West Seattle Holiday Guide 2022

Updated for 11/26/2022: Welcome to this year’s WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide! We’ll be updating it at least once a day now through New Year’s – adding what’s new and removing what’s over – so if you have something, lease let us know ASAP so we can add it!

CHRISTMAS SHIP IN WEST SEATTLE

(Photo by David Hutchinson)

The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship will again make three West Seattle stops on its first two nights of the season.

NOVEMBER 26, STOP 1: Salty’s on Alki (1936 Harbor SW; WSB sponsor), 5:35 pm

NOVEMBER 26, STOP 2: Alki Beach Park (usually near the Bathhouse), 8:35 pm, with a bonfire

The singers for all three West Seattle performances (each about 20 minutes) will be The Dickens Carolers. See this year’s full regional Christmas Ship schedule here.

HOLIDAY BAZAARS/SALES, MARKETS, BUSINESS OPEN HOUSES

(WSB photo from past Duwamish Longhouse art fair)

DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE NATIVE ART MARKET, NOVEMBER 26-27: Every year, it’s your chance to shop Native artists and crafters the weekend after Thanksgiving. 10 am-5 pm each day. And now there’s a stoplight for safer crossing of West Marginal Way! (4705 West Marginal Way SW)

C & P HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR, NOVEMBER 26: 8 am-2 pm, shop local at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor)

YOUNGSTOWN’S HOLIDAY MARKET, NOVEMBER 26: 10 am-2 pm:

Youngstown Coffee is hosting a Holiday Market on Small Business Saturday (located in our community space next to our coffee shop) Come shop local BIPOC and LGBTQ creators and makers and find adorable specially made gifts. Additionally, a percentage of proceeds from Youngstown Coffee’s holiday drinks that day will be donated to Diversity Alliance of Puget Sound, which supports transgender and non-binary folks through advocacy and connection.

(6032 California SW)

HOPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS, NOVEMBER 29: Evening bazaar at West Seattle Brewing Company (4415 Fauntleroy Way SW), 6-9 pm.

POTTERY POP-UP SHOW & SALE, DECEMBER 2-4: In the Senior Center’s corner space (California/Oregon), a three-day pop-up show and sale: “Rat City Studios is hosting a holiday show & sale in the West Seattle Junction the first weekend in December. (December 2nd, 3rd, & 4th from 11 am-5 pm each day). Browse & shop the works of 20+ participating artists from Rat City Studios and Rain City Clay. Meet and greet the artists and get to know the community.” More in our calendar listing.

SENIOR CENTER HOLIDAY BAZAAR, DECEMBER 3: Shop local from more than 20 vendors during this event at the Senior Center of West Seattle, 10 am-4 pm. (California/Oregon)

MAKERS’ HOLIDAY ART MARKET, DECEMBER 3: Noon-5 pm at Alki Bathhouse – shop dozens of local artists, crafters, makers. See participant lineup in our calendar listing.

JUNCTION NIGHT MARKET, DECEMBER 3: Hometown Holidays Night Market in The Junction, 4-8 pm. (SW Alaska between California and 42nd)

HOLIDAY MARKET AT FUTURE PRIMITIVE, DECEMBER 3: Future Primitive Brewing in White Center (9832 14th SW) celebrates its 4th anniversary with a Holiday Market and Santa on hand for photos 3:30-5:30 pm. (Still confirming the market’s hours)

ART WALK, DECEMBER 8: West Seattle Art Walk, December/holiday edition, 5 pm “until late,” with Santa and carolers in The Junction. Check wsartwalk.org for artists/venues.

We’ll add whatever more we hear about – westseattleblog@gmail.com is the place to send your info – thanks!

SANTA PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

picturetime(WSB photo – Santa at Menashe Lights)

SANTA AT FUTURE PRIMITIVE, DECEMBER 3: Future Primitive Brewing in White Center (9832 14th SW) celebrates its 4th anniversary with a Holiday Market and Santa on hand for photos 3:30-5:30 pm.

SANTA ON THE STREET, DECEMBER 8: Look for Santa roaming The Junction during the December West Seattle Art Walk, 5-8 pm.

