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Belltown Holiday Lights Brighten Dark Days of December

Belltown merchants and residents have dressed up their windows in the Holiday spirit for the annual Belltown Sparkles holiday lights contest held by the Belltown Business Association (BBA).  With the help of Santa Claus and a good dose of Holiday cheer and music, BBA judges toured the neighborhood and rated the contestants based on creativity, effort and humor. 

First place merchant winner Seattle Glassblowing Studio (2227 5

th Avenue) blew the judges away with its whimsical window display that truly sparkled. The studio window is filled with glassblown ornaments, snowmen and Santas, and the Holiday magic spills out onto the sidewalk with glass candy canes, flashing snowflakes and a tree wrapped in brilliant green lights. For his efforts, owner Cliff Goodman received a massage for two at Spa Noir, dinner for two at Dahlia Lounge, movies passes for two at Cinerama, and a one night stay at the Belltown Inn. He plans to share the prizes with his employees.

Many Belltown residents showed their holiday spirit as well. The first place resident winner Brandon Mambelli created a colorful light display on his Elliott Avenue balcony. For his Holiday spirit, Brandon received a massage for two at Spa Noir, dinner and jazz for two at Tula’s, and a one night stay at the Belltown Inn.

Visitors and residents can still catch the Belltown Holiday magic and support their local merchants by touring the neighborhood themselves. Other notable standouts in the merchant category were:


  • Karen Dannenburg’s (2232 1st Ave.) lusciously colorful dress display and blue tree
  • Kiko’s (2416 1st Ave.) elegant wedding dress with ornaments
  • City Hostel’s (2327 2nd Ave.) snow-covered presents under the cedar trees
  • Belltown Pub’s (2322 1st Ave.) snowy windows and interior light display
  • Bakhita Gardens’ (118 Bell St.) eclectic group of Christmas trees
  • Belltown Inn’s (2301 3rd Ave) candy canes, icicles and wrapped lobby.

Next year the BBA will explore a cooperative effort to light up sidewalks with tree lighting.  The Belltown Business Association (BBA) seeks to create a vibrant and safe Belltown community for businesses and residents, to promote Belltown and its businesses, and to facilitate the exchange of ideas and communications among member businesses and local government. For more information on the BBA, contact incoming President Jim Miller at 206.728.5627.