Things To Do For New Year’s Eve in Seattle

Last Updated on December 23, 2018 by Estrella

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What is there to do for New Year’s Eve in Seattle besides watching the firework at midnight?  Actually, there are quite a few activities.   There are many parties to bring in the New Year.  This article does not address those.   Instead, we’ll look at some family friendly activities, and also those that keep you away from the crowd.

Family friendly activities for New Year’s Eve

Volunteer Park Conservatory for New Year Visit

One of the year-found attractions is this tropical garden. Volunteer Park Conservatory is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.   It’s like stepping into another world once you walk through the door.   Plants you find in tropical climate are here, even cactus.   This is the place to visit if you want a dose of summer in December.   Stay as long as you want.   I’ve seen an artist painting in here.   

Thanks to a generous gift, admission fee to the Conservatory is waived through February 2019. Usually the Conservatory is closed on Monday. But the Poinsettia and Holiday Train Display will be through January 1, 2019.

Seattle Children’s Museum on New Year’s Eve

Another activity to take your family is at Seattle Center. There are actually a few events you can attend.   However, if you have children, you might consider New Year’s Countdown at the Seattle Children’s Museum.  The countdown is from 10 am to 6 pm on December 31.   There is countdown every hour, for the part of the world that turned midnight at that time.   Children and families will learn about New Year’s traditions from around the world.   And instead of toasting with champagne, it’s apple juice.

Imagine Children’s Museum on New Year’s Eve

If you have older children, consider Nighttime Party for Families at Imagine Children’s Museum.   The event starts at 7 pm on December 31.   To entertain you are comedians, hat makers, balloon makers, and other live entertainment.  Pizza and snacks will be served.  Kids are invited to participate in hands on, educational activities throughout the night.   And the ball drops at 9 pm.   

What’s unique about this Nighttime Party for Families is that you are invited to wear your pajamas to attend.   

Fireworks Away From The Crowd

If you would like to watch the firework away from the crowd, one idea is to make advanced reservations at the Ivar’s Salmon House at Northlake.   For New Year’s Eve, it’s live music, food, and a view of the firework.  Event is from 9 pm to 12:30 am.    You can see more things to do here.

I hope you are able to find something to do for New Year’s Eve in Seattle from some of the suggestions here. If you enjoy this article, here is an article on What to do for Christmas in Seattle. Even though it’s past Christmas, some of the activities can still be enjoyed.

Estrella Chan coaches immigrants and international professionals in English fluency, interview skills, and public speaking.    To schedule a session with her, please email

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