Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – December 31 to January 5, 2014

Stone Brewing Co's New Years Eve Party - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Goodbye 2013! Here’s to 2014 and all the excitement the new year will bring. Start the year off right with these top things to do in San Diego:

New Year’s Eve

Stone Brewing Co's New Years Eve Party - Top Things to Do in San Diego

From San Diego’s Craft Beer to Champagne, the parties will be flowing this NYE

Still don’t have plans for tonight? Don’t worry, there’s plenty of time to find the perfect New Year’s Eve event with our handy guides:

> San Diego 2013 New Year’s Eve Parties Are Epic!
> New Year’s Eve Celebrations for Kids in San Diego
> Find even more NYE events and packages on SanDiego.org

New Year’s Day Recovery

Champagne Cruise on San Diego Bay - Hornblower

Start off the New Year right with a recovery brunch along with beautiful views of the San Diego skyline.

Welcome to 2014! Get those resolutions started with walks along the beach and hikes through one of San Diego’s many parks. Or, you could postpone the exercise and recover from last night with one of these delicious New Year’s Day brunches and/or dinners: New Year’s Day Brunch at the Hotel del CoronadoNew Year Day Brunch at the WestgateFlagship New Years Day Brunch Cruise and New Year’s Day Dinner Cruise on Hornblower.

> Discover more delicious dining options  in San Diego

Last of the Holiday Festivities

Skating by the Sea at the Hotel del Coronado

Skating by the Sea at The Del!

Even though the holidays have come on gone, the festive fun still continues with outdoor ice skating, SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration including plenty of snow, and a magical winter wonderland at the San Diego Zoo’s Jungle Bells.

2014 San Diego International Auto Show

San Diego International Auto Show - Things to Do

See the cars of today and tomorrow at the San Diego International Auto Show

Where the cars are the stars! The 2014-model vehicles showcase the newest levels of technology that enhance the driving experience, packaged in luxurious interiors and wrapped in cutting edge designs. When not captivated by the cars, you can participate in exciting, fun new features, family entertainment, and interactive activities.

Where: San Diego Convention Center – 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 1-5, 2014
Cost: $8-$12
> Find out more about the 2014 San Diego International Auto Show

A Prairie Home Companion Live Radio Broadcast

A Prairie Home Companion Live Radio Broadcast

Travel to Lake Wobegon with Garrison Keillor, Sara Watkins, and The Wailin’ Jennys for a visit full of comedy sketches, music, and news from the small town. This classic public broadcast is a great reason for why the radio still continues to entertain.

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 4, 2014
Time: 2:45 to 5:15 pM
Cost: $38-$200
> Find out more about A Prairie Home Companion Live Radio Broadcast

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

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Know of some other top things to do this weekend in San Diego? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Benjamin Eastman

San Diego 2013 New Year’s Eve Parties Are Epic!

Another year of amazing nightlife has come and gone in San Diego. We’ve had some top-notch talent visit America’s Finest City this year and if you didn’t get out much this year, make it a New Year’s Resolution to get out more and enjoy some of San Diego’s nightlife!

> Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Events

San Diegan’s like to celebrate milestones as much (if not more!) than the rest of the country and as such, there are a multitude of parties to choose from this New Year’s Eve.  Here’s a modest selection of those parties:

Bottom’s Up @ Marriott Gaslamp

Bottom's Up NYE 2014 at the Marriott Gaslamp

Marriott Gaslamp’s “Party From The Street To The Sky” features both the lobby level and rooftop! All Inclusive tickets include unlimited alcoholic drinks, a great selection of food (think sushi, carving stations and chocolate fountains!), DJ’s spinning top tunes in both the lobby and at their Altitude Sky Lounge and a champagne toast at midnight to start the 2014 clock ticking!

