Celebrating New Years Eve in San Diego

Screen Shot 2018-12-30 at 1.59.13 PMGet 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! As always, please celebrate responsibility.

Saturday, December 31st:

Hornblower NYE Celebration Dinner Cruise

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

Cheers to 2019 onboard Hornblower and the majestic San Diego Bay. Enjoy free flowing champagne, a gourmet buffet prepared fresh onboard by our chefs, DJ entertainment to keep you dancing all night long, and of course incredible views you won’t find anywhere else. Happy New Year San Diego!

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.  Go all-out on the last night of the year with an extravagant affair at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station. Explore the activities we have planned for every corner of the Bistro and close out 2018 on a high note!

HOB Block Party

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

Kick off the night with San Diego’s legendary DJ Tanner. Revisit your favorite memories with throwback party Hickies & Dryhumps. And last but not least, countdown to the new year with A-Trak’s Goldie Awards champion, Miles Medina. There’s also a COMPLIMENTARY champagne toast at midnight along with a balloon drop that you won’t want to miss!

Big Night San Diego: New Year’s Eve Gala

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

Big Night San Diego is the perfect, ALL-INCLUSIVE night. Leave your wallet at home because your ticket includes everything: all drinks included all night, buffet, and entertainment throughout the TEN different party zones. (All you need to remember is your ID, because you must be at least 21 to attend.)

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.

Some Wonderful La Jolla Restaurants to Ring in 2017

New Year’s Eve is a special holiday. You’re saying goodbye to an entire year, and welcoming in a whole new one. You’ve worked hard all year, and you deserve to celebrate in style. We’ve put together a list of just some of the La Jolla restaurants who will be celebrating the New Year! Please call the restaurants to learn about their NYE specials and hours.

As always, have a safe and wonderful holiday!

Manhattan of La Jolla:

Manhattan of La Jolla is a Fine Dining Italian Steak House located in the heart of La Jolla village inside the Empress Hotel on Fay Avenue. A charming favorite among La Jolla visitors and locals, Manhattan delivers the best of New York City to the charming village of La Jolla. Romantic and comfortable, Manhattan of La Jolla restaurant is well-known for its fantastic wine and cocktail menu. Their staff is highly skilled at the art of suggesting pairings or knowing which wine to pair with a particular dish. This is great because certain wines compliment certain food really well and bring out flavor. Caesar salads prepared at the table and truly fantastic award-winning steaks, eggplant parmesan, cannelloni, homemade ice cream and so much more. Manhattan is also a unique destination for those who enjoy live entertainment as the restaurant offers live music 4 nights per week. Manhattan is also open for lunch Tuesday-Friday from 11:30am-2:00pm.

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Crab Catcher Restaurant and Seaside Grill:

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If you seek dining with an amazing ocean view, The Crab Catcher Restaurant & Seaside Grill is the perfect spot for you. The restaurant sits on the edge of Prospect street in La Jolla overlooking the serene ocean waters right next to the cove. Guests can take in a view of the northern stretch of La Jolla coastline leading up and almost past Black’s Beach. The view alone makes dining here a special experience.

The restaurant features a main dining room, patio seating in the fresh air and their Ocean Tapas Bar which is adjacent to the restaurant. One can feel and smell the ocean breeze. Here, guests can indulge in some of the best seafood in town. The Ocean Tapas Bar hosts a happy hour during the week from 3pm- 6pm. It is also the perfect spot to grab a drink during any hour. They are known for their crab dishes but also specialize in other great fresh seafood. The Crab Catcher is open for lunch and dinner, the main restaurant being closed shortly between 3pm and 5:30pm. Sundays, they offer an incredible brunch menu. Valet is available on prospect street. There is also parking along Coast Blvd with an entrance to the restaurant across from the cave store. Let the day fade away with a drink in hand, enjoying the view at the Crab Catcher.

The Marine Room:

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Located in La Jolla at one of the most scenic spots in the world, San Diegans have enjoyed the tradition of dining at The Marine Room for more than 70 years. This La Jolla San Diego landmark has become synonymous with fine dining and elegant ambiance. As the Pacific Ocean waves splash up to the floor-length windows, diners are treated to award-winning cuisine by Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver in an atmosphere to be remembered. The staff provides great customer service and the food is tasty. Where every meal is a special occasion, The Marine Room in La Jolla Shores is a favorite among San Diego visitors and residents.

