New Year’s Eve in Santa Barbara is filled with events and activities to bid farewell to 2020 and welcome 2021 with excitement. From memorable at-home dining experiences 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.
Be sure to check back! Additional safe and socially distanced activities will be added as details become available.
Due to COVID-19 and changing health orders, please confirm all events in advance.
At Home Celebrations
Noon Year’s Eve with MOXI’s At-Home NYE Maker Kit
Begin your New Year’s festivities early with a family-friendly “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration. Thanks to MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, you can bring home the magic of MOXI with their at-home NYE family maker kit. Each kit comes equipped with playful experiments that will have you ringing in 2021 with fun and creativity, including a bottle of Martinelli’s sparkling cider and two plastic champagne flutes, two packages of Pop Rocks, DIY photo booth props + decorations, pom pom poppers, Algae “celebration string” materials, engineering challenges to extend the at-home making, and a Noon Year’s Eve themed charades game. Kits are available for purchase through MOXI’s online store. Learn More
Cost: $50 per kit
Intermezzo’s New Year’s Eve Party Pack, December 29 through 30, 2020
Intermezzo has your perfect pickup party pack for two to say good riddance to 2020 in style. Each pack includes one bottle of Moët Chandon Champagne and .5oz Malossol Caviar, accompanied with eight dill blini, créme fraiche, minced shallots, chives, and crumbled egg. To order, call (805) 966-9463. Learn More
Andersen’s Bakery New Year’s Eve Kit, December 31, 2020
End the year with sweet and sparkling treats from Andersen’s Bakery. Included within their special New Year’s Kit, treat yourself to a hand-decorated Sparkaliee Peppermint Cake, one bottle of Stanford Champagne Brut, and four pieces of 2021 vanilla cheesecake bites. To order, call (805) 962-5085 or visit their online store. Learn More
Corks n’ Crowns At-Home Celebration, December 30 through 31, 2020
Corks n’ Crowns is ready to make your New Year’s Eve at home something to celebrate! In addition to Champagne available for purchase, twelve lucky customers will be able to purchase a mini-box of 6 cupcakes from Violette Bake Shop. The sweet treats boxes will include fun, festive flavors like The Gatsby, chocolate hazelnut praline, and red velvet. Each box is first come, first serve! Learn More
Cost: $10 per box
Convivo’s Bubbling Specials, Now through January 1, 2021
Bid Farewell to 2020 with something sparkling. Now through January 1, 2021, Convivo is offering a 20% discount on Champagne and sparkling wines for those ordering takeout. To view their entire selection, please visit their website to view an online wine list. Learn More
Cost: Varies by selection
Sparkling Wine in Santa Barbara
With a nickname like “The American Riviera®,” it’s no surprise that Santa Barbara is a place that pairs well with a glass of something sparkling in hand. And thanks to local vintners, you’ll have plenty of options for bubbles for a New Year’s Eve cheers. To make things easy, we’ve compiled a complete list, so all you have to do is order. Learn More
Cost: Varies by the bottle. Shipping and pick-up options vary by winery.
SPECIAL NEW YEAR’s EVE MENUs
New Year’s Eve and Day with Oppi’z Bistro, December 31, 2020 to January 1, 2021
With the help of culinary genius Chef Roberto, cheers to the new year with the tastes and traditions of Italy. Available for pickup, Oppi’z Bistro’s special New Year’s Eve and Day menu has your celebratory dinner taken care of from appetizer to dessert. This menu will feature tasty delights such as goat cheese salad, lobster ravioli, wild boar ragu pappardelle, marsala roasted lamb shank, Chef’s mahi-mahi, chocolate caprese cake, panettone bread pudding, and more. To preorder, simply call (905) 770-7390.
Cost: Varies by menu item
The Lark’s New Year’s Eve Takeaway Dinner, December 31, 2020– SOLD OUT
Celebrate Santa Barbara and the ringing-in of 2021 with The Lark’s New Year’s Eve Takeaway Dinner. In addition to the daily à la carte menu, Executive Chef Jason Paluska has curated the perfect New Year’s Eve menu to wrap up the last night of 2020. This four-course feast for two includes smoked ocean trout dip, maple roasted delicata squash, braised California lamb shank, and roasted chestnut mousse profiteroles. To secure, pre-order by calling The Lark at (805) 284-0370 by December 30, 2020. Learn More
Cost: $100 feast for two. Pick-up is on December 31 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Pre-Fixe Menu at opal restaurant and bar, December 31, 2020
End 2020 with an exquisite culinary experience from opal restaurant & bar, who will be offering their regular takeout menu and a celebratory pre-fixe, four-course menu option. The set menu will include options such as wild mushroom risotto, tiger prawn crab cakes, opal’s mixed gourmet greens, pan-seared fresh Alaskan halibut, grilled filet mignon, and a special dessert selection. Add a “cheers” to your meal with options to upgrade with Champagne and cocktail specials. Pre-ordering is recommended through their website or by phone (805) 966-9676. However, take out orders will also be available from 5 p.m. to 9:30 pm. Learn More
Cost: $69 per person, not including alcohol upgrades
The Black Sheep’s NYE Menu, December 31, 2020
Chef Ruben has designed the perfect, at-home, four-course indulgent meal for your New Year’s Eve celebrations. Pre-order this pre-cooked, reheat-at-home menu, including items such as tuna Aguachile, lobster and gnocchi, beef Wellington, mi-cuit Ora salmon, and a flourless chocolate torte. Elevate your experience with discounted wine options and optional party favor additions. Learn More
Cost: $100 per person. Preorder by December 29, 2020.
