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New Year’s at the Space Needle is just hours away

December 31st, 2014 by Laura Fonda

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Pyro Spectaculars setting up the show
Photo courtesy of The Seattle Times

It’s New Year’s Eve and that means the crew setting up the fireworks display at the Space Needle should be ready to see their work pay off. The New Year’s at the Needle show begins at 11:59pm tonight and will run 8 minutes, with the pyrotechnics set to a musical selection curated by KEXP.

You can catch the show from various Queen Anne viewpoints or you can join the crowds at the Seattle Center. If you choose the latter, expect to be one of about 16,000 people expected at the Space Needle.

New Years KEXP

Photo courtesy of KEXP

Prior to the fireworks, you can enjoy a free concert by THE NINES at the Seattle Center Armory’s Center Stage. They’ll be performing from 8pm til 11:45pm, and their repertoire includes hits from a variety of genres – The Beatles, Prince, and KC and the Sunshine Band are all on their playlist.

Streets around the Space Needle will be closed starting at 11:30pm, reopening 45 minutes after the fireworks show concludes. Affected streets include 5th Ave N between Mercer Street and Denny Way, and Broad Street between 5th Ave N and Denny Way.

The street closures, festivities, and crowds add up to a good reason to walk if you’re around Lower Queen Anne tonight.

Happy New Year!

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New Year’s Eve at the Space Needle brings fireworks, crowds, and street closures

December 31st, 2013 by Laura Fonda

space needle fireworks

Photo courtesy of The Space Needle

Happy New Year! The clock is ticking down to 2014, and the preparations for fireworks off the Space Needle are underway. A heads up – secure you Lower Queen Anne/Uptown parking spot tomorrow (Wednesday) early in the day, or you may lose it for the night.

Curb-side parking is free on New Year’s Day, and the city is advising drivers “who indulge in too many holiday spirits” on New Year’s Eve to leave their car on the street and take a cab or public transit home. They can return for their car the next morning when parking is free (assuming they’re paid up for the 31st and legally parked).

The city expects 15,000 people for the Space Needle fireworks, and it’ll be closing the following streets from 11:30 until 45 minutes after the 7-minute firework display to end, to allow for crowds to dissipate:

  • 5th Ave N between Mercer St and Denny Way
  • Broad Street between 5th Ave N and Denny Way

Find a good viewpoint on Queen Anne for the fireworks, and Happy New Year!

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Celebrate the New Year at Targy’s and help raise funds for Finn

December 28th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

TargysNewYear2013-webTargy’s Tavern is ringing in the New Year with a triple-threat of DJs to help fuel a fundraiser for a good cause. Join them on New Year’s Eve for Targy’s Bumpin’ & Thumpin’ New Year’s Eve Ball to celebrate and help out Finn, a 3 year old boy with leukemia.

If you were psyched about the 80s Dance Party that Targy’s hosted in the summer, then plan on attending this one too! The same three DJs that spun tunes for the 80s party are back at it again, this time celebrating the changing of the calendar and looking back at music’s past.

DJLeroy-Tomas-MikeJDJ Leroy, DJ MikeJ, and DJ Thomas – all local DJs from Queen Anne and Magnolia – will be playing “old school hits from the 80s and 90s, mixed with some modern top 40 dance hits” starting at 9:30pm.

In addition to the music, there’ll be a champagne toast at midnight to celebrate the New Year. Plus, Targy’s will be raising money for a good cause – helping out 3-year old Finn and his family in their battle against leukemia.

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne, New Year’s Edition

December 27th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

Another holiday is just days away, bringing both closures and festivities to ring in the New Year. For special New Year’s Eve gastronomic celebrations, be sure to book your reservations at local Queen Anne restaurants asap - Betty, Book Bindery, Crow, How to Cook a Wolf, LloydMartin, The Melting Pot, Ponti Seafood Grill, Ten MercerToulouse Petit all have special New Year’s Eve menus. Contact us if there are others that we’ve missed!

Here are the closures and events for the holiday week:

Holiday Closures:

Traffic Impacts:

  • Aurora Bridge: Bridge reduced to one lane in each direction 9pm-5am Sunday, Dec 30, Jan 2 and 3; Fremont Way N southbound on-ramp to the Aurora Bridge will be closed 9pm-5am Sunday, Dec 30, Jan 2 and 3

Multi-Day Events:

Friday, December 28

Saturday, December 29

Sunday, December 30

Monday, December 31 (aka New Year’s Eve)

Tuesday, January 1

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Burglary on New Year’s Eve

January 3rd, 2010 by Thea

MW wrote in our forum today,

Our house in NW Queen Anne (near Dravus) was broken into around midnight New Years Eve; our housesitter returned about an hour later and found a broken back window and indications of a hasty departure. Among the things taken were jewelry with lots of sentimental value (very little street value — e.g., small gold bead bead necklace, jade bead necklace, lots of small dangly earrings). I am posting here on the off-chance the thief dumps any of this jewelry in the neighborhood. If you see anything in an alley, trash can, etc. please respond on this blog. Thank you!

If anyone has any information on this burglary or the stolen items, please respond to MW in the forum.

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New Year’s Eve, Swedish style

December 22nd, 2009 by Thea

The Swedish Cultural Center is having a Scandinavian New Year’s Eve bash on Thursday, December 31. There will be Swedish meatball and yellow pea soup for dinner, and pancakes and champagne after midnight to celebrate 2010. The event starts at 8 p.m. at the Center, located at 1920 Dexter Ave N. More information here.

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Pacific Science Center hosts New Year’s Eve Slumber Party for kids

December 21st, 2009 by Thea

Still looking for a babysitter on New Year’s Eve? The Pacific Science Center is throwing a New Year’s Eve Slumber Party/celebration for kids in grades 2 to 6.

As we count down the final hours in 2009, kids will be captivated by fiery hydrogen balloon explosions, delicious Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream demonstrations, make their own noisemakers and much more!

Parents can drop off their kids at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, enjoy a night out, and pick them up again by 9 a.m. on New Year’s Day. For more information, check the PSC website.

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