New Year’s Eve in Santa Barbara is filled with countless events and activities to bid farewell to 2018 and welcome 2019 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.
Be sure to check back as more events will be added as details become available.
Shows & Performances
Dancing in the Street: The Music of Motown and More
Ring in the New Year with the Santa Barbara Symphony! As is tradition, guest pops conductor Bob Bernhardt will conduct the magic of Motown, and the celebratory program is sure to have you dancing in your seat all night! Ultra-talented Broadway stars are set to perform classic arrangements such as Dancing in the Street, Let’s Groove Tonight, and Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours alongside the Santa Barbara Symphony.
Donavon Frankenreiter at SOhO
If you are a fan of soft surf rock music, look no further than SOhO Music Club for the melodic tidings of professional surfer and award-winning musician Donavon Frankenreiter. His soulful tunes are a great way to wind down the year while enjoying a beverage at this legendary club.
Thumpasaurus Live on New Year’s Eve
Hotel Californian will host Thumpasauras, an LA-based quintet, sure to rock the house this New Year’s Eve. Join partygoers at the Court of Califia to swing and sway while the band plays ‘70s hits all the way through to current electronic music. The concert is FREE and open to the public, so be sure to stop by and boogie as you ring in 2019!
A Flock of Cougars New Year’s Eve at Casa Blanca
All your ‘80s music dreams will come true at Casa Blanca this NYE. A Flock of Cougars, known for their soulful and funky covers of top ‘80s hits, will keep the house grooving all night long. The show itself is free for a limited time, however, go out with a bang and purchase a ticket for the show, dinner, and endless Champagne for just $43. Complete with a balloon drop and midnight toast, Casa Blanca is the place to be for New Year’s celebrations.
Cost: Free for a limited time; $5-$43
Food & Drink
New Year’s Eve Glitter Gala
Hollywood glitz and glamour epitomize this New Year’s Eve black tie event, held at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Bacara Santa Barbara. Cheers to the New Year with passed hors d’oeuvres, a decadent buffet dinner, whimsical delights, DJ dancing, an open bar, and countdown party favors. The Glitter Gala package includes dinner and access to the after party for adults, as well as NYE programming for children. Looking to elevate your New Year’s Eve experience? Book a private cabana for the after party, which includes a bottle of Dom Perignon, a sweet treat, and personal butler service.
Cost: Starting at $295/Adult; $125/Child age 12 and under
Brew Year’s Eve Santa Barbara
If you prefer craft beer and cocktails to champagne, look no further than Brew Year’s Eve to help celebrate the night. Dance the night away and sample beer from 10+ breweries, wine, margaritas, and other specialty drinks. Held at the historic Carrillo Ballroom, Brew Year’s Eve is the ultimate dance party. Don’t forget to snap a photo at the 805 Camera Bus and make sure to take advantage of the Brew Bus, which offers safe rides to and from the event with pick-up locations in Carpinteria, Goleta, and Santa Barbara.
New Year’s Eve at Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore Santa Barbara
It’s time to get fancy at the Four Seasons! The resort’s coveted restaurant Bella Vista will be hosting a 1920’s themed dinner, featuring top of the line dishes like holiday hen with fig glaze, hamachi crudo, and housemade penne with smoked Scottish salmon. Afterwards, dance the night away at the Ty Lounge with live entertainment, a midnight champagne toast, and plenty of bubbles to go around.
New Year’s Eve Champagne Lounge at Hotel Californian
With views of the Funk Zone and surrounding downtown Santa Barbara, the rooftop at Hotel Californian sets the scene for a New Year’s Eve full of glitz and glamour. Ticket purchase includes unlimited Champagne from 9:00 pm ‘til midnight, where the Court of Califia will be hosting a NYE countdown. Enjoy a buffet of small desserts and live entertainment as you ring in the New Year the right way!
Cost: $75/Person plus tax
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Belmond El Encanto
Live jazz, Champagne, and a multi-course meal–what more could you ask for on New Year’s Eve? Help Belmond El Encanto celebrate their 101st anniversary and toast to 2019 with a culinary masterpiece of a dinner, curated by Executive Chef Johan Denizot. You won’t want to miss this glitter-filled party on the Riviera!
Cost: $140/Person excluding beverages. Note: Please call to make a reservation, as space is limited.
New Year’s Eve at opal restaurant and bar
Situated in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, opal restaurant & bar is thrilled to offer exquisite four course dinners to patrons celebrating New Year’s Eve. All seatings include dinner, one glass of Michel Olivier Blanc De Blanc Cremant Sparkling, the chance to win during two drawings for opal gift cards, opal restaurant and bar gold leaf champagne glasses filled with chocolates to take home, and a $10 Gift certificate per person to use on your next visit. The later seatings will also include noise makers and party hats as well as live band “Donna Greene & The Roadhouse Daddies.” Don’t miss this spectacular party as we usher in 2019!
