Seattle has an obvious focal point for their New Years Eve events, with the fireworks display from the famous Seattle Space Needle providing the central point for the city's celebrations. Towering above the city and dominating the horizon, Seattle's fireworks are some of the easiest to find a good vantage point for, meaning you can linger just that little longer in your chosen bar or restaurant - just make sure to book well in advance as the city will be packed!
For such a big city Seattle is renowned for it's laid back feel, so you should be perfectly safe on the streets at night if you just want to experience the atmosphere before watching the midnight fireworks. Have to admit it's somewhere I've wanted to visit for a long time, since being a big fan of Frasier years ago, would love to be able to check out some of his old haunts!
The main event is obviously the big public fireworks display from Seattle's iconic Space Needle, one of the biggest and most spectacular displays anywhere in the United States. The midnight fireworks at the Needle dominate the skies and can be seen for miles around, with the best outdoors viewing points out in Kerry Park, where there are fantastic panoramic views of the city - it does get crowded though, so be sure to get there early.
There will also be large crowds at the Seattle Center campus, where the party atmosphere will be helped by free giveaways from the T-Mobile event sponsors.
This year is the 31st return of an event now known as T-Mobile New Years at the Needle, and the 8 minute display will be preceded by the Space Needle being lit up in magenta throughout Deceember 30th and 31st
For a literal birds eye view you can actually spend new year's eve in the Space Needle itself, have a new year dinner in the SkyCity Restaurant then take in the fireworks from the observation deck, where there will be music and a champagne toast to help mark the occasion.
The Seattle Center Winterfest continues right through to the new year and this year includes on new year's eve a free dance for all ages at the Seattle Center Armory, while the ice rink will also stay open late, until 11.30pm.
Another great way to secure one of the best views possible is to take to the water where an unobstructed view is guaranteed - Seattle has a maritime setting with lakes Union and Washington on one side and the ocean on the other. The Argosy Cruises take place throughout the year, and on new year's eve they position themselves in the middle of Elliott Bay for the best view you can get. The cruise departs from the famous Pier 55 on the waterfront.
Aside from the fireworks, the big new year party in town is the annual Indulgence at The EMP Museum, returning for it's 12th year to welcome 2016. This is a party on a truly epic scale, taking place over 140,000 square feet and including 4 live entertainment areas, 25 different bars, 3 performance stages, a live comedy theatre and a sound and lighting system that promises, among other hi-tech features, the largest LED screen in the world. The venue is also perfectly positioned right underneath the space Needle too, so you can head outside at midnight to watch the fireworks before returning to the rest of the party.
For fans of comedy there is a great treat available in Seattle this new years with Amy Schumer performing live at KeyArena. This promises to be a hilarious show, tickets are available here.
An excellent resource for detailed party listings in the bars, clubs and resturants can be found at Seattle Pipeline, featuring a reange of new year events as diverse as club nights, new year day hikes and traditonal New Year Polar Bear plunges!
For your new year dining options, Seattle has plenty to offer too, with an eclectic range of local and international cuisines available from around 3,000 different establishments! Top choices include Paseo Caribbean, Wild Ginger, Japonessa Sushi Cocina, Cafe Champagne, Palomino, Pike Place Chowder and the cajun and creole delights at Toulouse Petit - check out all the local restaurants online here.
Places to watch live online, including streaming webcam views of and from the Space Needle:
The fireworks are usually broadcast on local TV (KING-5 TV) and radio (90.3FM) stations too, so if there are any online versions available we'll bring you the links right here.
Last year the King5 coverage was available on the link below, we will to check it is still working for this year (and update as required of course)
Places to stay - Seattle has a huge range of hotels across a very wide price range, and is especially proud of it's large range of 5 star offerings. although those on a stricter budget should find plenty to tempt them too.
Hotels with Space Needle view rooms for the fireworks include the Pan Pacific, Seattle Westin, Edgewater Hotel and the Holiday Inn - be sure to specify you would like a view when making your reservation.
The Inn at the Market at the famous Pike Place market is also highly recommended, offering views of the Seattle waterfront and the Puget Sound.
You can search for deals at all of these venues, plus other local hotels here.
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