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New Year's Eve & New Year's Day Events in Monterey County

Monterey's citywide First Night celebration is only one of many taking place on New Year's Eve in the area! If you're looking for a large celebration, or an intimate one, you can find it at one of the following spots. 

First Night Monterey

Tuesday, December 31

First Night Monterey celebrates the lively arts scene in Monterey County with its family-friendly celebration of the arts on New Years Eve. Over 15 venues hold concurrent performances and activities for both children and adults, culminating in a convergence on Custom House Plaza to ring in 2020. Live music ranges from classical to Irish traditional to experimental hip-hop.

New Year's Eve Dinners & Events

Tuesday, December 31


Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel rings in the new decade with a strolling reception set in the roaring '20s. The night features incredible dishes prepared by the Michelin-starred culinary team which will be paired with sparkling and still wines specifically chosen by sommeliers. 7pm-1am. $725 per person. Call 831-624-8578 to reserve.

Carmel Valley

Bernardus Lodge hosts a delicious gourmet New Year’s Eve tasting menu to ring in 2020. Dine on a six-course meal with traditional favorites made with sustainably sourced, local and organic produce and naturally raised meats, as well as several special creations from Chef Cal Stamenov. Dinner will be served from 5:30pm-9:30pm and is $195 per person. Call 831-658-3400 to reserve.

Join Carmel Valley Ranch for a festive New Year's Eve Celebration! The Valley Kitchen offers a festive a-la-carte menu complete with items like chestnut soup, New York steak and lobster. The Ranch also hosts a family-friendly New Year's Eve party complete with a buffet dinner, DJ dance party and wine-apple cider toast at 9pm. For reservations call 831-626-2599. 


New Year's Eve isn't just for adults! MY Museum hosts a NOON Year's Eve Celebration complete with noisemakers, face painting and party hats. $15 per person. Call 831-649-6444 to reserve. 

Bring your kiddos to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a special New Year's Eve Sleepover. There will be a sparkling cider toast, photo booth, fun activities, special programs and more! $165 per person

Party like it's the 80's at the Portola Hotel & Spa during their rockin' New Year's Eve bash. The party kicks off at 7:30pm with an incredible buffet dinner followed by live music from The Money Band, an open bar, champagne toast and a balloon drop at midnight. $130 in advance or $160 after 11/30. For reservations call 831-649-4511.

Pebble Beach 

Ring in the New Year at The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach during their Centennial New Year’s Eve Gala. Guests will enjoy live music, a casino, psychics, caricature artists, fabulous door prizes and much more. Guests must be 21 +, admission is $395 per person. The party beings at 8pm. Call 800-877-0597 for reservations.


Join the busiest band in the Bay Area, The Alison Sharino Band at an elegant and fun New Year's Eve Dinner Dance at Embassy Suites Monterey Bay! From classic rock, soul to country this band does it all. 7:30pm-12am. Click here to reserve. 

Rio Grill's Resolution Run

Wednesday, January 1

Live up to your New Year's resolutions with a run to kick off the beginning of 2020 during Rio Grill's Resolution Run! This 6.5 mile foot race and 3-mile family fun run are set on a breathtaking cross-country course which begins at Rio Grill in Carmel, CA.

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