400 Broad St.
Seattle, WA 98109
One of Seattle’s biggest New Year’s celebrations happens at the Space Needle and includes one of the best views of its annual fireworks show, right from the Space Needle’s observation deck. You can either attend the dance party on the observation deck, which starts at 9 p.m., or make it a full-night celebration that includes a six-course dinner at the Sky City restaurant. Both celebrations last until 1:30 a.m. and include a champagne toast at midnight, as well as excellent views of the fireworks show. The Space Needle celebrations are for persons 21 and over and require reservations, semi-formal attire and up-front payment.
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
If you don’t wish to pay to see the annual fireworks show, simply come to the base of the Space Needle and the surrounding areas of the Seattle Center for a bird’s eye view. Keep in mind that crowds of people gather at this location to watch the fireworks, and the numbers can make their way into the thousands. If you’ve ever watched the live broadcast on television at home, then you know it is wise to arrive early to claim your viewing spot. Also know that traffic around the Seattle Center is highly congested from approximately 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. and some surrounding streets are closed for safety reasons.
Alki Beach Park
1702 Alki Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98116
The Alki Beach Park is another prime location to view the annual New Year’s fireworks display shot from the top of the Space Needle. Alki Beach sits on Seattle’s Elliott Bay and offers unobstructed views of the Space Needle fireworks show, in all its glory, on New Year’s Eve. While sitting along the water may be a much colder viewpoint option, keep in mind that the park does have fire pits to help keep you warm.
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Queen Anne Hill
211 W. Highland Drive
Seattle, WA 98119
Many areas on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill offer pristine views of the Space Needle and its fireworks display. One popular location where people like to gather to watch the fireworks is Queen Anne’s Kerry Park. This is the park where many local photographers come to get the very best pictures for magazines, postcards, calendars and more. The only drawback is that Kerry Park is rather small, so it is best to get there early and claim your viewing spot. You will not only have one of the best views of the New Year’s Eve fireworks, but also of the Seattle city skyline, Elliott Bay and the surrounding mountain ranges.
Lake Union And Elliott Bay
2441 N. Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
Date: Dec. 31, 2013 at 9 p.m.
1101 Alaskan Way, Piers 55 and 56
Seattle, WA 98101
If you have access to a boat or wish to take a New Year’s Eve cruise to view the annual fireworks display, Lake Union and Elliott Bay near the Seattle waterfront are two additional prime locations to consider. For those who do not have boat access, Waterways Cruises offers a three-hour New Year’s Eve cruise on Lake Union that includes views of the fireworks display, a midnight champagne toast, on-board dancing to a live DJ and plenty of drinks, appetizers and desserts. Argosy Cruises of Seattle also offers New Year’s Eve cruises that depart from Piers 55 and 56 and cruise along the waterfront of Elliott Bay. In addition to having direct views of the Space Needle fireworks show, guests can enjoy dancing to the music spun by the on-board DJ, dinner, drinks and a champagne toast at midnight. Cruises are for persons 21 and over only. Reservations and up-front payment are required.
Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.