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November 18, 2019     West Seattle Herald
'West Seattle Lights' well known animated display end their ten year run
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'West Seattle Lights' well known animated display end their ten year run | Westside Seattle Skip to main content Secondary links Subscribe Advertise Contact Us Search Westside Seattle if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } NewsBallardHighlineWest SeattleFeaturesBallardHighlineWest SeattleSportsBallardHighlineWest SeattleOpinionCalendarBallardHighlineWest SeattleArts & EntertainmentBallardHighlineWest SeattleObitsBallardHighlineWest SeattleEatBallardHighlineWest SeattleTrafficBallardWest SeattleMoneyPrint Edition if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } 'West Seattle Lights' well known animated display end their ten year run 'West Seattle Lights' well known animated display end their ten year run if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } The West Seattle Lights display, hosted by the Helmstettler family at 3908 Charlestown Street SW for the last ten years, have ended their run. This photo is from 2016. File photo by Patrick Robinson   Mon, 11/18/2019 The well known "West Seattle Lights" display held for the last ten years at the home of the Helmstettler family near 39th and Charlestown street SW have ended their run. In a letter to Westside Seattle, creator Jim Winder, who lives in Maple Valley and runs a show there too cited the difficulty of creating and maintaining two large displays. The display became well known for their synchronization with music, complexity and occasional humor. They would draw large crowds every year. Winder writes: The Light are shutting off It is with deep sadness that I must inform the West Seattle Community that West Seattle Lights will not be up and running this year. Over the past few years it has become more and more difficult to try to run and maintain West Seattle Lights from my home in Maple Valley. Growing up, Christmas Lights has always been a big part of my life...especially since my Grandmother only lived one block away from the Gais' house in West Seattle. I do hope West Seattle Lights has also brought some great memories for you and your family. I  especially want to thank the Helmstetler Family for allowing me to take over their home for two months out of the year...but most of all I want to thank you, the West Seattle Community for your generosity and your giving to our two main charities and the Very Special Charities we collected donations for. The West Seattle Food Bank and Northwest Parkinson's Foundation have greatly appreciated your generous giving over the last ten years....so please remember them and any other charities this holiday season. If you do get a need for a Sir Charles fix, feel free to come visit us out at Maple Valley Lights!!  Again, thanks to you all for a great ten years!!   Thanks, Jim Winder West Seattle Lights Maple Valley Lights   EDITORS NOTE: The Maple Valley Lights can be seen at  22629 SE 263rd Place (21.42 mi) Maple Valley, Washington 98038 Through the holiday season     Robinson Papers West Seattle Herald Add new comment Your name Comment About text formats CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. 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