West Seattle, Washington
We started this season of spotlighting West Seattle Christmas lights with a home in Fauntlee Hills … so tonight for the final night we went back to that neighborhood, which might be the peninsula’s closest thing to a “Candy Cane Lane.” We found this house on SW Concord, between 40th and 41st [vicinity map].
Whether you’re taking your lights down soon or keeping them up, thanks to everybody for making the season bright.
Tonight as our extended holiday-lights spotlight continues, we revisit the West Seattle Polar Bear Challenge. We first reported one month ago on this community-created combination of scavenger hunt, food drive, and local-business support. 67 homes and businesses are on the official Polar Bear Challenge map – including the one where you’ll find the polar bear above, 5700 block of SW Charlestown. That site, by the way, also has characters from the legendary Island of Misfit Toys:
Back to the Polar Bear Challenge. Its delighted organizers report that participants have collected many hundreds of pounds of food. And even if you don’t visit displays, you have one more chance to donate before the WSPBC wraps up on New Year’s Day:
On January 1, 2021, our Polar Bears and Polar Bear Team will be down on Alki, the famous location of the Polar Bear Plunge, for one final opportunity to contribute to the West Seattle Food Bank. We will be set up by the Alki Bathhouse between 9 am and 11 am, just look for the bears and do an easy drive-by food contribution. We will be giving away stuffed polar bears for food donations while supplies last.
With and without bears, we’ve featured more than three dozen displays this season – scroll through them all via our archive.
On TV, the Grinch’s sleigh got stuck on a mountaintop … in West Seattle, you’ll find it high-centered on Lacey‘s fence. As we continue our stretch week of lights-spotlighting, she sent photos of her display on 18th SW near Roxbury [vicinity map]. “Our Grinch is not as lit up as I would like, but he is very realistic!” she notes.
You can see all the lights we’ve featured over the past month-plus by scrolling through this WSB archive. We are so grateful for all the tips that made it happen; still time for a few more if you think we’ve missed someplace special – email@example.com – thank you!
Thanks to Al for tonight’s photo, as we continue showcasing lights through New Year’s – this is at 46th and Admiral [map], it’s a message both seasonal and timeless – peace on Earth. Since Thanksgiving week, we’ve shown more than three dozen West Seattle displays, large and small, and you can scroll through them all here!
Thanks to more tips/photos, we’re continuing the holiday-lights spotlights through New Year’s.
Tonight, cheers for everyone who has lit up windows or balconies. The photo is from Richard, who says, “Here’s a shot of our 2nd-floor Christmas lights at 9159 45th Ave SW [map]. They will be up a few more days, at least.”
Regarding how much longer lights will be up, Sarah sent this suggestion:
We don’t have a fancy light display, but we’re planning to keep our lights up until around Valentine’s Day & hope others do, too. In this really hard year, and especially with our climate and short days, walks among the lights has brought us so much joy. In fact, I think lights should be winter lights from November-Feb, rather than Christmas lights :) all the Santas and Christmas-themed decor can come down, but the lights? I think they should stay :)
Feel free to share this idea if you think it has any merit.
The idea reminds us of the “quarantine lights” that some put up during the stay-home-order months.
Commenter Emcat8 asked if the nightly lights features could continue through New Year’s. We were out of tips after last night and thinking we’d have to stop there – then more came in tonight, including Pauline W‘s photo above from 42nd/Manning [map]: “Mine aren’t quite Christmas lights but they are still holiday lights. Can’t wait for the New Year!” Us too.
Keeping your lights up this week? We have room to showcase a few more – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you! (Everything we’ve shpwn so far is archived here and listed in our West Seattle Holiday Guide.)
On this Christmas night, a stocking full of lights and decorations:
Brian suggested we check out that music-synched lights display between Andover and Charlestown on 36th SW [vicinity map]. The music is only audible via 99.5 FM low-powered radio, so we had to record from inside the car to pick up the music.
Next house is more a daylight display – 2748 44th SW [map]:
M sent the photo, explaining they decorated with a gingerbread theme.
