It’s time to welcome 2016! Whether you’re looking to ring in the New Year with a cowboy party, a decadent multi-course meal, or something in between, you’ll find a fun celebration in Albany, Oregon this New Year’s Eve.
Don’t forget to make your plans for a place to stay after the party. Take a cab to one of Albany’s comfortable hotels for a safe and relaxing end to your evening. Best Western Prairie Plus Inn, Comfort Suites, and Holiday Inn Express are all offering discounts and special rates during the holiday season.
Keep reading for details on New Year’s Eve in Albany, and some ideas for what to do the first day of 2016 as well.
Albany 2015 New Year’s Eve Celebrations
New Years Cocktail Celebration | 7 p.m. Dec. 31, 2015. Enjoy live music, creative cocktails, appetizers and a dessert bar. The New Year’s Eve Cocktail Celebration is held at the Boys & Girls Club of Albany, 1215 Hill Street, and proceeds help support the club. Tickets may be purchased the day of the event. 21 and over only. Info: 541-905-4713
Hoof N Holler Bull Riding and Cowboy Party | 6 p.m. Dec. 31, 2015. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with bull riding and a cowboy party at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center on, Dec. 31 2015. Gates open at 6 p.m., bull riding starts at 7:30. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Info: 503-589-2999 or www.hoofnholler.com
New Year’s Eve Casino & Cocktails at Boulder Falls Inn | 8 p.m., Dec. 31, 2015. Dance the night away at the new Boulder Falls Inn in Lebanon. Enjoy live music from Fate 55, dancing, casino games, spectacular raffle prizes, specialty cocktails, plus mouthwatering appetizers and desserts. Tickets: Boulder Falls Inn New Year’s Eve
Cellar Cat New Year’s Eve | 1 p.m.-close, Dec. 31, 2015. Special bar menu beginning at 1 p.m., New Year’s Eve dinner from 5-midnight, with or without wine pairings; live music from 9-midnight. Info: 541-704-0304 or www.cellarcat.com
Vault 244 Bistro | Lounge New Year’s Eve | 4 p.m.-close, Dec. 31, 2015. Four-course dinner featuring tapas, salad, entree and dessert, including sparkling Spanish cava or sparkling French cider. Info: 541-791-9511 or www.vault244.com
Novak’s Hungarian Restaurant New Year’s Eve Buffet | Dec. 31, 2015. Experience Novak’s authentic Hungarian recipes at their New Year’s Eve Buffet Extravaganza; reservations strongly encouraged. Call: 541-967-9488 or www.novakshungarian.com
Sweet Red Bistro Masquerade Banquet | Dec. 31, 2015. Ring in the New Year with a multi-course masquerade banquet at Sweet Red Bistro. Call: (541)704-0510
The Day After: New Year’s Day options in Albany
First Day Hikes | Jan. 1, 2016. Start the new year off like a true Oregonian: with a hike. Oregon State Parks is offering free guided First Day Hikes at 28 parks on Jan. 1, 2016, including seven different locations in the Willamette Valley. Click for details: First Day Hikes
We’ll add to this list as we learn of more! If you know of a public New Year’s dinner, event, or party to add to our guide, send details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Vault 244 by W Design
For families with kids at home, it’s officially Christmas vacation! If you’re looking for fun things to do in the final few days before December 25, here are details of holiday events this week in Albany. PLUS: looking for delicious Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners in Albany? Keep reading for details!
Here are our top picks for the fourth week of the holiday season, Dec. 21-26, 2015. For even more things to do in Albany, Oregon, visit our full event calendar.
