This year, have a blast celebrating the New Year with the whole family. Check out a venue in your area and prepare to party until the New Year – or until bedtime.

Remember, all TriMet rides will be free on December 31 after 8 p.m. And if you don’t make it out on December 31, check out the dozens of free “First Day” hikes available around Oregon on New Year’s Day.

 

Portland Area

New Years at Noon at Portland Children’s Museum

“Greasy Kid Stuff” will hold multiple New Years countdowns throughout the day, complete with a dance party and noisemaker crafts.

When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Countdown times: 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.

Cost: Free with museum admission.

 

Zoo LightsZooLights

Tour the Oregon Zoo transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland with more than a million LED lights. Moving sculptures, animal silhouettes, and lighted trees delight every age.

When: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Cost: Adults: $10, Seniors (65+): $8.50, Youth (3-11): $7, Infant (2 and under) & Zoo Members: Free.

 

New Year’s Dance for Young Children at Northwest Library

A party for the littlest of tykes, this celebration is specifically for children ages 0-5 and their parents. The festivities include dancing, games, activities and snacks and ringing in 2015.

When: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Cost: Free. First come, first served.

 

Ring in the New Year with Mr. Ben at Mississippi Pizza

Munch on a scrumptious dinner while enjoying live entertainment from children’s performer Mr. Ben and his new band.

When: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Cost: $5/family

 

Oaks Park skating rinkNew Year’s Eve All-Ages Skate Party at Oaks Park

It’s a party for all ages at Oaks Park Roller Rink’s Annual All Ages New Year’s Eve Skate Party. Besides skating, the festivities will include a prize wheel, party favors at midnight, and more.

When: 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Cost: $20.00 per skater. Includes conventional skates. Specialty Skate Rental: $1.75 – $5.00

 

Downtown Portland

New Year’s Eve in the Pearl

Craving a downtown date night without the kids? WeVillage drop-in playcare is hosting a New Year’s Eve night bringing a safe party experience to children aged 6-weeks to 12-years-old. The event includes party favors, an apple cider toast, and watching the ball drop (New York time). Early registration is suggested.

When: 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Cost: This Party is based on WeVillage regular hourly rates, plus $8 for dinner.

 

See the lights on Peacock Lane

Take a driving tour to gawk in awe of the neighborhood of Tudor houses and their elaborate Christmas light displays. Since the 1920s, each house in this quaint southeast neighborhood has been decorating with lights, nativity scenes, rotating Christmas trees and stunningly life-like replicas of Santa and Frosty.

When: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Cost: Free!

 

Wilsonville Family Fun CenterWilsonville

Noon Years Eve at Wilsonville Fun Center

Entry to the fun center includes all day unlimited use of Go-Karts, Lazer Tag, Miniature Golf, Bumper Boats, Max Flight Cyber Coaster, 28′ Rockwall, Sky Trail Ropes Course, Kidopolis Playland, Frog Hopper, and Video Games. A “Noon” Year’s Eve Countdown Celebration occurs midday.

When: All-you-can-eat pizza and soda buffet served noon – 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Cost: $20 per person.

 

Mt Hood Skibowl tubingMount Hood

New Year’s Eve Celebration At Skibowl

This celebration boasts 27 years of a legendary firework extravaganza. From the all day skiing and tubing to the evening torch light parade and live DJ entertainment, this will be one fun-filled event.

When: All day until 2 a.m.

Costs: Vary.

 

Hillsboro

New Years Eve Bash at Out of this World

The OOTW will be hosting their annual Family New Year’s Eve Party, including DJ hosted Stellar Play, unlimited buffet, dessert with Bingo and giveaways!

When: 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 2 and under free.

 

Beaverton

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

Dance in the New Year with family favorites of Hokey Pokey and Chicken Dance with IncrediBear at 9 pm and midnight. Plus there are unlimited rides and non-ticket games all night!

When: 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Cost: Packages start at $15

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