And heading south to Fauntleroy, this is for everyone who loves Halloween AND Christmas:
Julie explained in her tip that this house on 46th SW between Cloverdale and Trenton [vicinity map] had a major Halloween display that was augmented with Christmas decorations, rather than being replaced by them:
Another double feature on this Christmas Eve – this time, two corner displays:
That display at 35th/114th in Arbor Heights [map] is so big – occupying an expansive corner – you need video to show it all. Here’s part of it:
Thanks to Cassandra for the tip!
From the north side of the peninsula, Toby sent this photo:
Toby says that’s “our little corner of Christmas Cheer on 47th Ave SW and SW Spokane St.” [map]
Thanks again for all the tips and photos – more than ever, the lights mean a lot here at the end of a challenging year. All the locations we’ve shown are archived here, and listed in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide. More tomorrow night!
On Christmas Eve-Eve, two more displays:
Thanks to Ryan for that photo from 29th SW, near Camp Long. Next one is Nic and Michelle‘s display at 50th/Charlestown:
Michelle explains, “We are new to the area and wanted to spread some Christmas cheer.” We stopped by for a closer look:
We skipped last night because of storm coverage – so tonight, another double feature!
Thanks to Erin in Sunrise Heights for our first photo – her house on 31st SW, with the famous treetop stars near Othello/32nd/34th [vicinity map] in the background. She says, “I especially want to call out the giant evergreen trees. The three have been lit just about every year for the 18 years we’ve lived here and they bring us such joy. Just like the tree on the Space Needle, these lit trees symbolize that it’s the holiday season! Thank you to our neighbors who light them up every year!”
Speaking of joy:
Thanks to Jackie for the photo of that display in the 3800 block of 36th SW [vicinity map]. Jackie explains, “They have been displaying decorations and lights for many years. It is a complete labor of love as these two are approaching 80 years. This year they added some new deer and a fabulous ‘joy’ sign. The sleigh is handmade. There is a teddy bear window and a window with carolers.”
Thanks to George for tonight’s photo – these lights are at 9031 32nd Avenue SW [map]. The rain hasn’t started yet, so it’s a nice night to go out and admire lights. Everyplace we’ve showcased is listed in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide and viewable by scrolling through this archive; still time for tips, with or without photos – email@example.com – thank you!
Tonight’s lights are all in Admiral:
You might best know that house as “Meeds Manor,” home to spooky Halloween decorations, but they’ve decked the house and yard for Christmas too! Characters seen when we stopped by included a merry Minion:
Meeds Manor is at 45th and Stevens [map]; thanks to Chris for sending word. Not far away …
These two creatively illuminated yards are in the 2700 block of (corrected) 44th [vicinity map].
Everyplace we’ve showcased is listed in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide and viewable by scrolling through this archive; still time for tips, with or without photos – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Tonight’s lights are both along SW Thistle:
The video is from Julianna, who wrote, “We’re ‘new’ to the neighborhood and have a decent display … hoping to improve each year! 27th & Thistle [vicinity map].”
And less than a mile west, Yolanda sent this double-deck photo of a sighting on SW Thistle near 37th [vicinity map]:
She wrote that while out on an errand, “I came upon this Christmas display, so cute for the littles.” She added, “Lots of other homes are off the hook this year!” We would agree with that – and thanks to everyone who keeps sending suggestions – email@example.com – thank you!
Tonight’s featured display is an annual favorite that just might be the longest-running one in West Seattle. Don Rice sent the photo of his display on 47th between Walker and Hill [vicinity map] and notes, “Charlie Brown and the gang have lived at this location for more than 40 years.” He added. for those who go to see it, there’s more to admire nearby: “If you head north from Admiral Way on 47th. there are 2+ blocks with lights. Merry Christmas to all!” We’re adding it to our list of lights in the West Seattle Holiday Guide; you can also scroll through our Christmas-lights archive to see every place we’ve featured. Got a suggestion, with or without a photo? firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
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Thanks to Ron and Marie for tonight’s photo! This display is on 50th SW between Hudson and Edmunds [vicinity map]. Lots of friendly characters in the yard! Adding to the list in our West Seattle Holiday Guide – thanks for the continued tips, with or without photos – email@example.com – and see everyplace we’ve shown by scrolling through our archive.
