West Seattle Holiday Guide

(Thanks to Wyatt’s Jewelers for sponsoring our Holiday Guide again this year!)

Updated 12/10/2018, with additions continuing! Welcome to this year’s WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide! Holiday event or venue missing? Please let us know ASAP so we can add it! As usual, we’ll be updating this at least once a day through New Year’s, to add what’s new and remove what’s already happened.

SHOPPING SPOTLIGHTS, GIFT WRAPPING

DECEMBER 13, 20: Shop Late Thursdays as part of West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays.

DECEMBER 13: West Seattle Art Walk‘s holiday edition, 5 pm “until late,” with The Silver Belles caroling in The Junction 6 pm-8 pm.

DECEMBER 15, 22: Gift wrapping at Quail Park Memory Care Residences of West Seattle (WSB sponsor):

We LOVE the Junction! On Saturdays in December: (1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd), between 10 am and 4 pm, we’ll GIFT WRAP any gifts you purchase from Junction Businesses! Bring your gifts down the hill, and enjoy some hot cider while we wrap your gifts! The service is on us, but if you’d like to leave a donation for the Alzheimer’s Association, we’ll have that opportunity available!

(4515 41st SW)

DECEMBER 22-24: Last-Minute Holiday Dash shopping in The Junction. Stay tuned for updates.

DECEMBER 23: Holiday Farmers’ Market in The Junction, 10 am-2 pm

HOLIDAY BAZAARS, CRAFT FAIRS, SALES, & BUSINESS OPEN HOUSES

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(2016 St. Nicholas Faire photo by Leda Costa for WSB)

DECEMBER 13: West Seattle Art Walk, December/holiday edition, 5 pm until “late.” Check wsartwalk.org for artists/venues.

DECEMBER 14: West Seattle Night Market, 5-9 pm. Locally made and handcrafted goods. Sarah of Sage to Sea Designs says they’ll have 13 vendors: “We will have handmade candles, jewelry, handbags, blown glass, bakery items and more.” (4156 California SW)

DECEMBER 14: At VAIN (WSB sponsor) in The Junction: “Join us at VAIN’s holiday open house. 10-30% discounts storewide and complimentary refreshments served. 6-9 pm. 100s of classy and affordable gifts, jewelry and accessories available under $40. Hair tinsel services so you can sparkle all season long! Free gifts with purchase while supplies last. Chance to win a hair service package to make your 2019 style dreams come true!

(4513 California SW)

DECEMBER 14-15-16: December edition of the Duwamish Native NW Holiday Gift Fair, 10 am-5 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

DECEMBER 21: Illusions Hair Design (WSB sponsor) Holiday Open House! “Join us for sweets, treats and savory eats all day from 9-6!” (5619 California SW)

SANTA PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

(Santa Brunch at Salty’s – scroll down for info in this section!)

DAILY THROUGH DECEMBER 24: Santa photos at Westwood Village, 11 am-7 pm – see the full seasonal schedule here.

DECEMBER 12: Santa Photos at Pegasus Pizza on Alki, 6-10 pm. (2770 Alki SW)

DECEMBER 13: Look for Santa walking around at the holiday West Seattle Art Walk!

DECEMBER 14: Santa Photos at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor), 3-6 pm. (4022 SW Alaska)

DECEMBER 15, 22: Santa photos at CAPERS in The Junction, 9 am-1 pm, by donation benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank. (4525 California SW)

picturetime(WSB photo – Santa at Menashe Lights, December 2016)

DECEMBER 15: Santa Photos at the Menashe Family Lights, 6-10 pm. Bring nonperishable food for the West Seattle Food Bank. (5605 Beach Drive SW)

DECEMBER 16: Look for Santa in The Junction, 10 am-1 pm.

DECEMBER 24: Santa at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) Christmas Eve Brunch, 10 am-2 pm; info here. (1936 Harbor SW)

LIGHTING EVENTS & LIGHT SHOWS

THROUGH NEW YEAR’S Thanksgiving was the first night for West Seattle Lights, light shows programmed to synch to music. See the nightly schedule by going here, and watch that website for updates! (3908 SW Charlestown)

THROUGH NEW YEAR’S: The Menashe Family Lights are the biggest and brightest display in West Seattle.

