| 12/27/2023 | Updated | Attend, Holiday, Nightlife |   

New Year's Parties & Events in Bellingham & Whatcom County

Close out 2023 in style! Enjoy parties, galas, and fireworks across Bellingham and Whatcom County on New Year's Eve. 🎉  After a night of drinks and dancing, start out 2024 with a refreshing, invigorating cold plunge at Lake Padden or Birch Bay. There are plenty of ways to celebrate the old year and usher in the new one, but here are some ideas. 

December 30

Celebrate the turn of the year with The Blue Room and some of Bellingham's best bands (linked below)! Drink specials will be available all night, with a special surprise at midnight. 

Pure Halcyon: https://linktr.ee/purehalcyonband  

The Cosmic Neighborhood: https://linktr.ee/thecosmicneighborhood  

Slowfall: https://www.slowfallband.com/ 

December 31

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Semiahmoo. Join for a galaxy-themed evening featuring a grand buffet dinner, dancing, live music from Dial Up, glow in the dark mini golf, cash bar with themed cocktails, and a hosted champagne toast at midnight. 

Tickets start at $50 with options for the full event including a grand buffet dinner or a late night ticket for celebrating after 9 PM!

December 31

Ring in the New Year with SkiiTour at The Wild Buffalo in Downtown Bellingham!

Fusing two fresh-off-the-mountain electronic music addicts, Tim and Dave together create 12 feet and 350 pounds of turbo-funk-boosted, snowsuit-donning man flesh. Hailing from the world famous ski town of Whistler, this dynamic duo loves shredding fresh powder just as much as they love smashing out hit records in the studio.

Producing & performing together for over 8 years, they are like savage yetis feeding off of each other during their high energy live shows which feature snow machines & loud retro ski gear. Sonically they are firmly rooted in house music but can be expected to sprinkle a couple extra genres into every set.

December 31

Ring in the New Year at Boundary Bay with a night full of live music and festivities! North Sound Soul will be playing at the brewery on New Year's! 

North Sound Soul features a hard-hitting 4-piece horn section and the talents of dynamic vocalists Diana Young and Margaret Wilder. This 9-member powerhouse from Bellingham will be starting at 10:15 pm, ensuring you ring in the new year dancing! We'll also have our annual lowering of the keg at midnight. Start off 2024 surrounded by your Bellingham friends and family and make it one you won't forget!

December 31

Join the fun in Birch Bay and plan to ring in the New Year with the annual Ring of Fire & Hope!

Find a spot and light your flare right at 7:00 PM. It looks like a beautiful string of Christmas lights surrounding Birch Bay.

As always, a limited number of complimentary biodegradable flares will be available on a first come first serve basis. 

December 31

No need to make it to midnight! Celebrate at the Family Interactive Gallery (FIG) where we'll ring in the new year with a countdown and balloon drop at 4 p.m. Children (and grown-ups, too!) can create their own party hats in the Art Studio, then capture the moment in our photo booth. 

On December 31, the FIG will be open from 12 - 5 p.m.; balloon drop at 4 p.m.

December 31

Experience a culinary evening to remember on New Year's Eve at the Lighthouse Grill with carefully curated and Northwest inspired dinner menus by Executive Chef Marcello Mazzoleni that will tantalize the palate and ignite your senses.

December 31

The Black Cat in Fairhaven Village will be open on New Year's Eve until 1 a.m.! Ring in the new year with dinner, drinks, and good company. 

December 31

Ring in the New Year Great Gatsby style at Galloway's 6th Annual New Year's Eve party! Embrace the bar's Deco Era ambiance and dress in your best Gatsby-themed attire for an evening of bubbles, hand-crafted cocktails, and scrumptious bites! The bar will be open from 3 PM through the New Year, last call at 12:15 AM.

Reserve one of six VIP Tables in the main bar or head to the the Niche Bar and Cocktail Porch for walk-in, open seating. Reservations are not required, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

December 31

Don't miss Stones Throw Brewery's annual New Years Eve party!

Badd Dog Blues and the Jeffrey, Michael, and Jon Trio will be playing tunes and your favorite brews and champagne will be flowing all night long.

7pm - 9pm: Badd Dog Blues Society will be playing tunes
9pm - New York Ball Drop celebration
10pm - 12am: Music from Jeffery, Michael and Jon Trio
12am - Seattle fireworks celebration

January 1

An annual Bellingham tradition! Celebrate the New Year in style with a walk-run around Lake Padden followed by a shockingly fun dip in the water. Yes, it's cold and yes you should do it! Bring your enthusiasm, towel, a change of clothes, and shoes that can get wet. 

Walk/Run: 11 a.m. 

Dip: Noon sharp!

January 1

Join the fun in Birch Bay and ring in the New Year at the 41st annual Polar Bear Plunge! It’s a festive, and chilly way to kick off the New Year. 

This year the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce will be set up at Beach Cat Brewing Company (7876 Birch Bay Drive) in the warming tent sponsored by WECU starting at 10:00 AM with on-site registration, a costume contest and t-shirt sales! The plunge happens at 12 p.m. sharp across from Beach Cat Brewing Co. 

January 1

Join Ranger Gladson for a New Years Day hike to Clayton Beach at Larrabee State Park. This newly renovated trail is family friendly and includes stream bridges, boardwalks over wetlands, and a new pedestrian overpass. Ranger Gladson will provide interpretation along the way with local flora and fauna as well as history of Larrabee State Park.

More details here

January 1

Start the New Year off right with a spectacular brunch at Penny Farthing on New Year's Day. Includes celebratory Happy New Year Mimosa with additional specialty cocktails available for purchase. Seatings available from 9am to 2pm. 

Reservations required: $55 per person; Children 10 & Under $25; Children 5 & Under Free.

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