Winter Wander 2023

Winter Wander 2023

Presented by Alice Kuder

Winter Wander is a FREE, LIVE, 10-DAY Adventure designed to bring friends and families together for holiday fun! Open to all West Seattle residents and their friends!

The West Seattle Winter Wander Scavenger Hunt is an annual event that begins the first Friday in December and runs through the second Sunday in December.

Winter Wander 2023 has officially begun!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN until 6PM, Dec. 10!

    Here’s what you can win:

    1. The team with the most drawing entries will win the Grand Prize of a $100 gift card.
    2. Three Swag Bags filled with goodies from local businesses will be awarded to teams chosen by random drawing from among all the entries received by the deadline.
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    Downloadable PDF with rules and instructions for playing Winter Wander

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    Countdown to Winter Wander 2023!

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    If you find the Bingo-style clue sheet too difficult to read, you may want to download this numbered list clue sheet. (It’s a little easier on the eyes.) http://wondersinaliceland.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/One-line-clues.pdf

    Highlights of Winter Wander 2022

    Scroll to the bottom to see a photo gallery with some of this year’s selfies.

    Winter Wander by the numbers:

    In 2020, its first year, 12 teams signed up.

    In 2121, 24 teams registered.

    In 2022, 77 teams signed up, most of which pre-registered before the event even began. Registration isn’t required unless players wanted to qualify for prizes, otherwise Wanderers can download the clue sheet and map and play just for fun.

    Submitting selfies is the primary way to earn points for prizes.

    35 of the 77 teams submitted selfies . 16 teams solved all 25 clues. In addition to solving clues, teams earned points by donating to the West Seattle Food Bank and Toys for Tots. Each point earned an entry in the drawing for the Grand Prize Swag Bag filled with booty from local businesses.

    In the end, those donations were so generous that we gave away three swag bags instead of one! Those 3 were drawn at random from 2003 entries!

    The three winning teams were: The Snow Leopards, led by Amy Converse; The Dog Pack, led by Chris De La Rosa; and Team Peckyno, Bob and Laura Peckyno.

    Diana and Eric Huling, aka The Cotton-Headed Ninnymuggins, won the $100 First Place prize by submitting all 25 correct answers at 9:36PM on Dec. 2nd,  just 5 hours and 26 minutes after Winter Wander began!

    First Place Winners: Cotton-Headed Ninnymuggins

    Here is a sample of the creative team names: We Sleigh; Kraken the Clues; The Dingus Dashers; the Awesome Austins; The Yetis; and The Penguin League.

    I hope and intend to make Winter Wander a West Seattle holiday tradition that our community can look forward to each year. It runs from the first Friday in December until the second Sunday in December, so the fourth annual Winter Wander will be Dec. 1-10, 2023.

    Although I am the sole sponsor of Winter Wander, I depend on the generous assistance of a few volunteers to help me pull it off. This year, those volunteers included: Claire Sites, Randy Winn, Kathy Blackwell Harper, Shelley Barouh, Steve Bierman, Sarah Frances, Barb Joseph, and MJ Brick.

    Swag bag donors: 

    Avalon Glass

    Just in Case

    My Necessitea

    Meeples Games

    Hotwire Coffeehouse

    Seattle Sorbet

    Arts West

    Sound Painting Solutions

    Lars Gesing Fine Art Images

    The Missing Piece

    Dunn Gardens

    Better Builders

    Log House Museum

    In Spa

    Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

    Penguina Jewelry Designs

    West Seattle Adventures blog

    Prosperity Home Loans

    Guild Mortgage

    Equity Title

    Procura Home Lending

    Home Depot

    Businesses that participated as clue solutions:

    Animated Cafe

    Better Builders

    Arts West

    The Missing Piece

    Lars Gesing Fine Art Images

    Ounces

    Skylark Cafe

    Pawsitively Kleen

    Applied Martial Fitness

    My Three Little Birds

    Thunder Road Guitars

    GoodMed Clinic

    West Seattle Food Bank

    West Seattle Fish House

    Verity Credit Union

    West Seattle Autoworks

    The Westy

    Grillbird

    Any business that would like to be a clue solution next year, should contact me at wswinterwander@gmail.com or 206-708-9800.

    Lastly, in case anyone wonders why I do this, here are some of the comments I got in emails.

    “So grateful for the event – was a ton of fun! Thanks for doing it Alice – It was a great community builder!”

    “Thank you so much – it was honestly the funnest we’ve had in a while so thank you for setting this up.”

    “Thanks for setting all this up, we had a lot of fun.”

    “Thanks! This was fun to do with my daughter.”

    “Thanks so much for organizing this!

    “Thank you for everything you did this year!”

    “Thank you for all your work on this.  It was fun!”

     “Thank you for all your work on this, it has been a blast!”

    “Thanks so much for organizing this again. We had fun.”

    “Our family is having fun with the Winter Wander! Thanks so much for making this happen in our community 😊”

    “The Three Blind mice found the Grinch!! This was fun saw amazing lights while driving around.” 

    “Thanks again for putting this great game together!”

    “This was a really fun adventure.  Thanks for putting this together.”

    “Thank you for providing (me) so much fun this weekend!”

    “Thanks so much for a fun scavenger hunt!”

    Download Instructions Now

    Clue Sheet will be available December 1st at 4pm.

    Map will be available December December 1st at 4pm.

    Click here to view winners from last year: winter-wander-scavenger-hunt-welcomed-24-teams-in-2021


    24 teams completed the entire scavenger hunt last year.

    Will you be a Master Scavenger this year?