San Diego, California is a great place to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the whole family. Here are a few events happening on New Year’s Eve around San Diego County that even the little ones will enjoy!
Kids’ New Year’s Eve at Legoland
Kids’ New Year’s Eve at Legoland is a New Year’s Eve party the whole family will appreciate, but is especially fun for kids ages 2-12. Kids will get the chance to ring in the New Year after a fun day in the park. There will be noisemakers, party favors, a live concert by Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players, and a DJ. In New York Times Square ball drop fashion, the colorful 22-foot tall LEGO brick will drop at 6 pm instead of the traditional midnight letting the kids ring in the New Year with eyes wide open. Following the ball drop, a fireworks display will end the festivities. Park Entrance fees are $47-$59 and Legoland is open from 10 am – 7 pm.
90-Degree New Year’s Eve Pool Party at The Sheraton Carlsbad
All ages will appreciate the family New Year’s Eve celebration, “90-Degree Pool Party”, hosted by The Sheraton Carlsbad. The evening will include live music by Small Pox Mountain Boys, dancing, swimming, Tapas from 5 pm – 10 pm, and “dive in” movies. Party goers can view New Year’s Eve Celebrations around the world the via the many televisions located throughout the courtyard. The fireworks display from the neighboring Legoland can be viewed from the courtyard as well. At midnight, a free champagne toast will be provided along with sparkling cider for the children. Ticket prices are $25-$65 and the event is from 5 pm – midnight.
If you’re in the mood for dinner before the festivities, the on-site Twenty/20 Grill & Wine Bar will host a four-course meal for $85 per person. This price also includes automatic entry to the pool party. Seating times are from 6 pm – 10 pm, but reservations are required.
Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fairground
Come drive through and view the spectacular 400 theme-based display of lights in the comfort of your own car. Many of the displays are animated and will delight young and old alike. The Holiday of Lights display runs nightly from Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day and will be open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day, 2009. Hours are as follows: Sun-Thurs, 5:30 pm-10 pm; Fri & Sat, 5:30 pm – 11 pm. Prices for 2008 are as follows: $14.00 per car, up to 5 people; $19.00 per vehicle, 6 or more people; $49.00 per bus; discounts are available.
First Night Escondido 2009
The 14th annual First Night Escondido, North County’s New Year’s Eve “Celebrations for Families” will run from 6 pm – Midnight on New Year’s Eve, 2008 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Enjoy a fun-filled, alcohol-free celebration of music, art workshops, live performing arts on 12 stages, food, and a fireworks display first at 9 pm then again, at midnight. Purchase the required Event Button for $10 in advance or $20 at the gate. Children under 6 are free; a Military Discount for $7.50 is available if purchased at participating ITT offices.
New Year’s Eve at Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Loews Coronado Bay Resort is a place where the whole family will be entertained on New Year’s Eve. For $105 per person, plus tax and gratuity, a unique dinner and a live entertainment experience can be had. Hosted by Mistral at Loews, the dinner will feature a four-course meal that combines Northern Italian and Southern French cuisine. Wine pairings will also be offered in two tiers, $40 or $75, to accompany each course. Reservations are required and seating is from 5 pm – 10 pm. While the parents dine, the kids can have fun at the on-site Kids’ Club which is available from 6 pm to 1 am for $80 (and includes dinner), or $15 per hour. The family can prolong the fun by staying at Loews Coronado Bay Resort for the night. New Year’s Eve rates start at $199. A New Year’s Day Buffet will be offered the next day at the Market Café from 10 am – 2 pm. The price is $28 for adults and $14 for children.
First Night Escondido, 2009, http://www.firstnightescondido.com
Sheraton Carlsbad, http://www.sheratoncarlsbad.com/things.aspx
Twenty/20 Grill & Wine Bar, http://www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?m=15&pid=4
Loews Coronado Bay Resort, http://www.loewshotels.com/en/Hotels/San-Diego-Resort/Promotions/DiningHolidayEvents.aspx