Are you still wondering how to spend New Year’s Eve in Santa Cruz?
Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with our comprehensive list of New Year’s parties and activities happening in the Santa Cruz area. Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled night with drinks, five-course dinners, and sparklers or you are searching for an unconventional and unforgettable way to celebrate, we have something in our list for you.
Check out six great ways to spend New Year’s in Santa Cruz below.
Celebrate in Style
Seascape Beach Resort: New Year's Eve Party Location: Seascape Beach Resort — 1 Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos Date: December 31st, 2018 Time: 7:00pm - 12:30am Price: $150
If you love the glitz and glam of a New Year’s Eve cocktail party, you might want to check the New Year’s Celebration at Seascape Beach Resort. This AAA 4 Diamond Hotel is located steps from the sparkling waters of the ocean.
The celebration will include an incredible dinner menu and a dessert buffet. Mike Hadley and the Groove will be providing live music for the event. This six-piece band is known for their rock ‘n roll tunes.
Dream Inn: New Year's Eve Location: Aquarius Restaurant, Dream Inn — 175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Date: December 31st, 2018 Time: 5:30pm - 10:00pm Price: $85
Beside the wharf, you can find the picturesque Aquarius Restaurant in Santa Cruz. The restaurant features breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay and is well known for its locally inspired meals.
On New Year’s Eve, visit Aquarius for a five-course dinner from 5:30 to 10:00pm. Live music will be provided between 6:30 and 9:30pm.
Ring in the New Year with the Family
Happy Noon Year! New Year Kid-Style with MOD Location: Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery Date: December 31st, 2018 Time: 10:00am - 12pm Price: $ 10 for a child and adult
New Year’s Eve can be fun for the whole family too. This kid friendly event happens earlier in the day so that little ones can enjoy the magic of New Year’s too. Kids who attend can enjoy having their face painted with a design of their choice. Families can snap a few mementoes at the photo booth, and children and parents can work on crafts together.
Food and beverages are also available. If you are a member of the Children’s Museum of Discovery, admission is free.
New Year’s Eve Bowling at Boardwalk Bowl Location: Boardwalk Bowl — 115 Cliff Street, Santa Cruz Date: December 31st, 2018 Time: 9:00pm - 12:30am Price: $119 per lane
This quirky event is a Santa Cruz favorite. In the past, the event has been known to sell out of tickets. Bowling is a good old-fashioned evening of fun for everyone in the family to enjoy together.
Those 21 and over can swing by Coasters Bar & Grill to catch local band Cruzah in action. The band will start to play at 9:30pm. At midnight enjoy a glass of champagne or apple cider.
Try Something Different
Paint and Sip! New Year Fireworks Location: The Painted Cork — 1129 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Date: December 30th, 2018 Time: 5:00 - 7:00pm Price: $35
For each person, 2018 presented its own unique set of challenges and its own joys. For some it was a delightful year full of fond memories with friends, coworkers, and family. For others, the year tested them with trials and tribulations. What better way to reflect on the past year’s events than with a brush in hand and a wine glass at arm’s reach?
Visit The Painted Corked for a peaceful paint night. The evening will feature two hours of instruction from a professional on how to paint a New Year’s Fireworks scene. All crafting materials will be provided, although you are encouraged to bring a bottle of wine or beer of your choice. A refrigerator, cutlery, glasses, and napkins can be accessed to keep beverages chilled and to prepare your own snacks.
Few things are more relaxing than an evening with paint, wine, and friends. Ease into 2019 and enjoy this fun paint and sip event at the studio.
Chamstock 2019 "Hippy" New Year Party Location: Chaminade Resort & Spa — 1 Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz Date: December 31st, 2018 Time: 7:00pm - 12:30am Price: $160 per person for dinner and dancing tickets; $499 per couple for an overnight stay
The sixties are back!
Dig the bellbottom jeans and the tie-dye shirt out from the back of your closet and swing by the Chaminade Resort for a fun night of groovy tunes and psychedelic colours. The night is complete with a great assortment of food and drinks. Kick off the night with appetizers. Enjoy the strolling dinner where you’ll find all kinds of hors d’eouvres served over the course of the evening. The drinks package included with your ticket means you can enjoy beer, wine, and champagne over the course of the evening.
Don’t worry about the drive home, and book yourself a room in the Chaminade Resort. After you’ve boogied your way into the New Year, you can relax in your hotel room.