The Best New Year Events in Portland

Ready to welcome 2023? What better place to ring in the new year than Portland? The city knows how to party. Dress up to the nines and head to some of the best New Year Events in Portland. Dance till you drop and welcome the new year with a blast. If partying isn’t your cup of tea, New Year in Portland still guarantees fun. From the world-famous Champagne Ball to more family-friendly celebrations, we’ve got some great options!

Champagne Ball

If you’re wondering where to spend New Year 2023, head to Portland’s famous Champagne Ball. Welcome 2023 in style as you dress to impress, and listen to Hit Machine and DJ Eric Wright while taking shots at short drink lines. 

After over 20 years of celebrating in Hilton Portland Downtown, the Champagne Ball is leveling up to the Portland Art Museum for its 30th edition. One of the best new years eve parties in Portland, dance the start of the year at the museum’s 16,000 square feet luxurious ballrooms and watch the exciting midnight countdown productions. There’ll plenty of room for reserved seating for you and your friends. Get your tickets here.

Gatsby's House 2023

This New Year event in Portland takes you to the roaring 20s at Jay Gatsby’s famous parties. The Gatsby’s House 2023 is anticipated to be Portland’s most lavish New Year’s Eve celebration with premium drinks, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, casino games, and a dance floor that overlooks the city skyline. Put on your best 20s attire and mingle with friends in the multi-room New Year’s Eve party full of surprises, and topped off with a midnight countdown celebration you won’t soon forget. Gather your friends to enjoy group discounts. Learn more about this New Year’s Eve party in Portland here.

Zoolights at the Oregon Zoo

Holidays in Portland would not be complete without a visit to ZooLights. Spend New Year in Portland walking through a dazzling display of 1.5 million lights or drive through the zoo on select nights and check it out from your car. If this won’t get you in a festive mood, nothing would! 

Kids and kids at heart can also enjoy treats like elephant ears and hot cocoa, while adults can chill and drink Oregon beer and wine. Buy your tickets in advance online, as there are limited quantities and no on-site sales. Reserve your tickets here

Portland Spirit New Year's Eve Cruise

What better way to spend New Year in Portland than cruising through the Willamette River with front seats to the best fireworks in the city? Get ready for a night of live music, dancing, and sparkling views of the city skyline while cruising down the Willamette River on board the Portland Spirit. Show off your best dance moves; the Bylines will sing live as you dance 2022 away with your loved ones! Get your hands on sumptuous hor d ‘oeuvres, enjoy two full-service bars on board, and toast Champagne at midnight while marveling at the panoramic Portland views. Learn more about the New Year’s eve cruise here.

Pier Pressure New Year's Eve Party Cruise

For a truly unique New Year’s Eve experience, ring in 2023 aboard Portland’s only sternwheeler. Enjoy appetizers, a cash bar, and the best view of Portland’s fireworks display. This Portland New Year’s Eve Party is 1920s-inspired and comes with three premium drinks, and appetizers served by hand from the galley and displayed buffet style. Dance the night away to hits from today’s music and toast to the new year with a champagne memory you’ll never forget. Book your tickets here.

Pink Martini

Kick off the new year with eclectic music at Pink Martini. The world’s most diverse orchestra is returning to Portland for its first New Year’s Eve show since 2019. Pink Martini will feature special guests Ari Shapiro, Edna Vazquez, Jimmie Herrod, the Portland Youth Philharmonic, and more for a one-of-a-kind celebration. Watch the multilingual orchestra live with friends and family to welcome 2023. Get your tickets here

Portland New Year's Brunch

Catch up with friends over brunch to start the year right. Portland has plenty of tried and tested restaurants that offer open-seated events or exclusive dining with live music. Delicious five-course meals or international cuisines await, from sizzling steak, pasta, and seafood to mouthwatering desserts. Among the restaurants that offer brunch include Berlu, Jory, Aurora Colony Vineyards and Winery, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Visit this link to learn more.




Stay at Ponderosa Inn when visiting Portland on New Year’s weekend and see this quiet yet exciting part of Oregon — full of nature and outdoor adventures. Located in Gresham, we are just a short drive from Portland, so you can enjoy the many attractions of the city and the plethora of new year events in Portland, while also enjoying the peace and quietness of Gresham, OR. 

Ponderosa Inn has all the amenities you need to make your stay extra special including a hot tub so you can relax after a long day in the city, an outdoor pool, free WiFi, free self-parking, and a coffee bar. We are also conveniently located near local restaurants, food shops, and museums, so you can stroll around while waiting for your big New Year celebration. Reserve your room now before we get fully booked!

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