Cost: $80-$135/Person–Varies by seating time/Menu offering
New Year’s Eve Tasting Menu at Loquita
Close out the year in style while enjoying Chef Peter Lee’s prix fixe tasting menu at Loquita, the center of all the action. Menu items specifically curated for the night’s celebration include beef carpaccio, garnacha braised oxtail, salmon tartare, acorn fed pork, and so much more! The meal also includes a complimentary glass of 2009 Gramona Brut Nature “III Lustros” Gran Reserva Cava, the perfect send off for 2018 and a grand welcome for 2019.
Cost: $85/Person excluding tax and gratuity, with an optional $35/Person wine pairing. Reservations highly recommended.
New Year’s Eve Specials at Les Marchands
Chef Weston Richards of Les Marchands Restaurant & Wine Shop combines seasonal craft cocktails, bubbly Champagne, and palatable wines with his signature New Year’s Eve dishes to end 2018 with a bang. Think house-made pappardelle with Venus clams, garlic sausage, broccolini, white wine butter and Dijon, as well as Wagyu steak tartare. Richards’ á la carte menu items will also be available to supplement your dining experience, and the wine bar will finish dinner service at 9:45 p.m. so guests have time to attend midnight celebrations.
Cost: $21-$45 Per Special
A Proper New Year’s Eve at Finch & Fork: Two Ways to NYE
Welcome the New Year at Finch & Fork, who is giving diners two ways to celebrate. First, head in for a glitzy dinner where Executive Chef Peter Cham has a tasteful à la carte menu full of classic dishes and holiday specials. For a late-night celebration, join Finch & Fork for an after-party with Party Proper, and dance the night away with a lively DJ, complimentary hors d’oeuvres by Executive Chef Peter Cham and of course, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. After-party starts at 10:30 p.m., and requires no tickets – making Finch & Fork the place to be on NYE.
Cost: Varies by menu offering. Please note: Dinner reservations strongly recommended.
New Year’s Eve at The Lark
Should you prefer a candlelit, intimate dinner over a crowded club, The Lark’s Executive Chef Jason Paluska has curated the perfect New Year’s Eve menu to whet your appetite while wrapping up the last night of 2018. Feast on California lamb shank and cast iron-roasted Parisienne gnocchi among other tantalizing dishes, and finish off the meal with warm chocolate chip beignets and, of course, a complimentary Champagne toast.
Cost: Varies by menu offering. Please note: Dinner reservations strongly recommended.
New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Bear and Star
Chef John Cox of Los Olivos’ The Bear and Star has curated a stunning five-course meal to help close out 2018 and welcome in 2019. Delectable courses include the likes of Pan Roasted Sea Scallops, Spicy Wild Greens, and Fess Parker Ranch Wagyu Beef as well as pairings with Fess Parker wines, Spanish Sherry and Portuguese Port. Planned side by side with the revelry on the East Coast, attendees will be given party favors and are invited to toast at 9:00pm after the meal has been served. Ring in the New Year at a reasonable hour and get a jump start on New Year’s Day with this elegant dinner celebration!
Cost: $95/Adult with optional $50/wine pairing; $20/Child
New Years at Root 246
Located in Santa Barbara wine country, Root 246 at Hotel Corque is hosting a delectable New Year’s Eve dinner that includes party favors and holiday specials on the menu. Ring in 2019 with a full belly and a happy heart, and then watch teams battle it out in the Rose Bowl at the Root 246 Lounge on New Year’s Day.
Cost: Varies by menu offerings
Dance The Night Away
Sacha Robotti NYE Day Party at The Wayfarer
Lounge poolside as 2018 comes to an end, and raise a glass to the start of the New Year as the DJ spins beats and the bubbly flows. Soak up the sun, munch on small bites, and drink in the delicious specialty cocktails courtesy of Lloyds Lounge. Up the ante on your NYE celebration and reserve a glamorous cabana with bottle service and bottomless Champagne.
New Year’s Eve at Outpost at the Goodland
This New Year’s Eve, ring in 2019 with a celebration of the ‘70s, ‘80s & ‘90s. Outpost invites you to come dressed in your favorite decade to party in three different venues, all playing the best of each decade. Grab your go-go boots, daisy glasses, psychedelic shirts, and get funky. Tickets are $50, which includes entry, live DJ, champagne toast at midnight, welcome cocktail and chef inspired small bites.
