Pathway of Lights returns to Green Lake on Saturday, Dec. 12

Volunteers needed!

Seattle Parks and Recreation presents the Pathway of Lights at Green Lake on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., rain or shine.

Join thousands of families, friends and neighbors for this beloved Seattle tradition. Travel the 2.8-mile path around the lake, taking in the warm glow of the luminaria, music and refreshments. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance.

Local musicians will perform at four sites around the lake:

  • The Green Lake Community Center on the east side
  • The Aqua Theater on the south side
  • The Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theatre) on the north side
  • The Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool.

This fun event is free, but community members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations to benefit neighbors in need through the FamilyWorks food bank. Food donation bins, as well as warm drinks and treats, will be available at the locations listed above.

Volunteers are needed to help place and light the thousands of luminaria and to clean up after the event. Individuals, businesses, community organizations and school and scout groups are welcome to participate. Setup takes place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and cleanup from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

This Seattle tradition is presented in partnership with the Green Lake Advisory Council and with help from community partners, the Green Lake Masonic Lodge #149, PCC Natural Markets, Seattle City Light, and FamilyWorks.

Become a fan of the Pathway of Lights Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/GreenLakePathwayofLights, to get updates about the event. For more information, please contact the Green Lake Community Center at 206-684-0780 or email Chris Easterday at chris.easterday@seattle.gov.

Entertainment lineup and map

 

Seattle City Light Sponsors Green Lake Pathway of Lights

Seattle City Light is proud to sponsor the 2015 Green Lake Pathway of Lights event Dec. 12 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. This free event is hosted by Seattle Parks and Recreation, and will feature an impressive show of luminaries along the Green Lake pathway.

Enjoy refreshments and music performed by local Seattle schools and artists. Attendees are encouraged to bring candles and lights to add to this amazing ambiance. In addition, volunteers will be collecting food donations to benefit the local food bank. Please see the map below for more information regarding donation box locations.

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/GreenLakePathwayofLights/

Celebrate the season with Seattle Parks and Recreation

Holidays in Westlake Park, 2014, photo by TIA International Photography

The holiday season seems to sneak up on us and then it’s over before we know it. There are so many activities and things to be done; it can be hard to keep track of them all. We’ve created a one-stop guide to all of our festive happenings. Find gingerbread decorating for the kids, take advantage of low-cost childcare options, discover where to buy local, unique presents and locate a drop-off spot for gift donations.

The holidays can be stressful when you’re going it alone. Luckily, you have us.

CELEBRATE


NORTHEAST

Gingerbread House Decorating
What: Gingerbread house decorating
Where: Northgate Community Center
When: 6-7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4
Cost: $8 per house

Luminaria Walk
What: Luminaria walk and hot chocolate
Where: Meadowbrook Pond
When: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5
Cost: Free

Gingerbread House Decorating
What: Gingerbread house decorating
Where: Laurelhurst Community Center
When: 5:30-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11
Cost: $8 per house

Snowflake Funfest
What: Carnival games, swag making, crafts and hot chocolate
Where: Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
When: 6-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18
Cost: $3 per individual, Family fee (5+) $12


NORTHWEST


Multi-Cultural Dinner
What:  A community dinner, celebrating food from around the world
Where:  Bitter Lake Community Center
When:  5:30-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4
Cost:  $3 per person, $10 per family of four

Holly Day Decorations
What: Create beautiful wreaths, garlands and sprays using invasive plants that need to be removed from the park like English ivy and holly
Where: Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center
When: 2-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5
Cost: $9 per person, pre-registration required

Gingerbread Jubilee
What: Gingerbread house making
Where: Ballard Community Center
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10
Cost: $5

Gingerbread Houses
What: Gingerbread house decorating
Where: Magnolia Community Center
When: 5:30-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11
Cost: $3 per person, $10 per family of four

 

CENTRAL

 

Belltown Holiday Artwalk
What: Check out the Beaconettes performing at the artwalk
Where: Belltown Community Center
When: 6-7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9
Cost: Free

Garfield Campus Holiday Party
What: Family dinner and celebration, gifts for children*
Where: Garfield Community Center
When: 6:30-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18
Cost: $2 per person
*Pre-registration is required for child to receive a toy at the event. Toys are for children under 12. Call 206-684-4788 for details.


SOUTHEAST

Winter Wonderland Party
What: Crafts, photos, visit from North Pole
Where: International District Chinatown Community Center
When: 6-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18
Cost: $1 per child


SOUTHWEST

Gingerbread House Making
What: Enjoy hot cocoa and decorate a gingerbread house
Where: Delridge Community Center
When: 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9
Cost: Free

Winterfest
What: Games, refreshments, Santa visit
Where: South Park Community Center
When: Noon-2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12
Cost: $2 per person, free for ages 2 and under

Winter Festival
What: Celebrate the holiday season with games and refreshments
Where: High Point Community Center
When: 5-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18
Cost: Free

Christmas Ships in Lake Union Park, 2014, photo by TIA International Photography


REALLY BIG EVENTS

Twinkle, Twinkle
Join us from 4:30-6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, for the fourth annual “Twinkle, Twinkle Freeway Park Winter Warmup” event! The Jim Ellis Freeway Park Association in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation and Exeter House will be leading s’more making, holiday crafts and singing with the Dickens Carolers. Participants can warm up with free hot chocolate by a bonfire.