If you travel on 35th SW, you might have noticed tonight’s spotlight display:
The photo is from the Fox family. Tony explains it’s a family collaboration: “Our 13-year-old (Maddox) does the design, my wife (Shari) does the organizing, and I do power-cords coordination and any high work on the roof.” They’re on 35th between Brandon and Dawson [map]. Thanks to the Foxes and everyone else who’s contributed to our Christmas-lights spotlights this season – more suggestions still welcome, with or without photos – firstname.lastname@example.org – see the season-long list in our West Seattle Holiday Guide, and scroll through all the photos in our archive.
Tonight’s two featured displays are in south West Seattle:
FAUNTLEE HILLS: This was a recommendation from Ken Arkills, whose display was the first one we featured this season. It’s the Haugen residence at 40th/Donovan [map]. Look for the star. And look at all the neighbors whose homes are also lit for the season.
UPPER FAUNTLEROY: Not far away, at 9018 37th SW [map], here’s the Boling/Arbow home:
Barb sent the photo, adding, “Shout out to my husband – working all day & putting up Christmas lights at night!”
With Christmas now less than two weeks away, we’ll double up on featured light displays, while the supply lasts! Tonight, two from north West Seattle:
On Alki Avenue, by the way, many condo and apartment balconies are brightly lit, too, between California Way and the east end of the business district. Thanks again to everyone who has sent tips, with or without photos – email@example.com – the list of every place we’ve spotlighted is in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide; you can also see them all by scrolling through our West Seattle Christmas Lights archive.
Here’s hoping Santa comes down the chimney with a Seahawks victory! Kalyn emailed to let us know about her home at 10727 25th SW [map]: “Showing our Seahawks love from the rooftop!” (Tomorrow, the Hawks play the winless Jets, 1 pm.) While in North Shorewood, we noticed some other nice lights further south on Kalyn’s street, as well as on 26th SW one block north (south of Barton). Thanks again to everyone who’s suggested lights and sent photos – starting tomorrow, we’ll be doubling up. Meantime, the list of what we’ve shown is in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, and you can scroll through our archived coverage here.
Two weeks until Christmas, and we are continuing to showcase West Seattle lights displays nightly. Thanks to Wyatt for tonight’s photo, showing his corner display at 3729 40th SW [map]: “I love doing this every year, and this was a wild year; I wanted to start early and go bigger than ever! Thank you to everyone that has come by to enjoy, and all the wonderful compliments! Be sure to check out my neighbors as well! Happy Holidays!” So many bright and beautiful displays this year, we’re happy to be able to share some of them with you – and we’re still happy to get tips, with or without photos, firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you! The list in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide includes what we’ve shown so far, and you can also scroll through our archive here.
Thanks to Nick for the photos – multiple recommendations have come in for this home in north Morgan Junction, on 42nd SW between Graham and Raymond [vicinity map].
Nick says this is only the second year that residents Kim and Gabe have been decorating, but they are continuing to add more daily.
Driving around looking at Christmas lights are one of the safe ways to celebrate this season – state health authorities even made a point of that in their briefing this week. So we are continuing to spotlight them nightly, and adding to the list in our West Seattle Holiday Guide – you can scroll through the archives here, and if you have a suggestion, with or without a photo, email email@example.com – thank you!
Thanks to Marc for tonight’s photo, as we continue showcasing Christmas lights around West Seattle. At 6007 36th SW [map], this display features “an inflatable Santa, lit-up playhouse, and illuminated sidewalk.” We’re adding it to the lights/decorations section of the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide; thanks to everyone who’s been sending suggestions, with or without photos – firstname.lastname@example.org – enjoy this season of light!
Tonight’s spotlighted Christmas lights are simple but powerful. Catherine sent the photo taken somewhere “near Lincoln Park” – as she notes, it’s a “message for the season.” (For the year, really.) Thanks to everyone who’s been sending tips, with or without photos, so we can continue featuring lights each night through Christmas (and maybe beyond) – email@example.com.