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New Year’s Eve 2017

New Year’s Eve in Santa Barbara is filled with countless events and activities to bid farewell to 2017 and welcome 2018 with open arms. During this special night we raise our glasses and toast to a year well-spent and to the year ahead.

Put on your sparkly attire, let the Champagne flow and get ready to boogie the night away. There’s not a moment to be missed. Here is your complete guide to New Year’s Eve events in Santa Barbara.

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A NEW YEAR’S EVE TO REMEMBER

El Encanto hosted its first dinner on December 31, 1917, exactly 100 years ago this New Year’s Eve. In commemoration of this historic event, Belmond El Encanto invites you to a resort-wide New Year’s Eve party that’s sure to delight. Whether you prefer formal or casual—from individuals to large parties—they’ll have a venue you’re sure to love. From five-course tasting menus to casual dining by the pool, Belmond El Encanto is pulling out all the stops to welcome 2018 on The American Riviera. Learn More

’80S DANCE PARTY

Dress in neon and dance to the ultimate ‘80s band, The Molly Ringwald Project, at The Fess Parker – A Doubletree by Hilton Resort. Even better? Reserve a VIP table and get two complimentary bottles of Champagne! Learn More

NEW YEAR’S EVE COUNTDOWN PARTY

Say goodbye to 2017 and party like it’s 1920 at The Kimpton Goodland Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Party. Don your best flapper dress or pinstripe suite to dance the night away with a live jazz band and DJ. Don’t miss the VIP Speakeasy and Champagne toast at midnight. Learn More

BLACKBIRD’S NEW YEAR’S EVE FESTIVITIES

Luxurious decor, delectable eats and impeccable style await at Blackbird’s New Year’s Eve festivities. Cheers to the new year at Hotel Californian’s signature restaurant with a special dinner prepared by Chef Alex LaMotte followed by a midnight Champagne toast.

NEW YEAR’S EVE POPS

Welcome the new year under the bright lights of the Granada Theatre. The always-entertaining Bob Bernhard will conduct a rousing program of popular classics mixed with Broadway and film favorites, while your eyes will be delighted with a spellbinding performance by the aerial performers of Troupe Vertigo. Learn More

RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT THE LARK

What better way to end the year than with a celebratory culinary event that will leave both mind and soul sparkling? Shine through the last night of 2017 and treat yourself to Chef Paluska’s heavenly New Year’s Menu at The Lark. In addition to the restaurants traditional dinner menu, the delectable New Year’s Eve cuisine will include slow-cooked beef ribs, scallops with a saffron risotto and a complimentary midnight toast. Learn More

CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE AT LOQUITA

Make your last meal of the year an exquisite experience and enjoy it at celebrated Spanish restaurant, Loquita. Guaranteed to be a feast unlike anything else, Executive Chef Peter Lee has prepared an exclusive menu, and promised a live paella performance in the dining room for guest to pleasantly savor. End the festive night by ringing in the New Year with a complimentary midnight toast. Learn More 

CHEF JOHN COX’S NEW YEAR’S EVE

Foodies, delight in a New Year’s Eve culinary celebration in Los Olivos at The Bear and Star. Chef John Cox and team will be serving an indulgent five-course menu with the option to add wine parings prepared by Sommelier Robert Williams. Toast to life, happiness and good wine by ringing in 2018 with a glass of Fess Parker’s “Festivity.” Your celebrations are sure to sparkle! Learn More

RING IN 2018 AT S.Y. KITCHEN

End 2017 with a culinary bang in Santa Barbara wine country. Located in dreamy Santa Ynez, S.Y. Kitchen is promising a celebration of delicacy. Chef Luca and his team is serving a range of items á la carte, from freshly-shucked Kumamoto Oysters with Mignonette to hand-made Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Oxtail Ragout and Pecorino Romano. Learn More

BREW YEAR’S EVE 2017

Calling all beer lovers: This is a New Year’s Eve celebration not-to-be-missed. What’s on tap? Unlimited samples of craft beer, wine and cider. Rock out to live entertainment by DJ Hecktik. Before festivities, have dinner at High Sierra Grill & Bar in Goleta (optional), allowing for early entry and a chance to grab the best seats in the house. Go car-free – Hop on The Brew Bus will be picking up at locations in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and Goleta. Learn More

NYE WITH COMEDY HIDEAWAY

Welcome the new year with a smile on your face. Comedy Hideaway is holding a Stand-Up Comedy event at the New Vic Theatre, with headliners from HBO, Comedy Central and Netflix. With two different shows and a full bar, this event will cheerfully help you ring in 2018. Attend the 10pm show, and join the comedians on stage for a toast at midnight. Learn More

FULL MOON NEW YEAR’S MIDNIGHT HOUR

Sail into the new year with a special someone aboard the Sunset Kidd. Experience Santa Barbara on the glimmering Pacific Ocean as the first full moon of the year makes its appearance. With a glass of sparkling Champagne, this is a night you’ll never forget. Learn More

NYE SUNSET SAIL ABOARD THE DOUBLE DOLPHIN

As the last night of the year sets its sail, hop aboard the Double Dolphin and enjoy Santa Barbara out on the Pacific Ocean. With the fresh sea breeze in your hair, the sparkling stars above, and the coastline in your sight, toast to the New Year and celebrate what 2018 might bring your way. Learn More

New Year’s Eve at Boathouse

Say goodbye to 2017 at a restaurant with one of the most spectacular views in Santa Barbara. Located on beautiful Hendry’s Beach, The Boathouse is serving a New Year’s Eve menu well suited for all seafood lovers alike. As the waves are breaking in, indulge in a fresh local lobster or a spice rubbed pacific seabass, and end the year with a heavenly delicious chocolate cake. Learn More

A SURFER’S NEW YEAR’S EVE

Lace up those dancing shoes for an all-night dance party at Baja Sharkeez in downtown Santa Barbara. Begin the night with a four-course dinner, followed by bottle service and live entertainment. Worried you won’t make it ‘til midnight? Complimentary Red Bull is provided with purchased bottle service. Learn More

DOUBLEWIDE KINGS NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH

Groove into the new year with the Doublewide Kings as they headline at SOhO in downtown Santa Barbara – with the talented Brigham Brothers starting off the night for guests. Expected to sellout – be sure to buy dinner and/or general admission tickets ahead of time. The show begins at 9 p.m. but the fun starts when doors open at 7 p.m.  Learn More

SANDBAR NEW YEAR’S EVE

Celebrate New Year’s Eve under the stars and on the patio at Sandbar in downtown Santa Barbara. Choose between bottle service or open bar packages, each guaranteed to offer a night of celebration. Learn More

NYE MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE AT EOS LOUNGE

Three bars, two dance floors and one large patio are the perfect ingredients for the EOS Lounge NYE Midnight Masquerade. Dress in your best masquerade attire and come prepared to dance with live music all night long by Calvin, Nagai, Chadillace and Bix King. Learn More