Graham Kendrick

The biggest New Year’s Eve party in Portland will take place at the Rose Garden when the Winterhawks host the Seattle Thunderbirds in the annual Dec. 31 meeting between the two rivals.

The puck drops at 8 p.m., and fans will want to bring their skates as after the game they can take to the Rose Garden ice and skate with Winterhawks players. Fans who aren’t skaters will still have plenty to do after the game, as there will be a concourse carnival featuring skeeball, inflatable games and much more.

It all leads into a live countdown to midnight on the arena’s big screen, when there will be a balloon drop, in which fans will find cash in select balloons.

“Our New Year’s Eve game is one of the highlights of the season. It’s always a thrill for our fans to be able to get on the ice and skate alongside our players,” said Winterhawks President Doug Piper.

Prior to New Year’s Eve there will be another big game on December 28 when the team hosts the Victoria Royals at the Rose Garden in Lift Ticket Night. All fans in attendance will receive a free lift ticket to Mt. Hood Skibowl. The Hawks and Royals also meet on the 30th.

Fans looking for a great holiday gift for the hockey fan in their family can now get 15% off tickets for the Winterhawks games scheduled from Dec. 28 – Jan. 11. Just enter the coupon code “GIFT” when purchasing online at

Winterhawks Easy Holiday Parties are now available and include 10 VIP Club Level seats, 10 limited edition Winterhawks hats and 10 Skibowl lift tickets for only $195 – a $1,000 value. This limited time offer presented by Skibowl provides $100 worth of fun, hockey and skiing per person for only $19.50. Call 503-236-HAWK or e-mail to get your Easy Holiday Party package today.