I’ve never been one to enjoy the large crowds underneath the Space Needle on New Year’s Eve night; rather, I like to ring in the New Year with friends at smaller events in the city. One year was spent wandering around Tacoma during First Night and when I lived in West Seattle I would ring in the New Year at a local masquerade. This year, though, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do.
That got me thinking … how did Seattleites spend past New Years? What events were taking place a hundred years ago in 1918? So I looked through the Seattle Times archives and discovered, not much has changed in the way we celebrate the coming of the New Year!
In 1918 you could enjoy a home cooked New Year’s Dinner at the Woman’s Exchange and in 2018 you can enjoy dinner and music at many venues throughout Seattle!
Care for a Masque Ball? In 1918, prizes and dancing were to be found at the Hippodrome for 55 cent admission! Today you can head on over to a masquerade and ring in the New Year!
In 1918 people made their way to the Liberty Theatre to watch William S. Hart (in evening clothes) in Branding Broadway, and dancing and vaudeville acts were to be had at the Orpheum. But this New Year’s you can celebrate at many nearby movie theaters and clubs as well!
So whether it’s fireworks, movies, masked balls, dancing, or a meal your after, check your local paper or sites like eventbrite; even after all this time there truly is something for everyone this New Year’s Eve!
~posted by Kara P.