Daytime Activities to Ring in 2019 in Olympia WA

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA

Trying to stay awake until midnight on New Year’s Eve is always a struggle for me so if you are like me, here are some fun ideas to celebrate the new year on December 31st and January 1st.


Start New Year’s Eve off with a long walk at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.  This is one of my favorite places to visit year-round to get in a long walk.  There are boardwalk trails as well as level gravel trails.  The fresh air and the lookout for all kinds of birds get rid of cabin fever.  The refuge is located at I-5, exit 114.


Then grab a bite to eat at another one of my favorite spots in Lacey, WA – the Curry House located at 8765 Tallon Lane NE.  This is a family-run Indian food restaurant and it is delicious.  The chicken tikka masala is excellent!


After a filling lunch, take the kids and head to downtown Olympia to the Hands On Children’s Museum at 414 Jefferson St NE for their Noon Year’s Eve.  From 9 AM to 5 PM, there will be a ball drop every hour, lots of activities for the kids, a parade, costumed characters, dancing, and music.


While downtown, take a stroll around Percival Landing along the waterfront and check out the Childhood’s End Gallery at 222 4th Ave W in Olympia.  The gallery features contemporary Pacific Northwest artists.  You’ll find paintings, glasswork, woodwork, jewelry and more.


On January 1, 2019, really shake the winter blues by doing the Polar Bear Plunge at Long Lake Park in Lacey, WA.  The event starts at noon and the plunge is at 1 PM.  You can enter Long Lake Park at 2790 Carpenter Road SE.


That should get your 2019 off to a great start! 


And if you are planning on making a move, call me today because you’ll want to get a jump on the spring real estate market.


Happy New Year 2019 Olympia WA


Happy New Year!

Posted by


Francine Viola, Realtor
In Tune with your Real Estate Needs


Serving Buyers and Sellers in Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey and Thurston County, WA

Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc.  |  Olympia, WA


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Comments (18)

Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Francine Viola, every year, I really try to stay up until midnight but somehow, manage to fall asleep. These are some great activities for every age in Olympia. Wishing you a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year! 

Dec 26, 2018 11:34 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coast & Luxury

Francine, we do try to stay up until midnight but it can be a struggle. I don’t think I’m up for the polar bear plunge but might be interesting to watch! 

Dec 26, 2018 11:34 AM
Francine Viola

Hi Joyce Marsh, Daytona Ormond Beach Florida - there is no way I could do a polar bear plunge myself.  I'm sitting here in my office with a space heater running at full blast!

Dec 26, 2018 02:11 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I do  not remember the last time I saw the new year in

Dec 26, 2018 12:07 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI Francine- i struggle each year to stay up until midnight, but I do!!! (Then crash in bed). We love staying home with a lobster dinner we cook and watching the NY celebrations.

Dec 26, 2018 12:25 PM
Francine Viola

Hi Kathy Streib - now that's a great way to ring in the new year!

Dec 26, 2018 02:12 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Being a very early bird...midnight is not usually in our plans.

Dec 26, 2018 03:30 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Francine, lots of wonderful and fun things to do during the day.  I like to watch NY celebrate, that is only 10 pm here!   

Dec 27, 2018 05:44 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is timely information to share with area residents and visitors.

Enjoy the holidays!

Dec 27, 2018 07:12 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Those are great ideas!  I haven't really worried about staying up until midnight though, for many years I have just gone to bed at the regular time, haha.

Dec 27, 2018 07:34 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Francine -  now that polor bear plunge is not for me.  They do it in New York's Coney Island every year.

Dec 27, 2018 09:01 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I don't remember a year that I didn't stay up to see the ball drop. We always make sure to see it and I always get emotional. 

Sounds like a great itinerary you created!

Dec 27, 2018 11:59 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Francine... what a great idea for a post... I, too, can't stay awake till midnight and gave up celebrating a long time ago. Loved your photo, as well.

Dec 28, 2018 04:04 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Francine

I expect there are plenty of people who will appreciate this list in lieu of staying up till the wee hours. Love the photo - I so enjoy visiting wildlife refuges when I get the chance.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Dec 28, 2018 03:56 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, now that sounds like my kind of New Year's Eve, Francine! It beats the crowd alternative, doesn't it?! 

Happy New Year - May 2019 be your best year EVER!

Dec 28, 2018 06:33 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Francine Viola - I like the ides you presented here on ActiveRain. Olympia, WA sounds like a wonderful place to celebrate life in general and a great new beginning of another year.

May you happy and successful always!!! 

Dec 28, 2018 07:42 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

You've outlined a jam-packed itinerary Francine. We will likely stay home, watch a movie - eat take out Chinese food - and fall asleep around 10AM. Someone in the neighborhood will shoot off fireworks at midnight, we'll wake briefly and wish each other a Happy New Year - and fall back to sleep. I know, we're an exciting couple. Lol. Happy New Year to you! 

Dec 29, 2018 07:36 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday afternoon, Francine. Have a wonderful weekend.

Dec 29, 2018 11:52 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Wishing you and your family  Happy, Healthy ,Prosperous 2019. I hope you will have a wonderful year.

Jan 01, 2019 05:34 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Francine, Happy New Year and hope 2019 will be a very good year for you!  

Jan 01, 2019 06:06 AM