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December 23, 2014

Head to Santa Cruz County for a "Happy New Year"!

Only a few more days until we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one. If you want to be out and about and welcome 2015 with dining, dancing and maybe even some fireworks, you’re in the right spot. Our round-up has venues and occasions from A to Z allowing you to celebrate in style. Make your reservations now, and include us in your midnight toast, will you?! Happy New Year Assembly Enjoy the chef’s special multi-course prix fixe menu, including highlights such as a crab & nettle fritter with celery root remoulade & yuzu aioli or delicious duck with seasonal sides. Optional wine pairings are available, as well as a few special noshable additions. The essentials: $55 per person for a multi-course menu. Call for more details and reservations. Location: 1108 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Phone: 831.824.6100 Aquarius Sparkling drinks meet sparkly waves – welcome the new year in style and with an ocean view! Enjoy a festive dinner (two seating times available), and listen to a live Jazz band throughout the evening (second seating only). The essentials: First seating at 6:00pm, $65 per person for a three-course dinner and a glass of prosecco; second seating at 9:00pm, $85 per person for a five-course dinner and a glass of champagne Location: Inside the Santa Cruz Dream Inn, 175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Phone: 831.460.5012        Santa Cruz Dream Inn/Aquarius Boulder Creek Golf & Country Club If you’re into spending a nice evening with friends to welcome the New Year, this is the place to be. Enjoy some live Bluegrass music in the bar, and have a drink or two. The essentials: 8:00pm-12:00am; no cover charge Location: 16901 Big Basin Highway, Boulder Creek Phone: 831.338.2111 Chaminade Resort & Spa Join in for the countdown to 2015! Things will be heating up this New Year's Eve with a cool all-inclusive party package, which includes all of the fun and frolic of a FIRE & ICE celebration, plus a delicious strolling dinner experience with a themed appetizer buffet. The essentials: 6:00pm-12:00am; $165 per person, which includes dinner, a 6-hour NYE open bar, DJ and dancing all night, midnight champagne toast & more! Location: One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz Phone: 831.475.5600 Cocoanut Grove This is probably the only place in Santa Cruz County where you can celebrate the transition from 2014 to 2015 twice! First, have fun on New Year’s Eve’s Eve and celebrate with the Joe Sharino Band, party favors, a full bar and a countdown clock at midnight. The essentials: Dec. 30, 2014, 8:00pm-12:30am; tickets are $40 (advance), $45 (door, if available), or $36 (per person w/ groups of 10 or more) Location: Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Phone: 831.423.2053 On New Year's Eve, dine with friends and enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne and a delicious buffet (including decadent desserts before thinking about New Year’s resolutions), then dance the night away with live music by The Alison Sharino Band, a live DJ, party favors, a full bar and the final countdown (complete with clock) to 2015! The essentials: Dec. 31, 2014, 7:00pm-1:00am: tickets are $89 (dinner & dance, advance only), $42 (dance only, advance), $48 (dance only, door, if available), or $84 (group dinner & dance, advance only, minimum purchase of 8 tickets) Location: Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Phone: 831.423.2053 The Crepe Place Welcome 2015 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. Move to psychedelic-inflected classic soul music combined with unearthed dusty Motown grooves, and wait for the surprise set of new music at midnight. Also, dress up: costumes are (apparently) strongly encouraged! The essentials: The show starts at 9:00pm, and tickets are $20 Location: 1134 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Phone: 831.429.6994 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 at the New Year’s Eve Party with Sherry Austin and Henhouse, and enjoy the fact that the bar is open ‘til midnight! The essentials: Open at 9:00am (get breakfast and spend the entire day!), band from 6:00-10:00pm, open bar until 12:00am; no cover charge, reservations recommended Location: 1 Davenport Avenue, Davenport Phone: 831.426.8801, ext. 101 Downtown Santa Cruz: Fireworks & New Year’s Eve Countdown Welcome the New Year with an outdoor countdown! Gather at the Clock Tower in Downtown Santa Cruz, where a DJ and fireworks at midnight will ring in 2015 with a bang! The essentials: 11:30pm-12:00am, free Location: Town Clock, intersection of Pacific Avenue and Front/Water Street, Santa Cruz Hollins House Experience a unique New Year's Eve celebration focused on an exceptional 5-course meal by Chef Lechtenberg, and be tempted to indulge in the optional five-course wine pairing, guided through by guest sommelier Matthew Peterson. The essentials: Open for dinner from 5:00-9:00pm; $55 per person for a five-course dinner, $45 per person for the optional five-course wine pairing. Call for more details or reservations. Location: 20 Clubhouse Road, Santa Cruz Phone: 831.459.9177        Pasatiempo / Hollins House Sanderlings at Seascape Beach Resort Enjoy a lavish dinner and dessert buffet, followed by dancing with live music by Mike Hadley & the groove, and a midnight champagne toast. The essentials: Doors at 7:00pm, dinner from 7:30-9:00pm, dancing from 9:30pm-12:30am; $99 per person (gratuity included) Location: One Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos Phone: 831.662.7141 Severino’s Bar & Grill Let the festivities begin with a delightful dinner, and then get your groove on with the Joint Chiefs, a funk, acid jazz & classic R&B band. Enjoy party favors, 60s tie dye decorations, a night of dancing and a champagne toast at midnight! The essentials: 6:30pm-1:00am, band from 9:00pm-1:00am; $99 per person for a four-course dinner Location: Inside the Seacliff Inn, 7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos Phone: 831.688.8987 Shadowbrook Restaurant Enjoy a delicious dinner in an atmosphere of Old-World charm, or stop by only for the live music by Joe Ferrara, before a complimentary midnight champagne toast and the clinking of glasses welcomes 2015. The essentials: Regular dinner menu, reservations can be made up to 10:30pm; 9:30pm-12:30am; reservations recommended Location: 1750 Wharf Road, Capitola Phone: 831.475.1511 Zelda’s on the Beach Welcome the new year by the beach and the ocean with a one-of-a-kind celebration. This year’s theme is “Winter Wonderland”, so don’t forget the mittens. Dance all night and enjoy DJ Dex, drink specials, party favors and door prizes. The essentials: Dinner at 4:30pm, DJ & party at 9:30pm; call for details and reservations Location: 203 Esplanade, Capitola Phone: 831.475.4900   You can also check out our New Year's Eve Dining "cheat sheet" for all dining options at a glance.   Celebrate safe, only enjoy some bubbly if you’re 21 and older, and have a blast welcoming a brand new year in Santa Cruz. Cheers!

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