Where: 660 K St, San Diego, CA 92101
Time: 8:00 PM to 1:30 AM
Cost: $165
> Find out more about Bottom’s UP NYE 2014 at the Marriott Gaslamp

FLUXX’s New Year’s Eve Big Top Extravaganza

NYE Big Top Extravaganza at FLUXX

Join FLUXX as they say farewell to 2013 and their latest Fluxxuation “Big Top”. Close out 2013 at one of San Diego’s hottest clubs with music by DJ Karma and Special Guest Rico De Largo live on trumpet. General Admission tickets including entrance and a midnight champagne toast are currently around $80, or spring for the extra $10 and get a VIP ticket which also includes hosted champagne from 8:00 to 10:00 PM and hosted apps from 8:00 to 9:00 PM.

Where: 500 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Time: 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Cost: $20-$80
> Find out more about NYE Big Top Extravaganza at FLUXX

VAVI’s New Year’s Eve Yacht Party 2014

New Year's Eve on the Inspiration

Ring in the New Year on the bay with the San Diego skyline as the perfect backdrop

Hosted on the 3-deck Hornblower Yacht “Inspiration,” you and 1,000 of your closest friends can party it up to the beats of Sleeping Giant artists DJ Who & Paulo Da Rosa, DJ Demon and DJ Chris Devoy  This All Inclusive, All VIP experience features unlimited alcoholic drinks and gourmet hors d’oeuvres.

Where: 970 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Time: 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Cost: $179-$189
> Find out more about VAVI’s New Year’s Eve Yacht Party 2014

Big Night San Diego at The Hilton Bayfront

Big Night San Diego New Year's Eve Champagne

There will be plenty of toasting champagne at Big Night’s New Year;s Eve Party

Probably one of the biggest and most well-known San Diego New Year’s Eve parties is Big Night. Sponsored by radio stations Channel 93.3 and 91X, Big Night has 12 different party zones including 6 dance floors featuring both DJ and live band music. Their All Inclusive tickets include unlimited alcoholic drinks, a tasty dinner buffet and fun party favors to get you in the spirit! The party runs from 9pm – 3am and tickets start at $130.

Where: One Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Time: 9:00 PM to 3:00 AM
Cost: $109.99-$239.99
> Find out more about Big Night San Diego at The Hilton Bayfront

The Grand Del Mar’s 3 New Year’s Eve Parties

Grand Del Mar's New Year's Eve

Pick from one of three NYE parties at the Grand Del Mar

Those a little farther north, might want to check out one of the Grand’s two NYE parties.  80’s lovers will want to check out one of SoCal’s top 80’s bands BETAMAXX at the main party, or head to Club M for sounds by DJ By The C and DJ Showtime.

Where: 5300 Grand Del Mar Ct, San Diego, CA 92130
Times: 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM (each event has different times)
Cost: $50-$180
> Find out more about The Grand Del Mar’s 3 New Years Eve Parties

And lets not forget San Diego New Year’s Eve party mainstays: Hard Rock Hotel, Andaz San Diego, VAVI’s Beach Party @ The Catamaran Hotel, Stingaree and Side Bar.

> Find even more great San Diego New Year’s Eve Parties

Remember, it’s all about having a good time, but be safe and arrange alternate transportation if you’re going to be drinking. We want you out partying hard in 2014!

Dave

New Year’s Eve Celebrations for Kids in San Diego

LEGOLAND NYE Fireworks

Keeping the kids awake past midnight on New Year’s Eve can sometimes be a recipe for disaster, but luckily, several venues around San Diego offer a range of family friendly events that allow you to toast your tots and still make it back by bedtime. Whether you prefer to go budget-friendly or big-time, here’s a short list of options that will help make it a joyous transition to 2014.

Kids’ New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND

LEGOLAND NYE Fireworks

Ring in 2014 at LEGOLAND’s family friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration

Kids ring in the New Year as if they’re smack dab in the middle of New York’s Times Square at LEGOLAND’s New Year’s Eve party. The event features a full lineup of live kids music and an early evening countdown that culminates with its traditional LEGO brick dropping and a giant fireworks display.

