new year

Are you looking for just the right way to celebrate the Monterey Peninsula New Year? We’ve got the event list! From Big Sur to Carmel, to Pebble Beach and Monterey, we have you covered with the hottest New Year’s Eve parties in town, and the most enjoyable family-friendly events for your little party-goers. There’s something on our list for everyone! Don’t see something for your tastes? Check out for an ever-expanding list of events.

These event details were correct at time of publishing, please check with the venue directly before making your plans, as weather and unforeseen issues do cause changes over the course of the season.

Big Sur New Year

The Fernwood Tavern will be rocking and rolling with Billy Martini! The amazing New Year’s Bash begins at 10pm, and is open to the public, with no cover charge. Consider booking one of our cabins for a safe and easy night, and wake the next morning to take your first hike of the new year in beautiful surroundings!

47200 Highway 1, Big Sur, 93920


Carmel New Year

L’Auberge Carmel is offering two seatings at Aubergine, and you have your choice of meals with and without wine pairings. Make it an early night with the 5:30pm seating and 4 course tasting menu, or go for the 8:30pm seating with 6 course grand tasting menu complete with wine pairings and Champagne toast. The earlier seating is $115 per person without wine pairings ($210 with wine) and the later seating is $290 per person, including wine. Reservations required.

Monte Verde at Seventh Ave, Carmel-by-the-Sea, 93921


Monterey New Year

MY Museum (The Monterey Youth Museum) offers their super early Noon Year’s Eve Party for your little ones. This party includes crafts, face-painting, treats, and even dropping the Noon Year’s Eve ball at noon for your little early birdies. Tickets are free for members, and $10 for non-members. Reservations and tickets required.

425 Washington Street, Monterey, 93940


First Night Monterey offers a family friendly New Year’s celebration. Three dozen venues in the downtown area offer performances and activities, with a Twilight Procession on Alvarado Street. The festivities begin at 3pm and last until 2am. Ring in the new year at midnight at Custom House Plaza, in the Monterey State Historic Park. Purchase tickets in advance at downtown stores, or from the First Night Monterey website.

The world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium offers a New Year’s sleepover each year, that’s not to be missed! Events include a sparkling cider toast at 9pm with an early East Coast countdown, fun family activities and food, including a sundae bar. Breakfast the next morning is included, as well as naturalist guided tours of the Great Tidepool deck. Reservations at our ticketing desk, or by phone. Reservations are required, limited to ages 5 and up. All children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are $125 per person, or $100 for members.

886 Cannery Row, Monterey, 93940


Pebble Beach New Year

The Inn at Spanish Bay is offering “An Elegant Affair” for their New Year’s Eve bash. $395 (per person) admission gets you into this spy-themed night with casino games, dancing, live music and delicious food. The event begins at 8pm, and reservations are required. 21 and over only.

2700 17 Mile Road, Pebble Beach, 95953


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