Video: Lights, music, kickoff! for West Seattle’s Helmstetler Family Christmas Spectacular

After tonight’s first show at what you can formally call “West Seattle Lights presents the Helmstetler Family Christmas Spectacular,” that’s how the house looked with every light switched on. About 40 minutes early, the music-synched light show’s third season had kicked off – literally, with Seattle Sounders FC‘s Zach Scott kicking a goal instead of pulling a switch (followed by an appropriate, albeit non-Christmasy, song):

He signed autographs afterward:

But wait! Back to the lights. 60,000 of them this year – LEDs, which means not as much of an electricity drain as you might think. Jim Winder is again the mastermind, working on it for months before the actual lights start going up on the 3908 SW Charlestown home of his friends the Helmstetler Family. We stayed through the whole set tonight – enjoying songs both traditional and novelty, the latter including a Village People takeoff (“N-O-E-L” instead of “Y-M-C-A”) and this ’60s classic:

Full details about the show, the location, and more, are on its official website at (This year they have a Facebook page and Twitter feed, too!) Bring a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank – the bin’s out front (as shown in our preview from last weekend) – and this weekend, they’re also collecting money for the Kingston Family ($ donations the rest of the season will go to the food bank and NW Parkinson’s Foundation) . Best place to watch the show is right across Charlestown in front of the water tower, but if you bring little ones, be sure to remind them to stay out of the street – it’s not blocked off for the show, and there can be a fair amount of traffic (as you’ll note in our clips). Here’s the schedule.

12 Replies to "Video: Lights, music, kickoff! for West Seattle's Helmstetler Family Christmas Spectacular"

  • Peggy November 27, 2011 (5:19 am)

    Wow, what a show!

  • Mike & Julie November 27, 2011 (11:08 am)

    Once again, it was an outstanding light show. Thanks to the Helmstetler family for the delightful gift to the community.

  • mickey mouse November 27, 2011 (1:33 pm)

    Hi neighbors, I love the light show but trying to get to my house nearby in the evenig is a pain with all the people and cars parked all over the narrow street. Can you do some traffic crowd control???????

  • Petert November 27, 2011 (2:06 pm)

    Now, THAT’S tasteful !

  • polkadot November 27, 2011 (5:02 pm)

    Saw it last night for the first time, how cool, I’m going at least one more time this year. Really great job and a fun thing to do with the kids, they absolutely love it!

  • Mike November 27, 2011 (6:37 pm)

    Very Cool!!! Sure would like to see it in person someday. You have come a long way from helping Wally with the big tree in the middle of our cul-de-sac in the 60’s.

  • Santa November 28, 2011 (3:34 pm)

    Hey Mickey…

    Sorry for any inconvenience…

    In regards to “traffic crowd control”…what would you suggest?

    Were the streets impassable?

  • Annie November 28, 2011 (8:07 pm)

    Well you did it again Jim….the light show was spectacular!!!! West Seattle Loves you for sharing such talent with all of us….

  • Sandy November 28, 2011 (8:47 pm)

    Spectacular!!!!! Will be back before Christmas too! Thank you for blessing us!

  • Terri December 7, 2011 (4:55 am)

    Great job, Mr Jim!!! Now that takes patience and organization…..and surely a lot of time!! I love that you do such a nice thing for your community!!

  • Junctionite December 24, 2011 (8:47 pm)

    Wonderful show, but note to the folks who park and sit in their cars across the street, you are blocking the view of others, park a little further away and walk to see the show. Thanks!

  • Mary Beck December 26, 2011 (5:12 pm)

    I have seen the show 3 times so far this year — and plan on a few more. It is absolutely beautiful, and I thank the Helmstetler family for making it possible. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all…..Thanks again.

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