New Year’s Eve at Seattle Center

Seattle Center is the place to be for New Year’s Eve, with activities appealing to a wide-range of interests and desired investment levels, all leading up to midnight fireworks.

Seattle Center Winterfest New Year’s Eve Celebration features cover band Sway in a free concert on the Armory Stage starting at 8pm. Outside, Fountain of Light dance party mounts a live electronic music and video projection show, 10pm, at International Fountain. Winterfest Ice Rink remains open until 11:30 pm, and Armory merchants will stay open late as well. The Celebration is sponsored by T-Mobile, who will be on site to hand out festive party favors on grounds and in the Armory.

Venues on the grounds also offer outstanding revelry including: T-Mobile New Year’s Eve at the Needle midnight fireworks and events at Chihuly Garden and Glass, Museum of Popular Culture (MoPOP) and Pacific Science Center.

Seattle Center Monorail stays open until 1 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2018 to accommodate New Year’s visitors, ceasing operations between 11:15pm and approximately 12:20am, to comply with fire regulations.

As in past years, an exclusion zone will be enforced on New Year’s Eve to keep Seattle Center visitors safe from fireworks debris. Entry to Next 50 Plaza, Broad Street Green, Harrison, John and Thomas streets and areas around the Space Needle and MoPOP will be restricted beginning in the later evening. Broad St. will also close. Given these closures and expected heavy traffic congestion, visitors to the grounds should plan extra time in their travels and consider alternative transportation to Seattle Center.

We hope you’ll enjoy ringing in the New Year at Seattle Center. Learn more at: Seattle Center or call 206-684-7200.

Winterfest Opening Weekend, Nov. 24-26

 

Opening weekend of Seattle Center Winterfest, Nov. 24-26, promises sparkling lights, child-sized amusements and spirited entertainment at Center venues and on the grounds. The weekend launches five weeks of festive, fun-filled, free and affordable activities.

Here is the schedule of ongoing and Thanksgiving weekend activities (unless stated, events are free of charge and held in Seattle Center Armory):

WINTER TRAIN & VILLAGE – An enchanting turn-of-the-century village and train. Nov. 24 – Dec. 31, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (special hours: closed at 4 p.m., Dec. 24; closed, Dec. 25) Work the model train controls 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily. $2 suggested donation.

WINTERFEST ICE RINK – Skate, glide and slide into the holiday season. Nov. 24 – Jan. 1, 2018. Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Special Hours: closed at 4 p.m., Dec. 24; closed, Dec. 25; closed at 11:30 p.m., Dec. 31) Fisher Pavilion. Admission/Skate Rental Fees (cash, check, Visa/Mastercard).

WINTERFEST ICE SCULPTING – Award-winning artists create seasonal ice sculptures. Saturdays: Nov. 25; Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 12 noon – 2 p.m., outside Fisher Pavilion.

HOLIDAY HARMONY – Holiday carolers, performing a cappella four-part harmony. Nov. 24, 11 a.m. – 12 noon and Dec. 22, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

THE ZANIAC COMEDY SHOW – Alex Zerbe, Seattle’s funniest prop comic. Nov. 24, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. and Dec. 30, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

KEITH HIGHLANDERS PIPE BAND – Traditional Scottish piping, drumming and dancing. Nov. 24, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

RUNT – Tiny punk band, playing tiny instruments. Nov.  25, 11 a.m. – 12 noon

MATT BAKER COMEDY + STUNT SHOW – Hilarious stand up and amazing physical stunts. Nov.  25, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

KRISTIN CHAMBERS “SNOW GLOBE”- Holiday classics and uplifting original songs. Nov. 25, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

BAILADORES DE BRONCE- Colorful Mexican folkloric dances. Nov. 26, 11 a.m. – 12 noon

XMAS MAXIMUS – Good cheer and great tunes, stuffed with holiday spirit. Nov. 26, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. and Dec. 21, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

THE DICKENS CAROLERS – Victorian-costumed carolers sing your favorite season-themed music. Sundays: Nov. 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Seattle Center grounds.

