Credit: Kambria Fischer
Credit: Kambria Fischer

11 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in San Diego

These Parties, Dinners and Celebrations Are Sure to Make Your NYE One to Remember

Can you believe 2021 is almost over? Neither can we, but here we are, and it’s time to commemorate the year with an unforgettable NYE experience. From Temecula to Coronado, there are at least three ‘20s-themed parties happening throughout San Diego, plus one celebration where you’ll countdown to 2022 on the water! And don’t worry—if you’re looking for something a bit more relaxed, we’ve got you covered too. Here are 11 fabulous ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in San Diego this year! NYE in San Diego


What: Ember & Rye’s Roaring ’22 NYE Event

When: Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

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Where: Carlsbad

Why: Party like it’s 1922 at Ember & Rye’s Roaring ’22 New Year’s Eve Event sponsored by Glenfiddich Whisky and Hendrick’s Gin! The Richard Blais concept at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort is hosting a 21+ speakeasy event complete with casino tables, a complimentary cigar-rolling station, live jazz and drinks aplenty. Each ticket includes four complimentary drink vouchers and access to dining stations and dessert towers. Come dressed in your flashiest flapper gown or your most dapper suit for a night to remember!

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What: NYE Dinner at Greenfinch

When: Dec. 31 at 5-10 p.m.

Credit: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Where: La Jolla

Why: Those in search of something a bit more low-key might be interested in a NYE Dinner hosted by Greenfinch at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa. They’re promising an artful dinner featuring expertly crafted dishes, such as pistachio-crusted duck breast and farro risotto, oysters on the half shell, and Chilean sea bass with saffron mustard. You can never go wrong with fine dining and craft cocktails from Greenfinch Restaurant & Bar.


What: New Year’s Eve Dinner & New Year’s Day Brunch at Adelaide

When: Dec. 31 and Jan. 1

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Where: Del Mar

Why: More intimate and relaxed New Year’s festivities can be had at Adelaide at L’Auberge Del Mar. On New Year’s Eve from 6 to 9 p.m., guests can enjoy a delectable dinner for two with complimentary champagne and a mood set by a three-piece band. Afterward, mingle in the hotel lobby for more drinks, small bites and a live DJ for the countdown. In the morning, return to Adelaide for a fabulous seaside brunch!

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What: NYE Dinner To-Go from Ranch 45

When: Taking orders now through Dec. 27

Where: Solana Beach

Why: Ring in the New Year with Ranch 45’s a la carte holiday takeout menu! This year, you can fully customize your New Year’s Eve feast with entrees like smoked turkey legs, herb-crusted prime rib and smoked cornish game hen! Sides will include items like honey- and thyme-roasted rainbow carrots, green bean almondine and smashed potatoes. And if you’re looking to end 2021 on a sweet note, dig into desserts like pumpkin pie, pecan pie and apple crisp! Orders must be placed online by 4 p.m. on Monday, December 27. Pickup is at Ranch 45 between 10am-2pm on Friday, December 31.

Local Insight: Ranch 45 has a stellar selection of wines and bubbles, so be sure to pair your meal with a bottle from their curated collection!


What: New Year’s Eve Roaring ’20s Speakeasy

When: Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Credit: Hotel del Coronado

Where: Coronado Island

Why: Celebrate the New Year absorbed in the tradition and glamour of Hotel Del Coronado, where the iconic Crown Room will host the New Year’s Eve Roaring ‘20s Speakeasy! Dance the night away to the sounds of The Mighty Untouchables and enjoy spectacular performances until the final countdown. On top of the live-action food stations, the 21+ party will have an open bar! It will be a dazzling night, to say the least.

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What: Fly Me to the Moon

When: Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

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Where: Shelter Island

Why: Kona Kai Resort’s NYE Gala will take you back to the Rat Pack era! This year’s theme is “Fly Me to the Moon,” and it entails a ring-a-ding night complete with your favorite ‘60s tunes, sequins and fedoras glittering amid breathtaking views of the Point Loma hillside. Tickets to this 21+ event include hors d’oeuvres and champagne served by tray and your choice between two six-course dinners, one of which is vegan and gluten-free.


What: NYE Dinner at ARLO

When: Dec. 31 at 5:30 p.m.-Midnight

Where: Mission Valley

Why: Experience a California-cool New Year’s Eve mingling with old friends and new at ARLO inside the Town & Country Resort San Diego. This chill celebration will feature two seatings—both of which will offer access to appetizer stations, a five-course meal and desserts made from scratch by Chef Josh Mouzakes. The early seating will feature live music by The Heart, then guitarist Tim Yancey will take over to ring in the New Year!

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What: NYE at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

When: Dec. 31 at 5:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Where: Temecula

Why: In Temecula Wine Country, South Coast Winery is celebrating the New Year with an elegant dinner followed by an all-night party! From 5:30 to 9 p.m., The Vineyard Rose Restaurant will host a ‘70s-inspired prix fixe dinner with three courses and dessert. But, the real party is in the Grand Ballroom from 8 p.m-12:30 a.m., where there will be a concert featuring Sebastian Sidi, followed by entertainment from DJ and comedian Johnny Herrera.


What: New Year’s Eve Cruise

When: Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Where: Mission Bay

Why: Set sail into 2022 with the New Year’s Eve Cruise hosted by Mission Bay’s favorite night club, Bahia Belle After Dark! From the Bahia Resort Hotel, guests will board the William D. Evans sternwheeler boat, where they’ll enjoy panoramic views of the bay, endless appetizers, a cash bar and vibes from a live DJ. There will be complimentary party favors and a midnight champagne toast to top it all off!

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What: Bubbles by the Bay

When: Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

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Where: Mission Bay

Why: Cruise over to San Diego Mission Bay Resort for Bubbles by the Bay! The resort’s festivities this year include a New Year’s Eve dinner at Covewood, where there will be a prix fixe menu featuring the best of their fresh California Coastal cuisine. To set the mood, a live DJ and complimentary champagne will be on hand all night. On New Year’s Day, Covewood invites guests to return for all-day brunch with their signature menu, cocktails and champagne.

What: Gatsby’s House New Year’s Eve Party 2022

When: Dec. 31 at 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Where: Downtown San Diego

Why: The hottest parties are always at Gatsby’s House, which is why you’ll want to get your tickets to Gatsby’s House New Year’s Eve Party 2022 at InterContinental San Diego! This upscale, VIP event will feature multiple rooms filled with plenty of surprises, including five premium open bars, four live DJs, light bites and an unforgettable countdown experience you won’t want to miss. Come through in true Gatsby fashion with your best 1920s attire and get ready to swing into the new year!

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