West Seattle Holiday Guide

Updated 12/4/2021: 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’re updating this at least once a day through New Year’s, to add what’s new and remove what’s already happened.

HANUKKAH

(WSB photo from 2019 Junction celebration)

THE DATES: This year, the 8-night Festival of Lights begins the evening of November 28th and ends the evening of December 5th.

HANDS-ON HANUKKAH, DECEMBER 5: At the West Seattle Farmers’ Market, 10 am-2 pm.

PUBLIC CELEBRATION ON THE LAST NIGHT: Kol HaNeshamah “Pop-Up Hanukkah” presents this celebration at Junction Plaza Park:

Love. Light. Donuts!

Kol HaNashamah, the progressive Jewish congregation in West Seattle, is back this year with Pop-Up Hanukkah at The Junction. Join your West Seattle Neighbors at Junction Plaza Park on Sunday, December 5th at 5 pm for song, candlelighting and donuts-to-go. Everyone’s welcome!

HOLIDAY BAZAARS/SALES, & BUSINESS OPEN HOUSES

(WSB photo from past Duwamish Longhouse art fair)

FAIR TRADE AND COFFEE SALE, ONGOING ONLINE: Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s annual sale is online again this year – shop here.

RAT CITY STUDIOS, DECEMBER 4-5: Holiday Open Studio and Sale – details in our calendar listing. (2410 SW 106th)

ART WALK, DECEMBER 9: West Seattle Art Walk, December/holiday edition, 5 pm until “late.” Check wsartwalk.org for artists/venues.

HERON’S NEST, DECEMBER 11: 10 am-6 pm – details in our calendar listing. $1 entry fee. (4815 15th SW)

ART MARKET, DECEMBER 12: 11 am-4 pm at Alki Bathhouse (60th SW/Alki SW), shop the Makers’ Holiday Art Market. Our calendar listing has the list of vendors.

C&P COFFEE, DECEMBER 18: Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 8 am-2 pm. “Jewelry, toys, clothing, prints, paintings, furniture, and more!” (5612 California SW)

SANTA PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

picturetime(WSB photo – Santa at Menashe Lights)

FREE SANTA PHOTOS: Santa himself sent us this first list of West Seattle stops:
West Seattle Art Walk, in The Junction, 5 pm-8 pm December 9

My Three Little Birds (4736 California SW), 11 am-2 pm December 11

Menashe Family Lights (5600 block of Beach Drive), 6 pm-10 pm December 11

Tram’s Salon (4110 California SW), 11 am-2 pm December 12

Pegasus Pizza (2770 Alki SW), 6 pm-10 pm December 15

West Seattle Junction Shop Late Thursday, 4 pm-8 pm December 16

HomeStreet Bank West Seattle (4022 SW Alaska), 3 pm-6 pm December 17

West Seattle Farmers’ Market, 10 am-2 pm December 19

OUNCES, DECEMBER 5: Santa at Ounces, 1-4 pm. Free DIY photos. (3809 Delridge Way SW)

LIGHTING EVENTS & LIGHT DISPLAYS

(OLG Tree, lit December 3rd at 35th SW/SW Myrtle)

WHITE CENTER, DECEMBER 5: White Center Tree Lighting outside Mac’s Triangle Pub, 4:20 pm (Delridge/16th/Roxbury).

THE JUNCTION, DECEMBER 5: Candlelighting is part of the Kol HaNeshamah “Pop-Up Hanukkah” celebration at Junction Plaza Park:

Love. Light. Donuts!

Kol HaNashamah, the progressive Jewish congregation in West Seattle, is back this year with Pop-Up Hanukkah at The Junction. Join your West Seattle Neighbors at Junction Plaza Park on Sunday, December 5th at 5 pm for song, candlelighting and donuts-to-go. Everyone’s welcome!

BEACH DRIVE: The Menashe Family Lights are the biggest and brightest display in West Seattle.

(WSB file photo)
Now fully on! (5605 Beach Drive SW)

Lights we’ve showcased on WSB:

11/30 The Arkills house in Fauntlee Hills, 39th SW/SW Trenton.

12/1The Loos house in Sunrise Heights, 7942 32nd SW.

12/3 – Menashe Family Lights (see above).

