San Diego and La Jolla New Years Eve Events 2018


Get ready to light the sparklers, pop the champagne, and welcome in 2018! San Diego and La Jolla will be welcoming in the new year bigger and better than ever. See what’s happening and make your plans!

Saturday, December 30th:

Holidayfest by the Bay

12 p.m., Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Enjoy the last days of holiday fun at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The Hotel offers a outdoor ice rink for seaside skating and lots of fun for the kids with reindeer games at Rudolph’s Mini Golf, and a life-size gingerbread house (without the witch, we promise!) and festive food and drinks. The movie “Frozen” will screen at 7 p.m., and that means everyone will sing “Let It Go” well into 2018! The skating rink opens at 12 p.m. Two-hour self-parking costs $10 and an ice skating session costs $20 for adults and $15 for kids. A $5 military discount is offered.

Saturday, December 31st:

Hornblower NYE Celebration Dinner Cruise

8 p.m., Grape Street Pier, San Diego

If you’ve never taken a cruise around San Diego Bay, make this the year you do. You won’t find views of the city more magical than the ones you’ll see on this luxury yacht on New Year’s Eve. Hornblower will cruise the bay and you’ll enjoy champagne and an excellent buffet dinner.  As you board, you’ll be handed a glass of champagne to toast to the magnificent evening. You’ll hit the dance floor later in the evening and you might just find yourself dancing in the New Year. ickets cost $200.

Craft Beer New Year

8:30 p.m., Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (Liberty Station)

You haven’t celebrated New Year’s Eve until you’ve celebrated it at a brewery, and San Diego’s biggest craft brewery, Stone Brewing Company, is having a heck of a party at their Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Liberty Station.  The $99 tab gets you three drink tokens, a specialty glass of sparkling wine, and food stations including build-your-own street tacos. You’ll also find a live band and a DJ and plenty of lawn games.  Bring in the New Year with a couple of brewskis and you’re sure to look forward to 2018 and all it has to offer.

HOB Block Party

9 p.m., House of Blues, Downtown San Diego

Having a tough time deciding what to do this year? Why not go to a party that’s a lot of parties in one? House of Blues will transform its multiple rooms and stages into individual parties. On the main stage, you can hear from “DJ Craze” and “Panic City.” “Love Come Down” and “Hek and Felt” will also spin. Right now, tickets cost $35 but act fast because they will increase to $50.

The Abbey on Fifth Avenue’s Speakeasy Celebration

9 p.m., The Abbey on Fifth Avenue, San Diego

Back in the Prohibition Era, a speakeasy was  an underground (and illegal) bar where people could enjoy themselves and speak easy. This years, why not experience a bit of the Roaring Twenties yourself? The Abbey on Fifth Avenue is hosting their Speakeasy Celebration. The party starts at 9 p.m. and you’ll find craft cocktails and beer, hors-d’oeuvres and casino games. The glamor of the 1920s will be in full swing, and swing is the right word because you’ll find live jazz tunes and a DJ. You don’t have to wear a costume but if you’re the adventurous type, show up in your most dapper 1920s attire. Tickets cost $79 and $139 for the VIP package, which comes with perks like early entry through a secret entrance, speakeasy style.

Big Night San Diego: New Year’s Eve Gala

9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Hilton San Diego

The annual Big Night San Diego is an over-the-top celebration at the Hilton San Diego. This is the fifteenth year, and the gala includes drinks, food, dancing and entertainment across 10 different party zones. They’re famous for their countdown to 2018 as the clock strikes midnight. There are several ticket packages but main event admission with all the bells and whistles ranges from $120 to $170. 21 and older only.

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Hit the Ground Running in 2018


Is one of your New Year’s resolutions becoming more active? The San Diego Area is the perfect place to get into a more active lifestyle, with trails and opportunities for outdoor excitement in abundance. Here are some possibilities for you.

Broken Hill Trail in La Jolla

Take 1-5 to La ]olla Village Drive west. Then take North Torrey Pines Road to the Torrey Pines Golf Course. Park in the northernmost area of the golf course. From the parking lot, head north on the sidewalk that parallels North Torrey Pines Road. Veer left at the fire road and look for the beginning of the trail. Be careful because the trail head is easy to miss.

