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Guide to New Year's Eve in Seattle

Ring out 2010 and Ring in 2011

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For many in Seattle, New Year's Eve plans are pretty simple: have a party at your home with good friends and family, and then saunter out to the deck or backyard to watch the Space Needle fireworks. For those not luckily enough to live with direct views of downtown, some prefer to watch the fireworks on television.

But aren't those fireworks, impressive as they are, pretty much the same every year? Looking for something new and different this New Year's in the Puget Sound? Let us suggest:

Mozart for New Year's Eve at St. James Cathedral
St. James Cathedral is not merely one of Seattle's most gorgeous old buildings, it hosts some of the best music, secular and sacred, in the Northwest. This New Year's Eve the cathedral choir and soloists will perform Mozart's Solemn Vespers, Regina Coeli, and Missa brevis d-Moll. Start your 2011 experiencing some of the most beautiful music on earth in a wonderful and welcoming setting (no, you need not be an Episcopalian).
Where: Capitol Hill
When: 11pm
How much: $22 suggested donation. Students, seniors, and the unemployed pay as able.

New Year's Eve Dinner and Dancing at Century Ballroom
Fellas, want to really impress your lady this year? Go for Century Ballroom's Dinner and Dancing Combo. Dinner is three courses, including champagne, soup, lobster, grilled lamb, homemade dessert, and coffee. At 9:30 after dinner dancing begins in three different halls: salsa, tango, or west coast swing. The floor will be packed so the reluctant dances among us can really disappear into the crowd without feeling on display. Elegant and semi-formal attire, gentleman: no jeans.
Where: Capitol Hill
When:Dinner: 7:00pm - Dancing only: 9:30pm
How much:Dinner: $65 - Salsa dancing: $45 - Tango: $30 - Swing: $20

New Year's with the Seattle Symphony
Ring in the New Year with Beethoven's sensory overload Symphony No. 9 (featuring the "Ode to Joy"), the Seattle Seahawks Drumline, and Maestro Gerhard Schwartz (in his last New Year's with the Symphony) leading the countdown. Also performed will be Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever and Strauss's Radetzky March. The perfect combination of elegance and boisterousness. Dinner is also offered separately before the concert.
Where: Downtown Seattle
When: Dinner: 6:45pm - Concert: 9:00pm

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