SANTA HOUSE IN THE JUNCTION, DECEMBER 10: DIY photos with Santa, 10 am-1 pm in the pop-up space on lower level of Senior Center of West Seattle (California/Oregon).

OUNCES, DECEMBER 10: Santa at Ounces, 3-6 pm. Free DIY photos – people and/or pets. (3809 Delridge Way SW)

MENASHE FAMILY LIGHTS, DECEMBER 10: Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the famous light display for photos, 6-9 pm. Bring a donation of nonperishable food for the West Seattle Food Bank. (5605 Beach Drive SW)

LIGHTING EVENTS & LIGHT DISPLAYS

FRUIT TREE LIGHTING, DECEMBER 2: 5:15 pm in High Point Commons Park (32nd/Graham).

(WSB photo – OLG’s tree)

‘LIGHT UP THE NIGHT,’ DECEMBER 2: Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish & School invite you to “Light Up the Night,” with music and of course, lights, including the giant tree! Bring nonperishable food donations to fill the sleigh in the Walmesley Center. 7 pm. (35th SW/SW Myrtle)

GLOWS & TREE LIGHTING, DECEMBER 3: 4-8 pm, Glorious Lights of West Seattle festival with a light-costume contest, plus the Junction’s traditional tree lighting at Junction Plaza Park. (42nd SW/SW Alaska)

MENORAH IN THE JUNCTION, DECEMBER 18: 5 pm in Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska), Kol HaNeshamah‘s Pop-Up Chanukah.

GIANT MENORAH ON ALKI, DECEMBER 18: 5 pm by Alki Bathhouse (60th/Alki), celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with the lighting of a 12-foot-tall Menorah.

WEST SEATTLE YULETIDE, THROUGH JANUARY 1: From the Iversons:

Our Yuletide Light Show is up and running for 2022. This is the first show we’ve done since 2019. We’re running shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from November 25 through December 23 and then every evening until January 1, 2023. Our shows will begin at 6:30 PM and run until about 10:00 PM. Olaf, our snowman, will appear beginning December 23 and weather permitting he will be out every night.

Our show includes over 16,000 lights that dance to over 20 songs of the season. Our show is located in West Seattle, on 38th Ave SW between Genesee and Dakota. Just look for the flashing lights. Further information can be found at:
WestSeattleYuletide.blogspot.com.

MENASHE FAMILY LIGHTS, DECEMBER 1: The Menashe Family Lights are the biggest and brightest display in West Seattle.

(WSB file photo)
The official first night is scheduled for December 1st (you may see lights sooner as they install and test). (5605 Beach Drive SW)

DECORATED HOMES: We’ll be spotlighting other homes as they start appearing! Watch this WSB archive.

Got lights? See lights? Neighborhood displays included – please let us know! We’ll be spotlighting lights all season long

JUNCTION HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS (co-sponsored by WSB)

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26: EVERY day should be Small Business Day, but this is the day early in the shopping season when your independent local small businesses are in a special spotlight. See our separate list of seasonal small-biz sales and spotlights for specifics.

JUNCTION TREE LIGHTING, NIGHT MARKET, GLOWS FESTIVAL, DECEMBER 3: 4-8 pm in the heart of The Junction, the new Glorious Lights of West Seattle festival, and more.

HOLIDAY ART WALK, DECEMBER 8: The Junction has special holiday extras planned for its Art Walk participation tonight: The Silver Belles carolers, Santa on the Street, Art of Music, Luminarias, 5-8 pm – more info will be on the Art Walk website.

COCOA & COAT DRIVE, DECEMBER 11: Plus a garland sale! South end of West Seattle Farmers’ Market (California/Alaska).

HOLIDAY FARMERS’ MARKET, DECEMBER 18: 10 am-2 pm, last market before Christmas. (California between Oregon and Alaska)

HOLIDAY MISCELLANEOUS ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING PARTIES

(2021 Festival of Trees)

FESTIVAL OF TREES, NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 8: Decorated, donated trees will be on display in the lobby at Brookdale Admiral Heights, free to visit; the trees will be auctioned as a charity benefit at 7 pm December 8th. (2326 California SW)

‘WINTER WANDER’ SCAVENGER HUNT, DECEMBER 3-12: Alice Kuder presents the “Winter Wander” scavenger hunt again this year – pre-registration open now; email wswinterwander@gmail.com – every team registered gets a $10 gift card for a local business. “$100 gift card for the first team to correctly solve and submit solutions to all 25 clues.”