New Year’s Eve Dinner at Coast & Olive, December 31, 2020
Ring in the new year with Coast & Olive’s four-course New Year’s Eve Dinner. This decadent menu features a Champagne apple salad, Brussels sprouts, a 12oz grilled ribeye, and tiramisu for dessert. If you prefer to pick your own dinner selection, Coast & Olive’s regular menu will also be available for takeout from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Learn More
Cost: $65 for one, $120 for two. 35% off all wine and bubbles. Order while supplies last.
La Paloma’s New Year’s Eve Specials, December 31, 2020, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Celebrate the new year, La Paloma style, with a menu of delicious New Year’s Eve specials. Choose from their outstanding seasonal menu to-go or pre-order NYE specials including slow-smoked Angus beef brisket with Dart Coffee red chili bbq, golden hominy, and green chili casserole, ranchero style braised collard greens, and cast iron cornbread with habanero honey butter. Start a new tradition and add on New Year’s Day Menudo! Order online or by calling (805) 966-7029. Learn More
Cost: Varies by selection. Pick up on December 31 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Menu Pop-Up with Slate Catering, December 31, 2020, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Stop by Milk and Honey Tapas to pick-up your warm soup and crisp salad, courtesy of Slate Catering. Pre-order creamy roasted tomato soup, kale salad and a mini Riviera Bread baguette for 2 or 4 people. During pick-up, try Bodega style cocktails, bubbles and beer, and Slate is serving up free spiced coffee, a taste of their newest project. Learn More
Cost: $38 for 2 people, $72 for 4 people. Pick up on December 31 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Celebrate New Year’s with Ca’ Dario Restaurants, December 31, 2020 after 4 p.m.
Ring in 2021 with an exquisite three-course Italian feast! Savor arancini cacio pepe or brodo con tortellini plin, lasagna alla bolognese, risotto with fresh shaved white truffle, rosemary salmon, and much more. Enjoy a free bottle of Dard Merlot or Viognier with every order. Please call (805) 884-9419 to place your order. Learn More
Cost: $85 per person, not including tax or gratuity. Pre-ordering is highly recommended; pick up December 31, 2020 after 4 p.m.
Say Goodbye to 2020 with Loquita, December 31, 2020, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Celebrate the arrival of 2021 with Loquita’s mouthwatering cocktails and tapas. Enjoy this season’s NYE special, Paella de Cochinillo (Spanish roasted pork paella) with a myriad of other flavorful dishes, like patatas bravas or croquetas de pollo. Top off the night with a signature cocktail kit that you can make right in your kitchen. Please call (805) 880-3380 to order the special, or click here to order the regular takeaway menu online. Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item; Paella de Cochinillo available while supplies last. Pick up December 31, 2020 after 4 p.m.
New Year’s Eve with Barbareño, December 31, 2020, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Say goodbye to 2020 with delicious menu offerings form Barbareño. The restaurant is cooking up their regular take-out menu as well as some old favorites and new specials. The specials include pork belly crostini, “Chinese takeout” (confit duck leg, rosemary bao, pickled ginger), Brandt New York strip, and two delectable desserts to choose from. Pair your meal with a spicy Zinfandel to end the night. Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item. Pickup between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Delivery available.
New Year’s Day at Joe’s Café, January 1, 2021, 10 a.m.
Start 2021 off the right way with a mouthwatering brunch from Joe’s Cafe. Their 10/10/10 special includes a juicy tri-tip breakfast burrito and Joe’s Famous Bloody Mary for $10 each, available for pickup or delivery starting at 10 a.m. What’s better than a breakfast burrito and a Bloody Mary as you soak in the sunshine of a new year? Learn More
Cost: $10 per item, not including tax or gratuity.
All Restaurants offering delivery, to-go, and curbside pickup
Continue to show your favorite restaurants some love well into the new year by ordering food to-go or for delivery. While we hunker down at home, for the time being, let local eateries take care of the cooking and perk up our palates. We’ve compiled a complete list of restaurants, wineries, and breweries continuing to serve our community. Learn More
Cost: Varies by location. Please confirm hours of operations before ordering.
New Year’s Day Yoga
New Year’s Day Yoga Class with Santa Barbara Beach Yoga, January 1, 2021, at 10:30 a.m.
Shake off 2020 and begin 2021 with a blissful and spacious yoga class at East Beach led by Santa Barbara Beach Yoga. Bask in the sunshine, breathe the fresh ocean air, and set your intentions for 2021. Never miss a beat or a pose with individual headphones provided. You’ll hear the instructor and music perfectly while spaced out over safe distances from other yogis. Learn More
Cost: $15 per person. Space will allow for a six-foot+ social distance from others. Reservations required.
Let It Go Flow: A New Year’s Celebration with Divinitree Santa Barbara, January 1, 2021, 5:30 p.m.
Welcome the new year and set a tone of joy and resilience with this special, donation-based, New Year’s Day yoga class by Divinitree Santa Barbara. Held at the historic Casa de La Guerra in downtown Santa Barbara, this class will burn up all that you’re ready to let go of from 2020. Learn More
Cost: Minimum $10 donation per person. Reservations required. Space will allow for a six-foot+ social distance from others. Masks required.