Must List: Seattle Center's New Year's Eve Celebration, Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, Milkshake Pop-Up

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Seattle Center’s New Year’s Eve Celebration
(12/31) There are plenty of places to ring in the new year around Seattle, so don’t fret that T-Mobile’s New Year’s at the Needle Party is already sold out. If you’re looking to get close the Space Needle’s fireworks, head to the Seattle Center for its New Year’s Eve Celebration. A part of the Center’s Winterfest program, this party will feature live music, DJs and a video projection show. 8 p.m.—midnight. Free. Seattle Center Armory, Queen Anne, 305 Harrison St.; 206.684.7200;

Photo by Angela Ciccu


Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
(12/29) Experience the ceremony surrounding Ethiopia’s coffee culture at Kaffa Coffee in Rainier Beach. Owner Milen Medhane has partnered with Atlas Obscura Society and Christopher Blado to bring Seattleites a taste of where it all started. Perfect for the coffee enthusiast looking to learn while they sip. 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. $30. Kaffa Coffee and Wine Bar, Rainier Beach, 8136 Rainier Ave. S; 206.453.3558; Facebook “The Original Coffee Break: Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony”


The Velveteen Rabbit
(Through 12/30) After four successful runs at the London-based Unicorn Theatre, this special adaptation of Margery Williams’ heart-warming classic comes to Seattle, directed by the UK theater group’s Purni Morell and narrated by Seattle actor Peter Crook, making for a special experience for both adults and children. As one reviewer wrote, “It seems, in this bleak world, that magic and wonder are still alive at [Seattle Children’s Theatre].” Times and prices vary. Seattle Children’s Theatre, Queen Anne, 201 Thomas St.; 206.441.3322;

Photo by Grahm Doughty


Milkshake Pop-Up
(12/29) Treat yourself to a shake from Late Shake, the Portland-based Dapper & Wise Coffee Roasters’ side project specializing in artisan milkshakes. Using unique, local ingredients (natch) including local bee honey, fresh ginger root and Jacobson sea salt, they’re all the rage in Portland, we hear. And no need to be weary of dairy—non-dairy options will also be available using cashew ice cream. 26 p.m. Free entry. La Marzocco Café, Queen Anne, 472 1st Ave. N; 206.388.3500;


The Polar Express™ Train Ride
(Through 12/31) Step into the pages of The Polar Express, Chris Van Allsburg’s beloved Christmas tale (and inspiration for the 2004 film) on this 90-minute train ride. Listen to a reading of The Polar Express, enjoy entertainment, hot chocolate and cookies from the train’s chefs, and look out for a special visit from Santa himself. Experience the wonder of Christmas all while staying cozy—pajamas are encouraged. Times and prices vary. Mt. Rainier Railroad Depot, Elbe, 54124 Mountain Hwy E; 360.492.6000;

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