(WSB photo from 2015)

This year’s display went on November 30th. (5605 Beach Drive SW)

DECEMBER 14-15: New event! Outdoor Winter Festival of Lights:

Lafayette Elementary students, teachers and families will create a beautiful outdoor display of lights to share with our community December 14 & 15th, 6 pm-8 pm. Come sip hot cocoa and enjoy a cookie while walking through our outdoor display Winter Festival of Lights. Suggested Donation $2 per person.

(California & Lander)

DECEMBER 15-16, 18, 20, 27: Alki light show:

The 2018 Uehara-Bingen Xmas Lights Show on Alki!

1736 Alki Ave SW – (If you drive, please park across the street from our house, alongside the Alki Bicycle Path.)

Showtimes:

Sat 12/15, 5:30
Sun 12/16, 5:30
Tue 12/18, 6:15
Thu 12/20, 6:15
Thu 12/27, 6:15

We intend to start the shows exactly 15 minutes after the posted times, so please don’t be late. Once the show gets started, it lasts ~30 minutes, so dress warm! This is exciting! The show will be a lot of fun, featuring some of your favorite characters. You don’t want to miss it!

DECEMBER 21-JANUARY 1: West Seattle Yuletide will be back – here’s an update! (4120 38th SW)

Got lights? See lights? Neighborhood displays included – we’ll add them as the season goes on – please let us know! Photos welcome too

WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS (co-sponsored by WSB)

(2012 WSB photo)

HOLIDAY ART WALK: 5 pm to “late,” plus caroling with The Silver Belles, Thursday, December 13. Map/venue list is on the WSAW website.

SHOP LATE THURSDAYS – December 13 and 20, shop until 9 pm – many Junction retailers will be open! The Silver Belles will be caroling 6-8 pm on 12/6 and 12/13.

CASPAR BABYPANTS: Saturday, December 15, 6:30 pm, Caspar Babypants performs at Easy Street Records. (California SW/SW Alaska)

RIDE THE SANTA BUS! 10 am-2 pm on December 16th:

Leaving from the south end of SW Alaska and California Ave, 10 AM to 2 PM. Hosted by Quail Park Memory Care Residences of West Seattle (WSB sponsor). Meet Santa on the bus for a festive ride around town.

HOLIDAY FARMERS’ MARKET: Sunday, December 23, 10 am-2 pm (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)

HOLIDAY MISCELLANY, INCLUDING PARTIES & CLASSES & TASTINGS

DECEMBER 12: HARK! at Bethany West Seattle, 6 pm: “Join us for HARK! A Christmas Celebration! We will celebrate the season with fun activities, some Christmas tales, a little singing — and of course, there will be cookies and cocoa! This Christmas party is open to the community, so bring a friend along for the festivities! This event is family friendly with lots of kids’ activities.” (9600 9th SW)

DECEMBER 12: 6:30 pm, annual Christmas party at Trinity West Seattle:

FREE PICTURES WITH SANTA, LIVE MUSIC, AN UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER CONTEST– AND LOTS OF OTHER THINGS FOR YOUR FAMILY TO DO! DOORS WILL OPEN AT 6:30!! MERRY CHRISTMAS, WEST SEATTLE!

(7551 35th SW)

DECEMBER 14: Finnriver Cider & Mt Townsend Cheese Tasting at Sound & Fog, 5 pm-8 pm. (4735 40th SW)

DECEMBER 14: International Winter Party at Denny International Middle School, 6-9 pm. With Banda Vagos, Chief Sealth Mariachi, more – info in our calendar listing. (2601 SW Kenyon)

DECEMBER 14: Cocoa for a Cause!

Please join local Brownie Troop 41169 for our second-annual Cocoa for a Cause! Our Girl Scout troop will be providing cocoa to anyone who brings a donation (food or cash) for the West Seattle Food Bank. We will be at the Helmstetler’s West Seattle Lights display near the Charleston water tower on December 14, 2018 from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm.

