Travel & Outdoors

Road Trips for New Year’s in Washington

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Heading out of town for the close of 2012? Whether you head to the ocean or over the mountains, there are fun family-oriented events where you can sing Auld Lang Syne and welcome 2013!

Clam Digging and New Year’s Fireworks
Saturday, Sunday and Monday
December 29, 30 and 31
Long Beach, WA
http://www.funbeach.com

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has announced a tentative schedule for razor clam openings, including Saturday, Sunday and Monday, December 29, 30 and 31. Click HERE for details. Then, on New Year’s Eve, head to Long Beach’s boardwalk in order to greet 2013 with fireworks over the ocean at midnight.

First Night at Jefferson County Museum
Monday, December 31
6:00pm – 9:00pm
540 Water street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
360.385.1003
http://www.jchsmuseum.org

First Night is a JCHS-sponsored family-friendly, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve community celebration focusing on art, culture and heritage. All activities take place in and around Port Townsend’s historic City Hall. Events include music, dance, theater, storytelling, art and history projects. Visit online for a schedule of events and event passes.

First Night Spokane
Monday, December 31
211 N. Wall Street
Spokane, WA 99201
509.456.0580
http://www.firstnightspokane.org

Spokane is hosting the biggest New Year’s party you’ve ever seen, with one of the best fireworks shows of the year! Come to this family-friendly, alcohol free event for a chance to see and hear fantastic musicians, dancers and visual artists, create your own crafts, and watch magic happen, all in one night. Plus, run into the new year in the 5K Resolution Run. It’s more entertainment than you could see in a week, all for $12/person, (children 10 and under free). Details online.

Kennewick ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ 10th Anniversary Gala
December 31
7:00pm – 1:00am
Red Lion Columbia Center Hotel
1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd.
Kennewick, WA 99337
509.586.7609
http://www.dancebybethtrost.com

Elegant dinner and dancing now in it’s 10th year on New Year’s Eve in Kennewick. Ballroom, Swing and Top 40 music after a seated dinner. Discounted hotel rooms for overnight accommodations. $70/person. Call or go online for details.

Annual Ring of Fire and Polar Bear Plunge
Monday, December 31, 2012 and Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Birch Bay State Park
5105 Helweg Road
Blaine, WA 98230
http://www.birchbaychamber.com

On New Year’s Eve at 7:00pm, join revelers by ringing in the new year with road flares along the Birch Bay shoreline. Anyone can participate. This is a spectacular sight as the bay becomes a ring of fire, signifying hope for the coming year. Then on New Year’s Day, 2013, jump into the water near the Birch Bay Visitor’s Center and join a crowd from around the world who come to participate in this annual event. Registration starts at 9:30am. Details online.

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