New Year’s Eve in San Diego: Where Should I Go to Celebrate?

November 13, 2019

Where does the time go? Wasn’t it just summertime?

The weather is cooler, and it's time to prepare for the holidays.  For instance, where will you celebrate New Year's in San Diego?

If you plan to ring in the new year in beautiful San Diego, attend any of these events!

Kids’ New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND California

If you’ll be in California with the little ones this year, there’s no better place to celebrate New Year’s Eve in San Diego than LEGOLAND California. In addition to all their favorite rides and attractions, kids are treated to a LEGO re-creation of the Times Square ball drop! They’ll marvel at a magnificent LEGO brick falling in real-time, 22 feet in the air. Open 10 am to 7 pm, you don't want to miss out.

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration

On New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, SeaWorld San Diego packs the fun and the thrills into one festive holiday event. SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration continues into 2020 with holiday treats, shows, and light displays.

The event is included with park admission and also features a gigantic Christmas Village where you’ll find Santa Claus himself! Before you go, read through our SeaWorld tips and prepare for a full, festive day at the theme park.

NYE 2020: Ball on Broadway

Although, if you’d rather your New Year’s Eve celebrations have a party element to them, attend the Ball on Broadway at Parq Restaurant and Nightclub & Lair Nightclub. These two restaurants and nightclubs are partnering up for one epic party to close out 2020 in style.

The party features five rooms, 10+ DJs, and upscale decor all night long. Tickets range from $40 – $80 and will sell out!

Spirit of San Diego Yacht Party

Why not start 2020 out on a yacht? Now that’s putting your best foot forward for the year! The Spirit of San Diego Yacht Party features champagne, appetizers, a yacht cruise, party favors, a full open bar, and more—all included with your reservation.

Plus, you’ll party the night away with a rockin’ DJ and 2 dance floors. Don’t miss your chance to take in the spectacular San Diego skyline and city views from the ocean, either. It’s mesmerizing!

General admission is $199.50 per person, but tables (starting at 4 people) can be reserved as well. The yacht boards at 8:30 pm and cruises from 9:00 pm to 12:30 am. If you do not reserve a table, there is first-come, first-served seating throughout the yacht.

San Diego Harbor Tours with Flagship Cruises

Before you hit up the Gaslamp Quarter or San Diego’s party scene for the night, spend your day on a harbor cruise. Start your New Year’s Eve in San Diego taking in the sites and landmarks while learning about the area’s vast history.

Harbor tours are available at various times throughout the day and offer remarkable views of the city, beaches, and historic landmarks. Remember to bring a camera, dress warmly, and get ready to take it all in. You’ll end 2019 with one amazing harbor adventure!

New Year's Eve 2020 at the Westgate Hotel

Another way to party on New Year’s Eve in San Diego is at the Westgate Hotel. This fabulous New Year’s Eve celebration includes cocktails, a buffet dinner inspired by Latin cuisine, a DJ, live music performances, and lots and lots of dancing!
The party schedule is as follows:

  • 7:30 pm – Doors Open
  • 8:00 pm – Buffet Stations + DJ
  • 9:30 pm – Live music by Julio De La Huerta & Band
  • 12:00 am – Champagne Toast + Balloon Drop

The required dress code is cocktail attire and a cash bar is also available. Tickets start at $129 per person. Room packages are also available for attendees. Get your tickets ASAP!


New Year’s Eve Gala at the Hotel del Coronado

The Hotel del Coronado is arguably San Diego’s most popular, historic, and renowned hotel. Ring in the brand-new year at their New Year’s Eve Gala. This year’s celebration is themed around “The World’s Greatest Legend.” Guests can expect jaw-dropping performances, awe-inspiring decor, and incredible sights as the hotel transforms into the big top for one night only!

Guests will dance the night away to the music of the Mighty Untouchables while enjoying a five-course feast, open bar, and spacious dance floor. The celebration begins at 7:00 pm and runs until 1:00 am in the new year. Tickets are $375 per person.

If you’re visiting the Hotel del Coronado with kids, they’ll have access to their own Wonderland Masquerade party! From 7:00 pm to 12:30 am, kids and teens enjoy dinner, ice skating, shows, games, s’mores, and sparkling cider. No champagne for them! Teens (13-17) also have their very own lounge to hang out in. Admission is $125 for the first child and $100 for each additional child in the family.


Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Gaslamp Quarter

Gaslamp Quarter is San Diego’s nightlife capital. Visitors will find everything from speakeasies to delectable taco shops to sports bars in this entertainment district. When you spend New Year’s Eve in San Diego, you have to stop by the Gaslamp Quarter. There’s always something going on!

While certain bars or parties may have a cover charge or require advance tickets, you’re bound to find a bar or restaurant open to celebrate at!

Where Will You Spend New Year’s Eve in San Diego?

From kid-friendly events to over-the-top parties, there’s something for everyone in San Diego this New Year’s Eve. Book your hotel, get your party tickets, and get ready to celebrate the new year!

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