Where: One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: December 31, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (6:00 PM countdown & fireworks)
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Kids’ New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND

New Year’s Eve 50’s Themed Sock Hop Bash

New Year's Eve Sock Hop

Step back in time as we move forward another year at a 1950’s style Sock Hop

Put on your poodle skirt and lace up those saddle shoes for this 50’s theme Sock Hop Bash at Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa in coastal North County.

This family focused fete includes a buffet style dinner and dessert bar, a live DJ, and a special Kids Party Zone complete with a “Gamer Room” that includes XBox Kinect, Dance Central, racing games, and Wii. Kids will also enjoy face painting, traditional table games like air hockey and foosball, plus their very own dance floor. The Kids Club Party Room counts down the New Year with a balloon drop at 9:00 PM.

Where: Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa 5480 Grand Pacific Dr, Carlsbad, CA  92008
When: December 31, 2013
Time: 6:30 PM to 12:30 AM (Kids countdown at 9:00 PM)
Cost: $90 Adult (18+); $45 Child (13-17); $30 Child (4-12) Free for Ages 3 and under. Prices increase after December 30, 2013.
> Find out more about New Year’s Eve 50’s Themed Sock Hop Bash

Kids New Year’s Eve at Hotel del Coronado

Skating by the Sea at the Hotel del Coronado

Skating by the Sea at The Del!

While the grownups toast champagne in the Hotel Del’s beautiful Crown Room, kids will be having a ball of their own with dinner, beach games, a bonfire and enjoying the resorts Kidtopia, a fun-filled facility catered specially for kids 4-12.

Where:  Hotel del Coronado 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When:  December 31, 2013
Time:  7:00PM to 12:30 AM
Cost:  $300-$330 Adults; $100 first child 4-12 $60 each additional
> Find out more about New Year’s Eve at the Hotel del Coronado

Pajama Jam: New Year’s Family Night Out

New Children's Museum Pajama Jam

Taking place the Saturday before New Year’s Eve, the New Children’s Museum hosts a zany Pajama Jam where both kids and grownups sport their jammies and bunny slippers while they boogie down to live kids music from Clint Perry & The Boo Hoo Crew, enjoy a delicious dinner from local restaurants, participate in New Year’s themed art-making activities and of course, a balloon drop.

Where: 200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 28, 2013
Time: 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $35 Adults; $25 Children; Free under 2 yrs. (includes parking & hosted bar)
> Find out more about Pajama Jam: New Year’s Family Night Out

John’s New Year’s Eve Party and Horn Parade

John's Incredible Pizza Company

Let the kids play all night at John’s Incredible Pizza Company

For a more low-key approach, head to John’s Incredible Pizza Co. where kids of all ages will enjoy celebrating the New Year with an evening of pizza, games, rides, and a special Horn Parade for those that can make it to midnight!

Where: 3010 Plaza Bonita Rd, National City, CA 91950
When: December 31, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM (Horn Parade at Midnight)
Cost:  $20-$35 Adults (13+); $15-$30 Child (3-12)
> Find out more about John’s New Year’s Eve Party and Horn Parade

Kids New Year’s Eve Party at City of Coronado Public Library

Kids at the Coronado Public Library

Have some early NYE fun at the Coronado Public Library

This hour-long event is free to the public and offers games, crafts and a piñata all leading up to the countdown! If you’re in the Coronado area, be sure to check it out.

Where: Coronado Public Library 640 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: December 31, 2013
Time: 1:00 to 2:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Kid’s New Year’s Eve Party at the Coronado Public Library

What are your family plans for this New Year’s Eve?

Benjamin Eastman

New Year’s Eve San Diego-style!

New Year's Eve with Big Night San Diego

No matter how good (or bad) 2012 was, everyone’s looking forward to a better 2013 and that starts with New Year’s Eve in San Diego! So are you going to spend another night on your couch watching thousands of revelers celebrating on TV or are you going to go out there and usher in 2013 with a bang?!

Haven’t made plans yet? Not sure where to go? Here’s a handful of options that will surely give you a night to remember!

