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DOCKSIDE JOURNAL ENTRY / December 27, 2017

7 Things to Do in Seattle If You Still Need New Year’s Eve Plans

If you’re still at a loss for plans here in Seattle, no need to worry! Here are 7 ways to ring in the new year, whether you’re looking for dancing and DJs, or a quiet night out with the kids.

1. New Year’s Eve pARTy at Chihuly Garden & Glass

Located at the base of the Space Needle, Chihuly is opening up The Glasshouse for a party with drinking, eating, dancing, and a perfect view of the fireworks right above you. The Glasshouse also features one of famed Seattle glassblowing artist Dale Chihuly’s longest suspended glass installations. The party includes some light appetizers and desserts, two complimentary drink tickets, a champagne toast at midnight, and dancing with the Michael Benson Band. This event is 21+. Learn more or purchase tickets here.

2. New Year’s Eve at the Thompson Seattle


The Thompson Seattle isn’t having just one event this year—they’re having three! The night kicks off with their “Sky’s the Limit” dinner at Scout PNW. They’re offering two awesome tasting menus. In the main dining room, they’re offering a 6-course tasting menu by Executive Chef Derek Simcik. The 10-seat chef’s counter will have their second tasting menu, that will offer a more intimate and interactive 10- course experience. Next up is their “Walk on the Moon” party at their rooftop, The Nest , with DJ Neil Armstrong (Jay-Z’s former World Tour DJ). To top it all off, on January 1st they’ll have New Year’s brunch with great food and great drinks. Purchase tickets here, overnight packages are still available too.

3. “New Year’s Eve: Great Balls of Fire!” at the Seattle Symphony

NYE_880x250.jpgCelebrate over 100 years of piano’s greatest hits with pianist/singer Tony DeSare. Highlights include Elton John, Ray Charles, John Lennon, and Rhapsody in Blue to finish it off. Once the show is over, join a party with a live performance, dancing, a complimentary glass of champagne, and a countdown to midnight to celebrate in style. Purchase tickets here.

4. Indulgence at MoPOP


Swing by Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) for a night of music and comedy. An annual event, Indulgence has sold out the past few years, so get tickets while you can. Not only do you get access to the party and entertainment hosted in MoPOP’s incredible SkyChurch, but the entire museum will be accessible for ticketholders to explore some of their coolest exhibits. Learn more and buy tickets here.

5. Countdown at the Bayou at Capitol Cider


What better way to celebrate 2018 than a New Orleans themed party with a burlesque performance, a magician, and psychic readings? Enjoy hushpuppies and fresh beignets, with some of their crisp sparkling cider. Your ticket will get you complimentary coat check, a midnight toast, and access to the performances. Check out more about the event or purchase tickets on the website here.

6. Wilde Rover New Year’s Eve featuring the Herding Cats

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If you’re looking to celebrate on Seattle’s eastside, look no further than Wilde Rover in Kirkland. The Herding Cats are a favorite of ours at SHW, and Wilde Rover offers a warm, intimate venue. From Johnny Cash to Queen, these three guys play it all and are just as fun to watch as they are to dance to.

7. New Year’s Eve at the Seattle Children’s Museum


For a celebration with the kids, stop by the Seattle Children’s Museum for a fun day. Each hour beginning at 11 a.m., they celebrate New Year’s in a different time zone, including India, Russia, Ethiopia, Turkey, France, Morocco, and Brazil. Every hour there’s a countdown with noisemakers and an apple juice toast. Learn more about the event or the Seattle Children’s Museum on their website here. The event is free with museum admission.