12/42700 block 45th SW, lots of inflatables.

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)

SHOP LATE THURSDAYS IN DECEMBER – December 9, 16, 23 = shop until 9 pm or ? – many Junction retailers will be open late!

COCOA & COAT DRIVE, DECEMBER 5: 10 am to 2 pm – “Bring gently used coats, hats, scarves, and gloves, benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank. Warm up with festive hot cocoa from our friends at Kiwanis. Located at the south end of the Farmers Market.” (California/Alaska)

PAJAMARAMA, DECEMBER 11: “Shop The Junction, 10 am to 1 pm. Limited-edition diner mug when you spend $20 or more (limited quantities) and cocoa-filling station. Dress in your pajamas!”

HOLIDAY FARMERS’ MARKET, DECEMBER 19: 10 am-2 pm, last market before Christmas – Santa will be there! (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)

HOLIDAY MISCELLANEOUS ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING PARTIES

FESTIVAL OF TREES, THROUGH DECEMBER 9: In the lobby at Brookdale Admiral Heights, free to visit, 8 am-8 pm daily; the trees will be auctioned off 6-8 pm December 9th. (2326 California SW)

CHRISTMAS LIGHT RUN, DECEMBER 12: 4:30 pm from West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) – info here.

SCAVENGER HUNT, DECEMBER 3-12: Alice Kuder presents the “Winter Wander” scavenger hunt again this year – details here.

SENIOR CENTER LUNCHES, DECEMBER 7 & 14: Senior Center of West Seattle‘s free (for members) holiday luncheon. “Celebrate the holiday season with a festive meal and entertainment. The December holiday lunch is free to members. Please select one lunch to attend and RSVP early. Tuesdays, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14: 11:45 am – 12:30 pm. Turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, and pumpkin pie. Entertainment: Pianist and vocalist Richard Dean (Dec. 7), Bonnie Birch Duo Holiday Show (Dec. 14). Cost: Free to members. Suggested donation: $4 (60+), $10 (under 60). RSVP by: Friday, Dec. 3.” (4217 SW Oregon)

CHAMBER PARTY, DECEMBER 8: “Mix, Mingle, & Jingle” with the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, 5:30-8 pm party at The Bridge (California/Graham). Buy your ticket online.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST, DECEMBER 20: At West Seattle Grounds (2141 California SW), 5-8 pm – details here.

HOLIDAY CONCERTS & SINGALONGS

WS COMMUNITY ORCHESTRAS, DECEMBER 7: 7 pm, the West Seattle Community Orchestras return to live performance, but they’ll be in Burien – details here.

FESTIVAL OF LESSONS & CAROLS, DECEMBER 12 & 19: Northwest Boychoir‘s annual “Festival of Lessons and Carols” at Holy Rosary Church, 7 pm. Tickets and more info here. (42nd SW/SW Genesee)

STARRY CROWNS, DECEMBER 16: 7 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe (35th/Myrtle) or livestreamed.

HOLIDAY PLAYS & OTHER PERFORMANCES

‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE,’ DECEMBER 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19: Join Twelfth Night Productions this holiday season:

Twelfth Night Productions (TNP) is excited to announce the return of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show with an original short by John Ruoff, The Case of the Missing Snowman. Both are playing together this December at Kenyon Hall.

Based on the classic 1946 Frank Capra film, playwright Joe Landry’s take on “It’s a Wonderful Life,” comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast as the ensemble of characters bring the town of Bedford Falls to the stage. You will feel the magic as we return to the fateful Christmas Eve when George Bailey contemplates ending his life before he realizes the difference he makes in the lives of others. “No man is a failure who has friends.”

“If you close your eyes during this production you won’t miss a beat because all of the components – the sound effects, the organ, and the commercials – work together successfully to recreate the live radio experience of the 1940’s and 50’s.”

The live radio show will be performed at historic Kenyon Hall, one of West Seattle’s favorite venues, December 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30 PM and December 12 and 19 at 3 PM. Bring the family and make this a holiday tradition! Tickets are available online at twelfthnightproductions.org or at Kenyon Hall, 7904 35th Ave. SW, starting an hour before the show on performance days. Prices are $20 for adults and $18 for students & seniors.

* Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours is required at the door. Masks are also required when not eating or drinking.

(7904 35th SW)

CHRISTMAS TREE LOTS & FRESH WREATHS

(Wreaths at Holy Rosary Tree Lot)

TREES BY THE SEA: Now open at 2530 Alki SW:

It is our 7th year there and we are very excited to be back and bringing our fresh weekly cut trees and holiday hut that will have our line of products from Shipwreck Apiaries, our honeybee company that produces amazing raw honey, gorgeous beeswax candles, and other beeswax-based products. We will be open daily until the week before Christmas. Our last day will be Sunday, December 19th.

Monday-Thursday – 12-7
Friday – 11-8
Saturday & Sunday – 8-8

$15 delivery available. Also selling wreaths/greenery.

HOLY ROSARY TREE LOT: Here’s the plan for this year’s Holy Rosary Tree Lot, north of the school:

Holy Rosary School will once again host their annual tree lot.  The lot, located on the Holy Rosary School playground, will open Friday, November 26 and remain open through December 18. The lot will offer Noble, Douglas and Fraser firs ranging in height from 2-10’.  Specialty heights, up to 11′, may be requested.

Holiday greenery is also for sale. Circle and cross wreaths, garland sold by the foot and Seattle Lutheran poinsettias will be available for pre-order or to purchase at the lot.

Multiple purchase options will be available:
1. Shop the lot, masks required
2. Pre-purchase on the school web site
3. Delivery available for an additional $25 fee, as a fundraiser for the 8th grade class. 

In addition to proceeds benefiting Holy Rosary School and Seattle Lutheran (poinsettias only), two local charities will also receive a portion of the proceeds: Salvation Army Hickman House and West Seattle Food Bank & Clothesline. Let’s work together as a community and fill the shelves at the West Seattle Food Bank. Bring 5 Cans of Food, Receive $5 Off Your Purchase!

Lot hours, directions and additional information may be found
at holyrosaryws.org/give/tree-lot.

Trees are also avaiable at:

WEST SEATTLE NURSERY (California/Brandon)

JUNCTION TRUE VALUE (44th/Edmunds)

TONY’S MARKET (35th/Barton)

McLENDON HARDWARE (16th/192nd, White Center)

FUNDRAISING WREATH SALES: Pathfinder K-8 PTSA and students are selling their handmade wreaths online for local pickup – go here to order.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES/DONATION DRIVES/BENEFITS

DONATIONS FOR WSHS CARE PACKAGES, DECEMBER 8: You have one more chance to drop off hygiene items and/or clothing for this student-organized, student-benefiting donation drive at West Seattle High School – details here.

COOKIES AND DRIVERS NEEDED: The Christmas People are delivering thousands of meals Christmas week. They need homemade cookies – to be dropped off in West Seattle – plus volunteers, including drivers. Here’s the info.

COATS & WARM CLOTHING, THROUGH YEAR’S END: Drop off donations including clothing, coats, and shoes for the West Seattle Helpline at the Dave Newman State Farm Insurance (WSB sponsor) office during business hours through December 31st. (3435 California SW)

TOYS FOR TOTS, ALL SEASON LONG: Drop off new, unwrapped toys at C&P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) during business hours. (5612 California SW)

WARM ACCESSORIES, THROUGH DECEMBER 5: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 November 17 through December 5th.”

WESTSIDE BABY, ALL SEASON: Give JOY by giving diapers, dollars, and/or other needed items for the thousands of families served by WestSide Baby – details here.

HOLIDAY HELP FOR ROXHILL FAMILIES, ALL SEASON: Ensure that Roxhill Elementary kids and their families have a happy holiday season – donate here.

COAT DRIVE, DECEMBER 5: From the West Seattle Food Bank, “We will be partnering with Kiwanis Sunday, December 5th, from 10 am -2 pm at their tent at West Seattle Farmers Market in The Junction. We will collect coats, hats, and gloves to be donated to the West Seattle Food Bank’s Clothesline to help families stay warm this winter.”

CLOTHING DRIVE, DECEMBER 9: 10 am-11:30 am at Daystar Retirement Village (2615 SW Barton; WSB sponsor), donate clothing for the West Seattle Clothesline and get made-to-offer coffee.

