The end of 2019 signals not only the end of a year but also of a decade, which means this New Year’s Eve should be one to remember. With the 31st fast approaching, Seattle offers plenty of spots for everyone to celebrate the beginning of 2020.
The Seattle City Center has a full day of activities for all ages that are either free or low cost and open to the public. Best Things to Do in Seattle for New Years 2019
True Northwesters who want to brave potential rain can go ice skating at the Fisher Pavilion. The rink open to all skill levels and is open until 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 31st. The only cost is the price of admission which includes skates ($8 for adults, $6 for kids 6 – 12, $2 for kids under 5, and if you bring your own skates it’s $2 off admission price).
Inside of The Center is the Winter Train and Village, a favorite of Winterfest. The village is filled with snow covered buildings, ponds, even villagers; but the biggest draw is that during select times visitors can control the trains in the village and even if you don’t get to drive, the village is still fun to see if you are in the area. Admission is free with a suggested $2 donation. The train is open until Dec. 31st and the hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The night at the Center concludes with two events that are free and open to the public. At 8 p.m. the Armory stage will host Turn Left on Blue, an 11-piece blues/soul band playing the songs of Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin, and many more. They will play their set from 8 p.m. to midnight. Then at 10 p.m. lace up your dancing shoes and head over to the International Fountain Mall (the big ball fountain) for a free pre-midnight party. The fountain will be lit by projections from Artist Baryonyx and accompanied by electronic music from DJ Arson Nicki. Join in the party and have a great view of the fireworks at the Space Needle.
New Year’s Eve only comes once a year so dropping a little money on a good party might be worth it.
For one of the best views and a great party try to get a ticket to Chihuly Garden and Glass. The doors for this event open at 8 p.m. and guests can tour the glass exhibits until 10 p.m. Appetizers and desserts will be served and guests will be given one drink ticket for the night and a champagne toast at midnight. Guests will also be treated to music from the Michael Benson band. This party is for visitors 21+ and space is limited, tickets must be bought in advance (price for one is about $230).
If you are in the mood for a real swinging party grab a ticket for the annual Resolution New Year’s Party. This year the festivities take place at the WAMU theatre and tickets start at $107 for general admission. The music lineup will feature several artists including Pegboard Nerds, Boombox Cartel, and Adventure Club. Lockers are available (purchase online) and clear bags are allowed but security will check everything. While the event is 18+ there are bars throughout the venue with alcohol for purchase with valid ID.
Seattle has even more events if these aren’t what you are looking for, from crazy club parties to family fun nights at Children’s Museums. Just remember to party responsibly and make sure to tune in to watch the fireworks at midnight, see you in 2020.
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