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Things to do in Portland on New Year's Day!

Hey there, fabulous Portlanders! As we bid adieu to the old and welcome the new, it's time to kick off the year with a bang in our beloved city of roses. Whether you're a proud Portland local or just visiting, I've got the scoop on the most fantastic ways to spend New Year's Day in our quirky and vibrant city.



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St. Johns Ugly Sweater Holiday Window Displays: Join one of Portland’s most charming neighborhoods and Light Up St. Johns with Ugly Sweater Holiday Celebrations. The St. Johns Boosters and local businesses present a series of celebrations to revel in the most festive of seasons: 


11/6-1/1 | | Stroll the St. Johns Business District to see the Ugly Sweater-themed holiday window decorations from local artists. 


Brunch Bonanza: Let's be real, what better way to start the year than with a delicious brunch? Portland is a brunch haven, and on New Year's Day, the city's eateries are ready to tantalize your taste buds. From classic favorites to trendy spots, grab your pals and head to one of the many brunch spots. Bonus points if they have bottomless mimosas – it's a new year, after all!


First Hike of the Year: Portland is nestled in the lap of nature, so why not kick off the year with a rejuvenating hike? Bundle up and hit the trails at Forest Park or Powell Butte. The crisp winter air and stunning views will invigorate your senses, setting the tone for an adventurous year ahead.


Bike Around Town: Grab your bike and hit the streets! Portland is renowned for being a bike-friendly city, and New Year's Day is the perfect time to explore its neighborhoods on two wheels. Pedal your way through the iconic bridges, the scenic waterfront, and the quirky streets that make Portland so unique.


Brewery Tour Extravaganza: For the beer enthusiasts among us, why not embark on a brewery tour? Portland is home to an impressive array of craft breweries, each with its own distinct flavors. Sample some local brews and cheers to the year ahead – you might just discover your new favorite pint.


Live Music Vibes: Music lovers, rejoice! Portland's vibrant music scene has something for everyone. Check out local venues for live performances or swing by a cozy jazz club for a mellow start to the year. Dancing is highly encouraged! January kicks off Portland's Music Month!


Food Cart Feast: Portland's food cart scene is legendary, and New Year's Day is the ideal time to indulge. Wander through the city streets and treat your taste buds to an eclectic mix of global flavors. Who knows, you might stumble upon a hidden gem!


So there you have it, folks – a whirlwind of possibilities of things to do in Portland on New Year's Day. Whether you're starting the year with a leisurely brunch or activity outdoors, one thing's for sure – 2024 is looking bright in the City of Roses! Here's to a year filled with joy, laughter, and endless adventures. Cheers!


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