New Year’s Eve in Santa Barbara is filled with events and activities to bid farewell to 2021 and welcome 2022 with excitement. From memorable dining experiences and all-night dance parties to outdoor wellness activities, we invite you to toast to the year ahead, Santa Barbara style. Here is your complete guide to New Year’s Eve events in Santa Barbara.
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NEW YEAR’S EVE Events & ACtivities
Noon Year’s Eve at MOXI, December 31, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kick-off your New Year’s festivities early with a family-friendly “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration for all ages at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation. Explore all MOXI has to offer with themed activities, a rooftop DJ dance party with DJ Gavin Roy, and a MOXI-wide countdown to 2022 across all three floors complete with confetti, noisemakers and other surprises! Learn More
Cost: Tickets for the general public will be available beginning Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at 10 a.m. Member presale begins Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at 10 a.m. Children (Age 2 and under) Free; Children (Age 3 to 17) $15; Adults (Age 18+) $19; MOXI members receive discounted pricing.
New Year’s Eve Champagne Cruise, December 31, 2021, 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Start your 2022 in style aboard the Double Dolphin this New Year’s Eve. Cheers to the end of the year with bountiful Champagne and unbeatable views of the Riviera. The view of the California coastline is one you won’t want to miss. Don’t forget to pack a jacket as it can get chilly out on the water. Learn More
Let Flo Go at M. Special, December 31, 2021, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sip on a refreshing brew at M. Special’s Goleta taproom as Let Flo Go gives a full band performance on New Year’s Eve. The two sisters hail from Santa Barbara and are sure to bring the house down. Learn More
Cost: Admission is free.
Winter is a Drag! December 30, 2021, 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Crush Bar + Tap is hosting the New Year’s Eve Eve party to end the year right! Sparkle and shine during this not-to-be-missed drag queen show and courtyard disco ball dance party. The show is hosted by Angel D’mon and you can boogie to beats by DJ Darla Bea all night long. Learn More
Cost: $15/person online; $20/person at the door. This event is 21+.
Back to the 80’s at Roof Top Bistro & Bar, December 31, 2021, 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Bring back the fun and color of the 80’s and enjoy a wild New Year’s Eve dancing under the stars. Don’t miss the appetizer bar, dance tunes and candy bar before toasting to the start of 2022. Bonus tip: wear your best 80’s getup to really get the party started. Learn More
Cost: Varies per package. Please note only group tickets for 6 are available for purchase.
New Year’s Eve with the Symphony, December 31, 2021, 8:30 p.m.
Join the city’s most festive New Year’s Eve celebration! Presented by the Santa Barbara Symphony, the always-entertaining Bob Bernhardt returns to host an evening of Gershwin and other symphonic celebration favorites. Join baritone Cedric Barry, pianist Natasha Kislenko and the full orchestra to sing-along and ring in the New Year. Learn More
Cost: $56 – $256 per person
New Year’s Eve at Rosewood Miramar Beach, December 31, 2021, 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Join Rosewood Miramar Beach this New Year’s Eve for a glimmering night of elegance and exclusive service. For its first-ever New Year’s Eve celebration, inspired by a one-of-a-kind speakeasy, guests will be treated to lively libations, spectacular performers, one of LA’s top dance bands, Champagne toasts and so much more in the fabulous Chandelier Ballroom. Learn More
New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl, December 31, 2021, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Why choose just one place to ring in the New Year? Say hello to 2022 and celebrate in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara at 8+ parties during the New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl. Bounce from bar to bar, each location offering exclusive drink specials to toast to the occasion. Your ticket will include 8+ different NYE parties, free welcome shot tickets at select venues, exclusive drink specials, and a pub crawl map to all participating bars, lounges, and nightclubs.
Cost: $19-39/person. This is a 21+ only event.
New Year’s Eve at El Paseo, December 31, 2021, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Party it up at El Paseo Restaurant this New Year’s Eve, and ring in 2022 with DJ Oscar, DJ Angel and guest deejays. You can expect lots of fun, lively Latin music to dance to as 2021 comes to an end. Learn More
Cost: $23.50/person. This is a 21+ only event.
New Year’s Eve Bash at SOhO Restaurant, December 31, 2021, 9 p.m.
Come celebrate NYE at SOhO Restaurant with Con Brio, a San Francisco Bay Area seven-piece band that plays energetic soul, psych-rock and R&B. Feeling like dinner and a show? Book the NYE dinner package and enjoy a four course meal on the patio or back bar before jamming out all night. Learn More
Cost: $35-$110/person. This is a 21+ only event.
El Fiestón 2022 at Music Alley, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Looking to dance all night with friends and family, and wave goodbye to 2021? Music Alley will host over three hours of live music to welcome in 2022, so don’t miss out on delicious cocktails and a vibrant atmosphere in downtown Santa Barbara. Learn More.
Cost: $30/person; 21+ only.
NEW YEAR’S EVE MENUS
El Encanto’s New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2021, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
As Santa Barbara sparkles with a festive glow, join El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel for a glamorous New Year’s Eve celebration. Welcome in the new year at this hilltop hideaway with the tinkling sounds of Champagne flutes and live jazz. Sit down in the Dining Room and Terrace for a three-course, fine dining experience with a menu that includes offerings such as celery-chestnut soup, local halibut crudo, dry aged ribeye, roasted winter squash, and Meyer lemon frozen custard for dessert. Learn More
Cost: $155 per person, $60 per child, 12 years and younger
New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, December 31, 2021, Seatings available from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Commemorate the year’s end with a delectable New Year’s Eve dinner featuring a prix fixe, four-course meal along the bluffs at Angel Oak at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara. Learn More
Cost: To be announced. Reservations recommended.
