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We're less than two weeks away from welcoming the New Year. If you're looking to usher in 2017 with dining, dancing and maybe a balloon drop then you’re in the right spot. Our round-up has venues and occasions from A to Z that will have you celebrating in style. Make your reservations now, and have Santa Cruz be your locale for ringing in the New Year! Not into the party scene? No worries, there's always those daily spectacular sunset views.
Aquarius Sparkling drinks meet sparkly waves – welcome the New Year in style with an ocean view! Enjoy a festive dinner (three seating times available), and listen to a live Jazz by Third Minor Trio throughout the evening (based on seating time). The essentials: Seatings at 4:30pm and 6:30pm, $75 per person; third seating at 9:30pm, $95 per person; music from 7-10pm. Call for dinner details. Reservations recommended – call or visit opentable.com. Location: Inside the Santa Cruz Dream Inn, 175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Phone: 831.460.5012
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Assembly Enjoy the creativity of new Executive Chef Jessica Yar. Guests will enjoy a special three course prix fixe dinner with surprises. Exceptional main course options include local Dungeness crab and Petrale Sole, Pomegranate Glazed Rack of Lamb and Beef short Ribs braised with blood oranges. The essentials: $65 per person with seating from 5-9pm. Reserve by phone or online (they do sell out!).
Location: 1108 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Phone: 831.824.6100
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SOLD OUT! Chaminade Resort & Spa Rock into the New Year with a totally awesome flashback to the 80’s! The rockin’ party starts at 7pm with appetizers and includes a complete NYE beverage package of beer, wine, champagne and select NYE cocktails. Guests will enjoy a themed strolling dinner experience from 8-10pm and then dance the night away until the clock strikes midnight. Don’t forget to wear something totally rad! The essentials: 7pm-Midnight; $135 per person, which includes dinner, a 5-hour NYE open bar, DJ and dancing all night, midnight champagne toast & more! Or stay the night - packages are available starting at $399 per couple, click here for details. Location: One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz Phone: 831.475.5600
The Crepe Place Welcome 2017 with a one-of-a-kind dance party: the Harry & The Hitmen New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, featuring Santa Cruz’s own psychedelic Motown and soul band. Unearthing gems from the golden years of Motown and Stax records, the group curates a unique set for every show. The essentials: The show starts at 9:00pm, and tickets are $20. Location: 1134 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Phone: 831.429.6994
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The Crow’s Nest Rock into the new year with Extra Large and their upbeat, fun and funky rock – the perfect soundtrack to some ‘throw your hands in the air’ dancing action! The essentials: The show starts at 9:30pm, and tickets are $15. Location: 2218 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Phone: 831.476.4560
Davenport Roadhouse Restaurant & Inn Have fun on New Year’s Eve with a special three-course dinner (three options!) and live music by Sherry Austin and Henhouse! The essentials: Open at 9:00am (get breakfast and spend the entire day!), band from 6:00-9:30pm, open until 11pm; no cover charge, reservations recommended. Location: 1 Davenport Avenue, Davenport Phone: 831.426.8801, ext. 101
Don Quixote’s Celebrate the New Year with The China Cats (a Grateful Dead Tribute Band), champagne at midnight and party favors. The essentials: Come early for the buffet dinner special for $15.95; Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door; Show starts at 8pm. 21+. Location: 6275 CA-9, Felton Phone: 831.335.2800
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Hotel Paradox Ring in the New Year with a central coast dining experience, Steve Ezzo & The Monterey Bay All Stars, DJ Anthonia and a midnight toast. Several celebration packages are available and include just the party or overnight stays. The essentials: Dinner begins at 7:30pm; packages start at $75 per person. Location: 611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz Phone: 831.425.7100
Moe’s Alley Ring in the New Year with Reggae Great Don Carlos & Soulwise. The essentials: Doors at 9pm $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Location: 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz Phone: 831.479.1854
Paradise Beach Grill Dance to music by DB Walker Band. Plus enjoy party favors and champagne. Dinner served from 5-10pm. The essentials: Band 9pm-1am; Call for reservations and details. Location: 1220 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz Phone: 831.476.4900
Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub & Restaurant Celebrate the night in black and white at Rosie McCann’s New Year’s Eve Black and White Ball. Guests will enjoy music by DJ Rich, a balloon drop and complimentary champagne toast. The essentials: DJ starts at 10pm, call for reservations and details. Location: 1220 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz Phone: 831.426.9930
Sanderlings at Seascape Beach Resort Enjoy a lavish dinner and dessert buffet, followed by dancing with live music by Mike Hadley and the Groove, a midnight champagne toast and balloon drop. The essentials: Doors at 6pm, dinner from 7-9pm, dancing from 8:30pm-12:30am; $105 per person (gratuity included). Advanced ticket purchase recommended. Location: One Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos Phone: 831.662.7141
Severino’s Bar & Grill Let the festivities begin with a delightful four-course dinner, and then get your groove on with the Billy Martini Show, performing hard rocking tunes from 9pm-1am. Two dinner seatings are available, both include a champagne toast and party favors. The essentials: 6:30pm-1am, band from 9pm-1am; $99 per person for a four-course dinner. Overnight packages also available from $399.71 per couple. Location: Inside the Seacliff Inn, 7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos Phone: 831.688.8987
Shadowbrook Restaurant Countdown to midnight in the cozy and inviting Rock Room. Plus enjoy live music by Joe Ferrara from 8pm-midnight. The essentials: Regular dinner menu, Rock Room is first-come, first-serve. Limited reservations are available in main dining area. Call for details. Location: 1750 Wharf Road, Capitola Phone: 831.475.1511
Soif Restaurant & Wine Bar Enjoy a delightful multi-course dinner with an optional wine pairing. The essentials: $75 includes a dynamic dinner options; $35 for wine pairing; hours 5-10pm; reservations recommended. Location: 105 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz Phone: 831.423.2020
Zelda’s on the Beach Welcome the New Year by the beach with a one-of-a-kind celebration. This year’s theme is “Under the Sea”. Dance all night and enjoy local reggae sensations Nomlakadoja and The Leftovers. The essentials: Doors open at 9:30pm; Showtime 10pm-12:30am; $10 cover includes party favors. Location: 203 Esplanade, Capitola Phone: 831.475.4900
Please remember to celebrate responsibly. Wishing you a very Happy New Year from Santa Cruz County!