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Ring in the New Year

New Year's Party!

80s dance contest, museum event part of local celebrations

Published: 01:30PM December 19th, 2013
New Years Seattle


Seattle's iconic Space Needle erupts in color during a fireworks show welcoming the new year on Jan. 1, 2011 in Seattle.

To celebrate the achievements of 2013 and the hopes for what’s to come in 2014, there is no shortage of New Year’s parties throughout the Puget Sound, from Seattle to Olympia.

For those at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, you won’t have to travel off the installation to ring in the New Year with family and friends.

The American Lake Conference Center in Lewis North — which reopened last September after renovation — is hosting a Neon New Year’s Eve dance party with a rocking 1980s theme Dec. 31 starting at 8 p.m.

“It keeps them close to home and gives them a place to celebrate New Year’s without having to drive so far,” said Tammy Hite, manager of the conference center. “Just socialize and have a good time.”

Hite said guests should dress the part from that decade with a DJ playing some of the hits from the 80s for a dance contest. There will also be a best costume contest throughout the night.

“You could be (Michael Jackson’s) Thriller or MC Hammer or even a Valley Girl,” Hite said.

The party will take place in the main ballroom where guests can see a beautiful view of American Lake while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and a “candy” bar with treats that were popular back in the 1980s.

“Think back to E.T. with the Reese’s Pieces,” Hite said.

Speaking of E.T., posters for that decade’s biggest blockbusters will cover the walls in addition to the neon lights.

There will be a champagne toast at midnight and the party will continue until 3 a.m. Jan. 1. And for those who might be hungry to start off 2014, there will be a breakfast buffet available.

The Neon New Year’s party is for adults only, but there will be opportunities earlier in the day for children to ring in the New Year.

The Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia is hosting a Noon New Year’s Party with several family activities like painting with light and riding light-up bicycles before celebrating the big ball drop at noon, celebrating ringing in 2014 without loss of sleep. The event will begin at Dec. 31 at 10 a.m. and cost $15 per child, $4 per accompanying adult.

For more information about the museum’s event, go to or call 360-956-0818.

The Main Library in downtown Tacoma will also have a “Happy Noon Year” with musician Nancy Stewart providing sing-along fun for all of the children before a toast at 12 (noon).

The event is free. Call 253-292-2001 for more information.

New Year’s events around Puget Sound on Dec. 31:

First Night Tacoma

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m. Theater District in downtown Tacoma Evening festivities begin with the “world’s shortest parade,” followed by more than a dozen stages of music, art and entertainment. Don’t miss the fire spectacular at 11:30 p.m. Price — $10-14 For more information, go to

Olympia Eagles New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. Olympia Eagles Hall, 805 4th Avenue E, Olympia With music from High Ceiling and the Hinges, featuring Danny Kelly from HelioTroupe. Light buffet served with party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Ages 21 and up and for club members and guest of members. Price — $25 for single. $40 for couples. For more information, call 360-970-5550.

Lakewood Moose Lodge New Year’s Eve Dance

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. Lakewood Moose Lodge, 4220 109th St. SW, Lakewood Free for members and guests, includes potluck dinner and free champagne toast at midnight. Classic rock and country presented by the Allan Dale Band. For more information, call 253-588-1865.

New Year’s at the Needle

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Seattle Center: Space Needle, Seattle Two signature events to choose from

SkyCity Soirée

8 p.m. — six-course dinner with live piano performance followed by a champagne toast at midnight and dancing on the Space Needle’s observation deck until 1:30 a.m. Price — $250 (includes tax, gratuity and parking for one vehicle). Observation Deck Dance Party 9 p.m. — Features DJ Michelle Myers spinning music until 1:30 a.m. Enjoy dancing, desserts, a champagne toast at midnight and fireworks display. For more information, call 206-905-2100 or visit

New Year’s Eve Party

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Little Creek Casino Resort, 91 W. State Route 108, Shelton Steak and lobster buffet and midnight toast included. Live entertainment with the Humptulips. Price — $75 per person. For more information, call 800-667-7711 or visit

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m. Morso, 9014 Peacock Hill Ave #100, Gig Harbor Morso takes you back to the 1920s with a Gatsby’s flair for an evening in a Monte Carlo-style casino with prizes and bubbles for toasting at midnight. Everyone dressed in Gatsby attire is entered in drawing for gifts. Price — $75 For more information, call 253-530-3463 or visit