Farewell to 2021

Events to Ring in the New Year

How is 2022 less than a month away?

By Malia Alexander December 6, 2021

A crowd celebrates the new year at MoPop.

 It seems as if time is running on its own schedule this year, with Thanksgiving already feeling like it was decades ago. As 2021 concludes, it’s safe to say that we all deserve a moment to celebrate the end of this whirlwind year. Here are some events to help you toast to new beginnings and usher in what will hopefully be a less chaotic year. Most of these events are 21+, so, sorry kids, you had Christmas.

Seattle New Year's Eve Party | Gatsby’s Penthouse
No one throws a party like Jay Gatsby. The '20s-themed soiree comes stacked with a prepaid open bar, casino games, and a VIP ballroom with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Zoot Suits highly recommended. King Street Ballroom and Perch, $89–800

Indulgence New Year's Eve Bash
Drinks, dancing, and DJs–all components of the perfect NYE celebration. Voted Seattle’s Best New Year’s Eve Party, the tradition is back for its 20th year. What sets this jamboree apart from the rest is its addition of a comedy lounge, with comedians Kane Holloway and Monica Nevi making an appearance this year. MoPOP, $119–450

NYE Late-Night Cruise
If you prefer a champagne toast and spectacular views to dancing, this hour-long cruise on Seattle’s waterfront provides just that. The ride offers a look at the Space Needle’s fireworks spectacular that will surely have even the most jaded local snapping touristy pictures of the skyline. Pier 55, $55

New Year’s Eve Yoga
After the hectic year we’ve had, we could probably all benefit from  a workshop that focuses on “releasing whatever no longer serves and creating space for all the new possibilities that lie ahead.” Like our New Year’s resolutions, which we definitely will not have abandoned by March. In-person and virtual, $35

New Year’s Eve Gala Concert
St. James Cathedral is known for hosting concert series featuring choral groups and organists from around the PNW. But for their New Year’s Eve showcase, the Cathedral Cantorei and Baroque Chamber Orchestra celebrate by presenting music from two Italian composers, Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli (Christmas Concerto). St. James Cathedral, pay what you can

New Year’s Eve at Smith Tower
A five-course dinner, cocktails, champagne, a photo booth, and live entertainment sounds like the right way to end 2021. The 1920’s themed party brings all that and more, and will hopefully have us toasting as if Prohibition ended yesterday. Smith Tower’s Observatory, various

New Year's Eve Dinner Party at the Lodge
The inaugural celebration at the hotel in St. Edward’s State Park provides the opportunity to enjoy a four-course meal followed by an opulent party that will include a dance floor, a photobooth, and live music by Jake Beregevin and the Javatown Swing Orchestra. Lodge at St. Edwards, various

Xtreme Theatresports New Year’s Eve Party
Unexpected Productions rings in 2022 with a celebratory comedy improv battle comprised of four teams of 20 improvisors each. The audience, equipped with score cards from zero to five, judges each act and a champagne toast commemorates the ball drop at midnight. Pike Place Market, $38-50

New Year’s Eve at the Roller Disco
A contingent of DJs, from Wax Witch to Samurai Del, join Supernova’s in-house band, Universal Peoples, alongside drag queens and other performers in a disco extravaganza. A combo ticket option includes skating and an afterparty at Supernova that goes until 4am. Southgate Roller Rink, up to $25

Ascend Prime Steak and Sushi Presents: Bubbles and Bow Ties
The Bellevue steakhouse rolls out a black-tie soiree featuring DJ Audiomoe, live band karaoke group Rockaraoke, and burlesque and aerial dancers, not to mention small bites and a midnight champagne toast. To top it off, tickets include views of Ascend Hospitality Group and Amazon Bellevue’s fireworks show. Ascend, $195

Rockin’ Rockfish Noon Year’s Eve
Folks of all ages can learn about sea creatures and enjoy music from Mikey the Rad Scientist at this family-friendly celebration that takes place earlier in the evening. Seattle Aquarium, free with registration before December 31

Rendezvous 2022 NYE Celebration
Celebrate the end of this strange year in classic fashion: dancing, DJs, photobooth pictures, appetizers, and a flood of cocktails, of course. The main party opens its doors at 10:30, but there’s an early access ticket to kick off the festivities at 9. W Seattle, $125.

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