Celebrate the New Year in Sonoma County
New Year’s Eve in Sonoma County is a festive time, and since the holiday falls on a Monday this year, we can celebrate an extra-glorious, five-day Wine Country weekend. Because you know you want to extend the party from Friday all the way through Tuesday.
That means now is a good time to start figuring out what to do the night of Dec. 31, 2018. If you have a favorite restaurant or hotel, chances are good that they are holding a celebration. But for something new or completely different, read along for these fun suggestions. Auld Lang Syne, all around!
This free community event will be the largest New Year’s Eve celebration ever in Sonoma County, taking over downtown Santa Rosa’s newly renovated Courthouse Square. The fun starts at 5 p.m. and goes until 12:30 a.m. with live entertainment, activities for all ages, kids’ games, and an array of vendors serving delicious food and alcohol. VIP tickets are also available for purchase at $125.
This lively venue rocks on the Eve, and this year the party heats up with Fantan Mojah, direct from Jamaica. His music is a lively mix of original songs, plus delicious covers of Jamaican reggae. Doors open at 9 p.m., with plenty of time before the ball drops for a Hopmonk dinner and drinks (may we suggest the terrific, spicy chile verde). It’s out with the old, in with the new, boogie kids!
The Petaluma Historical Museum proves that celebrating the New Year is as much about culture as it is about champagne (or here in Sonoma County, sparkling wine). The glory swells with the talents of members of the San Francisco Symphony, who perform Bach, Schumann and Brahms with a Sonoma County ensemble, including violin virtuoso and Sonoma native Nigel Armstrong, plus pianist Elizabeth Walter and a variety of string players. The evening includes complimentary wine and cheese, too, with balcony guests also enjoying fine wines, champagne and chocolates. Purchase tickets before Dec. 21, $50-$70; after $60-$80.
The Annual Rockin’ New Years Eve Party rings in 2019 with The Konsept Party Band performing high energy R&B Funk/Old School /Latin music in the grand ballroom, and DJ Refugio spinning tunes in the Lounge. Come dressed to impress in your finest cocktail attire, then dance, dance, dance, and enjoy the cash bar.
The Charles M. Schulz Museum opens at 10 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2018, then continues into a family fun fest with hands-on crafts for kids, a Snoopy-led balloon parade, and Up-Down and Baby Balloon Drops at noon. Be there for root beer toasts at noon and 3 p.m., and be sure to wish in a Snoopy-tastic New Year.
A chef’s six-course tasting menu brings in the New Year with extra style; seatings are from 5:15 to 9:45 p.m. ($125 + $75 for wines). Check the restaurant website for the menu, as chef Dustin Valette unveils his inspirations.
Indulge in a decadent menu spanning seven courses ($299 or $435 with wine pairings). The culinary team has pulled out all the stops for a ravishing line-up offering signatures such as slow cooked duck egg with crème fraiche and golden Ossetra caviar, and 5 day dry-aged A5 Wagyu with house-made A5 Wagyu fat Japanese milk bread, charred green onion and yuzu kosho. Stay for the after party with DJ and dancing in the Lobby Bar.
Join this hot spot for an extraordinary New Year's party featuring custom menus, craft cocktails, and delicious wine pairings, plus party favors and music. Dig into a seven-course menu, which can include offerings like Hamachi crudo with heirloom beets and crystalized ginger, potato leek soup with smoked sturgeon and caviar, or short ribs in sweet onion soubise.
Happy New Year!
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