The Shores Restaurant:

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If you’re looking for one of the top places to enjoy Sunday brunch and an ocean view, you’ll find the best of both at the Shores Restaurant. Located right on the beach in the Spanish-style La Jolla Shores Hotel, the Shores Restaurant serves Sunday brunch and breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily with menus featuring Southern California’s fresh produce and specialty items from both American coasts. You can’t beat that view! The view is rivaled by their wonderful menu of food. Whether you prefer a family meal or a romantic dinner for two, you’ll enjoy the friendly service with the surf, or even the sunset, in the background. The Shores also offers facilities for special events such as weddings or business meetings, a menu for children, a bar menu, including fish tacos or duck quesadillas, and a happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Nine-Ten Restaurant:

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An ongoing commitment to innovative cuisine using only the freshest local produce makes NINE-TEN a must visit for true foodies. This intimate restaurant, led by award-winning chef Jason Knibb (a 2011 Iron Chef America Challenger and 2010 Rising Star Chef winner), offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance and an ideal location along Prospect Street. Enjoy the best of the harvest from local artisan farmers, where produce is selected daily for the restaurant’s Evolving California Cuisine, recognized with an “extraordinary to perfection” rating by ZAGAT. The bounty of the sea is also featured with local fish selections and items arriving daily from Hawaii and the North Pacific and Atlantic regions. Special prix fixe menus are available and feature matching wines from the extensive, Wine Spectator awarded wine cellar. Enjoy dining indoors or al fresco on the sidewalk patio or ocean-view terrace. A separate bar offers limited menu and happy hour specials daily. Their Octopus, Tuna, and Striped Bass receive rave reviews from loyal and new customers. Open daily for breakfast and lunch and dinner is served nightly.

How to Celebrate New Year’s with Little Ones

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New Year’s Eve isn’t just about champagne for the adults! Here are some family fun ideas!

An Early Countdown

Bedtimes with kids are always a tough battle. The little ones want to stay up and the parent usually ends up having to drag them kicking and screaming to bed. One idea would be to celebrate NYE at an earlier time. Simply move the clocks around. You can really get creative with party supplies. This will let the little ones join in the fun and not feel like the adults excluded them.

Do a Balloon Drop!

There’s nothing like falling balloons. Falling balloons are a big part of political conventions and new years eve.

Maybe you want to replicate the fun of a ballroom balloon drop in the comfort of your own home? Try doing netting and putting balloons on the net. Hang them from the ceiling and release them when guests count down to 0 and ring in the new year

Another fun idea using balloons is to have each child write a resolution or wish for the New Year on a piece of paper. Have them  fold their paper and place it inside a balloon, fill the balloons with helium, tie with ribbon, and have the kids release them into the air as the clock strikes midnight.

Bust Out the Games

NYE is a great family fun bonding time! Typically the kids are usually running around to sports practices and the harried mom has to get dinner on the table. This can be a nice time to relax and enjoy family time with a game.

Perhaps, you can even incorporate New Years into your games too. Make a game out of it. Sit around and try to guess your guests or family members New Years Resolutions! This is fun for the whole family! Perhaps, if you are feeling brave enough you could try some karaoke.

Make it Festive

Don’t be afraid to splurge and make it feel festive. By buying hats, noise makers, confetti, and silly string, your kiddos will feel like they’re really celebrating. Maybe even throw on a few tunes and have a dance party. Yeah, you’ll maybe have a little bit of a mess to clean up- but isn’t that the point?

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even make your own decorations and party hats!

Cheers!

Why not do a New Year’s Toast that kids can join in on? Get a plastic wine glass or champagne flute and fill it with warm apple cider or cocoa. As always, drink responsibly… to avoid stomach aches.

Say Cheese!

If you have Floyd Mayweather level money you could rent a professional photographer or rent one of these from a traveling carnival. Your party guests could hop inside and try on costumes and take fun pictures. A fun time would be had by all.

Good Ole Netflix

Celebrate the New Year with your pals from “Fuller House”, “Word Party”, “Trollhunters”, and much more. Netflix will be offering NYE countdown videos that you can throw on anytime. Your little ones will really think that it’s midnight!

A Classic Sleepover

You could let your kid invite their friends over for a slumber party. Their friends could bring over sleeping bags. You could make snacks and plan fun games for them!

Regardless of whatever you do to celebrate the New Year with your family, we hope you have a wonderful time welcoming in 2017!

La Jolla New Year’s Eve Guide

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