(3908 SW Charlestown)

DECEMBER 16: 6 pm, West Seattle Runner‘s 2018 Christmas Lights Run – and more! Meet at the store:

We have chosen the date for our Annual Light Run. Come for the 2.5-3 mile easy group run. We move at a pace conducive to safety, light-viewing and picture pauses. We are still looking for someone to lead the caroling! Come with lights to see and be seen, festive garb, reflective gear, kids and dogs and lots of cheer! Afterwards we will serve cookies and beverage; nog may or may not be spiked. Come one, come all and stay on the sidewalks. Feel free to bring canned goods or donations for the Helmstetler Home charities as we will stop there to finish out the run.

(2743 California SW)

DECEMBER 20: Ugly Sweater Night at Ounces with Fremont Brewing, 5:30-8 pm. Contest at 6:30 pm, with prizes! (3809 Delridge Way SW)

HOLIDAY CONCERTS & SINGALONGS

DECEMBER 14, 22: Caroling at Westwood Village – times and details here

DECEMBER 14: West Seattle Community Orchestras‘ Intermediate Orchestra and Wind Symphony in concert with Chief Sealth IHS Choir: 7 pm at Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium. Admission is FREE; donations appreciated! (2600 SW Thistle)

DECEMBER 16: Songs of Christmas! Singalong at Admiral UCC, 4 pm. (4320 SW Hill)

DECEMBER 16 & 21: Northwest Boychoir‘s annual “Festival of Lessons and Carols” at Holy Rosary Church, two performances this year: 7 pm on December 16th (info), 7:30 pm on December 21st (info). (42nd SW/SW Genesee)

DECEMBER 16: Christmas Concert at Fauntleroy Church, 4 pm: “Enjoy both new and familiar music of the season in a free vocal and instrumental concert by the chancel choir.” (9140 California SW)

DECEMBER 16: 6 pm, “The Gift: An Alki UCC Musical Christmas”:

ALL are welcome at Alki United Church of Christ so come as you are to this first-of-its-kind Alki neighborhood Christmas concert! Led by Marshan Goodwin-Moultry, The Alki UCC Choir takes you on a journey through new arrangements of traditional Christmas favorites and “get-up-outta-your-seat” Gospel music.

Link to online tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3904962

Your $5 General Admission ticket benefits THREE amazing local organizations:
Camp Second Chance
West Seattle Helpline
Alki United Church of Christ (Alki UCC)

Child care available onsite with advance reservation; contact gift@alkiucc.org.

Doors open at 5:30 pm
Refreshments and goodies served after the concert!

(6115 SW Hinds)

HOLIDAY PLAYS & OTHER PERFORMANCES

THROUGH DECEMBER 23: ArtsWest presents Jane Eyre: The Musical, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 pm, Sundays 3 pm. (No show Thanksgiving Day.) Directed by Mathew Wright. Tickets available here. (4711 California SW)

DECEMBER 14, 15, 16: Join Twelfth Night Productions this holiday season for “A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play.” Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm at Kenyon Hall. Buy your ticket(s) online at this Brown Paper Tickets link, or at the venue box office. (7904 35th SW)

CHRISTMAS TREE LOTS & FRESH WREATHS

(Wreaths at 2014 Holy Rosary Tree Lot)

JUNCTION TRUE VALUE (4747 44th SW) Trees have arrived, as seen 11/20/2018.

WEST SEATTLE NURSERY (California SW/SW Brandon) Trees have arrived, as seen 11/20/2018.

ALKI TREE LOT (2530 Alki SW) Now open, Trees by the Sea: “The official hours are 12-7 Mon/Tues, 12-8 Mon-Fri, and 10-8 Sat/Sun. We get all of our trees in fresh weekly and also have a holiday hut onsite that has items for purchase from our line, as well as wreaths and garland and all that good stuff.”

HOLY ROSARY TREE LOT: Holy Rosary Tree Lot, north of the school. Opened November 23. Part of this lot’s proceeds benefit West Seattle Helpline, Hickman House (domestic-violence shelter), and West Seattle Food Bank. (41st/Dakota)

TONY’S MARKET (35th SW/SW Barton) … Now open.