Downtown

Big Night San Diego

New Year's Eve with Big Night San Diego

Spend New Year’s Eve and make new friends at Big Night San Diego

The thousands of people attending this event each year can’t be wrong…This party is A-mazing!  Your All-Inclusive tickets get you access to 12 themed party areas, 6 dance floors, food, drinks and a ton of fun! If you’ve got a little extra cash to spend, spring for the VIP tickets for the top-shelf liquor and private bars – while the lines at the normal bars are never bad, it’s always good to ring in the new year VIP-style!

Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, One Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Time: 9:00 PM to 3:00 AM
Cost: Starting at $120
> Find out more about Big Night San Diego

NYE Ivy with Drop the Live & Grum

andaz

Featuring headliners DJ Drop The Line from NYC and DJ GRUM from Scotland, Andaz is definitely an enticing option for the imported electronic music crowd. With 5 separate venues throughout the hotel offering entertainment – including the Ivy Nightclub downstairs and the Ivy Rooftop (because let’s face it…San Diego’s beautiful weather let’s us party outside while people in other cities have to bundle up on NYE).  And let’s not forget the Lipstik Dancers. These girls are H-O-T, hot!  Tickets include “playful party favors” and a champagne toast at midnight.

Location: 600 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Time: 9:00 PM to 1:30 AM
Cost: Starting at $75
> Find out more about NYE Ivy with Drop the Live & Grum

More Downtown New Year’s Eve Celebrations

And of course, don’t forget your favorite nightclubs when making NYE plans – FLUXX, Stingaree, SideBar and Hard Rock.

On The Coast

New Year’s Eve Beach Party

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Located at the beautiful Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa on Mission Bay, this 2,000+ person party features entertainment by Sleeping Giant Music (DJ Fresh One, DJ Chris Cutz, DJ G-Roy & DJ Sanjay, etc) in 4 separate areas. Hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a ton of fun can be had at this annual event. This year’s bonuses include an optional VIP Party Boat pass that will take you out onto Mission Bay aboard a private boat with 3 decks of music, a prize casino, open bar and the ultimate in unique experiences.  Also, don’t forget to stop by one of the party’s themed photo booths for some commemorative photos. Remember what happens on NYE stays on NYE, right?!

Location: 3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109 (map)
Time: 8:00 PM to 1:30 AM
Cost: Starting at $139
> Find out more about New Year’s Eve Beach Party

In The Water

Moonlight NYE Cruise 2013 Aboard The California Spirit

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Board the California Spirit at 9:30pm and ring in the New Year on the open water. What better way to enjoy the last night of 2012 than gazing at the picturesque views of Downtown and Coronado? With 2 dance floors, open bar, food and party favors you will experience an evening like no other! Tickets start at $175 or spring for an extra $25/person for your group of 6 and get a reserved table. The boat returns to the dock at 1:00am.

Location: 1050 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Time: 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Cost: Starting at $175
> Find about more about the Moonlight NYE Cruise 2013 Aboard The California Spirit

Be Safe this New Years Eve in San Diego

Now remember gang… There’s a lot of fun to be had on New Year’s Eve (and believe me, there are a lot of people having it!) but be responsible…don’t drink and drive – and don’t be “THAT GUY”!

Happy New Year!

Candice

New Year’s Eve Dining Worth Waiting All Year For

Addison Grand Del Mar San Diego

After the Thanksgiving feast, Christmas cookies, and other holiday treats, heading out on the town for a six-course dining extravaganza may seem like overkill, but what is New Year’s Eve for if not extravagance? It’s the last night of the year, a night to indulge and celebrate before heading into the year ahead with renewed intentions. So grab a loved one and treat yourself to one of these delicious celebrations around San Diego. These hotel restaurants are doing it up right, and if you really feel like living it up, you won’t even need to drive home after these New Year’s Eve dining celebrations.

NYE at The Pearl Hotel

Pearl Hotel San Diego

The Pearl Hotel: big on style, not on price.

Point Loma’s Pearl Hotel has long been a favorite for fashionable locals and visitors that aren’t looking to break the bank on a meal or room night, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. The restaurant features a three-course pre-fixe menu and after dinner festivities including a no-cover party with cocktails, a live DJ and a complimentary champagne to toast for the countdown at midnight.

