Ringing in the new year in the Emerald City doesn’t have to be a big to-do. It’s okay to have a relaxing, low-key evening with the people you love best. Here’s a handful of happenings that’ll bring in 2018 with epic chill and set a laid-back tone for the new year.
Where to go in Seattle for a chill NYE
Surround yourself with art this New Year’s Eve at Chihuly Garden and Glass, housed in a curvy glass building with a wildly colorful sculpture garden out back. The Michael Benson Band will keep you moving and grooving to all of your old and new favorites, and the cocktails, appetizers, and desserts will flow freely all night. Best of all, you’ll have a front-row view of Seattle Center’s fireworks display, reflected all around you in Chihuly’s dazzling works.
When: Dec 31, 8pm – 1am
Where: 305 Harrison St
Situated on the shore of Lake Union, Ivar’s Salmon House is decked out with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer spectacular views of downtown and the Space Needle. Cozy up for a night of fun, starting with drinks and a dinner buffet, which includes an oyster shooter bar and a chocolate fountain, followed by live music and dancing. Ring in the new year with a champagne toast at midnight, and enjoy mind-blowing views of the fireworks display at Seattle Center.
When: Dec 31, 9pm – 12:30am
Where: 401 NE Northlake Way
If you’d rather not mess with reservations, traffic, and crowds in any way, shape, or form this New Year’s Eve, why not stay in with good friends and enjoy your favorite victuals courtesy of Uber Eats? We’ll deliver dinner piping hot and ready to eat. All you need to worry about is the champagne and party games.
If you don’t want to stay in on New Year’s Eve but don’t want to stray too far from home either, hole up in a neighborhood bar for some easy-going celebrating. Forget the sparkly false eyelashes and sequins, and eschew the coat and tie. Come as you are, and enjoy a cozy night with your neighbors.
If you really want a laid-back holiday, rent a cabin at Stevens Pass. The slopes will be open until 10pm on New Year’s Eve, and after that you can cozy up in the cabin and play charades and munch on snacks, or you can head out to Front Street and see what’s up at the bars, bistros, tasting rooms, and nightclubs.
Where: US Hwy 2, Skykomish
Welcome the new year with the whole family at WildLights, the Woodland Park Zoo’s luminous holiday festival. Thousands upon thousands of dazzling colored lights illuminate your way along the paths that lead to all manner of activities, such as an indoor snowball fight, a festive carousel ride, and drinks and snacks next to a crackling fire pit. After the party, hit up a restaurant on Phinney Ridge for a late supper, then head home to count down to 2018.
When: Dec 31, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: 5500 Phinney Ave N
Options for a casual, tranquil New Year’s Eve abound in Seattle. So count your heads, make your plans, and enjoy an easy-breezy passage into 2018.