New Year's At The Needle 2024: Red bursts above dense fog
Red bursts are seen above a dense mass of fog and smoke minutes after the stroke of midnight on January 1st, 2024 (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

2024 has begun!

Read­ers, vol­un­teers, donors, sup­port­ers, on behalf of the team at NPI, please accept our wish­es for a hap­py, healthy, and pros­per­ous new year.

Below are a few of my favorite pho­tos from the just-con­clud­ed New Year’s At The Nee­dle fire­works show, which was broad­cast on KING5. Heavy fog rolled in just before the pyrotech­nics were set off, which means you can’t see the top of the Nee­dle in any of the pho­tographs. But the flip side of that is that the fog yield­ed some superbly eerie and super­nat­ur­al look­ing images. Enjoy!

New Year's At The Needle 2024: Saucer-shaped red glow
Although the Space Nee­dle is obscured in this pho­to, the lit up clouds and fire­works bursts give an indi­ca­tion of its shape (Pho­to: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)
New Year's At The Needle 2024: Lights and fireworks
The 2024 show includ­ed a lot of lights in addi­tion to pyrotech­nics. In this snap, beams of light are vis­i­ble in addi­tion to bursts from the fire­works. (Pho­to: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)
New Year's At The Needle 2024: Colorful bursts
This snap mix­es col­or­ful fire­works bursts — note the wide array of hues — with eerie look­ing clouds! (Pho­to: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

About the images

These images are all live com­pos­ites… a series of pho­tographs cap­tured using the exact same expo­sure time, with each snap record­ing only new sources of light. Some pho­tog­ra­phers call this means of cre­at­ing an image paint­ing with light. Aside from being extreme­ly help­ful for cap­tur­ing fire­works dis­plays, live com­posit­ing can be used to cre­ate star trails and traf­fic trails.

About the show

This was the largest show yet in the even­t’s thir­ty-two year his­to­ry, accord­ing to a press release from the com­pa­ny that owns the Space Nee­dle.

“We are thrilled to share that T‑Mobile New Year’s at the Nee­dle will be our longest and most bril­liant show to date to ring in 2024,” said Ron Sevart, Space Nee­dle Pres­i­dent & CEO. “The Space Nee­dle and West Coast rep­re­sent the last major time zone to ring in the New Year. We’re excit­ed to see the rest of the Pacif­ic North­west join in the cel­e­bra­tion with the expand­ed broad­cast this year and hope to cel­e­brate across the West Coast in the future.”

The expand­ed 18-minute show will begin sev­en min­utes before mid­night with a per­for­mance by 500 drones illu­mi­nat­ing the skies next to the Space Nee­dle. This is the sec­ond year that Sky Ele­ments drones have been includ­ed in the New Year’s cel­e­bra­tion, adding an excit­ing visu­al ele­ment to the pro­gram. For an explo­sive main act, Pyro Spec­tac­u­lar by Souza will launch the fire­work extrav­a­gan­za from the land­mark itself. Plus, rev­el­ers at Seat­tle Cen­ter will watch the tow­er become a can­vas for the impres­sive 10-minute light shows hap­pen­ing at 10:00 PM PT, 10:30 PM PT, 11:00 PM PT, and 11:30 PM PT.

Those cel­e­brat­ing in Seat­tle are invit­ed to come watch the skies sparkle with thou­sands of spec­ta­tors at Seat­tle Cen­ter (best view­ing near the Inter­na­tion­al Foun­tain). View­ers at home can tune-in to the live one-hour broad­cast start­ing at 11:30PM PT on KING 5 in Seat­tle, KGW 8 in Port­land, and KREM 2 in Spokane. Those watch­ing the show in the sur­round­ing area can tune in to a live simul­cast of the sound­track on HITS 106.1 in Seattle.

This marks the 11th year T‑Mobile has been the pre­sent­ing spon­sor of New Year’s at the Nee­dle. The Space Nee­dle will be illu­mi­nat­ed in magen­ta, the company’s dis­tinc­tive trade­mark col­or, on Decem­ber 30th and 31st as a pre­cur­sor to the T‑Mobile New Year’s at the Nee­dle celebration.

“T‑Mobile is ready to bring on 2024 with anoth­er incred­i­ble New Year’s at the Nee­dle!” said Mike Siev­ert, T‑Mobile CEO. “For the 11th year, we’re excit­ed to cel­e­brate this spe­cial tra­di­tion and the Un- carrier’s com­mit­ment to our home­town com­mu­ni­ty. And with hun­dreds of drones light­ing up the icon­ic Seat­tle sky­line, I can’t imag­ine a bet­ter way to ring in the new year together!”

Be safe and have a won­der­ful New Year’s Day!

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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