, a full afternoon of holiday activities including live holiday music, a gingerbread house contest, a craft bazaar, and a food drive for the West Seattle Food Bank. A photographer will be available to take portraits with Santa for a small donation, or you can bring your own camera.
The gingerbread house contest is open to all amateur bakers, in either a youth division (under 16 years old), or adult division (16 and up). First prize in each division is worth up to $50 and winners will have their creations displayed in the window at BAKED custom cakes for the following week.
Gingerbread-house judging starts at 11 am, so you’ll need to drop your creation off by 10:30 am. The Sanctuary is at 42nd/Lander.
DECEMBER 8: 1-2:30 pm, Gingerbread House Workshop at Alki Kids Place: “Work together with your family to create a gingerbread masterpiece and leave all the preparation and cleanup to us. Pre-registration is required (deadline 12/1). Sign up here. (6115 SW Hinds)
DECEMBER 7: Admiral Sings Christmas at Admiral Congregational Church, 3:30 pm Grand Chocolate Buffet, 4 pm festive concert and singalong of favorite Christmas songs and carols. Admission free (suggested donation $10); nonperishable-food donations accepted for local food banks. (California/Hill)
DECEMBER 12: Bells of the Sound at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor): This year’s holiday concert is “A Winter’s Night“! Come see and hear Puget Sound’s premier handbell ensemble – show and ticket details here. (3940 41st SW)
DECEMBER 13, 14: Christmas Concert at Fauntleroy Church, 7:30 pm Saturday and 4 pm Sunday: Choirs from Fauntleroy UCC and Peace Lutheran, plus local instrumentalists. (9140 California SW)
DECEMBER 14: Carmina Angelorum: songs for harp & treble voices, 7 pm at Holy Rosary Church: “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 of Seattle Girls’ Choir. Works by Benjamin Britten, Zoltán Kodály, James Bingham, and Paul Carey to be performed. Please come and enjoy!” Details in our calendar listing. (42nd/Genesee)
DECEMBER 19: Northwest Boychoir at Holy Rosary Church, 7:30 pm:
The Northwest Boychoir celebrates its 40th anniversary with the presentation of its 36th season of A Festival of Lessons & Carols featuring eight regional performances in December, including its much-loved concert at Holy Rosary Church in West Seattle. These holiday concerts showcase the 90-member combined chorus of the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle. Concerts have reserved seating and advance tickets are available through the Northwest Boychoir office at 206-524-3234 or online at www.nwboychoir.org.
Patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King’s College in Cambridge, England, “A Festival of Lessons & Carols” … consists of nine holiday readings, each followed by a traditional carol performed by the choir, and another carol sung by the choir and audience.
DECEMBER 4-28: “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)
DECEMBER 5-14: Join Twelfth Night Productions this holiday season for “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.” Performances December 5, 6, 12, 13 at 7:30 pm and December 7 and 14 at 3:00 pm at Kenyon Hall. Buy your ticket(s) online at brownpapertickets.com/event/917572 or an hour before showtime at the venue box office. (7904 35th SW)
(December 2010 Alki photo by David Hutchinson)
DECEMBER 13: Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship in West Seattle! 4:20-4:40 at Lowman Beach, 5:10-5:30 pm at Alki
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)
DAILY: West Seattle’s salon ef-fekts’ is “collecting toys and clothing this year for foster kids; we have partnered with Treehouse and have our own personal page where you can donate money and see our progress.” The salon is a dropoff location – deadline December 16th. (5409 California SW)
DAILY: All local Bartell Drugs locations are accepting new, unwrapped toys for kids served by the annual Salvation Army “Toy ‘N Joy” drive, through December 13th.
DECEMBER 6: 10 am-2 pm, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest (WSB sponsor) Food Drive for the West Seattle Food Bank, at West Seattle Thriftway (California/Fauntleroy).
DECEMBER 6: Kiwanis Club of West Seattle‘s 68th annual pancake breakfast, 7-11 am at Alki Masonic Hall, with pancakes accompanied by orange juice, coffee and Husky Deli’s premier ham. Proceeds fund cancer research at Children’s Hospital and help fund the Kiwanis-sponsored Key Clubs and Boy Scout Troop 284. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. **Bring unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots!!** (40th/Edmunds)
DECEMBER 6: Rotary Club of West Seattle‘s annual Children’s Shopping Spree, 6 am, Sears Southcenter. Watch for coverage on WSB!
DECEMBER 6: Food drive at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) for the West Seattle Food Bank, collected by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest (WSB sponsor), 10 am-2 pm. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)
THUNDER ROAD GUITARS (WSB sponsor): Normal hours Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Monday by appointment. Closed: Thanksgiving, 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): We will be open Thanksgiving and BLACK FRIDAY all day. We will also be 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)
MOUNTAIN TO SOUND OUTFITTERS: Celebrating 5th anniversary on “Black Friday”: “We are stoked to be a part of the West Seattle Adventure Community and will be giving the best deals of the year of our loyal WS customers. Come by and say hello on Black Friday.” m2soutfitters.com (3602 SW Alaska)
WEST SEATTLE FABRIC COMPANY: “West Seattle Fabric Company will be debuting a new line of Gifts & Goods the weekend after Thanksgiving. In addition to cheerful gifts, yummy treats, beautiful textiles and inspiration galore we will also have our Holiday Sample Sale with Seasonal & Non-Seasonal Décor. Friday, Saturday & Sunday!” (2210 California SW)
GENERAL STORE SEATTLE: New store focused on local goods plans to offer free Uptown Espresso coffee to shoppers on Friday and Saturday, November 28-29: “Our store is devoted exclusively to local products with a focus on the Pacific Northwest. Eighty-five percent of our products come from Washington, 10% from Oregon, and 1% each from Utah and Montana. A large portion of our Washington products are made within two hours of Seattle.” thegeneralstoreseattle.com (3400 Harbor SW)
THE BEER JUNCTION: Holiday hours:
Thanksgiving Eve (Wednesday, November 26th) – extended hours – Open until midnight
Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 27th) – Open 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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)
*Note – for Thanksgiving Eve/Day services, please see the Thanksgiving section atop this page*
TIBBETTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (WSB sponsor), 3940 41st SW
Celtic Christmas Eve Service, 8 pm December 24th
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 35th/Myrtle
Feast Day Mass (dancers/fiesta following), 11 am December 7th
Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 9 am & 7 pm December 8th
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
(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 16th.
DECEMBER 14: Hanukkah tasting event at Metropolitan Market-Admiral, including latkes and brisket, 3-6 pm (41st/42nd/Admiral)
DECEMBER 19: Local progressive synagogue Kol HaNeshamah plans a Hanukkah party; details to come.
(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!
But before that …
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!
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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