HOT DOG USA – This hoppin’ hot jump rope team inspires motivates, educates and entertains. Nov. 26, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Seattle Center Winterfest, produced by Seattle Center, presents spirited programming for one and all in search of entertaining and enriching activities during this festive time of year. For more information, visit Seattle Center or call 206 684-7200.

Seattle Center Winterfest, Dec. 14-31

Seattle Center Winterfest offers festive and engaging activities aplenty for young and old over the traditional holiday break. The sparkling lights, child-sized diversions and live entertainment of this annual holiday celebration continue, and visitors will find a special offering this Sunday at Winterfest Ice Rink, a free skate day.

Following is a list of Winterfest events now through Dec. 31. All admissions are free of charge, unless indicated:

Winterfest Ice Rink: Now through Jan. 2, 2017, Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Closes at 4 p.m. on Dec 24, closed Dec. 25, open until 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 31, Fisher Pavilion. FREE SKATE DAY, Sunday, Dec. 18. On other days admission is $8 for adults, $6 children ages 6-12, $2 children ages five and under, includes skate rental. Cash, check, visa or mastercard.

Winter Train & Village: Through Dec. 31, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Seattle Center Armory. A Winterfest favorite, an exquisite, miniature turn-of-the-century village and train. Gaze into the wintry scene or take a turn running the model train between 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. $2 suggested donation.

Winterfest Student Showcases: Through Dec. 30, various times, Armory. Student Showcases provide entertainment as part of our seasonal offerings and give aspiring young peformers the opportunity to share their artistic accomplishments with family, friends and the public. More information at: www.seattlecenter.com/studentshowcases.

PTSA Reflections: Through Jan. 8, 2017, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily, Armory Balcony. Students exhibit artwork reflecting on a common theme. More information at: www.scptsa.org.

Coca-Cola Santa Caravan: Dec. 14 – 18, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., International Fountain Lawn. Kids of all ages are invited to have their photograph taken with Santa. Just look for the colorful caravan!

Seattle’s Best Damn ‘Holiday’ Happy Hour; Dec. 15, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Armory. Offering a spirited respite from the holiday mania, this happy hour boasts great food, specialty cocktails and DJ music, while engaging happy revelers in amusing games and prizes, big and small. More information at: www.seattlecenter.com/happyhour.

Klez Chaos; Dec. 18, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Armory. This motley crew of klezmer musicians offers world Jewish music and mirth. More information at: www.seattleklezmer.com/klez-chaos.

Greater Seattle TUBACHRISTMAS; Dec. 18, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., Armory. Scores of tuba players gather to play seasonal music as only a tuba ensemble can! Presented with permission from the Harvey Phillips Foundation, Inc. More information at: www.mcnw.org.

Dickens Carolers; Dec. 24, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Armory. A quartet of Victorian costumed carolers sings your favorite seasonal-themed music in perfect four-part harmony. Since 1978, the Carolers have offered Seattle audiences traditional and contemporary holiday favorites. More information at: www.dickenscarolers.com.

New Year’s Eve Celebration; Dec. 31, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m., Armory and on the grounds. Greet the New Year with two free signature events at Seattle Center. Rock band The Machine plays the Armory Stage, 8 p.m. to midnight, while outside the Fountain of Light dance party mounts a live electronic music and video projection show by local DJs and VJs starting, 10 p.m. at International Fountain. Revelers may pick up free party favors, compliments of T-Mobile, and purchase foods from Armory merchants as they await the luminous midnight fireworks. More information at: www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest.

Seattle Center Winterfest, produced by Seattle Center, presents spirited programming for families and friends in search of entertaining, enriching and fun activities during this festive time of year. Find more information at: www.seattecenter.com or call 206-684-7200.

Winterfest – What’s Happening, Dec. 10-11

The spirit of the season abounds this weekend at Seattle Center. The sparkling lights, child-sized diversions and live entertainment of Seattle Center Winterfest continue, and activities presented by campus residents provide additional delight and inspiration.

