Welcome to 2024! New year, new you, right? January kicks off with the first statutory holiday of the year meaning there won’t be much open. Now that being said, theres still plenty to do. Here are 8 of the best things to do in & around Seattle on New Year’s Day.


Get ready to experience the Point Defiance Zoo in a new way as the grounds are transformed into a winter wonderland with over 800,000 lights. You’ll be able to see all sorts of displays both old and new ranging from a giant Pacific octopus to a flame tree and even Sasquatch.

When: Friday, November 24th-Monday, January 1st, 2024
Where: 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA
Cost: $7+

Experience a beautiful winter hike

Looking to get outdoors? Washington has a ton of winter hikes and we’ve found some of the best to help you have the most memorable winter yet. From beaches to mountains, preserves, and more.

Go ice skating

There are several places to go ice skating in and around Seattle this weekend. Prices vary by rink and skate time. You can also choose between renting skates or bringing your own. Of course, we’ve created a list of some of the best spots to check out.

Head to a hot spring

Looking to start the New Year nice and toasty? You might as well try heading to a local hot spring. You can choose between hiking in or heading to already set-up pools and tubs. Of course, we have the best options covered for you.

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Seattle Kraken 2024 Discover NHL Winter Classic

Ring in the New Year with the 2024 Discover NHL Winter Classic at T-Mobile Park. The Seattle Kraken will take on the Vegas Golden Knights in a face off between the NHL’s newest franchises.

When: Monday, January 1st
Where: 1250 1st Ave S
Cost: $118+

The Breakfast Club

Monkey Loft is having a day party with LP Giobbi, Fungineers, and Saqib. Expect to ring in the first day of the New Year with dancing and all sorts of fun.

When: Monday, January 1st
Where: 2915 First Ave S
Cost: $40-$50

Winter Wonderland in South Lake Union

South Lake Union is lighting up with twinkly lights, holiday displays and art installations. If you’re looking to get out for a walk and enjoy some city sights, this might just be your best bet.

When: Daily until January 7th
Where: Multiple locations in SLU
Cost: Free/varies

Enjoy all of the things to do in Seattle!