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What to do in Seattle on New Years Eve

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New Year's Eve fireworks at the Space Needle
New Year's Eve fireworks at the Space Needle
It’s probable that only newcomers or visitors to Seattle don’t know that the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in the city is at the Space Needle. For those people we will mention that lots and lots of fireworks get shot off the Space Needle, two different parties take place inside the Needle, and the grounds are packed with people watching the show and trying to get on TV. Everyone should do New Year’s Eve At The Needle once.

And if you’ really want to go but don’t know what to do with the kids, the Pacific Science Center is having a New Year’s Eve Sleepover from 7 pm to 9 am January 1st for kids in grades 2 through 6. “Fill your final hours of 2009 with blasts of fiery science, illuminating experiments and an explosively amazing race through hidden passageways and mysterious obstacles. When the sky is ablaze with the Space Needle fireworks show you’ll have the best view in town!”

If you have the “been there, done that” attitude a lot of us have, or just want to spend New Year’s Eve in Seattle wearing something a little less bulky than a parka, you have plenty of options.

CAKE is holding at concert at the Moore Theatre and Minus The Bear will be holding court at the Showbox at the Market with The Lonely Forest and Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground thanks to KEXP. And really, almost every area club has something going on. The following is just a sample.

The Ian McFeron Band at the Conor Byrne Pub
The Stevedores and Guns and Rossetti at the Skylark Cafe & Club
Fall of Troy at El Corazon

So, ok, you want something different. Don’t fret, there are events for you too.

Benaroya Hall has a New Year’s Eve Concert, Countdown and Celebration that starts with the Seattle Symphony and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony featuring “Ode to Joy,” and ends with a midnight countdown and a salsa orchestra.

Disco anyone? You don’t have to be a member of the Columbia Tower Club to attend their annual New Years in the Sky Celebration, it will just cost you a little more. This year’s theme is Disco Ball and features a palm reader, tarot reader, photo booth and a disco band. You can see the fireworks from the Club.

You can have glogg, Swedish pancakes and champagne at the Swedish Cultural Center, with plenty of music, dancing and meatballs.

EMP is holding a big bash, called Indulgence 2010 at the EMP. Three dance floors, four entertainment areas, 25 bars, comedians and much more.

If you’re in a more contemplative mood, St. James Cathedral will be holding a New Year’s Eve Gala Concert starting at 11 pm.

Looking for a little humor? For the 7th year in a row, Jet City Improv will be throwing its New Years Eve Extravaganza starting at 8 pm in the Historic University Theater in the U District. They invite you to “join us at this all-ages event for an end-of-the-year comedy show, hot hors d’oeuvres… dessert by The Confectional, Satellite feeds from different time zones each hour, champagne toast at midnight with the Space Needle fireworks on our big screen, a party after midnight, two cash bars, and more!”

Failing all of the above you can always stay home, gather some friends, tune the TV to the celebrations and open a bottle or ten of champagne. Hard to go wrong with that.