Once on the trail, you’ll find yourself zigzagging your way through the Torrey Pines State Reserve. There are two trails, South Fork or North Fork. No matter which you take, you’ll end up headed for a steep but scenic area covered with chaparral and just a few trees, Broken Hill Trail. It is the longest of the six trails in the Torrey Pines State Reserve. The trail itself is 1.3 miles via the South Fork but you can turn it into a thirteen mile hike by walking along the beach to the Del Mar lifeguard station and then back up the cliff. Be careful. This route is quite rocky and you should watch your footing and slow down on your way to the beach.

Jewel Trail in La Jolla

Located in downtown La Jolla along Coast Boulevard: Drive into La Jolla from Torrey Pines Road and then turn right on Prospect Street. Veer right down to Coast Boulevard and park where you can to find La Jolla Jewel Trail.

Jewel Trail in La Jolla follows the perimeter of the western side of La Jolla. From La Jolla Cove at the downtown La Jolla (the north end) the trail travels all the way down to Bird Rock. It routes down Coast Boulevard, giving you stunning views of the Pacific Ocean’s La Jolla coastline and continues south through a residential area until reaching Bird Rock. The trail is 3.2 scenic miles long but be aware of tourists and cars and not that the trail is one way and doesn’t loop back.

Fiesta Island Run

Exit the 5 freeway at Sea World Drive and then enter Fiesta Island by taking a right onto Fiesta Island Road. Park anytime along the side of the road and run counterclockwise around the loop until you get back to your car.

The road surrounding Fiesta Island Run is a loop around the island four and a half miles long. (You could choose a smaller route because the road is intersected at one point.) This is located in Mission Bay, and the Mission Bay Area is famous for its jet skiing and windsurfing so you’re sure to see some activity. You can only run in a counter-clockwise direction on this road.

Cabrillo National Monument Run in Point Loma

Take I-5 south and exit at Rosecrans and stay straight to Talbot Street, then west to Catalina Boulevard south. Catalina Boulevard becomes Cabrillo Memorial Drive and goes directly to the National Monument Park, where there is plenty of parking. Go north on Cabrillo Memorial Drive past the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. (The view of Coronado and Downtown San Diego makes the ride incredible.) Turn right on Talbot Street and take it to Shelter Island, where the road becomes Catalina Boulevard.

Begin wherever you’d like along this run but remember it’s not a loop but a twelve mile straight shot. The south to-north loop is the real gem on this route. Run along the harbor (on the sidewalk or grassy areas) until you get to Harbor Island. There, a longer loop runs west-to-east. Continue on the harbor side walkway along the water to Seaport Village, San Diego. The views on this run are really breathtaking.

“Marilyn’s Run” on Coronado

Take 1-5 South to the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge and then across to Coronado. Take Orange Avenue through downtown past the Hotel del Coronado and park in the free public lot at the Coronado Shores, the famous high-rise condos.

This route is named after superstar Marilyn Monroe even though she wasn’t a runner. She loved Coronado, though, enjoying it while filming “Some Like It Hot” in 1958 at the Hotel Del Coronado.  In a lot of ways, Coronado is one big running trail. The two most popular trails start in the hotel area and head south. Looking for a beach run? Run the seven mile trot over the glistening sands of Silver Strand State Beach to Imperial Beach. Careful of a tide-weathered slope for about a half-mile south of the Shores. Would you rather run on asphalt? Start at the Coronado Yacht Club along Highway 75 (Silver Strand Boulevard.) You can run the asphalt bike path and you’re likely to find joggers there at any time of the day or night. This run is also a seven mile trek, one way.

San Elijo Lagoon Run

Take 1-5 to Manchester Avenue West. Then take Coast Highway south. Park along the road at the north end of Cardiff State Beach.

You’ll want to start on the coast in Encinitas. Run south, cross at the light, and then have a whole lot of fun when you reach the swamp area. This is undeveloped and has intertwining hiking and equestrian trails. The trails go all through the swamp-like area surrounding San Elijo Lagoon.


