From chocolate buffets to spiritual dance parties to champagne balls, Portland offers all sorts of ways to herald the start of the New Year. Read on for our editors’ picks of the top events to ring in the New Year.
Know Before You Go
The statewide mask mandate has been lifted. However, some event organizers may request or recommend mask-wearing at their events.
Additionally, some event organizers and venues may require proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID test, for admission. Other events may be canceled, postponed or held virtually. Please check individual event websites for the most up-to-date information.
Going strong since 1990, the Champagne Ball has helped nearly 40,000 people ring in the New Year in style. Held at the Hilton Portland, this “dress to impress” party features 18 bars so you can spend your night on the dance floor (instead of in line).
The Governor’s Ball
Don your finest black tie or your sparkliest dress and ring in the new year in style at The Governor’s Ball, held every year at the Sentinel Hotel. Dance the night away at Portland’s largest philanthropic gala, where part of the proceeds goes to the Children’s Cancer Association.
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New Year’s Eve Party Cruise
Soak in the city lights while cruising on the river in style on Portland Spirit Yacht New Year’s Eve Party Cruise. Three public decks give many opportunities to twirl your partner around the marble dance floor, bask in music from baby grand pianos or sip bubbly while watching the city pass by.
New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery
The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show takes over the Portland Embassy Suites on the last day of the year to bring you mystery, intrigue and (of course) murder. Enjoy a night of laughs and let your inner gumshoe shine while savoring a three-course meal and beverages. Heighten the hijinks by upgrading your ticket and get an unsuspecting person in your party involved in the show as a prime suspect.
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