Ring in the New Year with Family Friendly Celebrations

So much fun to be had this New Year’s! Find even more ideas here on our New Year’s Eve calendar. 

Penny’s Puppets- The Boogie Woogie News Year’s Eve in SW PDX

The Boogie Woogie News Year’s EveShow Come ring in the New Year with all of your favorite puppets and songs (new show this year). Everyone gets hats to help ring in the fun.

Location:The Old Church at 1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97201
When: Friday December 29, 2017 10:30 am -11:30 am
Cost: $5 – Buy tickets here

Noon Year’s Eve Party for Preschoolers at Northwest Library

Celebrate the new year with your young child, ages 0-5. Enjoy dancing, balloons, activities and snacks. It’s a family friendly way to ring in 2018!

Location: Northwest Library – 2300 NW Thurman St, Portland, OR 97210
When: Saturday December 30, 2017 11 am-12:30 pm
Cost: Free. First come, first served.

New Year’s at Noon at Portland Children’s Museum

Get those noisemakers and resolutions ready, because it’s that time again for New Year’s at Noon. Join us for multiple New Year’s countdowns, MAD SCIENCE dry ice experiments, art and craft activities and a dance party.

Location: Portland Children’s Museum – 4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR
When: Saturday, December 30, 2017 11 am-2 pm.
Costs: museum members: Free; non-members ages 1–54: $10.75; under age 1: free; ages 55+ and military: $9.75; access Admission*: $1

New Year’s Eve at Noon at MJCC

Join the MJCC for a fun family event as we ring in the new year with games, a bouncy house, arts + crafts, snacks, dancing, pool float, and a balloon drop at noon. This event is free and for all ages.

Location: Mittleman Jewish Community Center – 6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219
When: Saturday December 31, 2017. 11 am-12:30 pm at MJCC, 12:30 pm-2 pm Open Swim
Cost: Free and open to the community

All Ages Free Play Party in NW PDX

Wrap up 2017 with all-day, family-friendly free play at Ground Kontrol! Our All Ages Free Play Party offers you another chance to introduce your young ones to the games you grew up with, in their original condition!

Everything from Donkey Kong to The Simpsons will be available to play with no quarters necessary, for one low $5 cover! Wander through decades of arcade history to find old favorites and new ones, and see if you’ve still got the skills to beat today’s high scores. Don’t forget about pinball – our selection of 18 tables features some of the most popular games ever made, maintained in excellent condition!

To fuel a full day of free play, our kitchen will be open serving tasty snacks and hearty sandwiches. Get a basket of fully-loaded Killer Nachos big enough to share, or go for comfort food classics like a grilled cheese or chili dog. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are available for nearly every item. Save room for dessert, too: We also have amazing ice cream sundaes and root beer floats!

Entertaining the whole family can get expensive, but All Ages Free Play makes it affordable and easy. Bring everyone down and have a blast without busting your budget! Get here early, though – capacity is limited!

Location: Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade at 115 Northwest 5th Avenue, Portland OR
When: December 31, 2017 at 11 am-4:30 pm
Admission: $5

New Year’s Eve Rock Out with The Alphabeticians at Mississippi Pizza

t’s a special early New Year’s eve show with the ABC Guys full 5 piece band! Mr. E and Mr. Hoo will be joined by Matt “Tallulah’s Daddy” Lynch on bass, Scott “Western Yew” Crabtree on drums and Dan “Pointed Man Band” Elliiott on keyboards.  They’ll drop the lighted ball at 6 p.m. sharp to celebrate New Year’s in Brazil! $6 per person, babes in arms free

Location: Mississippi Pizza – 3552 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
When: Saturday, December 31, 2017 5 pm-6:30 pm
Cost: $6 per person.

“Carolan’s Dream: An Early Celtic New Year with The Oregon Renaissance Band

Oregon Renaissance Band directed byPhil and Gayle Neuman, 13 musicians in all, performing early Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and Breton repertoire on a wide variety of renaissance instruments. Bagpipes, shawms, recorders, violin, viols, sackbutts, krummhorns, racketts, voices and more! Music by Turlough O’Carolan, John Playford, and Anonymous.

Location: Community Music Center – 3350 SE Francis St, Portland, OR 97202
Two performances: Saturday, December 30 at 7:30 pm, AND Sunday, December 31 at 3 pm
Admission: $15 and $12, at the door only.

30th Annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza At Skibowl

The fun never stops at Mt. Hood Skibowl!

Ring in the New Year in style with the biggest event on Mt. Hood.  Mt. Hood Skibowl will celebrate 30 years of its legendary fireworks extravaganza December 31st, 2017.

The fun will be going on all day and continue until 2 am.  A live DJ kicks off the party spinning your favorite tunes from 8 pm-1 am at Skibowl west.  A torch light parade down the Lower Bowl will precede the evenings two firework displays which happen at the stroke of midnight.  Another live DJ will be spinning the hotest tunes during Cosmic Tubing at Skibowl East from 8 pm-1 am. Watch the spectacular firework displays at either Skibowl West or East. Ski and ride until 2:00am, and Cosmic Tube at Skibowl East until 1:00am.

There will also be fun winter games, multiple beer gardens and a dance party that lasts into the night.

The Beerstube Bar and Starlight Café will be open until 2:00am serving food and your favorite beverages.  Equipment rentals, tuning and repair and The Olympic Skibowl Ski School will be open as well.

The Snow Tube and Adventure Park will be open with normal tubing from 10 am-5 pm, and the world’s only Cosmic Tubing will operate from 6 pm-1 am.  Enjoy Frosty’s Playland, the huge indoor Super Play Zone and a live DJ rockin’ the sound all over the tube hill.  Food and beverages will be available inside the Multorpor Lodge with the Multorpor Lodge Cafe and the 70 Meter Bar & Grill featuring gourmet burgers and the best hot drinks on the mountain.