SENIOR CENTER LUNCHES, DECEMBER 6 & 13: Senior Center of West Seattle‘s holiday lunches, with live music. Suggested donation: $4 (60+), $10 (under 60). Members and those with December birthdays can attend one free. RSVP by: Friday, Dec. 2. More info and menus here. (4217 SW Oregon)

CHAMBER PARTY, DECEMBER 7: “Mix, Mingle, & Jingle” with the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, 6 pm party at Whisky West (6451 California SW). Buy your ticket online.

FAUNTLEROY CHURCH FESTIVAL OF TREES, DECEMBER 7, 14, 21: On each of those night, you can visit Fauntleroy UCC (9140 California SW) 7-8 pm to see a dozen creatively decorated trees.

HOLIDAY CONCERTS & SINGALONGS

WINTER BENEFIT CONCERT, DECEMBER 3: Local musicians play at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) to benefit local charities, 4:30 pm – details and (free) ticket link in our calendar listing.

WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRAS, DECEMBER 6 & 9: Two WSCO holiday concerts, both free admission (“donations gratefully accepted”) – Debut and Concert Orchestra at 6 pm December 6, Symphony Orchestra feat. cello soloist Alistair MacRae at 7 pm December 9. Both concerts are at Chief Sealth International High School (2600 SW Thistle).

HOLIDAY MUSIC WITH TOM HUTYLER, DECEMBER 9: At the Senior Center of West Seattle (California/Oregon), 6 pm, “the Voice of the Mariners” sings holiday music for you.

BELLS OF THE SOUND, DECEMBER 10: 7 pm concert with Puget Sound’s premier handbell choir at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (3940 41st SW) – more info in our calendar listing.

NORTHWEST BOYCHOIR, DECEMBER 11 & 18: Northwest Boychoir‘s annual “Festival of Lessons and Carols” at Holy Rosary Church, 7 pm. Tickets here. (42nd SW/SW Genesee)

SEATTLE GIRLS CHOIR, DECEMBER 16: 7:30 pm at Holy Rosary (42nd/Genesee), Seattle Girls Choir presents “Carmina Angelorum.”

FAUNTLEROY CHURCH CONCERTS, DECEMBER 17-18: Saturday, Dec. 17, 7 pm, and Sunday, Dec. 18, 4 pm, in the Fauntleroy UCC sanctuary with choir, brass, percussion, and lots of holiday spirit. Free. (9140 California SW)

HOLIDAY PLAYS & OTHER PERFORMANCES

‘Q BROTHERS CHRISTMAS CAROL,’ THROUGH DECEMBER 23: ArtsWest (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor) presents a holiday musical described as a “hip-hop remix of Dickens’ classic tale.” Tickets and show times/dates are here.

‘MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET,’ DECEMBER 9-18: Join Twelfth Night Productions for The Lux Radio Theater version of the classic 1947 film, performed at Kenyon Hall (7904 35th SW) – ticket info and other details on the TNP website.

SILVER SOUNDS HOLIDAY SHOW, DECEMBER 15: 1 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle (California/Oregon), madcap musical version of “A Christmas Carol” with music, dancing, jokes, skits, and a “mystery raffle.” Santa too!

DANCE WEST SEATTLE, DECEMBER 18: The annual performance of “The Magical Doll Maker” is at 1:30 pm at the Highline Performing Arts Center (401 S. 152nd, Burien). Ticket info is here.

CHRISTMAS TREE LOTS & FRESH WREATHS

(Wreaths at Holy Rosary Tree Lot)

HOME DEPOT (Delridge/Orchard) … trees have arrived

WEST SEATTLE NURSERY (California/Brandon) … trees have arrived

TREES BY THE SEA (2530 Alki SW) … now open – here’s our story (including its hours)

JUNCTION TRUE VALUE (44th/Edmunds) … trees have arrived

TONY’S MARKET (35th/Barton) … trees have arrived

McLENDON HARDWARE: Trees expected the week of November 21.