Calapooia Brewing Holiday Ale Sale | Dec. 18-24, 2015. Calapooia Brewing’s annual Holiday Ale Sale is going on now–pick up a full case of 22-ounce bottles for $20/case, incuding their popular holiday seasonal, Kringle Krack. Details: Calapooia Brewing
Sweet Red Winter Solstice Dinner Party | 4:48 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21 2015. Celebrate the darkest day of the year with a flambe-themed dinner party. Cocktails start at sunset, 4:48 p.m. Details: Sweet Red Bistro
Storytime with Santa | 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. Visit Heritage Mall and sit with Santa while his helper reads a holiday story to get you in the Christmas spirit. Details: Storytime with Santa
Visits with Santa | daily, until 6 p.m. Dec. 24, 2015. If the little ones in your life haven’t had a chance to meet Santa Claus yet this year, he’ll be at Heritage Mall every day until Christmas Eve for visit and photos. Details: Heritage Mall
Whitespires Christmas Eve Sing-a-Long | 7 p.m. Dec. 24, 2015. Gather at the beautiful, historic Whitespires Church (510 SW 5th Ave.) in downtown Albany to sing all your favorite Christmas carols. Details: Christmas Sing-a-Long
Christmas Meals in Albany
Christmas Eve Dinner at Frankie’s | Dec. 24, 2015. Frankie’s is open and taking reservations for Christmas Eve Dinner. The regular menu will be available, plus the chef is preparing Anderson Valley Rack of Lamb and Roasted Duck. Reservations recommended. Details: Frankie’s Restaurant
Christmas Day Dinner at Cellar Cat | 4-8 p.m., Dec. 25, 2015. Cellar Cat will be open Christmas Day, and offering a special menu that can be enjoyed a la carte or in a four course prix fixe. Optional wine pairings are also available. Reservations recommended. Details: Cellar Cat
Christmas Day Dinner at Elmer’s Restaurant | 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 25, 2015. Elmer’s is open Christmas Day and will be serving a ham dinner, turkey dinner, or combination ham and turkey plate. Prime Rib dinner will be served starting at 11 a.m. No reservations. Details: Elmer’s Restaurant
Still to come: stay tuned later this week for details of New Year’s Eve celebrations in Albany, Oregon!
Thanksgiving feasts and where to find them
No Thanksgiving is complete without a tasty meal. If you want a holiday feast but aren’t up to cooking it yourself, here are some Thanksgiving Day 2015 options in Albany, Oregon.
Novak’s Hungarian Restaurant | 208 Second Ave. SW, Albany | Noon, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 | 541-967-9488 | Price: free. The Novak family is well-known for their belief that no one should go without a meal on Thanskgiving Day. All are welcome to attend their community meal; first-come, first-served, single seating at noon.
Sybaris Bistro 10th Annual ABC House Fundraiser Dinner | 442 First Ave. W, Albany | 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. | 541-928-8157 | Price: $40/adult; children 7-14 $15; kids 6 and under eat free. All sales from this annual event go directly to the ABC House; Sybaris owners and staff donate their time and all gratuities. Call for reservations.
Frankie’s Restaurant | 641 Hickory St. NW, Albany | Two seatings, noon and 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 | 541-248-3671 | Price: $35/adults; kids 7-12 $15; ages 6 and younger free. Special three-course Thanksgiving meal shared with Frankie’s family and friends. The owners at Frankie’s are also seeking two families in need with whom they can share the Thanksgiving meal; e-mail the chef to nominate a family. Call for reservations.
Cascade Grill | 110 Opal Ct. NE, Albany | open from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 | 541-926-3388. If you’re traveling over Thanksgiving, this restaurant is conveniently located walking distance from hotels and RV parks. Reservations requested for large groups.
Denny’s | 3435 Spicer Rd., Albany | open 24 hours Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 | 541-791-2091. Denny’s will be open and serving turkey all day long on Thanksgiving.
Elmer’s | 2802 Santiam Hwy. SE, Albany | open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 | 541-928-4227. Elmer’s will be open normal hours, with turkey on the menu starting at 11 a.m.
Sizzler | 2148 Santiam Hwy SE, Albany | open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 | 541-926-6591. Sizzler will have turkey on the menu from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Reservations requested for large groups.
Pre-Thanksgiving Luncheon at Albany Senior Center | 489 Water Ave. NW, Albany | noon, Thursday, Nov. 19 | 541-917-7760. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Albany Senior Center. Tickets $8 each ($6 if purchased before Nov. 11).
Need a place to stay over the holidays? The Albany area is home to cozy B&Bs, full-service hotels and friendly RV parks and campgrounds. Check out our lodging listings to book a Thanksgiving trip to the Willamette Valley.