The Best Way to Celebrate New Year's in Manzanita and the Oregon Coast
There's lots to do on the Oregon coast during the holiday season between Christmas and the New Year. Besides the incredible storm watching that brings countless visitors to the coast, you'll find wonderful activities all up and down the Oregon coastline.
Follow along, and well give you the same insider's guide we offer to our guests at our Manzanita Vacation Rentals.
If you're simply looking for a list of restaurants open on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, skip on down below to our definitive list of north Oregon Coast and Manzanita spots to eat during New Year's Eve and Day.
Top New Year's Activities on the North Oregon Coast and Manzanita Areas
For regular updated things to do, check out our list of northern Oregon Coast events.
December - January: Storm Watching. Behold the power of nature! It’s free, it's fun, and it's amazing. Check out these favorite places for watching the Pacific's fury. Or stay warm and dry from the comfort of one of our beachfront Manzanita vacation rentals for a front row seat to the fun.
December 25 - 27: Seaside Holiday Gift Fair. Find the perfect gift at this annual favorite, the Seaside Holiday Gift Fair. It will feature handcrafted and original gifts among scores of vendors in a festive, holiday gathering. Enjoy Santa art using an iconic Seaside image by David Poole and an award for the best costume among the festival attendees. 415 1st Ave., Seaside 503-738-6391
December 27 - December 31: Whale Watch Week. Visit trained “Whale Watching Spoken Here” volunteers at one of the 24 designated sites to learn more about migrating Gray whales.
December 29: History & Hops. Take a trip back in time on the north Oregon coast – all the way back to the days of Lewis & Clark. Retired Park Service ranger Tom Wilson will lead us through the fascinating importance of salt for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He will recount which Corps members made salt, and describe how they made the salt needed for the Expedition. Wilson will share the history of the current Salt Works site which is a memorial to the expedition’s salt making endeavors. 6:00 pm at Seaside Brewing Co. 851 Broadway
December 31 - January 1: Free Fishing Weekend! The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to make it easy for anglers to kick off the new year with a free fishing weekend, December 31 - January 1. Fishing, crabbing and clamming in Oregon will be free. What this means is there will be no licenses, tags or endorsements needed on those two days. All other fishing regulations apply.
What's happening this time of year, fishing-wise, on the Oregon Coast? Crabbing on the coast is open, winter steelhead season is ongoing, and you'll find some lower elevation ponds and lakes stocked with trout late this month. So go forth and fish!
December 31 - January 1: Oregon Coast Restaurants Open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Skip down below to our list of Restaurants Open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
December 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration at McMenamins. Each year, McMenamins Sand Trap Pub offers a fabulous New Year’s Eve Party. Enjoy dinner and drinks, a toast at midnight, and awesome live music from 9:00 pm - 12:30 am. Live music by Chris Merill in the Livingstone Room. 21 and over. Free admission. Gearhart, Oregon
December 31: New Years Parties on the North Oregon Coast. You'll find parties all up and down the coast. Beach connection.net suggests Rick’s Roadhouse Bar & Grill in Rockaway, the San Dune Pub in Manzanita, and Pudgy’s in Seaside.
December 31: Manzanita's Wacko New Year's Eve Midnight Parade. According to beach connection.com, "A little known secret about Manzanita’s New Year’s celebrations is its New Year Parade at midnight, which has been a surreal little local tradition that’s been happening for at least a few years. Generally, people just come out of the local businesses and perform an oddball parade of sorts – proof again of the kooky and creative side to the fun-loving locals. Now, only the San Dune exists in Manzanita, but some may be coming from nearby The Wateringhole in Nehalem or Sea Shack in Wheeler. In the past, there was, among other things, a large dragon costume. It’s quite a spectacle. In recent years, the city grudgingly gave it’s okay for the parade, partially on the basis it would happen with or without the permit."
We don't know about the bar crowd, but we've participated, and weather permitting, it's fun!
January 1: New Year's Day Polar Plunge. You're find many Polar Plunges up and down the Oregon Coast with the most popular one taking place on Manzanita Beach. We're just crazy enough to jump into bone chilling water to start the New Year off right! Manzanita Polar Plunge. 10:30 am gathering, 11:00 am Plunge Time. Look for the big fire on Neahkahnie Beach just north of the intersection of Reed Road and Nehalem Road.
Also look for a Polar Plunge in nearby Arch Cape - they claim to have doing this for the last 50 years, at the forefront of this movement!
January 1: First Day Hikes. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) joins together with America's State Parks in sponsoring First Day Hikes. Start the New Year off right and join an Oregon State Park Ranger or Naturalist on January 1, 2019. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is offering these hikes in eight Oregon State Parks along the coast on New Year's Day. Park rangers or volunteers will lead most of the hikes. Take in the sites and sounds as you walk through coastal habitats, exploring native wildlife and history. Day-use parking fees are waived for all visitors at participating parks on January 1.
First Day Hikes aims to encourage healthy lifestyles by getting families outside to enjoy state parks. Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, contact the park directly to find out about cancellations. The free Oregon Coast First Day Hikes are from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm unless otherwise noted.
If you're in the Manzanita Beach area, try the Oswald West State Park First Day Hike and help celebrate the Cape Falcon Marien Reserve's Birthday!
Fort Stevens State Park North Coffenbury Lake Parking Lot 503-861-1671
Oswald West State Park, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the north parking lot.
Nehalem Bay State Park, Meeting Hall Parking Lot 503-368-5154
North Oregon Coast Restaurants Open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
Manzanita Beach Life Note: We regularly check with these restaurants, but sometimes hours are changed. Be sure to call ahead so you're not disappointed.
Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler Restaurants Open for New Year's
In Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler you’ll find the following restaurants open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day:
Big Wave Cafe: New Year's Eve and Day until 8:00 pm 503-368-9283
El Trio Loco: New Year's Eve until 9:00 pm 503-368-8746
Neah-kah-nie Bistro is reporting they still have a few openings for New Year's Eve dinner. Visit their website for reservations, or call 503-368-2722
Rising Star Cafe: New Year's Eve - two seatings 5 and 7 pm. Reservations required. 503-368-3990
San Dune Tavern: New Year's Eve until 2:00 am 503-368-5080
Pacific City Restaurants Open for New Year's
In Pacific City you’ll find the following restaurants open New Year's Eve:
Pelican Pub and Brewing: New Year's Eve and Day- open until 10:00 pm. 503-965-7007
Tillamook Restaurants Open for New Year's
In Tillamook you’ll find the following restaurants open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day:
Dennys: 24/7, they’re always open! 503-815-8061
Chinese Garden: New Year's Eve, depending on business. Call for hours. 503-815-8382
Rodeo Steakhouse and Grill: New Year's Eve, closing around 1:00 am. Call for hours. 503-842-8288
Cannon Beach Restaurants Open for New Year's
In Cannon Beach you’ll find the following restaurants open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day:
Bill’s Tavern: New Year's Eve and Day 11:30 am to 10:00 pm. 503-436-2202
Cannon Beach Cafe at Cannon Beach Hotel: New Year's Eve 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 503-436-1392
Castaway's: New Year's Eve 5:00 to 9:00. Reservations Only. 503-436-4444
Ecola Seafoods Restaurant & Market: New Year's Eve 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. 503-436-9130
Morris’ Fireside Restaurant: New Year's Eve. Open until 8:00 or 9:00 pm. Call for hours. 503-436-2917
Pelican Pub & Brewing: New Year's Eve until 11:00 pm. 503-908-3377
Pig ‘n Pancake: New Year's Eve until 3:00 pm. 503-436-2851
Pizza al Fetta: New Year's Eve 11:00 am - 8:00 pm. 503-436-0333
Stephanie Inn: New Year's Eve. Two seatings, 5:00 pm and 8:30 pm (8:30 seating served "community style"). 855-977-2444
Wayfarer Restaurant and Lounge: New Year's Eve. Open until 8:00 pm. Call for reservations. 503-436-1108
Seaside Restaurants Open for New Year's
In Seaside you’ll find the following restaurants open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day:
Bella Ristorante: New Year's Eve until 8:00 pm. 503-738-6203
Dooger’s Seafood & Grill: New Year's Eve 11:00 am - 9:00 pm. 503-738-3773
Gray Whale BBQ and Grill: New Year's Eve - open until 9:00 pm. 503-717-5068
New Garden Asian Cuisine: New Year's Eve - open until 9:00 pm. 503-738-9639
Maggie’s on the Prom: New Year's Eve - open until 8:00 or 9:00 pm. 503-738-6403
McKeown’s Restaurant & Bar: New Year's Eve - open until 8:00 pm. 503-738-5232
Nonni's Italian Bistro, New Year's Eve and Day - 3 - 9 pm 503-738-4264
Pig ‘n Pancake: New Year's Eve - open until 3:00 pm. 503-738-7243
Yellow Curry Cozy Thai: Call regarding New Year's Eve hours. 503-739-7272
Tora Sushi: Might be open depending on business. Call for hours. 503-738-5226
Gearhart Restaurants Open for New Year's
In Gearhart you’ll find the following open for both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day:
McMenamins Sand Trap Restaurant and Pub: New Year's Eve 9:00 am – 12:30 am, New Year's Day 7:00 am – 1:00 pm. Serving from their regular menu. 503-717-8150
Astoria Restaurants Open New Year's Eve / New Year's Day
You’ll find the following Astoria Restaurants open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day:
Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro: New Year's Eve and New Year's Day until 11:00 pm. 503-325-1787
Astoria’s Portway Tavern: New Year's Eve until 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Call for hours. 503-325-2651
Baked Alaska: New Year's Eve until 8:00 pm. 503-325-7414
Bridgewater Bistro: New Year's Eve until 9:00 pm. Call for reservations. 503-325-6777
Buoy 9 Restaurant, Hammond: New Year's Eve until 9:00 pm. 503-861-2962
Carruthers: New Year's Eve until 11:00 pm. 503-975-5305
Dooger’s Seafood & Grill: New Year's Eve until 3:00 pm. 503-861-2839
El Tapatio: New Year's Eve until 8:30 pm. 503-325-1248
Fulio’s Pastaria and Steakhouse: New Year's Eve until 10:00 pm. 503-325-9001
Pig ‘n Pancake: New Year's Eve until 3:00 pm. 503-325-3144
Rogue Ales Public House: New Year's Eve until 9:00 pm. 503-468-0923
T Paul’s Supper Club and Urban Cafe: New Year's Eve until 10:00 pm. 503-325-2545
Silver Salmon Grille: New Year's Eve until 8:00 pm. 503-338-6640
Street 14 Cafe: New Year's Eve until 4:00 pm. 503-325-5511
Tora Sushi: Might be open depending on business. Call for hours. 503-325-2586
Looking for more fun when visiting the Oregon Coast for New Year's celebrations?
Visit Hug Point and see if you can find the old wheel tracks in the rocks.
Hike the trail from Arch Cape past starfish beach to Falcon Cove.
Harvest your own clams and steam them next to a roaring Manzanita fire.
Enjoy live music at the San Dune Pub.
Be sure to check out our regularly updated list of Manzanita Oregon events.
Our favorite place to spend New Year's is the Oregon Coast
We hope our New Year's round up has helped with ideas of great spots to spend your New Year's. It's such a spectacular place to ring in the new year and start afresh!
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