If the idea of celebrating the New Year in one of the most beautiful cities in the US appeals, consider spending a few days in San Diego, CA. It has the added benefits of a warm and balmy climate, gorgeous beaches and plenty of events to choose from.
Sailing Parties on San Diego Bay
Those hoping 2011 will be a year of prosperity may want to start the New Year on a decadent private yacht party out on the bay. Three decks each have their own live entertainment and there are unlimited drinks and appetizers to be enjoyed from 8pm to 1am, all for less than two hundred bucks. For a similar price the USS Midway, a floating aircraft carrier museum for most of the year, invites guests aboard to a black tie gala event enjoying magnificent fireworks and sounds from the Big Daddy Orchestra.
San Diego Hotel Events
The larger luxury hotel chains all celebrate New Year in San Diego with a big bang! The Hyatt Regency at La Jolla offers the chance to watch the ball drop Times Square style without the chilly temperatures. Various ticket prices cover the Grand Ballroom party, open bar, reserved tables or premier dinner seating.
The Hilton Bayfront has something for everyone with 12 themed party areas from groove to electronica. Midnight is celebrated with a balloon drop, fireworks, party favors and a few undisclosed surprises. This upscale all-inclusive event runs from 7pm to morning.
The Hard Rock Hotel always knows how to give a good time and New Year’s Eve in San Diego is no exception. Live DJs keep the party buzzing and the event becomes a lively pool party the next morning.
Best value New Year’s Eve Party tickets are to the Shout House where the standing-room-only tickets for the show are just $35. Add a lavish buffet, party favors and a champagne toast in a souvenir glass for around $100.
Children’s New Year’s Eve Parties
Much more affordable at around $15-20 per head and very family oriented, the Escondido Children’s Museum puts on kid’s craft events and free face painting from 6pm to 10pm. Fireworks go off at 9pm and there is a family disco at this 16th Annual First Night Escondido event.
New Year’s Day
If all that late-night partying is not for you, enjoy a champagne brunch on New Year’s Day at one of the top San Diego hotels or aboard a two-hour scenic cruise and start 2011 in a more sedate style.