Location: 1410 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106 (map)
Time: 6:30 PM to 12:30 AM
Cost: $49 (plus tax and gratuity)
> Find out more about NYE at The Pearl Hotel

New Year’s Eve Gatsby Night at The Westgate Hotel

Westgate Hotel San Diego

It’s the Great Gatsby at the Westgate Hotel

Already one of San Diego’s most adorned hotels, things get even glitzier at the Westgate Hotel on New Year’s Eve thanks to their Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve dinner. The swanky festivities include a champagne reception, a Five-course wine pairing dinner created by chef Fabrice Hardel in the Versailles Ballroom, live music from the Lorraine Castellanos’ Quartet and complimentary champagne all night. The elaborate affair even includes a midnight balloon drop.

Location: 1055 Second Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Time: 7:30 PM to 12:30 AM
Cost: $169
> Find out more about New Year’s Eve Gatsby Night at The Westgate Hotel

NYE at The Grand Del Mar

Addison Grand Del Mar San Diego

It doesn’t get more elegant than Addison at the Grand Del Mar

Looking for the ultimate New Year’s Eve dinner? It doesn’t get any more grand than Addison at The Grand Del Mar. Their seven-course meal features caviar garnished King crab, chicken liver mousse and roast squab, to name just a few items. Dessert? Why, a banana split, of course.

Location: 5300 Grand Del Mar Ct, San Diego, CA 92130 (map)
Time: 5:30 PM to 1:30 AM
Cost: $250 ($375 with wine)
> Find out more about NYE at The Grand del Mar

New Year’s Eve Dining on the Water

If an exquisite view with your meal is a must-have, check out one of the many dinner cruises happening around sparkling San Diego Bay, including options from Hornblower Cruises & Events and Flagship Cruises & Events.

Cheers to 2013!

Suzzanne

New Year’s Eve Celebrations for Kids in San Diego

LEGOLAND California's New Year's Even Celebration for Kids

My kids love celebrating NYE and each year they have every intention of staying up until midnight watching the fireworks or banging pots and pans. But it never works out that way; they get tired and cranky and frankly so do we! Luckily, many of San Diego’s attractions have thought of this and offer day and early evening New Year’s Eve celebrations for kids.

Kids’ New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND

LEGOLAND California's New Year's Even Celebration for Kids

LEGOLAND Rings in 2013 with a bang.

Like the famous Times Square party, Kids’ New Years Eve features a kid’s concert and countdown to the new year followed by a huge LEGO brick dropping 22 feet into 2013 and a dazzling fireworks display. Brick and fireworks start at 6:00 PM.

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

Spend New Years Eve at Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

During the three-week Jungle Bells Celebration, the San Diego Zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Guests can enjoy a nightly tree-lighting ceremony, lighted animal displays throughtout the park, live animal shows, storytelling, and bell ringers. Open until 8:00 PM on New Year’s Eve.

SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration runs through January 5th. Park stays open until 9:00 PM and features SnowWorld, “Shamu’s Christmas” show, The Polar Express 4-D Experience and nightly fireworks.

More New Year’s Eve Celebrations For Kids

New Year’s Bash – Beats, Patterns and Rhythms!

On Friday, December 28th, The New Children’s Museum will party all-day with music and dance performances, hands-on art workshops, live graffiti art and a member’s only celebration. This way you can celebrate the New Year with the kids on Friday and reserve Saturday for the adults!

John’s New Years Eve Party and Horn Parade

Book your spot at John’s Incredible Pizza Co. in San Diego’s South Bay so you can sit back and relax while the kids tire themselves out with an all-you-can-eat buffet all night long, along with drinks, rides and prizes. At midnight, the excitement continues with the IncrediBear Horn Parade and the ball drop on the big screen.

