Santa Cruz New Year’s Eve Events – Welcome 2017!

New Year's Eve Santa Cruz 2016

How do you want to ring in the New Year?

You can keep it casual or dress to the nines, party on the beach or head to a club. Whatever your New Year’s objective, there’s probably an event that’s just right for you.

We’ve broken out this year’s Santa Cruz New Year’s Eve events into categories to help you find just what you’re looking for:

The Best Way to Stay Active, Listen to Live Music & Ring in the New Year Without Dancing

New Year’s Eve Bowling at Boardwalk Bowl

boardwalk bowlWhen: 9:00 PM to 12:30 AM
Where: Boardwalk Bowl
Cost: $119 per lane

This event always sells out so make your reservations early! Your lane fee includes Atomic Bowling, shoe rental, party favors and a glass of champagne or apple cider at midnight.

Local band, Charmas will be playing at Coasters starting at 9:00 PM. Entertainment at Coasters is free but if you plan on bowling then call (831) 426-3324 soon to make reservations.

Get more info here.

Dress Up, Dine Out & Party in Style

New Year’s Eve at Hotel Paradox

When: 7:30 PM – 2:00 AM
Where: Hotel Paradox
Cost: Celebration Package: $75 + tax, Dine & Dance Package: $125, Stay & Celebrate Packages also available

Hotel Paradox’s NYE party checks all the boxes if you’re looking for that quintessential New Year’s Eve celebration.

The Celebration Party Package includes a welcome cocktail, a midnight toast and a full night of dancing to the music of Steve Ezzo & The Monterey Bay All Stars in the Sequoia Ballroom, and DJ Athonia in the Solaire Lounge.

Add dinner by upgrading to the Dine & Dancing Package. There are also overnight packages available if you want to crash at the hotel.

Get more info here.

1980’s Rockin NYE at Chaminade

When: 7:00 PM – Midnight
Where: Chaminade Hotel & Resort
Cost: Party Only: $135. Overnight packages also available. 

The hotel on the hill is going to be celebrating ’80s style on New Year’s Eve. The ‘1980’s Rockin’ NYE Party’ starts at 7:00 with a strolling appetizer and dining experience. Dinner is served from 8pm-10pm and included in the cost of admission is an open bar with beer, wine, champagne and select NYE cocktails.

This NYE event comes complete with a DJ dance party, champagne and a balloon drop countdown to ring in the New Year.

Call the resort directly to make reservations: 831.475.5600.

Get more info here.

New Year’s Eve Party at Severino’s

Severino's New Year's Eve Party 2017

When: 6:30 PM – 1:00 AM; Two seating times
Where: Severino’s Bar & Grill at Seacliff Inn
Cost: $99 per person

Severino’s will host a New Year’s Party complete with fine food, dancing and live music. Rock in the new year with the Billy Martini Show from 9pm-1am.

Dinner and hotel packages are available. For more information, or to make a reservation, call (831) 688-8987.

Click here for to view New Year’s Eve Menu

Get more info here.

Beachfront Dance Parties with Local Bands

Extra Large at the Crow’s Nest

When: 9:30 PM
Where: The Crow’s Nest
Cost: $15

If you want an unforgettable New Year’s Eve full of upbeat dance music and a classic Santa Cruz experience, then this is it. Local favorites, Extra Large, are sure to keep you boogieing all night long.

Get more info here.

Under the Sea New Year’s Eve Party at Zelda’s

Zelda's New Year's Eve Party 2016

When: 9:30 PM
Where: Zelda’s Restaurant
Cost: $10 Cover

Ring in the new year with the ocean as your backdrop, in Capitola Village. Dance the night away at Zelda’s, where they’ll be hosting an Under the Sea New Year’s Eve party featuring reggae music from Nomlakadoja & The Leftovers.

Get more info here.

Club Scene: The Best NYE Shows in Santa Cruz

Harry and the Hitmen New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at The Crepe Place

When: 9:00 PM
Where: The Crepe Place
Cost: $20

Harry and the Hitmen are a classic Motown-style band with a strong history in improvised rock.  If you cannot catch their NYE show, don’t worry, as they will be playing shows at the Crepe Place on the 29th and 30th as well.

Get more info here.

FREE New Year’s Eve Party at the Catalyst

catalyst new year's eveWhen: 9:00 PM
Where: Catalyst
Cost: FREE

The main show (Devil Makes Three) is sold out, but you can still ring in the New Year at the Catalyst by catching DJ Salatiel in the Atrium. And unlike every other event on this list, this one is FREE!

Get more info here.

New Year’s Eve with Don Carlos at Moe’s Alley

When: Doors at 8:00 PM, Show at 9:00 PM
Where: Moe’s Alley
Cost: $35 in advance, $40 day of show

Reggae fans are in for a treat as Don Carlos & The Dub Vision Band take the stage at Moe’s Alley for a New Year’s Eve celebration. Special guests Soulwise & DJ Spleece support.

Get more info here.

The Best Way to Ring in ’17 Like it’s ’67

China Cats Grateful Dead Tribute at Don Quixote’s

China Cats Grateful Dead Tribute BandWhen: 8:00 PM
Where: Don Quixote’s
Cost: $30 in advance, $35 at the door

The China Cats bring their Grateful Dead tribute act back to Don Quixote’s for three (3!) sets on New Year’s Eve. An early acoustic set will be followed by two electric sets. Come early for a Shakedown Street buffet dinner at 6:00 PM.

Get more info here.

Additional New Year’s Eve Events and Dinners

New Year’s Day Activities

first day hikesFirst Day Hikes

When: January 1, 2016
Where: California State Parks
Cost: Free

Ready to #OptOutside in 2017? Get started on New Year’s Day with a First Day Hike.

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks has a full list of nine first day hikes to choose from. You can see them all here.

Happy new year and happy trails!

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About Ethan Oates

Ethan Oates fell in love with Santa Cruz while visiting as a child. He has lived in Santa Cruz since the mid '90's, and is happiest when spending time with his family.

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