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s beloved production of The Nutcracker continues through Dec. 28. Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Teatro ZinZanni, MoPOP, Seattle Children’s Museum, Pacific Science Center, Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Space Needle also invite the community to experience the mirth and merriment of this time of year.

Following are some of the offerings visitors will find this weekend at Seattle Center. All admissions are free of charge, unless indicated:

Winterfest Student Showcases: Through Dec. 30, various times, Armory. Student Showcases provide entertainment as part of our seasonal offerings and give aspiring young peformers the opportunity to share their artistic accomplishments with family, friends and the public. More information at: www.seattlecenter.com/studentshowcases.

Winter Train & Village: Through Dec. 31, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Seattle Center Armory. A Winterfest favorite, an exquisite, miniature turn-of-the-century village and train. Gaze into the wintry scene or take a turn running the model train between 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. $2 suggested donation.

Winterfest Ice Rink: Through Jan. 2, 2017, Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Closes at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25, open until 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 31, Fisher Pavilion. Admission: $8 for adults, $6 children ages 6-12, $2 children ages five and under, includes skate rental. Cash, check, visa or mastercard.

PTSA Reflections: Through Jan. 8, 2017, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily, Armory Balcony. Students exhibit artwork reflecting on a common theme. More information at: www.scptsa.org.

CookieFest 2016: Dec. 10, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., Seattle Center Armory Loft. Seattle’s ultimate pop-up bake sale! Local pastry artisans unite to sell thousands upon thousands of delectable, holiday-inspired treats for a good cause. All proceeds from CookieFest go to Seattle Milk Fund’s Child Care & Family Support Program.

GeekCraft Expo SEATTLE:  Dec. 10, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Dec. 11, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Seattle Center Pavilion. This curated craft fair offers geek goods made by crafters from the Pacific Northwest. More information at: www.geekcraftexpo or geekcraftexpo on Facebook, twitter and instagram.

Garfield Jazz Band; Dec. 10, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Armory. Nationally renowned Garfield Jazz Band performs a high energy, deeply harmonious holiday concert. More information at: www.garfieldjazz.org.

Winterfest Ice Sculpting: Dec. 10, 17, 24 and 31, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., Fisher Apron. Artistry and ice unite in a glistening seasonal expression. Watch as acclaimed artists create seasonal sculptures – or stop by later to see the icy result. Featured sculptor on Dec. 10 is Chan Kitburi.

SANCA Cirrus Circus; Dec. 11, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Armory. SANCA Youth Company creates and performs original acts in aerial arts, juggling, tightwire, clowning, unicycle and acrobatics. Watch these talented kids as they delight a transfixed Armory audience. More information at: www.sancaseattle.org.

Seattle Center Winterfest, produced by Seattle Center, presents spirited programming for families and friends in search of entertaining, enriching and fun activities during this festive time of year. Find more information at: www.seattecenter.com or call 206-684-7200.

Seattle Center Winterfest – Opening Weekend

Seattle Center Winterfest opens on Friday, Nov. 27 with a long weekend of live entertainment featuring time honored traditions, high energy performances and hilarious antics sure to lift the spirit and ease one and all into the festive holiday season. The five-week festival, running through Dec. 31, welcomes the return of Winter Train & Village, Winterfest Ice Rink and a wonderland of sparkling lights and fun-filled, family activities in Seattle Center Armory, Fisher Pavilion and on the grounds of Seattle Center.

Here is a listing of opening weekend activities:

Winterfest Ice Rink; Nov. 25-Jan. 2, 2017, Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Closes at 4 p.m. on Dec 24, closed Dec. 25, open until 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 31, Fisher Pavilion. Glide through the season with the greatest of ease. Winterfest Ice Rink offers icy fun for all. Admission: $8 for adults, $6 children ages 6-12, $2 children ages five and under, includes skate rental. Cash, check, visa or mastercard. More information at: Seattle Center Winterfest.

Winter Train & Village; Nov. 25-Dec. 31, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Seattle Center Armory. A Winterfest favorite, an exquisite, miniature turn-of-the-century village and train. Gaze into the wintry scene — or take a turn running the model train between 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. $2 suggested donation. More information at: Seattle Center Winterfest.

