With a city as lively and diverse as Sacramento, it should come as no surprise that New Year’s Eve is filled with all types of celebration. Whether you’re a homebody or love to party, there are plenty of ways to ring in 2014 in Sacramento.
Hosted by the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento and NOW 100.5 FM radio station, this posh party is the perfect place to spend the final hours of 2013 if you want a combination of both romance and friendship. Meet up with a special someone with a cocktail in the hotel lounge listening to mellow music before switching over to dance beats spun by 100.5. DJ Rated R will be in attendance along with headliner act Pop Fiction. Admission includes a midnight champagne toast, plenty of room on the dance floor and a memorable night you won’t soon forget. The party begins at 9pm and lasts until 2am. Tickets are $65 with a VIP Admission available for $95.
Dress up and board the Sacramento RiverTrain for their New Year’s Eve party. Appetizers will be served followed by a three-course meal. After dinner, journey into the Club Car for a dance party and live DJ until the clock strikes midnight. Tickets start at $40 for children and $67 general admission, with the most expensive option coming in at around $92. The train boards at 8:30pm.
Avoid kids and the family scene by attending the Professionals Guild party happening at the Arden West Hilton. Here you will find three separate dance floors, a separate casino room and a voucher for two free drinks plus a champagne toast. Live music will be played in all three rooms, encompassing a huge array of musical styles. Tickets are $65 with the promo code NYE and only those aged 21+ are admitted.
The traditional New Year’s celebration of Sacramento continues for another year as Old Sacramento hosts the New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular. Sponsored by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, family members of all ages are welcomed out for special musical performances, fireworks, dinner specials and more. Radio Disney will be in attendance for the kids while plenty of beer & wine vendors will be on hand for the adults. Admission is free.
Stay mellow on New Year’s Eve with a relaxing one-hour cruise on the river with Capitol Hornblower. Learn about the history of California including the Gold Rush and Pony Express while taking in beautiful views. The cruise is available twice on New Year’s Eve – 8:30pm and 11:30pm. The later departure will celebrate the start of 2014. Admission is $30 per person.
Revolution Wines is hosting a special dinner with wine pairings – including a New Year’s toast. This four course dinner includes dessert and all local wines. Members of Revolution Wines can enjoy this dinner at either 5:30pm or 8:00pm for $85. Non-members are admitted for $95.
Places to Eat
If you plan to stay at home to welcome in 2014, there are still a lot of great places to head out to dinner before things get crazy downtown. If you’re looking for something formal and elegant, try the Firehouse in Old Sacramento. For casual family fun, Tako BBQ is a great option. Other New Year’s favorites include Seasons 52, Carpe Vino and The Kitchen. Outside of the Midtown/Downtown/Old Sacramento area, there are plenty of great eats in Roseville, Elk Grove and other surrounding areas. These include Mikuni Sushi, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Lucille’s BBQ.
How to Get There
Streets are closed off for the Fireworks Spectacular as well as other areas of Sacramento in anticipation of huge crowds on New Year’s Eve. Consider opting for public transportation instead, which will extend its operating hours on this day. Valet parking is also available at many restaurants and clubs and well worth the extra expense.