Oregon offers a little something for everyone with more than 360 miles of coastline, deserts, rivers, forests, and lush mountains. Beyond the view of the scenic cities, such as Mount Hood, Portland, and Cannon Beach, the state boasts fantastic New Year’s Eve celebrations. Sample some fresh seafood at Newport Bay, or join in on the wacky midnight holiday parade in Manzanita. Book a stay at an Oregon vacation rental today. When making your vacation plans, consider these Oregon cities for your New Year’s Eve getaway.

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1. Mount Hood

If a mountain party is what you’re looking for, you’re in luck, because Mount Hood features three New Year’s Eve parties each year. The Full Sail at Meadows sponsors the Brew Year’s Eve Party with specialty beers and homemade brews for you to sample. Ski Bowl is home to a family-friendly New Year’s Eve bash with its bowling extravaganza, offering crazy bowl options to keep the laughs rolling until midnight. If a classy evening is what you need, head over to the New Year’s Eve dinner at Timberline, which offers homemade food and midnight fireworks over the mountains.

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2. Portland

You’re in for a treat if you have a vacation rental in Portland when the ball drops. This city comes alive with the Champagne Ball at the Hilton, complete with three dance floors and approximately 17 bars. Dress up for dining and dancing when attending Portland’s Governor’s Ball at the Sentinel Hotel. Sail the night away with a Portland Spirit Cruise to ring in the new year. This three-hour cruise includes drinks, appetizers, and music once the boat leaves the Salmon Street Springs Dock. You can also add a bit of humor into the evening at the Curious Comedy’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza that treats you to four hours of improv performances and a champagne toast at midnight. The active celebrator also has options with the First Run event in Portland that features a 5K and 10K run throughout Waterfront Park, beginning at the stroke of midnight.

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3. Gearhart

Toast your loved ones while tapping your toes to the live music available at the McMenamins New Year’s Eve celebration in Gearhart. Treat your friends and family to fine dining, then head over to the Sand Trap Pub for a midnight toast. Spend the rest of your New Year’s getaway exploring the area with a vacation rental that is within close proximity of Gearhart Ocean State Park, Tillamook Head, and the Del Ray Beach State Recreation Site.

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4. Nehalem

See the beauty of the Oregon coast while celebrating New Year’s Eve with nature when opting for a vacation rental in Nehalem. If you’re wondering where to go in Nehalem for a refreshing view of wildlife, look no further than Nehalem Bay State Park, which gives you access to hiking trails and views of the bay. The paved trail is perfect for an evening stroll with the family before grabbing some fresh seafood at Riverside Fish & Chips or comfort food at the Bunkhouse Restaurant. Don’t miss out on the free fishing on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, courtesy of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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5. Manzanita

Take part in the local tradition of this Oregon coast city when venturing from your vacation rental for New Year’s Eve. The Manzanita Wacko New Year’s Eve Midnight Parade is a sight to see and a tradition of the locals as they team up with local businesses and parade through the streets dressed in brightly colored garb. Before the parade, grab a drink and toast to the New Year at the Sea Shack in nearby Wheeler or the Wateringhole. The festivities don’t end at midnight. Stick around for the New Year’s Day Polar Plunge on Manzanita Beach the next day to see who is brave enough to weather the chilling waters.

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6. Cannon Beach

After a day of exploring the Oregon coasts and shores, celebrate the holiday in Cannon Beach, home to Lumberyard Rotisserie & Grill, offering a hearty, home-cooked meal for families and groups. Adults can stick around for the live music and midnight toast at this popular hotspot in Cannon Beach. If you want to join in a dance party with a full belly, hop over to the Warren House Pub.

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7. Newport

Spend your New Year’s Eve exploring the landscape and coastline of Newport. Take the kids to Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area to see the world’s largest lighthouse, or introduce them to underwater creatures at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. If you’re not sure where to go in Newport for entertainment, try the Bayfront. Stroll along Bay Boulevard when dusk falls to browse the art galleries and specialty shops. Stop in for some fresh seafood at the Sail Inn Cafe or Local Ocean Seafoods.

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8. Astoria

Bask in the history of this oldest American settlement directly west of the Rocky Mountains when spending your New Year’s Eve in Astoria. This historic city offers small-town charm, perfect for a relaxing celebration. Spend your day visiting the art galleries and your evening attending a show at the Liberty Theater. Get a better look at the city when riding the Astoria Trolley through town as the clock strikes midnight.

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