The past several years have resulted in creative Seattle Space Needle New Year’s fireworks displays from citys most iconic landmark. In 2019, the Space Needle fireworks scheduled for midnight on December 31 to usher in 2020 was cancelled due to high winds. The following two years, pandemic restrictions again changed the plans for the annual Seattle Space Needle fireworks show. Here’s a virtual recap of these years:
2019 New Years – the show that wasn’t
The NYE 2019 Space Needle fireworks show was a bit of a wait-and-see operation due to high winds. “Plan A” was to delay the fireworks until 2:00 AM, providing the winds died down. “Plan B” was to postpone the fireworks show for one day. There was no “Plan C”, except the one that finally took place. The fireworks show ushering in 2020 was a laser light show in the Seattle skies above the iconic Space Needle—reminiscent of a used car lot sale or calling for batman. Hey, sometimes you go with what you got left.
2020 Virtual New Years Space Needle Fireworks
The fireworks show to usher in 2021 was another, entirely new laser light show. T-Mobile New Year at the Needle celebration welcoming 2021 was a never-before-seen virtual spectacular. The newly commissioned show was broadcast locally on KING 5 and streamed around the world. The laser light show featured striking visuals in an innovative display of digital effects, engineered to bring viewers bigger thrills than ever before—all from the comfort and safety of your living room! Using sky-mapping technology and real video footage, the Space Needle was layered with immersive, digital artistic expressions to create an illusion of color and wonder.
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2021 Stream New Year’s Space Needle fireworks
In 2021, there were no events at the Space Needle and no public viewing at Seattle Center since crowds were not permitted. HOWEVER, T-Mobile New Year’s at the Needle saw the return of live fireworks to ring in 2022, which were streamed for everyone to enjoy from home. T-Mobile partnered with multimedia studios and talented digital artists to create the first-ever live fireworks show to be augmented and broadcast live with exclusive special effects that could ONLY be seen on TV or streaming online. All of the thrills of the West Coast’s biggest New Year’s fireworks celebration without any of the chills standing out in the cold!
2022 T-Mobile New Year’s at the Needle
Fireworks are returning to Seattle’s skies, combining live pyrotechnics and augmented reality for an out-of-this-world show to ring in 2022. Now in their ninth year, T-Mobile is once again sponsoring the West Coast’s biggest New Year’s celebration.
More info: New Year’s at the Needle | Space Needle
Calendar events for New Years Weekend, Friday-Sunday, December 30, 2022 to January 2, 2023.