Across the highway in Government Camp, the Ratskeller Bar & Pizzeria will be open late with its own party!  The Ratskeller will be open until 2 am.  The video arcade upstairs featuring redemption and video games will be open until midnight.

Location: Ski Bowl – 87000 U.S. 26 Government Camp, OR 97028‎
When: Saturday, December 31, 2017, 9 am-Sunday, January 1, 2018 – 2 am
Costs: Vary.


31st Annual New Year’s Eve Sobriety Powwow at The Convention Center

The Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest, Inc. (NARA) is hosting its 32nd annual New Year’s Eve Sobriety Powwow at the Oregon Convention Center. This celebration is an alcohol-, recreational drug- and commercial tobacco-free event, with live music, art and craft vendors. The powwow, one of the largest sobriety new year celebrations in the country, is free and open to the public. Grand entries are at 1 pm and 6 pm.

Location: Oregon Convention Center – 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232                                                When: Saturday December 31, 2017 at 1 pm to Sunday, January 1, 2018 12 am.
Cost: Free and open to the public.

ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo

It wouldn’t be the holidays in Portland without a visit to the Oregon Zoo’s annual winter festival, ZooLights. As you walk around the zoo, you’ll see a dazzling display of a more than million and half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light.
Ride MAX and skip the parking.

Location: Oregon Zoo – 4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221
When: Nightly through January 7, 5 pm-9 pm. No zoo lights December 24-25 and January 1-4.
Cost: Adults: $14.95, Seniors (65+): $12.95), Youth (3-11): $9.95, Infant (2 and under) & Zoo Members: Free. $5 Transit Admission Discount (with proof of fare)

Dave & Buster’s NYE Family Event

Dave & Busters is offering an exciting and FUN way for you & your family to ring in the New Year! We will offer loads of excitement with our New Year’s Eve package which combines all the Food & FUN that guests have grown to love at Dave & Buster’s.
Designed for families, this event will run from 5 pm-8 pm.  Package descriptions are listed below:
Package 1:
– An appetizer buffet with family and youth favorites
– Dessert
– Unlimited soft drinks
– $20 Power Card per guest
– A video ball drop to ring in the New Year
Package 2:
– An appetizer buffet with family and youth favorites
– Dessert
– Unlimited soft drinks
– $25 Power Card per guest
– Unlimited Video Game Play
– A video ball drop to ring in the New Year

Location: Dave & Busters – 11860 SE 82nd Ave Happy Valley, OR 97086
When: Sunday, December 31, 2017. 5 pm-8 pm.
Cost: $32-$40

 See the lights on Peacock Lane (last night)

Come see the lights on Peacock Lane and you’ll find nothing but good, old-fashioned holiday spirit. Each house in this quaint southeast neighborhood has been decorating for Christmas for decades. Mostly Tudors, the houses are adorned with not only beautiful sparkling lights, but also nativity scenes, rotating Christmas trees and stunningly life-like replicas of Santa and Frosty.

Location: Peacock Lane – SE Belmont St & SE Peacock Ln, Portland, OR 97214
When: Nightly through Saturday, December 31, 2016. 6 pm-11 pm. Open til 12 am New Year’s Eve.
Cost: Free

Rink In the New Year at Oaks Park

From 7 pm-1 am, it’s a New Year’s Eve party for all ages filled with fun, games, giveaways, and a live DJ. Join as we count down to midnight and “rink” in the new year!

Location: Oaks Park – 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202
When: Sunday, December 31, 2017 from 7 pm- January 1, 2018 at 1 am.
Cost: $22 per skater. Includes conventional skates. Specialty Skate Rental: $12-$5

New Year’s Eve Dancin’ Party at John’s Incredible Pizza in Beaverton

Ring in the New Year with us and enjoy the best deal of the year! Pre-purchase any package before December 26th and receive 20 more FREE Fun World credits AND PRIORITY ADMISSION! We have two packages so pick your favorite:

Celebration Package: $18/person
– Buffet + Beverage
– Unlimited Rides
– 75 Fun World Credits
– NYE Accessories

Premium Package: $28/person
– Buffet + Beverage
– Unlimited Rides
– 200 Fun World Credits (Feel free to save some of these for your next visit!)
– NYE Accessories

Location: John’s Incredible Pizza – 9180 SW Hall Blvd, Portland, OR 97223
When: Saturday,December 31, 2017 at 7 pm to January, 1 2018 at 1 am
Cost: Packages priced from $18-$28

New Years Eve Bash at Out of this World in Beaverton

Celebrate New Year’s Eve as a Family! Your Evening will include: Stellar Play, Pizza and Salad Buffet with Soft Drink, Dessert and Giveaways!

Location: Out of This World – 6255 NW Century Blvd, Hillsboro, OR 97124
When:Saturday,December 31, 2017 at 9 pm to January, 1 2018 12:30 am
Cost: $13.99 in advance, $16.99 at the door. 2 and under free.

First Day Hike at Parks Across Oregon

For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Tryon Creek State Natural Area is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store. Online registration is new this year—although not required—and will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               9 am

Contact information:             (503) 636-9886 x 225

Additional details:                  Hikes will highlight multiple trails, topography and abundant natural history. We’ll make as many stops as there is wildlife!

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging “Oregon State Parks” on Facebook.

Location: Various sites throughout Oregon
When: Monday, January 1, 2018 at 9 am
Cost: Free – Find a site and register online.

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  • Shannon Kalmarzi

    The NYE Portland Winterhawks game is always followed by skating with the players (byo skates) and a balloon drop at midnight, and some of the balloons have cash in them.