Finding Culture in 2018


Are you the kind of person who enjoys theater, live music, and plays but rarely gets the chance to experience those things? There’s great news for you. There might be no better place than La Jolla to get all the culture you might want. If you make a New Year’s resolution to enjoy more of the arts, it’s a simple thing to make it happen.

Outsiders might think San Diego is all about the beaches and the sand bunnies. Locals know better and you don’t have to be a surfer or a beachcomber to have your needs fulfilled in this area. In fact, the culture is a prevalent as the tide, and you’re sure to find something you’ll love.

Whether you’re looking for art, music, or live theater, the San Diego Area won’t disappoint. You can find a great many museums with exhibits that are both exciting and enriching. When you add to that the lively theater scene, you can put a great many plays, musicals and live performances on your calendar as well. One of the best things about this area is that it’s designed for the whole family so kids and adults alike are able to enjoy what the San Diego theater scene has to offer.

Whether you’re already fully immersed in the world of theater or you’d just like to find some memorable things to do this year coming up, you’ll be happy to know that in San Diego, arts and theater are alive and well. They’re available for all tastes and all levels of experience so in 2018, why not make the arts a part of your entertainment and leisure? You’ll be glad you did!

Here are some venues and attractions to help you with your plans!

Christmas Weekend 2017 Events In San Diego

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In addition to the presents, the Christmas carols, and spending time with your loved ones, here are some even more Christmasy activities for your holiday weekend!

Saturday, Dec. 23
Russian Grand Ballet Presents ‘The Nutcracker’
6 p.m., California Center for the Arts in Escondido

It wouldn’t be Christmas without “The Nutcracker.” The tale of Masha and her journey into the land of toys come to life isn’t just playful and fun. It truly is a stunning example of the artistry and beauty of ballet. And… when it comes to ballet, there may be no greater experience than the Russian Grand Ballet. This year, Russia’s brightest stars will thrill us at the Concert Hall stage at the Center for the Arts Escondido and it’s an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime. Tickets range from $35 to $85.

Sunday, Dec. 24
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m., The Old Globe

Make an outing of this stage production of the Christmas classic is sure to make your heart grow three sizes! This is one of San Diego’s favorite holiday traditions, and you’ll find it at The Old Globe, in its twentieth year! It runs through Christmas Eve and if you’re familiar with the classic Dr. Seuss book you already know  you’re in for a treat. With musical productions such as “This Time of Year” and “Fah Who Doraze” bringing the smiles, you’re sure to be a hit with the adults or children you decide to bring along. Tickets start at $37 for adults and $24 for children.

Sunday, Dec. 24
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
Times vary, Vintage Village Theatres Coronad

If you’ve somehow managed to never see this holiday classic, why not take the opportunity to see it on the big screen? Already familiar with this incredible film? You’ve never experienced it quite like you will in a real movie theater on Christmas Eve. You can enjoy this special Christmas Eve screening at the Coronado Village Theater on Christmas Eve. This is a life affirming tale of a man who, in the midst of discouragement and depression, gets a chance to see what the world would be if he’d never been born.  Starring Jimmy Stewart, this film is sure to make anyone realize just how many riches they have and that “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Tickets can be purchased at the box office.

Sunday, Dec. 24
Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center

Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) provides a trail guide for you so you can get the most out of this free nature walk. It will last an hour and a half and you’ll get a great deal of knowledge about the animals, plants, history and geology of the park. You’ll start at the Visitor Center and you’ll find yourself on one of three trails. Whether you enjoy the scenic Oak Grove Loop, the Visitor Center Loop or the Riverside Grinding Rocks, you’ll be certain to experience the nature right next door in a way you’ve never experienced it before. Don’t forget the sunscreen and make sure you bring some water and wear close-toed shoes!

