WEST SEATTLE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Here’s what will be different this year

As Thanksgiving approaches, so does Christmas-lights season. But as with so many things, the pandemic has changed plans.

(WSB photo, 2019)

MENASHE FAMILY LIGHTS: Usually by now, installation would be well under way at the Menashe Family‘s legendary display on Beach Drive SW. But after driving by a few times in recent days and noting the absence of the requisite bucket truck, we called the family’s shop today to inquire. Josh Menashe tells us they’ve decided to scale way back this year, for obvious reasons – anything that draws a crowd (or requires many helpers to install) is dangerous right now. (And they’ve already been through one COVID-19 scare.) They’ll put up a small amount of decorations this weekend, he told us, but nothing like the usual all-out light show. And after that, if you do go by for a look, the family implores you, please keep moving – don’t get out of your car (or off your bike).

WEST SEATTLE YULETIDE: Ken and Cora Iverson have canceled this annual animated-lights show northeast of The Junction:

It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing that West Seattle Yuletide will be cancelling our Yule light
show for 2020. We had hoped to host a limited display but with the recent increase in cases and the associated increases in restrictions, we feel that we can’t justify the risks involved in attracting crowds. The last thing we would want is to be the reason people, especially the local children getting sick.

It’s been a terrible year but we are hopeful that things will change next year and hope to return with a 2021 show. Be safe and stay healthy.

P.S. We’ll be featuring home decorations as we did during Halloween season – info welcome at westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

8 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Here's what will be different this year"

  • Elton November 24, 2020 (12:13 pm)

    Thanks for providing this update – we were actually just wondering about both of these displays the other day. Both sad losses, for sure, but seem like responsible decisions.

  • StopCuttingDownTrees November 24, 2020 (12:55 pm)

    I’m hoping more homes have lights up this year than normal as it’ll lift everyone’s spirits. We’re already seeing some nicer-than-normal displays in our neighborhood.

  • Anne November 24, 2020 (1:30 pm)

    Thank you to the Menashe & Iverson families- for their making  the safety of the community a priority. 

  • ML November 24, 2020 (1:34 pm)

    I have already noticed more lights than usual this year. It seemed more houses decorated for Halloween, betting it will be the same for the December holiday season. We can all use a little extra cheer wherever we can get it. I know I’ll be putting in a bit more effort this year than the past. 

  • sc November 24, 2020 (4:38 pm)

    “Not forever, just for now”

  • Alice November 24, 2020 (6:54 pm)

    Yes! Thank you for prioritizing safety!If more homes do a little, we can all enjoy without congregating around there big attractors!

  • Kev November 25, 2020 (2:18 am)

    Hey if anyones looking to see a beautiful West Seattle home with the most perfect Christmas lights you must checkout the white colonial on 42nd between Hudson and Dawson. Every time I walk by this home it brings a smile to my face. Halloween was a big hit too this year. Go check it out! 

    • Sue November 25, 2020 (10:12 am)

      I know this house. It’s beautiful 

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