Celebrate New Year's Eve in Monterey County! For a list of ways to ring in 2013 click here! 2011 is coming to end! What better way to celebrate this year’s achievements than with a party in Monterey? Restaurants, bars and hotels in Big Sur, Carmel, Pebble Beach and Monterey are ringing in the New Year in style. So bring out the party poppers and champagne glasses for a memorable night in Monterey County. There are so many New Year’s Eve events that they all wouldn’t fit on this post. Click here for even more New Year’s Eve happenings.


First Night Monterey is the hub for a massive family-friendly NYE celebration. This year’s theme is “A FantaSea" and over 25 venues in downtown Monterey become the stage for this art and music bash. The event kicks off at 3pm and continues well into the New Year. Performers throughout the event include Blues at Eleven, Grumbling Ginger, James Hurley, the Monterey Bay Lion Dance Team and more. Don’t miss the Twilight Procession which begins at 5:30pm and makes its way down Alvarado Street. This parade includes everything from stilt walkers, giant puppets and dancers to marching moms. Visit the First Night Monterey website to purchase tickets. Spend your New Year’s Eve in Big Sur. Fernwood Resort has planned out a spectacular beer tasting and dinner menu as well as live music throughout the night. Various brews will be perfectly paired with classic American and Mexican cuisines from 7pm-10pm. Afterwards enjoy live music from Beso Negro and the Dark Town Rounders. Call 831-667-2422 for reservations. The Carmel Mission Inn is sure to be saying “10, 9, 8…” tonight at their annual New Year’s Eve Party. Classic rock band Cheeky Spanks creates a fun party atmosphere as champagne flows freely. The appetizer buffet, cocktails and dancing are sure to keep guests busy until 1am. For reservations call 831-624-1841. Not able to find a designated driver? Don’t fret, just book the New Year’s Eve Room & Dinner Package at the Hyatt Regency Monterey! The party kicks off with appetizers and a special 4-course dinner for two prepared by Chef Russell Young. Once your belly is full, prepare for an epic celebration with the Garage Band, dancing and a champagne toast. Call 831-372-1234 to book. The party will be rockin’ at the Embassy Suites with cover act The Joe Sharino Band. This New Year's Eve Ball starts off with a tasty three-course prix fixe meal including a double entrée of filet mignon and salmon. The night will include tons of dancing, party favors, a champagne toast and a balloon drop at midnight. Tickets are $198 per person or $396 per couple for dinner and dancing; packages including a hotel room are also available. Call 831-838-3006 to reserve. Popular local music group the Chicano All-Stars ring in 2012 at Kula Ranch. The night begins with a scrumptious five-course dinner and a glass of champagne. The All Stars will then take the stage for a night full of dancing. Don't miss the balloon drop at midnight! Call 831-883-9479 for reservations. Eat, drink and be merry at the Beachside Boardwalk Ball! The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach transforms into a beachside boardwalk with carnival games, fair food and live music from the Papa Doo Run Run dance band. Guests will enjoy endless buffets, cocktails, casino games and more throughout the night. Call 800-654-9300 for reservations. Hopefully you didn’t drink too much last night! The Rio Grill Resolution Run kicks off at 9am sharp on New Year’s Day. The 10k and 5k runs are sure to get your New Year’s resolution off to a good start, with great views of Carmel to top it off. The course begins at the Barnyard Shopping Village, winds through Scenic Road and ends at the Carmel Mission on Rio Road. Visit the official website for registration and more information. Happy New Year, and we look forward to seeing you in Monterey County in 2012! Sign up for our visitor’s newsletter and you’ll be the first to know about information like this!