West Seattle Holiday Guide

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

Updated 12/31/2018: 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!


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

10 PM LIGHT SHOW, MIDNIGHT FIREWORKS: Visible from any place in West Seattle where you can see the Space Needle! This year a half-hour laser-light show at 10 pm is being added to the annual midnight fireworks.

RESTAURANTS THAT ARE OPEN: Here’s our updated holiday list including who’s open New Year’s Eve and/or Day! PLEASE let us know about changes – westseattleblog@gmail.com -thanks!

NOT-SO-SILENT-NIGHT PARADE & NEW YEAR’S PARTY: Highland Park Improvement Club‘s New Year’s Eve parade starts at 6 pm!

That kicks off a night-long party at HPIC, which celebrates 100 years in 2019! (1116 SW Holden)

NYE DINNER @ ITTO’S: Two sessions for a special New Year’s Eve dinner at Itto’s Tapas (WSB sponsor) – see the prix-fixe menu and make reservations by going here. (4160 California SW)

THE ALLEY: The Junction’s new bar plans a New Year’s Eve party:

Exclusive entry for the night.
Complimentary selected bites from our kitchen coursed out through the night.
Cocktail and sparkling wine specials all night.
Champagne toast at midnight.

Tickets now on sale – go here. (4509 California SW)


We are having our 6th annual Family Party at South Park Hall from 7-9 pm. $10/person over 2 years old. Each kid gets access to the hot cocoa bar and a gift bag. We will have a count down on the big screen with the East Coast and music.

(1053 S. Cloverdale)

WALKS FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE/DAY: As announced by Emerald City Wanderers:

Walking is a great way to enjoy New Year’s Eve and Day with family, friends and other kindred spirits. We’ll have 5 and 10 kilometer walks on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, different routes each day. And there’ll be hot soup and snacks to chase away the chills. Walks start on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, anytime between 4 and 7 PM, and on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, between 9 AM and 12 noon, at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in West Seattle. No fee for the walks, which are noncompetitive.

The New Year’s Eve 5 kilometer route winds through the holiday lights in the Admiral neighborhood and Junction. The 10 kilometer route also enjoys neighborhood holiday lights, heads down to Alki and features the lights on and around Puget Sound, Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle. Flashlights helpful.

On New Year’s Day, the 5 and 10 kilometer routes take walkers through North Admiral, enjoying a number of viewpoints looking over Elliott Bay. 10K walkers will walk down to Jack Block Park and enjoy the spectacular outlook.

This event is hosted by the Emerald City Wanderers and St John the Baptist Episcopal Church, and is sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association. Information about volkssports will be available.

(Start at 3050 California SW)

SKYLARK NYE PARTY: Doors at 8:30 pm – $10 cover – includes champagne toast. Details here. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

PARLIAMENT TAVERN NYE PARTY: 9 pm – $11 advance tickets here.

Join Parliament Tavern on Monday, December 31st for a good old fashioned NYE blowout with deep funk pioneer Lucky Brown and his West Seattle compatriots Cecil Moses & the SGs!!! We’re going to dance, party, toast and roast with a good fortune ritual and celebration to end all good fortune rituals and celebrations!!! Wear red for good luck! Champagne toast @ midnight! Tarot readings by Lady Viveka in the parlor!

December 31, 9 pm. 21+

(4210 SW Admiral Way)

GREAT AMERICAN DINER AND BAR: “Flashback will be performing ’60s & ’70s music starting at 8:00 PM (until late). No cover, no minimum, no purchase necessary. Food & drink available.” UPDATE: Band canceled due to illness. (4752 California SW)

OTHER JUNCTION VENUES: Music, midnight toasts – here’s a list compiled by the West Seattle Junction Association.


NEW YEAR’S DAY POLAR BEAR SWIM AT ALKI: Be on the beach across from Duke’s by 9:45 am – the swim/plunge/etc. happens at 10 sharp! Here’s the announcement we published 12/21/18.

NEW YEAR’S DAY YOGA: 10 am-noon at SoundYoga (WSB sponsor) – register in advance – info is in our calendar listing. (5639 California SW)

NEW YEAR’S DAY NIA: Dance to greet 2019:

Move2Center Studio, located at 3618 SW Alaska St (in the lower level of the West Seattle Veterans building), is hosting its One-Year Anniversary New Year’s Day celebration with a special Nia class on Tuesday, January 1, at 10 am.

We’re creating a 75-minute playlist to help people dance in 2019 with positive energy. As a token of gratitude to our Nia community, all current passholders with our studio can dance for free. Newcomers can enjoy a drop-in fee of $10. Special discount deals will be available to attendees as well!

More info at www.move2centerstudio.com, or email info@move2centerstudio.com.

NEW YEAR’S DAY POLAR BEAR SWIM: Yes, it’s on – here’s the announcement we received and published December 21st. Be on the beach across from Duke’s at 9:45; everybody in the water at 10! (Here’s our video/photo coverage from last NYD.)


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)

(5605 Beach Drive SW)

THROUGH JANUARY 1: West Seattle Yuletide is back – here’s an update! (4120 38th SW)

DECORATED HOUSES: We’ve been spotlighting some – scroll through here to see!


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)


CURBSIDE TREES/GREENS: Here’s the info provided by SPU.


RAINBOW GIRLS’ DROPOFF FUNDRAISER: West Seattle Assembly #18 Rainbow Girls will collect trees for recycling Sunday, January 6, 2019, 10 AM to 2 PM. Alki Masonic Center parking lot. Dropoff by donation. (40th/Edmunds)



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

Let us know what else you want to see listed here, and/or what’s missing!