New year, new starts, new resolutions, new economic boosts (let’s hope!), and all things refreshed and starting from a clean slate…but BEFORE we get to those very well-intended January 1 plans, let’s talk about the big night leading up to that painful morning! New Year’s Eve is the biggest party of the year, because it’s the last effort to live out 2010! In New York, they’ll be dropping a ball, but on the West Coast, we do it up a little differently, a little more California. Here in San Diego there are tons of great parties to attend, so it’s really hard to pick the very best ones, but there are some events that just never disappoint! Let’s look at the Top 5 New Year’s Eve parties happening in our fabulous city!
1 Big Night San Diego Gala
Buy your all-inclusive ticket and head downtown for the biggest event ringing in 2011! Transforming the gorgeous Hilton Bayfront Hotel, right on the water, this gala includes food, drinks, "Countdown City", and twelve different themed party areas! Jump from the Mardi Gras party to the Retro Party and then end the night counting down to 2011 with balloon drops and champagne for all! Guaranteed to be one big, huge, crazy, fun event, Big Night San Diego is definitely going to be the spot on Friday night.
2 San Diego Gaslamp Marriott's Bottom's Up
Who wouldn't want to ring in 2011 on top of the Gaslamp Quarter? At the Marriott's amazing Altitude Sky Lounge, this is exactly what you'll be doing! For your ticketed entrance, you can start at the street level and work your way up to the 22nd level by midnight, enjoying amazing food and drinks the whole time! After you dance and drink and party your last night in 2010 away, run upstairs to a Marriott room and wake up in style. This is an event that's not to be missed!
3 Gaslamp Quarter
With the city's best restaurants, clubs, and bars, there is no place with more action happening that the Gaslamp Quarter. Get tickets to Whiskey Girl's dance party, Croce's night of music and fun, or simply bar hop to your ability all night long through the historic streets and make your night your own. As the host of over 150 venues, you cannot head to the Gaslamp without hitting some amazing party! Grab your friends and get down there early, as parking will obviously be nonexistent!
4 New Year's Yacht Party
If you're a little over the club scene, and don't feel like fighting millions of people in the streets of the Gaslamp, head over to the largest private yacht in SoCal and toast aboard the Inspiration Yacht. You need to get tickets early, though, as this party sells out every single year, as only 1000 lucky patrons get to party this way for NYE. With three levels of music and entertainnment, and an unmatched view of the city's fireworks, this is an elite way to bring in 2011.
5 New Year's Eve Gala-Midway Aircraft Carrier
Have you ever partied aboard an aircraft carrier? Us either, but we're thinking this is an amazing spot to be found with a party hat on for the 2011 countdown! The USS Midway Aircraft Carrier is hosting the New Year's Eve Gala complete with black tie, champagne, and the Big Daddy Orchestra playing for the lucky guests. If you're looking for nothing but class on this holiday, this is the place for you. Avoid the screaming college kids and crazy drivers aboard the USS Midway, and ring in 2011 in your best shoes.