ADMIRAL SAFEWAY (2622 California SW) … Small trees spotted post-Thanksgiving.

Other tree retailers: MCLENDON HARDWARE (10210 16th SW) … HOME DEPOT (Delridge/Orchard) … We also noticed THREE TREE FARMS at the Farmers’ Market on November 25th … Let us know if you spot other locations – every year a new independent lot pops up somewhere, unannounced until we (or you) see it! editor@westseattleblog.com or text 206-293-6302

WREATH SALES: Pathfinder K-8 PTSA and students make handmade wreaths and sell them in The Junction during the season – the PTSA says they’ll be sold in The Junction during the West Seattle Farmers Market on December 16th (10 am-2 pm). All proceeds go to supporting outdoor education.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES/DONATION DRIVES/BENEFITS

CLOTHING DRIVE: Collecting for West Seattle Helpline:

Dave Newman State Farm Insurance agency will continue to collect clean donations of clothes, coats and shoes until January 1st. For undergarments and socks please donate only new and unopened packages of clothing items. The dropoff location is 3435 California Ave SW. For those who have donations but are unable to transport their clothes, coats and shoes to the donation location pickup may be available. For further information contact the State Farm office at 206-932-1878.

Donate Now – We are currently hosting our annual coat drive for the West Seattle Helpline.
Please drop by the office with any gently used warm clothing items you may have.

(3435 California SW)

(Tree and donation box at Northwest Insurance Group)

TOYS FOR TOTS, THROUGH DECEMBER 10TH: Northwest Insurance Group (WSB sponsor) is collecting new, unwrapped toys in their office:

Our agency wanted to let everyone know that we are again accepting Toys For Tots donations this year, from now until December 10th. We are accepting new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages.
Last year we had a record year with over 150 toys donated. This year, we would love to set a new record of 200+ donations. Please stop by and see our beautiful tree and leave a gift for the kids. We would love to visit with you.

(5431 California SW)

TOYS FOR TOTS, THROUGH DECEMBER 11TH: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate (WSB sponsor) is hosting this drive – details here on donating new, unwrapped toys. (4700 42nd SW, Suite 600)

DIAPER DRIVE, THROUGH DECEMBER 13TH: BHHS NW Real Estate (WSB sponsor) is hosting this too – details here on three ways to donate. You can even call them for pickup! (4700 42nd SW, Suite 600)

GIVING TREE, THROUGH DECEMBER 21: Tree for Hickman House is at CAPERS through December 21st. (4525 California SW)

NAVOS DRIVE, THROUGH DECEMBER 21: Here’s how you can help:

Make the holidays brighter for some of the most vulnerable children, youth, and adults in our community with a gift of gift cards (grocery stores or Target preferred), or children’s books (in English and Spanish) for all ages. Financial donations (tax deductible) also make a big difference!

Navos and our partner organizations, Seattle Children’s Home and Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center, invite you to make wishes come true this holiday season!

Donations may be dropped off at Navos’ West Seattle campus at 2600 SW Holden Street through Friday, December 21st at 4:00 pm, or picked up by arrangement at development@navos.org .

Together we can help hundreds of vulnerable children, youth, adults, and families living in poverty to have a happy holiday! For questions regarding Navos’ holiday drive, call 206-933-7196, or email development@navos.org.

MORE TOYS FOR TOTS, ALL SEASON LONG: Harbor Insurance Services is a drop site again this year – look for the big sign in the window. (3922 California SW)

HOLIDAY CHURCH SCHEDULES

TIBBETTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (3940 41st SW; WSB sponsor)

12/20 (Thursday) Tibbetts UMC Blue Christmas/Longest Night Service at 7 pm

Not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays. Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other disease that puts a question mark over the future, and a number of other human situations make parties and joviality painful for many people. If you are blue this holiday season, join us for a reflective service where we will focus on accepting where we really are, and holding out for healing and hope.

12/24 (Monday) Christmas Eve Family Service 5 pm & Candlelight Service 8 pm

Join us at 5 pm for a family service focused on our young disciples and their families! This special service includes an interactive music performance.

At 8 pm Tibbetts offers a warm candlelight service with scripture readings, traditional hymns and of course, Silent Night.

