With New Year’s Eve approaching, there are several events and celebrations planned for just about everywhere on the island.
In Oak Harbor, catch the fireworks at Windjammer Park, starting at 9 p.m. For 15 glorious minutes, these “tall” fireworks will light up the sky. Surrounding Flintstone and Smith parks will also offer views.
Penn Cove Taproom will be hosting a Decades Party on New Year’s Eve at its Oak Harbor location from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Food and drink specials, party favors and a midnight toast are all features of this soiree.
Down in Langley, a smattering of restaurants will be offering New Year’s specials.
Anthes Ferments’ event begins at 6 p.m., accompanied by music group Puff and Scrub.
Ott and Hunter Tasting Room will be hosting a speakeasy-themed party from 9 p.m. to midnight. For $55, participants receive a glass of wine, hors d’ oeuvres, dessert and midnight champagne. Attire reminiscent of the 1920s is strongly encouraged. Reservations can be made at 360-221-7131.
Saltwater Seafood will have seatings 6-9 p.m. for a four-course meal, costing $95 per person. To make reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For those on both ends of the island looking to ring in the New Year with an icy swim, the Polar Bear Dive will be happening in both Oak Harbor and Freeland. Sponsored by the Navy, a group plunge will be happening at 10:15 a.m. at Rocky Point Recreation Area. Call 360-257-2420 for more details.
Freeland’s Double Bluff Beach will serve as the South End’s location. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., and the jump happens at noon. This event costs $15, which includes a T-shirt and hot drinks and benefits local youth programs.
And for those looking for a less damp way to start their new year, several First Day Hikes will be held at Deception Pass State Park and Fort Casey. Discover Passes will not be required to participate.