Brent Bernasconi

New Year’s Eve in San Diego for the Whole Family

The combination of dazzling fireworks, bubbly drinks, noise-makers, poppers and staying up late makes New Year’s Eve a holiday everyone loves. While many NYE events are adults only (here are a few highlights for the over 21 crowd), there are plenty of great events that kids of all ages can enjoy.

Follow this link for all of San Diego’s NYE Events…

Kids’ New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND

Start off the day with some roller coasters and Lego creations, then end the day early with family friendly concerts starting at 2:30. Watch out for the LEGO brick drop 22 feet as the clock counts down, followed by fireworks display at 6:00 pm. This is a great way to enjoy the New Year and still be in bed at a reasonable time.

Ring In The New Year at John’s Incredible Pizza Co.

Want everything for the kids taken care of this New Year’s? Then book your spot at John’s Incredible Pizza Co. in San Diego’s South Bay. The family can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet all night long, along with drinks, rides and prizes. At midnight, the excitement continues with the IncrediBear Horn Parade and the ball drop on the big screen.

New Year’s Bash at the New Children’s Museum

On Friday, December 30th, the New Children’s Museum will party all-day with a music and dance festival featuring performances by Pink Army, Rhythm Child, Clint Perry & the Boo Hoo Crew, Studio FX, San Diego Guild of Puppetry, and much more. This way you can celebrate the New Year with the kids on Friday and reserve Saturday for the adults! In the New Year holidays visit our site online-casino österreich.

What will you and your family be doing this New Year’s Eve?

Benjamin Eastman

New Years Eve Parties Big and Small

San Diego nightlife venues are jockeying for position in what is often the biggest celebration of the year! Whether you’re a club-goer looking to dance the night away, prefer to keep it quiet and intimate, or just want to have a good brew…there is a New Year’s Eve party for you!

San Diego’s Big Night

Arguably one of San Diego’s biggest NYE parties is Big Night San Diego at the Hilton Bayfront hotel. I’ve attended the last two years and each year gets bigger and better! With 6 dance floors featuring different styles of music, 12 themed rooms, an open bar from 9:00 pm – 3:00 am and roughly 4,000 of your closest friends, this all-inclusive event is definitely one for NYE partygoers who want to go BIG!

New Years on the Water

If Hornblower Cruises & Events has anything to say about it, you’ll be yelling “I’m on a boat!” come December 31st. Their yacht, the Hornblower Inspiration will play host to Millenium Events’ 6th Annual NYE Yacht Party with all inclusive tickets including 12 bars, 3 levels of entertainment and one of the most unique venues in San Diego.

A Beer New Year

If you prefer something a little less crowded but no less awesome, check out Stone Brewery’s New Year’s Celebration. Running from 8:00 pm – 1:00 am, enjoy an evening on Stone’s 1 acre compound in Escondido and delight in included craft beer, wine and sake, sushi, seafood and buffet stations (if you haven’t tried Stone’s food yet, I highly recommend it!) and music from live bands and DJs! Where else can you party into 2012 surrounded by gigantic containers of craft beer?

Wine of a Time

Or if you’re more of a vinophile than a beer drinker, might I suggest attending South Coast Winery’s New York New York New Year’s Eve celebration. A food and wine lover’s paradise, South Coast Winery has an exciting evening of award-winning food and wine paired with the croonings of Dan DeLurgio. Enjoy New York without the bitter cold temperatures and the expensive plane ticket!

After Party

So you watched the ball drop, counted down the last seconds of 2011 and kept on partying until the lights got turned up and the music started to fade away… It’s time to go home, wind down and sleep in on New Years Day, right? Not if you’re a true baller! Why stop the party at 2:00 or 3:00 am when you can hit up Side Bar’s Five/Ten After Party from 5:00 am – 10:00 am? For those who truly want to start 2012 off with a bang, you have to check this out!

Whether you prefer your New Year’s Eve party larger than life, or just end up at a house party with friends…be safe everyone and have an awesome New Year’s Eve!!

