Preview Of New Year’s Eve At the Space Needle

December 20, 2012 5:00 AM

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New Year’s at the Space Needle
Seattle Center
400 Broad St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 905-2100

When: Dec. 31 – 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Price: $250 for SkyCity Soirée/$100 for Observation Deck Party
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Presented by Wimmer Solutions, Seattle’s Space Needle offers the most anticipated and celebrated New Year’s Eve party in the Puget Sound area. New Year’s at the Needle 2013 features dining, dancing, a Champagne toast at midnight and a phenomenal fireworks display. Party guests may opt for a full-scale night at the Space Needle by attending SkyCity Soirée, or attend the Observation Deck Party, which begins later in the evening. The SkyCity Restaurant also offers a full bar that is open to all guests.

Event Parking

Parking for the New Year’s at the Needle event can be found at the base of the landmark. With the purchase of a SkyCity Soirée event ticket, guests are provided with valet parking at no extra charge. If you are attending the Observation Deck Party, you may also utilize the Space Needle parking lot at the event-rate parking prices. Per vehicle, four-hour general parking is $30, four-hour validated parking is $24 and three-hour SkyCity Restaurant parking is $11.

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SkyCity Soirée

Event Schedule:
8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. appetizers
9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. buffet dinner
11:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. assorted desserts with coffee or tea
12:00 a.m. sparkling toast and fireworks

Price: $250 per person/includes gratuities, taxes and parking fees/reserving tickets in advance is recommended

Guests attending the Space Needle’s SkyCity Soirée event should plan to show up between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dining begins at 8 p.m., and guests are served a five-course meal that includes multiple choices of appetizers, entrees and sides, as well as two glasses of wine. Beginning at 9 p.m., music and dancing is available on the Space Needle’s observation deck. Guests may also indulge in sampling an assortment of delectable after-dinner desserts, along with beverages such as water, tea or coffee. At midnight, there is a Champagne toast as the annual fireworks display commences.

Observation Deck Party

When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Price: $100 per person/includes gratuities and taxes/reserving tickets in advance is recommended

For guests who only wish to skip the dining experience and just attend the Space Needle’s annual dance party on the observation deck, that is an option too. Beginning at 9 p.m., you may party and dance to music provided by local D.J. Curt Kruse from the Seattle-based radio station, STAR 101.5. This event lasts until 2 a.m. and includes a Champagne toast at midnight, a prime seat for the annual fireworks display and an assortment of non-alcoholic beverages and desserts.

Fireworks Display

When: Midnight
Where: Observation Deck

The annual fireworks show provided by Seattle’s Space Needle is an intricate undertaking that requires a great deal of preparation each year. About a dozen crew members spend up to four days setting up and installing the fireworks in the proper locations, connecting the cabling and hooking all of this up to a computer, so each of the 10,000 firework shots are executed without any problems. The fireworks are set up in more than 60 locations and on three levels of the needle. In all, there are more than 2,000 firework devices, which results in one of the most amazing fireworks displays in the country. If you are not able to make it out to witness the Space Needle’s fireworks show, you can begin watching KING TV on Channel 5 at 11:35 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to witness the event.

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

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