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Ring in the New Year with Santa Cruz County!

Close out the decade in Santa Cruz-fashion with these NYE events happening county-wide! From lavish parties where you’ll be popping the bubbly to starting the new year off on the right foot, we’ve got you covered for all things 2020!

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve Sail with Chardonnay Sailing Charters

Sail into the New Year with Chardonnay Sailing Charters! This sail out of the Santa Cruz Harbor lasts from 3pm-5pm and is a “bring your own” food and beverage sail. Please make sure that you and your guests bring whatever type of food and beverage you would like to enjoy while sailing with us. You will want to make sure that you bring your own cups, plates, napkins etc. If you do decide to bring cooler please make sure that it is a soft bottomed cooler. Call 831.423.1213 to make a reservation. Still room available as of 12/31/19!

Shadowbrook Restaurant – NYE Specials

Join Shadowbrook Restaurant this New Year’s Eve. Rock Room Lounge & Bar open 2:30pm-11:00pm. The dining room will be open from 3:00pm-10:30pm. Reservations recommended, call 831.475.1511 or online.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Soif

Ring in the New Year with Soif! Join Chef Tom McNary and the team for a four-course dinner celebrating the finest local and seasonal ingredients. Indulge in dishes such crab consume, lobster ravioli, seared scallops, Wagyu rib eye with black truffles and more! New Year’s Eve dinner is $125 per person, excluding wine pairing, tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 831-423-2020.

Jack O’Neill Restaurant and Lounge – NYE Celebration Dinner

4 course New Year’ Eve Celebration Dinner served overlooking the ocean and Cowell’s Beach. Several choices of appetizers, soup or salad, entrees and dessert. $85. per person. $125. per person with wine. Kid’s menu available ages 12 & under. Tax and gratuity not included. Reservations by phone or online highly recommended!

Persephone Restaurant – New Year’s Eve Dinner

This a special four course fixed menu that Chef Cori has created, inspired by traditional New Year’s Eve dishes, meant to invoke prosperity in the new year. Tickets for this evening are $90 / person. This cost includes tax and gratuity. Wine list, wine pairings, champagne specials and other beverages will be available for an additional charge. Two seatings will be available one at 5:30 and one at 8. Please note that while this is a fixed menu some accommodations can be made for those with dietary restrictions or allergies. Please call ahead before booking if you have an issue with the menu so we can confirm that we can accommodate the particular need.

Chaminade Resort & Spa – NYE Dinner & Celebration

Come celebrate New Year’s Eve with a Three Course Prix Fixe Dinner, which includes a glass of our house Mo-zaik Wine! Served from 5:00-10:00 pm. $95 Per Person. Our New Year’s Eve Countdown includes Bubbly & Dessert Bar from 10:00 pm-midnight.

Seascape Beach Resort – NYE Celebration & Lodging Specials

Seascape’s New Year’s Eve Celebration invites you to raise a toast to 2020! We’re celebrating the new decade with dinner, desserts, dancing, Champagne toast and a balloon drop at midnight. Featuring live music by Matt Masih and the Messengers. $150 per person, inclusive. Reservations recommended.

New Year’s Eve Overnight Package: Ring in 2020 with a romantic escape. Priced $575 for two, this inclusive overnight package features deluxe accommodations at Seascape Beach Resort, invitation for two to our festive New Year’s Eve celebration and complimentary New Year’s Day Hangover Helper Brunch. Reservations recommended.

Lupulo Craft Beer House – NYE Bash

Join us for what is becoming Santa Cruz’s most talked about event of the year. A highly seasoned crew of misfits, squares, and “professionals” have voted Lúpulo the #1 NYE spot in downtown SC for five years running. Dance party, special beers on tap, and a countdown with balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. Come rub elbows with genuinely good, happy people as we ring in what we hope will be a wonderful 2020. No Cover!

Bruno’s Bar and Grill: New Year’s Eve Glow in the Dark Pajama Party!

Join us New Year’s Eve for the best party around! Wear your pajamas and have a blast ringing in the new year with your Bruno’s friends and family! In addition to our New Year’s Eve Dinner this year we are having a glow in the dark DJ Dancing Pajama Party! We have different options available depending upon how you want to celebrate this year! The Platinum Package is $50 and includes Dinner, Show, and Glow in the Dark DJ Dance Pajama Party! Dance party and upstairs show are for 21 and up only. Dinner will be served from 5:00 – 8:00 pm (reservations are required) and will include a three-course prix fixe meal. 8:30 pm – 1:00 am Glow in the Dark DJ Dancing downstairs, 9:30 pm Bourbon and Show upstairs in the Banquet Room. 12:00 am Champagne Toast. The Gold Package is $35 and includes the three-course dinner and DJ dancing only (no upstairs show). The Silver Package is $20 and includes the upstairs show only. The Bronze Package is $30 and includes dinner only.

Inn at Pasatiempo – NYE Party with The Lost Boys featuring James Durbin

As the clock winds down we’d love to celebrate with all of our family and friends and ring in the New Year! Vampire Productions With Scott McPherson is hosting their 5th Annual New Years Eve Party. We invite you to join us for celebration with The Lost Boys featuring James Durbin! Come enjoy a night filled with music, dancing, appetizers & desserts, along with a No Host Bar. Doors opens at 8:00 pm and The Lost Boys perform at 9:00 pm. Ages 21 and older. Tickets $60. Tickets are non-refundable. Make sure you buy your tickets online because they will not be sold at the door. Tickets are on sale via Eventbrite and are only available with advance purchase. Drink responsibly and remember …Uber, Lyft, Taxi and designated drivers!!!!

New Year’s Day

Dream Inn – New Year’s Day Brunch

Spend the first morning of 2020 at the Dream Inn enjoying a scrumptious brunch! Brunch includes: Breakfast Bakeries, Build-Your-Own Salad Bar, Cheese and Charcuterie Display, Roasted Vegetable Platter, Shellfish Bar, Hot Breakfast Dishes, Omelettes and Buttermilk Pancakes made to order, Carving Station, Entrees and Side dishes and a Festive Dessert Table. $70. per person, $31. for kids ages 6-12 and kids 5 and under eat free! Reservations required by phone or online!

Shadowbrook Restaurant – New Year’s Day Specials

Join Shadowbrook Restaurant this New Year’s Day. Rock Room Lounge & Bar open 3:00pm-9:00pm. The dining room will be open from 3:30pm-8:30pm. Reservations recommended, call 831.475.1511 or online.

Hike into the New Year with State Parks

Start 2020 out on the right foot with a First Day Hike! Get outside, connect with nature, and expand your knowledge of the wildlife, plant life, and people who were here long before us. In order of easiest to most strenuous, we’ve narrowed the list down to a few of our favorites. Click here for a list of hikes on New Year’s Day.


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