Puget Sound A Cappella; Nov. 25, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Armory. Reflecting the amazing creativity and talent found at one of the nation’s top visual and performing arts institutions, this Cornish College student ensemble delivers incredible harmonies of jazz standard favorites. More information at: Puget-Sound-A-Cappella.

The Zaniac Comedy Show; Nov. 25, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Armory. This Guinness World Record holder, voted Seattle’s Funniest Prop Comic, has appeared on prime-time TV in three countries. Alex, a Hacky Sack World Champion, was ranked Seattle’s 3rd Best Air Guitarist! Audiences freak out in a good way when they see Alex perform. More information at: Zaniac Comedy.

Kristin Chambers “Snow Globe;” Nov. 25, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Armory. This prolific, acclaimed singer-songwriter floats effortlessly between genres, from bluesy ballads and folksy anthems to spirited pop songs. For Winterfest, she shares the warmth and joy of the holiday season with excerpts from her album. More information at: Kristin Chambers.

Filipino Youth Activities Drill Team; Nov. 26, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Armory. This nationally acclaimed drill team marches into Winterfest opening weekend with a high energy bang. More information at: FYA-Drill-Team.

Winterfest Ice Sculpting; Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., Fisher Apron. Watch internationally acclaimed, award-winning artists at work as they create seasonal sculptures – or stop by later to see the glistening result. Featured sculptor on Saturday, Nov. 26 is Janson Iwakami. More information at: Seattle Center Winterfest.

XMAS MAXIMUS; Nov. 26, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. and Dec. 17, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Armory. XMAS MAXIMUS stuffs your stocking and gives good cheer. XMAS MAXIMUS is Seattle’s premier XMAS band performing familiar and not so familiar tunes. More information at: Xmas Maximus.

Bailadores de Bronce; Nov. 26, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Armory. Dedicated, energetic dancers perform intricate footwork and refined choreography, expressing the richness of their culture in beautiful costumes from the varied regions of Mexico. More information at: Bailadores de Bronce.

The Magic of Budd & Durgin; Nov. 27, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Armory. Get ready for a high energy, award-winning comedic act presented by two highly talented gentlemen who make comedy their lives. With quick wit and lightning fast hands, Michael and Cary boast multiple 1st place awards in magic and numerous awestruck audiences.

Lelavision; Nov. 27, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Armory. Lelavision completely integrates music and movement, with choreography emerging from ingenious musical sculptures in a dynamic display of physical agility and musical prowess buoyed by an intrinsic sense of humor. Performances are centered around themes of invention, discovery and play. More information at: Lelavision.

Hot Dog USA; Nov. 27, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Armory. The Hot Dog USA Jump Rope Team inspires, motivates and educates people of all ages, while fostering  jump rope competitions, workshops and performances around the world. The team consists of about 50 boys and girls ranging in age from six years old to adult. More information at: Hot Dog USA.

Winterfest Student Showcases; Nov. 27 – Dec. 31, various times, Armory. The Showcases provide entertainment as part of our seasonal offerings, and they offer public and private school groups the opportunity to share their artistic accomplishments with family, friends and the public. Seattle Center Student Showcases.

Seattle Center Winterfest, produced by Seattle Center, presents spirited programming for one and all in search of entertaining and enriching activities during this festive time of year. For more information, visit Seattle Center or call 206 684-7200. Winterfest images are available upon request.

About Seattle Center Winterfest – Connect to the sights, sounds and spirit of the season at Seattle Center Winterfest, five weeks of free and affordable, fun-filled activities and entertainment, Nov. 25 – Dec.31. Visit the festive Seattle Center Armory, displaying its winter finest, and explore the olden Winter Train & Village. The Winterfest Ice Rink returns, along with ice sculpting, student showcases and more. Seattle Center Winterfest is part of Holidays in Seattle, and is sponsored by Coca-Cola, T-Mobile, Alaska Airlines, Seattle Center Monorail and the City of Seattle.