Robert Arends

Sparkling New Year’s in Coronado

Ice skating into the New Year at Hotel del Coronado

I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas! Shopping is almost done (THANK YOU, Coronado, for 2 hours of free metered parking!) and the last batch of cards are being sent out tomorrow. I’m definitely in holiday mode… Yesterday I visited the Hotel del Coronado and took some photos of their gorgeous lobby Christmas tree and Skating by the Sea.

Christmas tree at The Del

Now, though, I have my sights set on New Year’s. Where can you ring in 2012 on the enchanted island? There are a few fabulous fetes in store at the resorts, plus some wintery fun just steps away from Coronado Beach: 

  • The Hotel del Coronado is throwing a New Year’s Eve Gala, including a reception in the Crown Room, lavish dinner in the oceanfront ballroom with dancing to the contemporary sounds of the Mar Dels, plus a champagne toast at midnight ($275 per person). 

The Del also offers separate parties for kids ages 4-12 at the resort’s Kidtopia and teens ages 13-17 at Vibz Teen Lounge; includes dinner, crafts, beach parties, bonfires and more.

Crown Room at The Del

The party continues on New Year’s Day with a champagne brunch in the Crown Room from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Toast the New Year at Mistral, Loews Coronado Bay Resort

  • Loews Coronado Bay Resort kicks off its New Year’s Eve festivities from 5–10 p.m. at Mistral restaurant. There will be live music and an exquisite five-course prix fixe menu featuring the best of Chef Patrick Ponsaty’s award-winning modern French cuisine ($95 per person). From 10 p.m.–1 a.m., ring in the New Year in Cays Lounge with dancing and live music. Complimentary for restaurant goers and resort guests. Space is limited.

For children, there’s Party Hat Decorating from 4-5 p.m. ($5 per person) and Loews’ Kids’ Club will be open until 1 a.m.

Add some pizazz to your New Year’s party look with the New Year’s Eve “Glam” package being offered at Sea Spa, 3-7 p.m.; includes hair style and makeup ($120) and a “Razzle Dazzle” manicure & pedicure ($90).

Enjoy champagne brunch at Market Cafe on Jan. 1

On New Year’s Day from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., enjoy a Champagne Brunch buffet in the Market Café ($36 for adults and $18 for children).

Dining room at Current, Coronado Island Marriott Resort

  • Revelers can also ring in the New Year at Current Restaurant in the Coronado Island Marriott Resort. Festivities include live music, a special four-course dinner with wine pairing and a champagne toast at midnight. 
  • And if you haven’t gone ice Skating by the Sea yet at the Hotel del Coronado, there’s still time to practice your axel jumps and spirals! The rink on the Windsor Lawn is open through Jan. 2. Check out this cool video I shot!

Happy (early) New Year from Coronado! We’ll see you on the island 🙂

Suzzanne

New Year’s Eve at the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter


Spending New Year’s Eve in San Diego is great way to ring in the New Year. One sure hot spot every year is the Gaslamp District. With over 35 pubs and nightclubs, 100 restaurants and over 20 hotels, visitors will find something that suits their party style. One celebration that is sure to create an evening to remember is the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter’s Bottom’s Up party.

Guests start their evening at the Marriott Gaslamp’s street-level Soleil @k and Latitude Lounge. Party revelers will sample a whole new standard of cuisine with assorted fresh greens, decadent raw seafood bar, street taco stand and artisan flatbreads. There will also be happy hour specials from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Then guests head up 22 stories in the sky to their rooftop bar, ALTITUDE Sky Lounge. If you didn’t get your fill at the bottom, guests will find a sushi bar, carving stations, assorted desserts and a chocolate fountain. Once your palate is satiated, guests can dance the night away with beats by DJ Rooster and DJ Ramsey as they count down to 2011. There will be a celebratory midnight toast on the 1st and 22nd floors with party favors. (Did I mention this is an evening to remember?) For only $125 per person, this celebration is sure to please. Ticket sales are limited and go fast!

Sound like fun? How about free tickets? Comment on the blog below and one lucky winner will win 2 tickets to the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp District’s Bottom’s Up bash. Comment by Tuesday, December 28th at 10:00 a.m. P.S.T.