Las Doce Uvas De La Suerte, December 31, 2021, 5 p.m.
In Spanish tradition, if you eat 12 grapes before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, you will enjoy a year of prosperity and good luck! Loquita will be offering a special 5-course prix fixe tasting menu to honor this beloved Spanish tradition, with the option to add caviar or truffles, or to pair each course with the hot spot’s extensive Spanish wine list. Enjoy a complimentary Cava toast as you feast under the stars on the last night of 2021. Learn More
Cost: $85/person; Optional wine pairing is $35/person. Please note that the normal dinner menu will not be available, and reservations are required.
New Year’s Eve at opal restaurant and bar, December 31, 2021, Seatings at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Sip and savor the last night of 2021, and enjoy a 4-course prix fixe menu along with prize raffles, gift certificates, party favors and live music from Donna Greene & The Roadhouse Daddies. Choose from appetizers like shredded phyllo wrapped tiger prawns with a coconut curry sauce, or second course options like roasted tomato lobster bisque. Entree selections include mouthwatering choices like paella, lemon garlic butter lobster, filet mignon and so much more. Finish off the night with a choice of decadent dessert, and get ready to dance! Learn More
Cost: First seating ranges from $80-$110/person; Second seating ranges from $115-$145/person. Please note live music and party favors are only available for the second seating.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Lark, December 31, 2021, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Executive Chef Jason Paluska’s holiday specials to end 2021 start off with fresh-from-the-ocean Santa Barbara sea urchin profiterole with citrus creme fraîche, osetra caviar and chive blossoms. Then enjoy the smoked California lamb merguez with grilled flatbread and jalapeno yogurt. If lamb isn’t your favorite, try the roasted bone marrow with shaved black truffle, carrot top gremolata, pickled radish and roasted garlic baguette. Lastly, indulge in the holiday spiced fuji apple crisp with smoked bacon, maple gastrique, burnt cinnamon ice cream and sage for dessert. End the year with a full heart and belly! Learn More
Cost: Menu items range between $16-48.
La Paloma Café’s NYE Dinner and New Year’s Day Brunch, December 31, 2021 through January 1, 2022
For New Year’s Eve dinner, Executive Chef Jeremy Tummell has curated a special edition of the “Gaucho Steak” – an Oak-grilled 8-oz Wagyu tenderloin, supplemented by Yukon gold potatoes, local green beans and horseradish. Dinner guests can celebrate with a New Year’s Amuse Bouche and sparkling wine. Enjoy New Year’s Eve Happy Hour 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the restaurant will be open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner. The next day, kick off 2022 the right way with New Year’s Day brunch served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and sip on Mimosas while jiving to live music. Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item.
New Year’s Weekend at Helena Avenue Bakery and XO Burger, December 31, 2021 through January 1, 2022
Helena Avenue Bakery is a must-visit hot spot for delectable breakfast and lunch. Think egg breakfast sandwiches, warm muffins and crisp salads. Not only can you fill your belly, but you can also pre-order holiday breads and pies to enjoy for New Year’s Day. The bakery is also open on New Year’s Day with full breakfast and lunch service and takeout. Across the street, enjoy delicious smash burgers from famed pop-up XO Burger, and we guarantee you won’t be able to pass by once you get a whiff of those burgers!
Cost: Varies per menu item.
New Year’s Day Events & Activities
New Year’s Day Beach Yoga, January 1, 2022, 10 a.m.
Yogis of all levels are welcome to usher in 2022 with Santa Barbara beach Yoga. The New Year’s Day 75-minute class will focus on basic alignment, followed by restorative poses and relaxation. Fun, light hearted music and instruction are provided through wireless headsets. Learn More
Miracle at the Funk Zone, January 1, 2022, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Usher in 2022 and enjoy the last day of the festively decorated pop-up bar, Miracle at the Funk Zone. Wave goodbye to the holidays with one last egg nog, and dance through the afternoon to tunes from DJ Party Proper. This is one cocktail bar you won’t want to miss! Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item; $5/person for reservations. Reservations are highly recommended but not required.
Let It Go Flow, January 2, 2022, 10:30 a.m.
Sol Seek Yoga (formerly Divinitree) is here to help set your intentions for 2022 with an invigorating and revitalizing yoga class. Join instructor Courtney at Leadbetter Beach for a class full of heat, strength and resilience. Learn More
Cost: Free for members; $25 for non-members.
New Year’s Day Polar Dip, January 1, 11:30 a.m.
Plunge headfirst into 2022, and run into the ocean with the Santa Barbara Polar Dip crew (and go all the way under)! Meet at the Chromatic Gate, and bring your own towel, energizing spirit, cup and a snack to share with others after the dip. Don’t forget warm clothes for post-plunge socializing on the beach. Learn More.
Cost: Admission is free.
Be sure to check back! Additional activities will be added as details become available. If you are a business within the Santa Barbara South Coast and would like your New Year’s Eve event listed, please contact [email protected].