With a stacked lineup for the 25th anniversary of this winter concert, Deck the Hall Ball at KeyArena kicks off the holiday countdown. Top-billing headliners include The Killers, The Lumineers, and Odesza. Sponsored by local radio station 107.7 The End, you’ll hear everything from indie-folk to alt-rock, surrounded by plenty of other merry-making, ugly-sweater-clad music lovers crowding the stage. Super fans 21 and older can upgrade to the Silver Anniversary Experience for pictures with bands, lounge access, and a private bar.
Join in on Seattle’s version of this roving holiday pub crawl—a notoriously boozy gathering of Kris Kringles–where outfitted folks bar-hop en masse through the downtown core and Pike Place Market. All are welcome, whether you’re in a full-on suit or just a Santa hat (elves, reindeer, and gingerbread people are welcome, too). Don’t forget to bring cash and your ID, and stay on the nice list by arranging for a designated driver or other transportation.
Pack blankets and party hats, then claim your spot at Seattle Center to enjoy a front-row seat for the annual Space Needle fireworks extravaganza. Go early—crowds number in the thousands. Psst! Don’t forget the breath mints, too, for that first New Year’s kiss.
Want after-hours access to the city’s preeminent science museum and a stellar view of the annual fireworks show at the Space Needle? Look no further than Spectra at Pacific Science Center, when partygoers can expect to find local DJs from KEXP spinning dance-worthy tunes, games and entertainment, a laser show, and one of the top unobstructed fireworks views in town.
What’s better than a New Year’s Eve party with 2,000 of your closest friends? The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) plays host, complete with live bands and DJs, two dozen bars, comedy sets, and even a pre-party “Single Mingle” cocktail hour if you don’t have a midnight kiss lined up in advance. Be sure to explore the exhibits between trips to the dance floor.
Head to Hale’s Palladium in Fremont for a performance-centric event with a funk bank, variety acts, and a champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight. Expect dancing, light bites, and an epic balloon drop.
Art lovers won’t want to miss the 21-and-older shindig at Chihuly Garden and Glass, featuring dancing, catered appetizers and desserts, and a champagne toast at midnight, topped off with a prime spot to see the Space Needle fireworks—through the soaring ceiling of the glasshouse. Before the midnight spectacle, tour the eight galleries and glass-art filled garden of local glassblowing legend Dale Chihuly.
Want an unimpeded view of the New Year’s Eve fireworks at the Space Needle? Head up to the 73rd floor of Columbia Center to the Sky View Observatory, where are all ages are welcome to join in on the festivities. Bites and sips are available to purchase, and be sure to arrive early—space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Carry that fun-loving spirit right into the new year with an exhilarating 5k fun run and splash into Lake Washington. Club Northwest’s annual New Year’s Day event takes place at Magnuson Park, where heated tents, chili, and hot cocoa (plus a beer garden for the 21-and-older set) await after the chilly polar bear dive. Little ones can get in on the fun, too, with a post-race kids dash.