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There’s so much to experience in Santa Monica during the holiday season – from ice skating just blocks from the beach to enjoying some of the best holiday feasts. Moreover, while much of the country may be bundling up, there’s no need for snow gear here – just grab a scarf and experience many holiday offerings without the winter wardrobe.

As 2018 comes to an end, there is no better place to ring in 2019 than in our bustling beachside city.  Many local businesses will host New year’s Eve parties and events or special menus for holiday dining. In need of last-minute plans? Read on for Santa Monica Travel & Tourism’s round up of New Year’s Eve events. The creativity on display by our local businesses will surely help you celebrate in style.  

New Year’s Eve by the Sea at Hotel Casa Del Mar
December 31 at 8:30 p.m.
Dance into 2019 by the sea and celebrate New Year’s Eve at the luxurious Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica. Ring in the New Year with SIR DUKE, featuring Vince Walker and Greylyn from NBC’s the Voice and move to the grooves of DJ Harmony.

New Year’s Eve at 41 Ocean
December 31 at 9 p.m.
Join 41 Ocean this New Year’s Eve to ring in 2019 in style. Enjoy complimentary appetizers from 9-11 p.m. along with a champagne toast at midnight. Come watch the ball drop on multiple TV’s while dancing along to music by Mark Chill. For table reservations, contact Cost:  $150.

New Year’s Eve at the Craftsman Bar and Kitchen
December 31 at 9 p.m.
Start the New Year off right with live music & dancing and drink specials. The event will also include a champagne toast and party favors. Discounted pre-sale tickets are available online, or purchase tickets at the door.

New Year’s Eve at The Room Santa Monica
December 31 at 9 p.m.
Countdown to New Year’s with a live DJ spinning old school classics, top 40 chart hits, hip-hop, R&B, 80/90’s, and pop music all New Year’s Eve. Party favors are also included!

Magicopolis’s “Escape Reality” New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31 at 9 p.m.
Enjoy a magical New Year’s Eve! Witness Magicopolis’s longest-running, most critically-acclaimed magic show ever: ESCAPE REALITY. The party includes a midnight champagne or sparkling cider toast, pizza, a souvenir bag of tricks, hats, noisemakers and more surprises. Cost: $65 per person.

Westside Winter Wonderland New Year’s Eve Ball
December 31 at 9 p.m.
Ring in the New Year at the biggest New Year’s Eve party on the Westside at 1212 Restaurant, Santa Monica’s only multi-level night club and restaurant! The Westside Winter Wonderland New Year’s Eve Ball will ring in 2019 in style with music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, party favors, countdown, champagne toast, photo booth and more. Cocktail attire is encouraged. VIP ticket includes front of line access and VIP Bar on 2nd level. VIP Bottle/Table service available and dinner reservations are available by calling 310-576-9996. Tickets start at $40 in advance, and they are on sale now at Cost: $40+

For a full list of seasonal events, discounts and offerings by Santa Monica’s hospitality industry, please visit


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