Three Ways to Join Our 2021 Winter Takeover

  WHCA Event

by Devin Chicras

Compete in our annual Holiday Lights Contest, collect your Cinema Pack filled with goodies at a festive drive-through experience, and catch a great (streaming) film in a free series of fun, seasonal events in Skyway-West Hill.

WHCA Winter Takeover logo with illustrative scene depicting snow, a penguin, a snowman, and other seasonal icons.

To keep our volunteers and our neighbors safe, we’re offering THREE ways to celebrate the holidays safely this year.

WHCA Holiday Lights Contest

Submit YOUR home or business’ outdoor light display by Friday, December 17 at 11:59 p.m. (address must be within unincorporated 98178/Skyway-West Hill). Each winner gets a flashy trophy AND:

  • 1st Place: $150 Grocery Outlet Gift Card
  • 2nd Place: $100 Grocery Outlet Gift Card
  • 3rd Place: $50 Nevzat’s Espresso Gift Card

Winners to be announced on December 20. See all our 2020 winners here.

[UPDATE] 2021 Winners announced:

🏆 3rd Place: Dean, Pam, and Katie (8005 S 112th St)

🏆 2nd Place: Rene’e and Wayne (7602 S Mission Dr)

🏆 1st Place: Daniel and Stephanie (12838 78th Ave S – winners in every year of the contest: 2009, 2020, AND 2021!)

2021 WHCA Holiday Lights Contest winners

TOUR THE MAP: All entrants are included on a public, interactive map so YOU can tour the lights yourself. We will continue updating the map until the morning of December 18, 2021.

2021 Holiday Lights Contest Judges:

  • King County Fire District #20 Chief Eric Hicks
  • Skyway Coalition Manager Rebecca Berry
  • West Hill Community Association Co-Chair Jeannie Williams

Check out our 2021 Halloween Spirit Contest winners:

Halloween Spirit Contest Winners 2021: 3rd Place: Mia Horberg; 2nd Place: Nora and Clark Weitkamp; 1st Place: Hilt Avila.

Costumed characters, including an inflatable skeletal T-Rex, standing outside the former Skyway U.S. Bank building at night with WHCA Halloween Takeover banner visible.
T-Rex returned to the Skyway Outdoor Cinema lot for the free Halloween Takeover Cinema Pack Pick-up, looking a little… different.

Free Cinema Pack Pick-Up

Drive or walk through the Skyway Outdoor Cinema lot across from Skyway Library (and behind 7-Eleven on Renton Ave S and 76th Ave S) to pick up your free Cinema Pack on Friday, December 17 from 6-8 p.m. – just in time for the weekends’ streaming movie (see below!).

Packed with microwavable popcorn, candy, hot cocoa, and some fun surprises, these packs are made for Cinema fans of all ages.

Just like Halloween, we’ll have fun decor, giant inflatables, and even some costumed characters in this pop-up winter wonderland. Get your cameras ready!

Actor Will Ferrell portraying Buddy the Elf from the 2003 movie "Elf", with yellow background and Skyway Virtual Cinema logo.

Skyway Virtual Cinema presents: Elf

Get 72-hour streaming access to one of the funniest, most heartwarming holiday movies of all time, Elf! You’ll get an automated email with your free passphrase and instructions on how to access the movie in your browser. The link will be active from Friday, December 17 through Sunday, December 19.

Elf (2003) Official Trailer

“Elf” (PG, 2003), Comedy, 1h 37m
Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

A big thank you to our donors and also to our supporters who made this possible: King County Local Services’ Community Service Areas Grant Program, Motiv Real Estate Group, Skyway Grocery Outlet, and Beach Comber Sports Bar and Grill.

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