HOLY ROSARY TREE LOT: This year’s Holy Rosary Tree Lot, north of the school, is now open. Part of the proceeds benefit local nonprofits.

Also:

FUNDRAISING ‘DOOR DECOR’ SALES: Pathfinder K-8 PTSA and students will be selling their handmade “door decor” – stand by for ordering/buying info.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES/DONATION DRIVES/BENEFITS

TOY DRIVE AT JOHN L. SCOTT WESTWOOD, ONGOING: Through December 15, unwrapped toys are being collected at John L. Scott Real Estate – Westwooddetails here.

TOYS FOR TOTS, ONGOING: Drop off new, unwrapped toys at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) or Northwest Art and Frame (4733 California SW). The Kiwanis Club of West Seattle also is accepting donations at its West Seattle Farmers’ Market booth, 10 am-2 pm Sundays, through November 27.

TREEHOUSE DONATION DRIVE AT WEST SEATTLE RUNNER: Toys, clothing, and other items for Treehouse for Kids will be collected at West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) through December 7. Our calendar listing has the full wish list.

WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE AT DAVE NEWMAN STATE FARM, THROUGH END OF YEAR: Coats, warm clothing, shoes, for the West Seattle Food Bank/Clothesline. Drop off weekdays 9 am-5 pm at Dave Newman State Farm Agency (WSB sponsor). More info here. (3435 California SW)

FOOD DRIVE AT CANNA WEST CULTURE SHOP: Through December 31st:

Canna West Culture Shop has teamed up with the West Seattle Food Bank (WSFB) to help the hungry this holiday season by initiating a food drive. Starting today visitors to the Culture Shop, located at 5435 California Avenue, can drop off non-perishable food items that they want to donate for the holidays. In return for their donations, they will be given a coupon for 20% off of a single item in the Culture Shop.

The Culture Shop is open 10 am-6 pm daily. Outside those hours, there’s a bin at Canna West Seattle (WSB sponsor) across the street.

DONATIONS FOR WSHS STUDENT CARE PACKAGES, NOVEMBER 29, DECEMBER 6: Volunteers are collecting items for “care packages” to help dozens of students get through winter break. Our calendar listing has the list of what they need. Drop off donations at WSHS (3000 California SW) on two more dates, 3-5 pm: November 29, December 6.

DRIVE-THROUGH FOOD AND COAT DRIVE, DECEMBER 3: Two students are again organizing their annual drive-up/ride-up donation drive in the lot behind Hope Lutheran (42nd/Oregon), 10 am-3 pm, more in our calendar listing.

FRIENDS OF ROXHILL HOLIDAY DRIVE, ONGOING: Help students and their families:

Every child should have a holiday meal and present, and parents and caregivers could use less stress this holiday season. You can make a difference by donating today! Roxhill Elementary, a Title I school here in West Seattle, has more than 50 families who need support through the holiday season. All funds donated go directly to our RoxStar families. Go here to give. Friends of Roxhill is a registered non-profit. If you would prefer to donate by check, please mail it to the school at 7740 34th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126. Thank you for being a friend!

FOOD DRIVE AT FIT BAR CAFE THROUGH DECEMBER 1: Through December 1st, drop off high-quality nonperishable items for Food Lifeline – if you bring at least 10 items, you get a $5 Fit Bar gift card for your next visit. (2222 California SW)

TOY DRIVE AT WEST SEATTLE GROUNDS THROUGH DECEMBER 11: Drop off wnwrapped toys and get a “neighborhood discount” on your purchase. (2241 California SW)

KOL HANESHAMAH DONATION DRIVE, DECEMBER 6-21: “Kol HaNeshamah, the progressive Jewish congregation in West Seattle, is gathering warm hats, gloves, socks and scarves for our West Seattle neighbors in need. Please deliver new or gently used items to KHN at 6115 SW Hinds Street between December 6th and December 21st.”

SHOPPING SPOTLIGHTS

Having a holiday sale? Special late hours? Let us know so we can feature that here!