Where To Enjoy Christmas Dinner in La Jolla

You got through the mad shopping rush. You made sure everyone on your Christmas Card list has one on the way. Your house is decorated and beautiful. You’re only human so this year why not enjoy yourself by eating out instead of adding one more task to your already busy schedule? With plenty of options for dining in or takeout, there’s no need to fret. Enjoy a fabulous meal made even better because somebody else handled the cooking! Here’s a list of some restaurants you’ll find open.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

There are a few great choices at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. A.R. Valentien is one of the best fine dining experiences in the Greater San Diego area, and you’re sure to enjoy their farm to table approach and attention to detail that makes eating there truly sublime. Choose breakfast, brunch, or dinner but call soon because the reservations book quickly. 858-777-6635. Looking for something a little more casual? No problem. The Grill & Bar is an excellent choice for breakfast, brunch, and dinner as well. Make your reservation for The Grill & Bar with a call to 858-777-6641.

La Valencia Hotel

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How about a sumptuous four course meal along with great ambience with a beautiful ocean view and holiday music? From lobster bisque to Mediterranean cuisine to classic European fare, the options here are truly endless. Make your reservations at 858-454-0771

The Marine Room

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The Marine Room is an area favorite and one taste of the incredible seafood you’ll find here explains why. With carefully prepared shellfish and delicious fish, you’re certain to be impressed. Of course, if you want something from the land or the air, there are great choices from duck to Black Angus filet mignon. One taste and you’ll understand why the Marine Room has been a fixture of La Jolla since 1941! Make your reservations by calling 866-644-2351.

Mandarin House

Looking for Asian food? The Mandarin House will be open all day from 11 am to 10 pm. Whether you order a special or a family style meal or if you indulge in the a la carte choices of traditional appetizers and entrees, including noodles and rice, vegetables, beef, poultry, and seafood; you and your guests are sure to leave full and happy! Call 858-454-2007 for reservations.

Nine-Ten Restaurant

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The Nine-Ten brunch is already a Christmas tradition for a great many in the know in La Jolla. With a focus on fresh ingredients, a great deal of it locally sourced, the brunch is truly a special experience. Reservations are available  by calling 858-964-5400 so make your plans today.

The Shores Restaurant

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The Shores brunch buffet is a fixture for many of us in La Jolla. It’s no wonder, too, because the food is excellently prepared and a great variety is available. Make your reservations by calling 866-644-2630.

What to Do After the Holidays in La Jolla

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The presents are opened, the hot chocolate has been enjoyed, and now it’s time to occupy your guests and family members. But what do you do now? Thankfully, there are a great many things to do on Christmas Day in La Jolla. Make your plans with confidence and enjoy a beautiful Holiday in a beautiful city with plenty of opportunity for fun and relaxation

Grab something warm to drink:

Stay dry, warm up and relax with a piping hot beverage at one of La Jolla’s many comfy cafes. We highly recommend The Brick & Bell Cafe, Harry’s Coffee Shop & Gallery, Girard Gourmet, Gold Fish Pointe Cafe, or the Mission Coffee Cup. These are all fantastic spots to meet with friends, hold an impromptu meeting, or simply enjoy a book or meet new friends.

Go out to eat:

Cooking? No thank you. You’ve already made everything wonderful for your guests and it’s time for you to enjoy them. A great many restaurants are open on Christmas Day. Visit our restaurants page to pick the perfect spot!

Go to a museum:

Walking is good exercise (better than running some experts say). Why not expand your mind and enrich your knowledge in one of La Jolla’s museums? Individuals or groups may engage in sensibly crafted art exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego (MCASD), the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, or even pop into the La Jolla Historical Society to increase your knowledge with respect to local history. For an extensive diversity of museums and genres, you may want to head slightly south to world famous San Diego’s Balboa Park. In this expansive district, there are 17 museums to choose from, and Balboa Park definitely has a bit of something for everyone!

Hit the Beach

Christmas beach stroll, anyone? That will certainly make the food you’ll eat later feel a bit more guilt-free!) There’s nothing quite like a beach for creating holiday memories that will stay with you so make sure you bring your camera so you’ll have remembrances you can touch and see. Check out La Jolla’s beaches here.

Take in a Movie

There was a time not too long ago that movie studios thought of films released this season almost like Christmas gifts to their audiences. There are a great many theaters in La Jolla, and this year you can see films that range from already classic kids films like Coco to blockbusters like Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Drama more your cup of tea? Don’t worry. There are a wide variety of films available in just about every genre.