When I lived on Ocean Point year-round, it was tradition to ring in the new year at “Three Trees” (which is now Two Trees after this year’s storm). I’d have dinner with friends and then as the midnight hour approached we’d bundle up and head down to the water’s edge, braving the cold north wind to pop a cork on a bottle of champagne and toast the New Year with our rendition of Auld Lang Syne! We’d even run into other hardy Ocean Pointers!  I remember some very cold  NYEs where I’d ask, “Do I have to go?” but it was a tradition and it was always fun!



What do others do in Maine for First Night?

You’ve all seen the Ball Drop in Times Square, whether in person or on TV, but Yarmouth, Maine has its own tradition at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at the First Universalist Church at 97 Main Street. Families can count down the New Year a little early and enjoy it together. Watch Steamer, the Yarmouth Clam festival’s mascot, as he  is dropped from the church belfry! Get there early to get a good spot! Cookies and hot chocolate are served.

Portland’s First Night has a variety of activities to enjoy. Check out the calendar for the long list!
Belfast is celebrating their 21st New Year’s by the Bay from 2:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.. It’s a chem-free, family friendly celebration.

Looking for lights and fireworks?

It’s your last chance to visit Nubble Lighthouse at Cape Neddick, Maine with its Christmas lights lit until January 1, 2018.

Photo: Bev Tabet

You can head up North to either Sunday River and Sugarloaf if you are looking for fireworks. Both ski areas have spectacular fireworks displays that reflect off the snow for a magnificent ending to the year!

Photo: Creative Commons

On New Year’s Day you can partake in or just be a spectator at one of the Polar Plunges around the state.  Kennebunk Beach, Old Orchard Beach (Lobster Dip) and Portland Maine all host a polar plunge on the 1st day of the year. The ocean water is a balmy 61-62° in Maine during the summer, but in January the “normal temp” is a brisk 34° – Brrrrrrrrr!

As the sun sets on 2017

Photo: Nate Stanley

we at Ocean Point Inn want to wish you a happy, healthy New Year with many new memories to be made during our 2018 season. Don’t forget to book your room early for the 2018 season!

Who knows? I may take a road trip for old times sake and start a new NYE tradition ringing in the new year at Two Trees!  HaPpY New Year!


Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.


For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne,

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp!
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

For the history and complete lyrics, click here.