Best New Year’s Eve 2015 Parties In Sacramento

December 24, 2015 7:06 AM

New Year's Eve party (Credit: Thinkstock)

New Year’s Eve party (Credit: Thinkstock)

New Year’s Eve means something different for everyone. For some, it is an “all-out, pedal to the metal” party night they may not remember. For others, December 31st doesn’t mean much. But many people seem to be in between: they enjoy great entertainment and great company to help ring in the New Year. This list has a little of everything; some events are structured, and some have more of a “wing-it,” anything-can-happen feel to them. No matter where you go or what you do this year, be cautious of your surroundings and always arrange alternate transportation, just in case.
Hornblower New Year’s Eve Gala
Old Sacramento L Street Dock
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 446-1185

Price: $30.75 per person

Hornblower cruises have been in Sacramento for a few years now. This New Year’s Eve, they will offer two different one-hour cruises, one starting at 8:30 and one at 11:30. Enjoy listening to music or just hanging out with friends. Both cruises will feature the Old Sacramento fireworks shows, the traditional midnight display, and the earlier 9 o’clock show. Hang out and find a seat inside, or step out under the stars and soak it all in. There will be a free champagne toast at midnight, and California Fat’s will be on board with cocktails, beer and wine available at a cash only bar for the event. Buy tickets in advance and arrive early to allow time for boarding.

New Year’s Eve Express
400 N. Harbor Blvd.
West Sacramento, CA 95605
(800) 866-1690

Price: $100 per person

If you want to ring in the new year in style, this is your chance. Take a ride on the Sacramento River Train starting in West Sacramento. Chug along the 28 mile trip along Garden Highway while enjoying the crisp December air. This trip features a three-course dinner with your choice of four different entrees. Seating is assigned, so there are no worries about figuring out where to sit. When booking, you have the chance to add on a bottle of house or premium wine for a few extra dollars. After dinner, you can visit with friends, roam free through the train cars or test your dancing skills on a moving train in the patio car complete with a DJ.

Masquerade Ball
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-1234

Price: Party Only: $75/$125 Party and Hotel: $349/$649

This party is a Sacramento staple every New Year’s Eve. Two different areas of music will be available: in the lounge, Quinn Hedges will be playing from 4-8 pm and Ryan Hernandez from 8 pm- 2 am, and the Regency Ballroom will feature DJ RATED R and APPLE Z. A complimentary champagne toast at midnight, party favors (including masks) and a complimentary photo booth are included! The deluxe package ($649 per couple) includes 2 VIP party tickets, two complimentary drinks per person, parking, a five-course dinner at Dawson’s, breakfast the next day and of course, complimentary champagne and party favors. This party never disappoints, and this year is no exception.

Related: Best Cocktail Bars In Sacramento

Harlow’s Restaurant And Night Club
2708 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 441-4693

Price: $25 – $30

For over 30 years, Harlow’s has been one of Sacramento’s favorite places for a night out. With dinner shows, live music, and a great dance floor, this venue has a lot to offer the music lover. Every New Year’s Eve, it puts together an amazing party. This year, its “New Year’s Dance Party” features the band Lovefool, a San Francisco-based ’90s cover band. The fun doesn’t stop there; Lovefool’s sets often contain hits from the last two decades as well. Tickets for this show are sure to sell out at only $25. Hungry? Harlow’s has a great menu with something for everyone.

Related: Best Places To Rent A Tux In Sacramento

As a hospitality professional, Andy Soto has worked every facet of the industry. He currently leads the team at Spectrum Restaurant Consulting. He started writing a hospitality blog in 2009 and restaurant writing for Sacramento Press in 2010. In 2011, Andy became a Sacramento Restaurant Examiner for His work can be found on

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