It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2021 and welcome in the new year! Marking the start of the new year on our calendars has been done for millennia and is part of a tradition of reflection, growth, and resolution. Across the planet, and spread over the course of 24 hours and multiple different time zones – the celebration of a new year is both a cultural experience and an homage to heritage. It goes by many names, too. Whether you know it by New Year’s Eve, St. Sylvester’s Day, or even Old Year’s Day – New Year’s is a time for celebration, an eve of new beginning, and a day of hope.
New Year’s Eve celebrations can show up as fireworks, festivals, or parties. For some, the evening is spent wrapped in a warm blanket watching the ball drop. For others, New Year’s calls for dressing up, singing, dancing, and champagne flutes. The holiday knows no nationality gives us a reason to shed the weight of the past year and embrace the possibility of the future. With 365 days behind us and no idea what lies ahead, New Year’s is marked by good spirits, hopeful hearts, and optimism.
If you want to start your New Year with a bang, here are some of the places in Carlsbad that will make sure this year is one to remember.
Glitz and glamor go hand in hand with events at the Park Hyatt Aviara. This year, the resort is hosting a Winter Wonderland event for New Year’s Eve. The event comes complete with a decadent dance floor, drink tickets, and a complimentary champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight.
Music will be performed by the Jemille Vialete Trio and there will be late night menu options to keep you full no matter what time hunger hits. Winter Wonderland decorations will flow throughout the indoor area and outdoor seating, letting guests dance night away under the stars.
When there is a party in Carlsbad, there’s a good chance that it started at the Coyote Bar & Grill. Carlsbad Village’s favorite entertainment spot will be welcoming New Year in style with their Buh Bye 2021 party. Live music will start at 6 p.m. with Radio 80’s. DJ Gary B & DJ Treflip will take the stage at 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
The cover starts at 9 p.m. and tickets include a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. VIP access will also be available for reservations.
Every celebration needs a good meal. At Chandlers, good food is what’s in store for New Year’s Eve.
New Year’s Eve on the Coast will start at 4 p.m. on the 31st and end at 10 p.m. The restaurant will feature a pre fixe menu with four courses. Guests will start with oysters or a cheese platter and move on to lobster spring rolls, crab cakes, a rack of lamb, filet, and shrimp. Early birds will get seated between 4 and 7:30 p.m. for $105 per person and the last seating will take place at 8 p.m. with a slightly higher price of $115 per person including a champagne toast at 9 p.m. to celebrate the ball drop on the east coast.
Celebrating New Year’s is just as much of a party for kids as it is for adults. Even though midnight might be past bedtime, there are still ways to let little ones join in on the fun.
At LEGOLAND, midnight comes early for families with live music, a countdown, and fireworks. Guests can enjoy rides throughout the park during the day and then hunker down with 3D glasses to view the fireworks that illuminate the sky before bedtime hits. Parents can welcome 2022 with the kids and then toast to each other hours later when the clock strikes 12. Buy your tickets for Kids New Year’s Eve 2021 here, and plan a party that the whole family will enjoy.
New Year’s Eve isn’t all about the last night of the year. For some, kicking off with health and activity is the way to start the year right. With Ruck in the New Year! participants can welcome 2022 with a 20.22 mile ruck, starting bright and early at 6:15 a.m. at the Carlsbad Village Transit Center.
If you want to move your way through the first day of the year, you can pack a ruck, comfortable shoes, snacks, and water and hit the road for a leisurely all day trek down the 101. Gear up to hit the road, or meet the ruckers along the coast as they make their way down to Encinitas and back. The journey will step off at 6:30 a.m. and will last until the end of the day.
If walking isn’t your style – biking can be a quicker way to launch off on New Year’s day. This year, Rouleur Brewing is hosting a holiday bike ride that will feature bikes, beer, and food. There are two routes on the ride, and participants can choose whether they want to pedal through gravel or on the pavement.
Both routes will depart from Rouleur at 9 a.m. and return around noon. When riders return, they can enjoy a beer and food in the tasting room.
2021 has been a year to remember, and there’s no better time to plan how to celebrate it than now. Mark your calendar to jump start the fun at any one of these Carlsbad locations on New Year’s Eve.
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