The song on the radio wants to know and so do I: What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Whether you’re planning the bash of the decade, fine-tuning your quirky traditions or taking your pick of New Year’s Eve parties at local restaurants, casinos, resorts and recreation centers, there’s an abundance of festivities occurring around the Central Coast towns. For anyone figuring out where to begin planning their New Year’s Eve, might I suggest checking out Lincoln City – a hub for events that ring in the New Year?
For a family-friendly start to the evening hours’ shenanigans, stir up playful competition within your crew at Bubbles and Bowling at Olde Line Lanes & Kitchen. This retro bowling alley hosts bowling specials complete with bubbly cocktails for the adults and sparkling cider for the youngsters. The lanes open for this New Year’s Eve-themed bowling session starting at 4 p.m. and lasting until 9:30.
The family fun continues at Chinook Winds Casino Resort with musical entertainment for the folks and the Play Palace open for the kiddos. I was always told that it’s every kid’s dream to run away and join the circus. If this is true, dreams are made at the Play Palace’s circus-themed evening. Here, youngsters can dress up as their favorite circus act and play in a supervised environment while the adults play in theirs. The Play Palace is open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., and welcomes children ages 3 to 11. Children can stay for four, six or eight-hour sessions with additional fees for extra hours. Reservations are recommended for children staying the full eight hours. Call (541) 996-5790.
While children perfect their circus-act talents, parents can check out any of the four live bands performing at the resort. Chinook Winds welcomes Big Night Out, a 12-piece rock, pop and show band, DJ Metal, a regular resort act with a reputation for getting the party rolling with his Friday and Saturday night dance parties, Shades of Huey and Flexor-T, a Huey Lewis & the News tribute band accompanied by a country/rock act, and finally, Time Machine, which pays homage to years gone by with covers of Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Prince and more.
Speaking of Prince, plan to party like it’s 19…1929 at Beachcrest Brewing Company’s Roaring ‘20s and Anniversary Party. Don your best flapper apparel and bowler hat, and ring in the New Year, 1920s style! The festivities also commemorate the brewery’s first birthday. Come for fun, special beer releases, live music starting at 6 p.m. and tasty snacks from Hot Sorcery. The evening’s events kick off around 4 p.m. and continue through midnight.
The evening’s events continue farther south in Gleneden Beach at the Celebrate 2020 party at Salishan Resort. The sophisticated soiree takes place in the Attic Lounge, and while a champagne toast usually accompanies the new year, why settle for one when you could have two? At 9 p.m., the Attic toasts 2020 with our neighbors on the East Coast, and then welcomes the decade again on the Pacific Coast with another glass of bubbles at midnight.
Once you’ve raised a glass, sang “Auld Lang Syne” and kissed your sweetie, turn in for a good night’s sleep. The next day, January 1, holds invigorating outdoor activities to send you into 2020 with a spring in your step.
Find your balance and reflect on your goals for the year ahead at a Yoga Open Studio at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Or for the more impulsive among us, take the plunge into 2020 … with the Devils Lake Dunk at Regatta Park on Devils Lake Road. Lincoln City Parks and Recreation organizes this event and rewards participants with hot coffee and donuts once they return to dry land.
This milieu doesn’t begin to cover all the action and excitement the Central Coast has in store for New Year's. Find out more on the Nightlife calendar. And for more events and activities from Lincoln City to Florence, check out our Daytime Events page. From everyone here at Oregon This Week, we wish you a happy New Year, and we’ll see you in 2020.