FOOD & COAT DRIVE, DECEMBER 11: Student-led drive-up/ride-up food and coat drive – details here.

ITEMS FOR CAMP SECOND CHANCE, THROUGH DECEMBER 20: Canna West Seattle (5440 California SW; WSB sponsor) is collecting items including Christmas decorations for West Seattle’s only tiny-house encampment

CHRISTMAS COOKIES, DECEMBER 22-24: Homemade cookies needed, and volunteers too, by The Christmas Peopleinfo here.

NAVOS, ALL SEASON: The request:

West Seattle Friends and Neighbors,

Please consider making a contribution to help people in need in our community this holiday season. Donations are for low-income young children, youth and adults in treatment at Navos, a community mental health provider of treatment services to people with a mental health condition or substance use disorder. Many are young kids and adolescents who have experienced trauma and abuse as well as adults with mental illness who are homeless. These neighbors have been especially impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic and the need is great.

Navos, based in West Seattle, provides a vast continuum of effective treatment and care to children, youth and adults, most of whom live at or near poverty, with an emotional or mental health condition or substance use disorder. Services include outaptient treatnt, a neahiral health inpatient hospital, supperted husing preventing adults from homelessness, and specialized treatment programs for chidlren and youth. For more information on Navos, click here: navos.org

To make a cash donation and we will do the shopping, click here:
navos.org/donate
“Other Donation” and input “BH Holiday 2021”

SHOPPING SPOTLIGHTS

YOUNGSTOWN/HEARTBEET HOLIDAY SHOP, THROUGH DECEMBER 24: “Holiday shop featuring local BIPOC, LGBTQ, and female creators and artists at Youngstown Coffee and HeartBeet Cafe’s seating space – now through December 24th.” (6032 California SW)

MACHEL SPENCE ONLINE ART SHOP: “I am a local artist who has lived & taught in West Seattle for over 24 years, I work with pieces of nature to create original woodland scenes in jewelry, glass cloches & wall art. I love creating art with natural treasures I find in the forest responsibility with love & respect for the environment. My pieces will bring you light & love.” Shop online at
etsy.com/shop/EtherealMycoGardens

SEATTLE YARN, NOVEMBER 26-27 AND BEYOND: Here’s what Seattle Yarn has planned for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and then some:

Three Fates Yarns trunk show – specialty, hand-dyed yarns from this artisan out of Portland, OR will be in the shop for one week, starting Friday, November 26th
Fiber and Flame trunk show – local artist who creates beautiful, hand made glass tools for fiber artists, in the shop for one week, starting Friday, November 26th
Sharon Larson Handknits – local knitter Sharon Larson will have her handknit items for sale in the shop starting Friday, November 26th, through December. Pick up lovingly handmade socks, mitts, scarves, shawls, and more. All Sharon’s proceeds go to a charity that helps build access to clean water for villages in Uganda.

SALTY’S, NOVEMBER 27 & BEYOND: Shop local online and at Salty’s on Alki (1936 Harbor Avenue SW; WSB sponsor). Shop online here or “stop by in person to pick up our Blackening Spice, Seasoning Salt, Hand blown glass Nutcracker Ornaments, cookbooks Baseball caps, shot glasses, dish towels, and gift cards.”

SHOP LATE THURSDAYS IN DECEMBER: Shop Late Thursdays are December 2, 9, 16, 23, as part of West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays.

DECEMBER 9: West Seattle Art Walk‘s holiday edition, 5 pm “until late,” with extra holiday fun.

DECEMBER 19: Holiday Farmers’ Market in The Junction, 10 am-2 pm.

HOLIDAY CHURCH SCHEDULES

EASTRIDGE CHURCH (39th/Oregon)
Christmss Eve, 4 and 5:30 pm Christmas Eve, family-friendly

We’ll add more holiday services as we receive announcements/schedules – both online and in person – so 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.

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

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. … Admiral Theater will be open for moviegoing on Christmas Eve/Day – check the schedule here (2343 California SW)

NEW YEAR’S EVE AND DAY

(Photo by David Hutchinson)

MIDNIGHT FIREWORKS: Awaiting details.

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

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Admiral Theater will be open for moviegoing on New Year’s Eve/Day – check the schedule here (2343 California SW)

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!