FAUNTLEROY CHURCH UCC (9140 California SW)

DECEMBER 24: Christmas Eve Services in the sanctuary
4:00 pm geared to children
7:00 pm with candlelight and carols
11:00 pm with candlelight and communion

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH OF WEST SEATTLE (4105 California SW)

Join us for the Four Sundays of Advent

Sundays:
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, in the chapel
10:30 am Holy Eucharist, in the nave
8:00 pm Compline, in the chapel

THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD
Celebrate with us the great Christmas feast of our Lord’s Nativity.
May these days fill your prayers with thanksgiving and blessing.

Monday, December 24, 2018:
Christmas Eve

Liturgy of Lessons, Carols, & Holy Eucharist
11:00 pm Holy Eucharist, in the nave

Tuesday, December 25, 2018:
Christmas Day
Festival Liturgy & Holy Eucharist

10:30 am Holy Eucharist, in the nave

Wednesday, December 26, 2018:
St. Stephen, Deacon and Marty
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11:45 am Holy Eucharist, in the chapel

Thursday, December 27, 2018:
St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

11:45 am Holy Eucharist, in the chapel

Friday, December 28, 2018
The Holy Innocents, Martyr
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9:00 am Holy Eucharist, in the chapel

To end the 12 days of Christmas be sure to join us on –

Sunday, January 6, 2019
The Day of Epiphany

8:00 am Holy Eucharist, in the chapel
10:30 am Holy Eucharist, in the nave
8:00 pm Compline, in the chapel

BETHANY WEST SEATTLE (9600 9th SW)

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
December 24th at 5 pm
Candlelight, Silent Night, friends, and family — join us for our annual Christmas Eve service.

ADMIRAL UCC (4320 SW Hill)

Taize Solstice Service
Thur, Dec 20 at 7:00 pm

Christmas Eve Service
Mon, Dec 24 at 7:00 pm

WEST SIDE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (3601 California Ave SW)

December 24 – Christmas Eve

West Side worship services celebrate God’s gift of good news for all people wrapped in the miracle of Christ’s birth.

4 pm – a contemporary family service especially welcoming to families with young children.

8 pm – A traditional candlelight service of lessons and carols with the sacrament of communion.

11 pm – A traditional candlelight service of lessons and carols with the sacrament of communion.

ALKI UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST (6115 SW Hinds)

Monday, December 24 – two Christmas Eve services

5:00 pm
Designed especially for families with young children. The nativity story is told in a way that engages the children and we end in a circle for candle-lighting and “Silent Night.”

10:00 pm
This is our more “traditional” Christmas Eve service with readings, carols, choir and a closing candlelight circle.

EASTRIDGE CHURCH (4500 39th SW)

CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE
Monday, December 24 at 5:30 pm and 7 pm

Start your holiday with our family-friendly candlelight Christmas Eve services. This year we are offering two options to celebrate with your family. Your family will enjoy these intimate and special services, which include family-style communion, and a candlelight singing of carols.

We’ll be adding more winter-holiday services as we receive announcements/schedules – please e-mail us if/when your church has its schedule finalized – thanks!

CHRISTMAS EVE AND DAY

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

COFFEE SHOPS THAT ARE OPEN: First one we’ve found, Caffe Ladro (7011 California SW) – Christmas Eve: 5:30 am – 4:00 pm; Christmas: 7:00 am – Noon … additions to come!

RESTAURANTS THAT ARE OPEN: We’ll be compiling a list and linking it here when Christmas gets closer.

NEW YEAR’S EVE AND DAY

(Needle fireworks in the fog, photographed by Ryan O’Keven)

MIDNIGHT FIREWORKS: Visible from any place in West Seattle where you can see the Space Needle!

NOT-SO-SILENT-NIGHT PARADE: Check back for Highland Park Improvement Club‘s New Year’s Eve parade and party plan, usually starting with the Corner Bar at 6 pm.

NEW YEAR’S DAY POLAR BEAR SWIM: We’ll post details when the announcement is in – but just plan on being at Alki for the big run-in/run-out! (Here’s our video/photo coverage from last NYD.)

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!