This year the Dickens Carolers will lead a parade to Westlake Park beginning at 6 p.m. to join the Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition downtown.


Pathway of Lights
Join thousands of people for “Pathway of Lights” around Green Lake from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. Experience the warm glow of luminaries and sounds of the season performed by schools and local artists.


Christmas Ships

Since 1949, glistening lights on grand ships have glided across the Puget Sound to celebrate the holiday season. The Argosy Christmas Ships sail to more than 45 waterfront communities every year. Choirs onboard the ships greet those onshore with 20-minute performances of popular carols, while those on land keep warm near cackling bonfires waiting for their arrival.

This year, Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting special bonfire events in many of its waterfront parks. For a complete Christmas Ships schedule, go here.

 

Gingerbread house decorating


SHOP (and childcare!)


NORTHEAST

Ravenna Holiday Art and Crafts Sale
What: Locally crafted gifts from artists, activities for kids, warm soup
Where: Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5
Cost: Free

Parents Night Out – Drop and Shop
What: Childcare during shopping season
Where: Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
When: 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11
Cost: $15, sibling discount $5

Parents Night Out – Drop and Shop
What: Childcare during shopping season
Where: Northgate Community Center
When: 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18
Cost: $15, sibling discount $5


SOUTHEAST

Holiday Bazaar
What: Marketplace Gift Bazaar, proceeds go towards recreation scholarships
Where: Rainier Beach Community Center
When: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5
Cost: Free

 

 

Pathway of Lights glows across generations

Luminaries line Green Lake

The city is dark. The air is cold. But Green Lake Park is aglow.

Since the 1980s, on the second Saturday of December, neighbors, families and tourists have celebrated the Pathway of Lights.

The idea was brought to Green Lake Community Center by a woman who was inspired after seeing a similar event on a southwest trip. The named was coined through a community contest.

In its inaugural year, luminaries encircled only the community center and the event was marked with horse-drawn hayrides. Throughout the years the event continued to expand. While guests used to light the luminaries by passing candles to one other, large community groups are now needed to help with set up. Local performers and artists are stationed around the lake to entertain walkers.

Canoe adorned in lights on Green Lake

Despite its growth, the event has maintained its intimate, community feel as the same volunteers and families return every year.

Green Lake Advisory Council Member Sue Ruuska and her husband have been involved with Pathway of Lights since its inception. Sue, known as the “bag lady,” and her husband, the “sand man,” would put together the paper bags and sand and their daughters, then 8 and 11, would run the luminaries around the path.

Now, Sue can be spotted at the event with her 3-year-old granddaughter.

“I like to watch people come with funky costumes and decorate themselves with glow lights,” Sue said. “Some people come with candles, some people bring their kayaks decorated in lights and others come with a group of friends and start caroling.”

This year, the Pathway of Lights will take place from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Green Lake. Guests are invited to stroll the path lined with luminaries, listen to sounds of the season and enjoy refreshments.

Participants can bring their own candles or lights to add to the festive ambiance and as always, newcomers are encouraged to start their own traditions.

Pathway of Lights is a food drive benefiting FamilyWorks and participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items if they are able.  Special thanks to event sponsors Greenwood Masonic Lodge, PCC Natural Markets and Seattle City Light.

The Pathway of Lights at Green Lake returns Saturday, Dec. 13

Volunteers Needed!

Seattle Parks and Recreation presents the 38th annual Pathway of Lights at Green Lake on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 from 4:30-7:30 p.m., to take place rain or shine.

Join thousands of families, friends and neighbors for this beloved Seattle tradition. Travel the 2.8-mile path around the lake, taking in the warm glow of the luminaria, music and refreshments. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance.

Local musicians will perform at four sites around the lake:

  • The Green Lake Community Center on the east side
  • The Green Lake Small Craft Center (the Aqua Theater) on the south side
  • The Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theatre) on the north side
  • The Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool.

This fun event is free, but community members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations to benefit neighbors in need through the FamilyWorks food bank.  Food donation bins, as well as warm drinks and treats, will be available at the locations listed above.

Volunteers are needed to help place and light the thousands of luminaria and to clean up after the event. Individuals, businesses, community organizations and school and scout groups are welcome to participate. Setup takes place from 2:30–4:30 p.m., and the lighting of the candles takes place at 4:30 p.m. Cleanup is from 7:30- 9 p.m.

This Seattle tradition is presented in partnership with the Green Lake Advisory Council and with help from community partners, the Green Lake Masonic Lodge #149 and PCC Natural Markets.

Become a fan of the Pathway of Lights Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/GreenLakePathwayofLights, to get updates about the event and find out where your favorite music group will perform.

For more information, please contact the Green Lake Community Center at 206-684-0780 or email Jeff Skinner at jeff.skinner@seattle.gov.