Celebrate the New Year in California’s Central Coast. Catch a comedy show, or spend the night inside the Monterey Bay Aquarium – we have celebrations for everyone!
MONTEREY BAY REGION
In Monterey, you are invited to get groovy at Portola Hotel and Spa’s New Year’s Eve celebration. It includes special food items like Deviled Eggs, “Fruits de Mer” Pacific Oysters on the Half Shell, Togarashi Ahi Tuna with Wakame Coke Farm Red and Golden Beets with Pomegranate, Goat Cheese and Marcona Almonds, Prime Rib with Boursin and Brioche Rolls, Wild King Salmon “Oscar” with Dungeness Crab, Sautee’d Organic Vegetables, and more.
Kids can kick off the festivities at MY Museum in Monterey, with noisemakers, face painting and party hats. Countdown to noon and watch the Noon Year’s Ball light up! Noon Year’s Eve Party happens on December 31, 2017 from 10am to 12noon, and tickets are $15 per person.
It’s a community celebration of the arts at First Night Monterey and Kids’ Night Out. This annual event, celebrating 25 years of magic, kicks off at 3p.m. on December 31, 2017 in Historic Downtown Monterey. More than 15 venues offer entertainment, art exhibits, live music and dance performances. There will also be a Twilight Procession and Costume Contest at 5:30 p.m.; families are invited to wear their most creative costumes. Early-bird price for a family pack is $50 through Dec 10.
The world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium offers a New Year’s Eve Sleepover. Join in the festivities and countdown to 2018 at 9 p.m. (midnight on the East Coast) with a sparkling cider toast. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the sundae bar and enjoy fun activities and programs. In the morning, wake up with the fishes as the first guests of 2018. Enjoy a full breakfast, and then join naturalists in watching wildlife from the Great Tide Pool deck. The sleepover begins December 31, 2017 at 6 p.m. through 8:30 a.m. the next morning. Fees for general public are $125 per person.
Carmel’s annual Rio Grill’s Resolution Run gives runners the chance to get a jump-start on their resolutions with its New Year’s Day Resolution Run. Burn off holiday calories while helping children in need; all proceeds benefit Coastal Kids Home Care. There will be a 6.5-mile foot race or a 3-mile family fun run; and the gorgeous course begins at Crossroads Shopping Village in Carmel and takes runners along trails and sandy beaches, all with views of the glorious coastline. January 1, 2018 at 9 a.m. Adults register $40 fee, Children 13 and under are $30.
SAN LUIS OBISPO REGION
Ring in the New Year at Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo with an all-inclusive New Year’s celebration. Dance the night away with live music, festive decorations, and a spectacular midnight balloon drop. Special menu options include Filet Mignon and Lobster, Prime Rib, Spring Lamb Chops, Barbecue Chicken, Vegetarian Cannelloni, Halibut, Salmon or Swordfish. Includes glass of Champagne, soup or salad, fresh rolls, snap peas, baked potatoes, and famous Madonna Inn Chocolate Éclairs. $125 adults, $75 children, includes tax and gratuity. Reservation required.
SANTA BARBARA REGION
The roaring ‘20s come to Santa Barbara to ring in 2018! Come in your best 1920s attire for a dinner buffet including a Champagne filled ice sculpture and creative made-to-order menu items. Ticket includes admission to Ty Lounge party, featuring entertainment until 2 a.m. and Champagne toast at midnight. $90 cover charge will otherwise apply. 7:30-10pm. $200 per adult; $85 per child 5-12 years of age.
In Conejo Valley, guests can ring in the New Year at the Magical New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks. This event features performances by the Harry Selvin Big Band plus an incredible magic show, a delicious gourmet dinner menu, dancing, and a Champagne toast to bring in the New Year. Tickets cost $150. Special $99 room rate available with ticket purchases.
In nearby Ventura, ring in 2018 waterside and toast the New Year with a savory selection of a la carte and pre fixe menus, featuring hand crafted and specialty cocktails at the several restaurants and clubs such as 805 Bar and Grilled Cheese, Alexander’s at Four Points by Sheraton, Rhumb Line-The Sunset Restaurant, and more.
The Ventura Harbor Comedy Club and The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood will celebrate with holiday parties on December 31, 2017. Ventura Comedy Club shows on Dec 31 feature headliner show by comedian John DiCrosta with an option of a delicious catered dinner, champagne toast, party favors, noisemakers, and hats all for $68 per person, or $30 admission for the show alone.
The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood pulls out all the stops with a special sea-themed celebration highlighting mirrors and accents painted by local muralist Lisa Kelley. Partygoers have an option to savor a la carte selection off the regular menu from 5-6:30 p.m. or partake in a special dinner at 8 p.m. priced at $59.95 per person plus tax and gratuity. As part of the evening, there will be belly dancing and a live Greek Show and diners are treated with a free photo to remember their special evening.