Heading to San Diego for New Year's Eve? Good choice. 'America's Finest City' has a wealth of party opportunities on offer when the clock strikes midnight. So, without further ado, let's explore the very best of New Year's Eve in San Diego!


  • NYE Hornblower Cruises on the Bay
  • San Diego New Year's Eve Fireworks
  • New Year's Eve at Tower 23
  • New Years' Eve Gala
  • NYE Beach Party
  • and more!
New Years Eve in San Diego

NYE Hornblower Cruises on the Bay

Want to ring in the new year on the water? Well, no one does it better than Hornblower Cruises. San Diego's boating best offers a fun four-hour cruise around the San Diego Harbor. Expect gallons of champagne, a five-course dinner, live jazz, and stunning views of San Diego's skyline. 

Step aboard the beautiful 'High Spirits' vessel, a nearly 100-year-old yacht, which still retains the spirit of the roaring 20s. While you'll be spending most of your time on the upper deck, where the bar and restaurant are located, you're free to explore as you party. And with great views available at every angle, you'll want to see every inch!

Be aware that it's a black tie event, so you'll need to dress to the nine's before boarding. 


New Years Eve in San Diego

San Diego New Year's Eve Fireworks

Folks like a fireworks display to see in the New Year with a bang. And if you're in San Diego on New Year's Eve, you're in luck. They have their own awe-inspiring display of loud, colorful goodness for you to enjoy. 

It's free to 'get in', as the display erupts over the city's Downtown district. But if you want to know which spots offer top viewing, head to Embarcadero Marina Park South to beat the crowds. There, you'll enjoy an unimpeded view of the fiery proceedings. 


New Years Eve in San Diego

New Year's Eve at Tower 23

Want to party by the beach but don't like sand? After all, it's coarse, rough, irritating, and it gets everywhere. Well, why not party by the sand at Tower 23 - a monster hotel right on Pacific Beach? 

While the party goes on through the night, you can get there early and line your stomach with some brilliant dinner at the renowned JRDN restaurant. Then, from 10PM, proceedings kick off with live music and DJ sets through to the early morn. 

If you decide to stay the night, you can even get brunch the next day. And after a night of partying, you might just need it. 


Hotel Del Coronado - New Years Eve in San Diego

New Years Eve Gala

Another New Year's Eve party in San Diego, another brilliant hotel to get your boogie on at. Head to the Hotel Del Coronado for the Gala event of the year.

Step inside the hotel's beachfront ballroom, and you'll find it transformed. You'll need to suit up and boot up for this one, but once you're looking glamorous, you'll be treated to a five-course meal, a free bar, and a dancefloor that was specially designed for you to strut your embarrassing stuff. 

Live music will keep you in step, with the festivities finishing at around 1AM. Nice. 


New Years Eve in San Diego

NYE Beach Party

Don't worry, sand lovers; we've got you covered too. Feel the beach beneath your feet as you rock out at the San Diego NYE Beach Party. Sand! Yeah!

But where will this sandy goodness be taking place? That would be the Catamaran Resort. And best of all, once you've bought your ticket, everything's included. Drink as much as you want, dip into as many snacks as you desire, and even the screaming is free. You can scream as much as you want, and no one will charge you a dime. So scream, party people, scream until you get thrown out. 

Entertainment-wise, you've got four rooms of fire DJs spinning fire records. Fire. Plus, in a nod to Times Square, you also get a balloon drop and countdown when the big clock strikes midnight. You will love it. 


New Years Eve in San Diego

Craft Beer New Year

Amber nectar enjoyers, don't think we forgot about you! With the craft beer sensation currently sweeping the nation, of course there's a Craft Beer New Year celebration in San Diego!

Your entry ticket will treat you to three gloriously beery drinks, as many snacks as you can stomach, a tasting glass - and complimentary tipple - when the clock strikes midnight, and two dancefloors to meander about while your beer settles. But the fun doesn't stop there, brew brothers! There's also a cigar lounge, a cinema, a speakeasy, photo booths, and DJs galore to ring in the big event.

For beer lovers, it's one of the best ways to spend New Year's Eve in San Diego. 


New Years Eve in San Diego

NYE at Hard Rock Hotel

The Hard Rock brand is synonymous with America, encapsulating the larger-than-life exuberance we all love. So why not embrace extravagance at the Hard Rock Hotel, where your New Year's will be a journey to the world's most epic cities. 

Over three of the hotel's floors, you'll find parties themed around New York, LA, Beijing, Giza, and Mykonos. Each room will have city-specific drinks, food, and music, so you can travel the world and celebrate NYE in a single night!

Celebrations go on into the morning, so you'll have time to see them all. 


New Years Eve in San Diego

Parq Restaurant and Nightclub's Ball on Broadway

And finally, why not spend your New Year's Eve in San Diego at one of the city's swankiest haunts? Head to the Parq Restaurant and Nightclub on Broadway, and you'll find 35,000sq feet of clubbing goodness. 

Over five unique rooms, you'll enjoy music from myriad DJs doing what they do best - forcing your withered body to dance. You'll also find plenty of bars, should you need to refuel. Sounds like an NYE celebration to us!


And that's everything you need to know about New Year's Eve in San Diego! Sticking around in the city after the festivities have died down? Make the most of your hangover-free body and go exploring! There's so much to do and see in San Diego, and with Go City, you'll have access to all the best experiences. Check out our All-Inclusive Pass and Explorer Pass and see which one suits you.