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In keeping with COVID-19 public safety measures, there will be no non-ticketed, public events at Seattle Center on New Year’s Eve. Visitors to the grounds must follow COVID-19 social distancing and masking protocols.

Tickets are still available for NYE events at Seattle Center venues including Patton Oswalt Live: Who's Ready to Laugh? at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Dave Chappelle and Friends at Climate Pledge Arena and INDULGENCE New Year’s Eve Bash! at Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP).  Check event websites for information on event vaccination and/or testing requirements.

We will see the return of fireworks at Seattle Center this year… but not in person. The Space Needle has created the first-ever live fireworks show augmented for live broadcast with exclusive special effects that can only be seen via TV or live stream. The augmented show offers a heartfelt tribute to Seattle’s strength, spirit, pride and perseverance as special mixed-reality effects synchronize to the live pyrotechnics and lighting. We encourage you to “stream in the new year” to keep the community safe without gathering in crowds at Seattle Center. Onsite viewers will see a reduced live fireworks display and lighting effects, while broadcast viewers will enjoy spectacular special effects, digital animation and visuals that take the fireworks show to a new dimension, choreographed to music simulcast on HITS 106.1, broadcasted locally on KING 5, live streamed on king5.com, and available on the KING 5 mobile app.
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New Year's Eve Campus Events

Need to Know

Exclusion Zones

An exclusion zone will be in place for public safety purposes related to live fireworks. Visitors should expect progressively limited access to the grounds from entryways in the vicinity of the Space Needle beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Monorail Service

Seattle Center Monorail service will be available to connect to downtown transit services and parking on the following schedule: in service until 10:30pm; out of service for safety purposes related to live fireworks, 10:30pm-12:20am (approximately). The final monorail train will depart Seattle Center for downtown at 1am. Passengers must access the Monorail via the southwest doors of the Armory.

Seattle Center Armory Hours

Seattle Center Armory will be open on New Year’s Eve, and eateries inside the Food & Event Hall will provide service until 11:30pm. The building will remain open through 1am to accommodate Seattle Center Monorail riders and those in need of a rest room stop.

Ride Share Restrictions

We expect heavy pedestrian and vehicle congestion related to the several New Year's Eve ticketed events on the grounds. Restrictive ride share perimeters will be in effect temporarily before and 30 minutes after the Climate Pledge Arena event. Consider all your transportation options if you are planning a visit to the area.


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