If you haven’t made your New Year’s Eve plans yet, it’s time to get going on that before you end up having to stay home and watch all the festivities on TV. While that can be fun too, these spots around the Northwest offer some spectacular celebrations that make it well-worth getting off the couch and out of the house.
The Space Needle, Seattle
Seattle Center is the place to be this New Year’s Eve! Our campus grounds will be alight with excitement and activity all night long. Come early for free music in the Armory, stick around for our signature Fountain of Light dance party at International Fountain, and watch as T-Mobile New Year’s Eve at the Needle offers an innovative fireworks and light show at the stroke of midnight. Plus, check out all the special events happening across campus.
You can also watch the show from the water, which guarantees an unobstructed view. Argosy Cruises are positioned right in the middle of Elliott Bay, and depart from Pier 55 along the waterfront. Waterways Cruises offers a three-hour cruise on Lake Union and Lake Washington with a Champagne toast at midnight, appetizers and desserts, full-service bar, DJ and dancing, party favors and views of the fireworks too.
Fireworks in Spokane
If you’re on the east side of Washington, the biggest annual event of the year in Spokane is downtown’s Community Fireworks at Riverfront Park Spokane, and enjoy a DJ night at the Numerica Skate Ribbon and skate your way into the new year.
McMenamins, throughout Oregon
Just about every McMenamins property will be hosting a New Year’s party, which means no matter where you are in Oregon, a celebration isn’t too far away. They include everything from big-name concerts to smaller festivities, most featuring live music and champagne.
Peacock Lane, Portland
The last night to see the famous dazzling lights on Peacock Lane is New Year’s Eve, and it’s open until midnight. It makes a fun family-friendly option for enjoying the last day of the year with lots of old-fashioned holiday spirit. The homes are adorned with not only an impressive array of sparkling lights, but nativity scenes, rotating Christmas trees and incredibly life-like replicas of Santa and Frosty.
New Year’s at The Coeur d’ Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene
Choose this beautiful lakeside city to celebrate the coming year, and you’ll have lots of great options, from a masquerade ball, dessert cruise and party cruise to a spectacular fireworks show. The resort hosts the Rock the boat New Year’s Eve party with live DJ, dancing, ice luge, champagne and a great view of the fireworks, and The Resort Convention Center will be putting on one of the biggest New Year’s Eve parties in the region. It includes a buffet dinner, live entertainment, costume contest, Facebook photo contest, prizes and a New Year’s Champagne Toast at Midnight.
Boise’s Annual Potato Drop
In Boise, it’s all about the potato, and the annual Idaho Potato Drop has been promised to be bigger and better than ever. It includes a fireworks show, live music, games, and more. KTVB will be there interviewing “Spec-Taters” and live broadcasting everywhere from the all-new “Tuber Luge” to the McCall Winter Carnival ice sculpture pre-show in Capitol Park.
Rhapsody in Blue in Eugene, Oregon
The Hult Center will host a concert featuring favorites from the Great America Songbook, dancing, and drinks.
The Champagne Ball, Portland
Held at the Portland Art Museum, the annual Champagne Ball is a chance to dress up and join others in 12 bars, two dance floors, a karaoke lounge, hors d’oeuvres buffet, and plenty of live music. This 21+ party is a fun and exciting night billed as Portland’s most popular NYE party.