New Year’s Eve 2018 Prohibition Party
The Hilton Garden Inn will transform into the illicit world of the Roaring ‘20s this New Year’s Eve, so leave your inhibitions at the door and relish in the excitement for 2019! The hotel’s famed rooftop lounge will host live entertainment, a wide array of dining, as well as the essential midnight Champagne toast. The gathering is sure to take the Roaring ‘20s theme to the next level, so Gatsby-esque attire is recommended. Tickets start at $35 so start planning for a fabulous end to the year!
Cost: $35/Person. Please note: 21+ only allowed entry.
New Year’s Eve at Wildcat Lounge
If you are searching for the hottest party in town, look no further than Wildcat Lounge for hip dance music, fun party favors, and glitter galore. Bounce between dance floors at Wildcat Lounge and the more intimate, yet still energetic, Bobcat Lounge for a night to remember. Purchase a VIP experience and enjoy a table for the night, a liter size bottle, mixers, as well as Champagne for the midnight toast.
New Year’s Eve at Indochine
Indochine is hosting the soirée of the season this New Year’s Eve. Complete with VIP tables, confetti cannons, three separate balloon drops throughout the night, as well as a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight, this party is one you won’t want to miss. DJ Katashtrophy will keep the room bumping as guests party all night long, so grab your tickets while you can.
Midnight Masquerade at EOS
Sequins, glitter, masquerade masks, and glammed up dancing encapsulate the Midnight Masquerade at EOS Lounge. The Champagne will be flowing and toes will be tapping as top-notch DJ talent spin the latest hits all night long. Don’t be late as the first 100 guests receive free masks. From 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., all pre-sale tickets have access to the Champagne bar.
Funk Zone New Year’s Eve
2019 is almost here, and the Funk Zone is ready to celebrate! Join participating businesses as they toast to the incoming year with specials around the Funk Zone neighborhood. Not to mention, there will be live music at Court of Califia, a countdown, and tons of glamorous surprises. Grab your noisemakers and get ready to get funky!
Cost: Varies at each participating business
Noon Year’s Eve at MOXI
Bring the whole family to MOXI for New Year’s Eve festivities and let the fun commence during the celebratory countdown and balloon drop at noon! Cheers to the beginning of 2019 and explore all that MOXI has to offer as the countdown, balloon drop, and festive activities are included with general admission prices.
Cost: Children 2 and under are free; Ages 3-12: $10; 13+: $15; Members: Free.
New Year’s Eve Sunset Sail
Toast the New Year aboard the Double Dolphin! Watch as the sun sets on the end of 2018 with light appetizers and bottomless champagne. Ticket purchase includes a keepsake nautical themed champagne flute and an opportunity to take stunning photographs to remember the year by. Don’t be surprised if you get “photobombed” by a lounging sea lion as you sail past the wharf!
New Year’s Eve Wine Tour in Santa Ynez Valley
There’s no better way to ring in the new year than by celebrating with friends and family in Wine Country. Relax as you are whisked away to the heart of Santa Ynez Valley in an air-conditioned luxury van. The specially curated tour includes three winery stops, and each are home to unique vintages and award-winning selections. On the way to and from each vineyard, learn about local human history and gain insight into the Santa Ynez wine region from knowledgeable guides. Savor a delicious picnic lunch at one of the local wineries on the tour, and cheers to a wine-filled New Year’s celebration!
New Year’s Day
New Year’s Day Brunch at Les Marchands
Post-countdown festivities, indulge in brunch fit for a king to celebrate the start of 2019! Available 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on New Year’s Day, bring the whole family to Les Marchands Restaurant & Wine Shop and savor Chef Weston Richards’ house-made ricotta with seasonal jam & Brioche Toast, ham and cheddar frittata with chives and arugula, or the iconic fried chicken sourdough waffle with house-made butter, hot sauce & rosemary honey. Specialty cocktails are available should “Hair of the Dog” be in order!
Cost: Varies by menu offerings
New Year’s Day Silent Disco Beach Yoga & Dance Celebration
Start 2019 off with a restored mindset after freeing your soul with energy-inducing dance music. From 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., enjoy silent disco yoga at East Beach, as you stretch your way through a level 1 Vinyasa yoga class and revitalize your body to fun beats. A live DJ will start the party at 4:00 p.m., where attendees can wiggle and shake their worries away. At 4:30 p.m. set your intentions as the sun dips below the ocean horizon, preparing for the year to come. All levels are welcome and tickets are sure sell out quickly.
Cost: $22/Person. Note: Please bring a beach towel to practice yoga on.