(Photo by Laura M)

Tonight’s West Seattle Christmas lights photo is from Sara, who wanted to be sure the man behind the famous Sunrise Heights treetop lights got a shoutout this season:

I wanted to see if you may be able to give some recognition in the Blog to my neighbor, Jeff Knudson. Jeff has been climbing up (updated) 3 trees (2 firs, 1 hemlock) every year for the past THIRTY years, putting up/maintaining holiday lights at the very top of the trees at the corner of 32nd and Othello [map]. It’s such an amazing, unique, and beautiful tradition for all in the neighborhood to witness!

Sara says one of the trees is on Jeff’s property, and the other two belong to neighbors. We’ve featured the light-topped trees before but did not previously know who was responsible. If you go see them – note that 32nd has some great ground-level displays nearby too (including this one we featured last week).

P.S. If you have, or see, lights that you want to share with the community, email us at westseattleblog@gmail.com, with or without photos – thank you! Every display we feature is listed in our West Seattle Holiday Guide. You can browse the archives (past years, too) here.

9 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Treetop tradition"

  • Lina December 6, 2021 (8:07 pm)

    I love these treetop lights!  

  • Kbota December 6, 2021 (8:31 pm)

    Awe, I used to live at 31st and Myrtle and enjoyed them every year.  I always wondered who it was. Thank you Jeff!

  • Sara December 6, 2021 (9:56 pm)

    Yay for Jeff’s magical tradition! Photo credit should go to Laura M, though! :) 

    • WSB December 6, 2021 (9:57 pm)

      OK, will add. We went by tonight but the submitted pre-dark photo was better than ours.

  • Laura M December 6, 2021 (10:03 pm)

    Yay! I’ve lived in this neighborhood for 22 years and love to see these lights up in the trees every year. 

  • Christy December 6, 2021 (10:37 pm)

    Thank you Jeff! I look forward to seeing them each year!

  • Ray Singleton December 7, 2021 (8:27 am)

    We discovered those lights last year! They are so beautiful!! Thank You Jeff!! After dark, those lights just float there, in the sky. A real Christmas Miracle!! 😊💕

  • StopCuttingDownTrees December 7, 2021 (11:36 am)

    I lived on 34th near Othello from 1993 to 2008 and this treetop display was always looked forward to every year. Until this WSB story I always thought those treetop lights were left up all year and only plugged in for the Christmas season. What a wonderful thing this neighbor does each year.

    • Jack December 8, 2021 (11:10 am)

      We live right behind Jeff! He’s a super hero. We assumed they were just left up but he kindly explained that trees grow, they wouldn’t stay at the top if he didn’t do them each year. 

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