As I sit in my cozy living room watching Christmas vacation (for the seventh time this season) and wishing snow would fall again, I find my thoughts wandering to New Year's Eve. With all the lovely options this city offers, it's going to be hard to choose one party. How will you bid adieu to 2013? Here are some ideas that will help you ring in 2014 with a bang!
This event is perfect for music lovers. Both D.J.s and live bands will play party hits from the 70s to current. Not a dancer? They'll also have a live comedy stage. The cherry on top of this sweet party is that museum access is included with your ticket purchase. General admission is $89.
Did you say dancing on the Space Needle Observation Deck? I'm in! Oh, there's also a midnight champagne toast. If you want to have a nice dinner beforehand, the SkyCity Restaurant is serving a delectable six-course dinner, accompanied by a live pianist. Get gussied up and kiss your cutie five-hundred and twenty feet above ground with a front row seat to the spellbinding fireworks display.
Enjoy a "A Diamond Night in the Emerald City" at Fremont Studios, located at the center of the universe. This is a black-tie gala which will benefit the Washington Food Coalition. There will be a D.J., a jazz orchestra, a red carpet photographer, and many other surprises! Tickets start at $69.
If you're looking for a mellow yet memorable way to transition into 2014, The Seattle Symphony has you covered. After the performance, head to the Benaroya Hall's Grand Lobby for a midnight countdown. Tickets start at $66
Ring in the new year with class at the Smith Tower's Grand New Year's Eve event. Your $75 ticket provides a gourmet plated dinner (psst, the menu is mouth-watering), two drink tickets, dancing on the observation deck, a view of the fireworks, and a champagne toast. You just can't go wrong with this one.
Ok, the party is over, 2014 is here, and you probably got little sleep last night. But, if you need to feel rejuvenated, consider these:
Are the visions of sugarplums dancing in your head making you feel woozy? Might you be just a bit bloated from gingerbread men and honey-baked ham? The Resolution Run 5k on New Year's Day will jump start your year and your metabolism. Meet other overstuffed Seattleites at the Magnuson Park starting line. P.S. There's a beer garden. Just saying...
This is one of my favorite New Year's Day traditions. People take the polar bear plunge all over the world to symbolize purification and renewal And, although the chilly temperatures of our northern waters make it seem hard to bear, running into the lake surrounded by adults and kids alike is invigorating! It's just a quick dip, really. Plus, you can enjoy a warm beverage post-plunge and pick up your "Cold Badge O' Courage" (it's an adorable patch and nearly makes the freezing waters worthwhile). This free and kid-friendly event put on by Seattle Parks and Recreation takes place at Matthews Beach Park. Costumes encouraged. I hope to see you there!