And just like that, 2021 is coming to a close! Is it just us, or does anyone else feel like this year went by in the blink of an eye? Well, no matter how you’re feeling about the New Year, we’re hoping to make it that much better with some nice options around the city. Here are 10 of the best things to do in Seattle this weekend.

Space Needle NYE Fireworks

The fireworks are back this year at the Space Needle, and while you can catch it in person, this display will have something special for those watching through a screen. With viewing parties around town and the option to watch from home, it’s going to be a can’t-miss send-off for 2021.

Da Vinci – Inventions at MOHAI

Chances are that most of us know all about Da Vinci’s crazy creations. However, it’s just as likely that you’ve never seen those inventions brought to life in a true scale. Grande Experiences has created an exhibit that will offer you a look at the creativity of the ultimate Renaissance man.

When: Until January 3rd
Where: 860 Terry Ave N
Cost: $17-$22

The Lights of Christmas

If you’re down for a bit of a drive it’s well worth it to head to Stanwood. You’ll get to see over a million spectacular lights, dazzling displays, all while you wave to Santa and Mrs. Claus and listen to Christmas music in the warmth and comfort of your own car. It’s 30 minutes of Christmas fun that you can add to an evening date.

When: Until January 8th
Where: 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood, WA
Cost: $25-$55 per car

Stone Images XI Exhibition

This unique show highlights the beauty of natural stones. You’ll be able to see 30 stones of various shapes and sizes at the Pacific Bonsai Museum. The stones were collected in 6 including CA, ND, NM, SD, OR, and WA. It sounds niche but it’s sure to be one of the more unique shows you’ll see this year.

When: Until January 9th
Where: 2515 S 336th Street, Federal Way, WA
Cost: Free

Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art

Love the Frye? Well, their collection is growing! You can check out 7 recent artworks by Juventino Aranda, Rokni Haerizadeh, Rose Nestler, Mary Ann Peters, Cauleen Smith, Anthony White, and Ko Kirk Yamahira. All of these works were acquired by the museum in 2019 and are being shown together now.

When: Until January 11th
Where: 704 Terry Ave
Cost: Free

Duane Linklater: mymothersside

Linklater works with a range of mediums to address the contradictions of contemporary Indigenous life both within and beyond settler systems of knowledge, representation, and value. This exhibition brings together a range of the artists’ work including sculptures, video works, and digital prints on linen from the last decade.

When: Until January 16th
Where: 704 Terry Ave
Cost: Free

Enjoy a snowy sleigh ride

Leavenworth has a whole host of sleigh rides for you to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a more intimate experience with up to 6 people or Santa’s Sleigh with up to 16 people they have you covered. All rides come with a piping hot cup of cider to enjoy with some rides even stopping by an open fire.

When: Tours Daily
Where: 19115 Chiwawa Loop Road, Leavenworth, Washington, 98826
Cost: $225-$400

Hit the ice rink

Want to show your crush just how many tricks you know on the ice? Well luckily, Seattle and its surrounding areas have a few ice rinks for you to check out. Whether you’re looking for a simple open skate or to take lessons like figure skating or hockey, these ice rinks have you covered.

Where: Click above to see our picks

Give back to a local organization

Looking to make the holidays more meaningful this year? Consider giving back to a local organization. Whether you’re able to donate a can of food, cash, or your time, there’s always some way you can help. We even went ahead and compiled a list of some of our favorite organizations.

Where: Click above to see our picks

See what’s new on Netflix

January has a ton of new Netflix additions and when we say a ton, we mean it. You’ll find old favorites as well as new additions ranging from new releases to Netflix originals. So plan ahead and see just what you’ll be able to watch this month.

Where: Click above to see the new additions

There you have it folks, have a great weekend and we’ll catch you back here next week. Happy Holidays!