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 – While EVERY day should be Shop Small Business Day, this day in particular has a special emphasis, so support your West Seattle businesses! (And if yours has something special going on that day – let us know so we can add it to this section!)

MOUNTAIN TO SOUND OUTFITTERS, THROUGH NOVEMBER 27: “In 2009 Mountain to Sound Outfitters opened on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. It was a recession, several regional specialty winter shops had just closed including Olympic Sports and Mt Pilchuck Ski and Sports. We decided to bring a ski and snowboard to West Seattle! It’s been a great run, and we are celebrating our 13th anniversary this week. Come say hi, support our shop, and get the best winter gear available for your mountain adventures.” (3602 SW Alaska; WSB sponsor)

EMERALD WATER ANGLERS, THANKSGIVING WEEKEND: From Emerald Water Anglers: “Fliesgiving sale! Friday – Monday. Deals on select rods and reels, and a $25 gift card for every $200 spent.” (4502 42nd SW; WSB sponsor)

THUNDER ROAD GUITARS, THANKSGIVING WEEKEND: Big sale Friday, Saturday, Sunday – details here. (6400 California SW; WSB sponsor)

BROCANTE BEACH HOUSE, SMALL BIZ SATURDAY: Details here. (2622 Alki SW)

SEATTLE DIVE TOURS, ONGOING OFFER: Unique gift idea:

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Give the gift of diving. Our gift certificates can be used on all tours, training, travel and gear. $200 is the right amount for a dive tour. $400 will help them attain the next level of dive training. Gift certificates are valid for 1 year from issuance.

Seattle Dive Tours is a boutique scuba diving tour company based in West Seattle, store in Admiral, and primary dive site at Seacrest.

ART WALK, DECEMBER 8: West Seattle Art Walk‘s holiday edition, 5 pm “until late,” with extra holiday fun. Most art work you see can be purchased!

DECEMBER 18: Holiday Farmers’ Market in The Junction, 10 am-2 pm.

HOLIDAY CHURCH SCHEDULES

*Note – any announced Thanksgiving Eve/Day services will be listed in the Thanksgiving section atop this page*

We’ll add winter-holiday services as we receive announcements/schedules – both online and in person – so please e-mail us if/when you have your schedule finalized – thanks!

HANUKKAH

(WSB photo from 2019 Junction celebration)

THE DATES: This year, the 8-night Festival of Lights begins the evening of December 18th and ends the evening of December 26th.

JUNCTION PUBLIC CELEBRATION ON THE FIRST NIGHT: “Love. Light. Donuts! Kol HaNeshamah, the progressive Jewish congregation in West Seattle, is back this year with Pop-Up Chanukah at the Junction. Join your West Seattle Neighbors at Junction Plaza Park on Sunday, December 18, at 5 pm for song, candlelighting, and donuts-to-go. Everyone’s welcome!”

ALKI PUBLIC CELEBRATION ON THE FIRST NIGHT: A 12-foot menorah will be in place outside Alki Bathhouse (60th/Alki), where it will be lit in a ceremony at 5 pm on the first night of Hanukkah (December 18), and will be lit electrically the next seven nights.

CHRISTMAS EVE AND DAY

GROCERY-STORE HOURS: Who’s open and who’s closed? We’ll update here as we find/receive the info.

RESTAURANTS THAT ARE OPEN: We’ll be compiling a list and linking it here when Christmas gets closer. (Know your hours already? Please tell us!)

OTHER BUSINESSES: While we don’t compile a comprehensive list, business owners/managers are welcome to send us info – especially if you have any last-minute shopping hours on Christmas Eve.

NEW YEAR’S EVE AND DAY

(Photo by David Hutchinson)

MIDNIGHT FIREWORKS: Yes, the Space Needle will do it again to greet 2023.

BAR PARTIES: We’ll add listings as we get them!

(January 1, 2022 photo by Scott Nelson)

POLAR BEAR SWIM: Usually held New Year’s Day morning on Alki – we’ll publish the announcement as soon as we receive it.

Let us know what else you want to see listed here, and/or what’s missing! Check back because we’ll be adding to the page frequently, as the events come in!