Ring in the New Year

LAST MINUTE It’s not too late to make New Year’s Eve celebration plans.

As the whirlwind year of 2016 finally comes to a close, we’ve been witness to an impressive series of monumental happenings in world history, sports, entertainment and of course politics. For those that have been too caught up to make plans to ring in the New Year, here’s a list of local events to raise a glass for “Auld Lang Syne.”
Elks Lodge
New Year’s Even dinner and dance with a buffet by Dave Bozzo, New york inspired appetizers and dessert, and Champagne toast at midnight. Entertainment by No Respect. Tickets $70 per person 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call (408) 842-9397.
Bella Viva Ristorante e Caffe
Celebrate NYE with a Champagne toast at midnight! No cover charge, just enjoy the live music of Doghouse Riley and ring in the New Year with a glass of bubbly. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. 7423 Monterey St.
Gilroy Gardens
For the first time ever, Gilroy Gardens is open for New Year’s Eve! Get your groove on! Purchase tickets to our exclusive dance party in the heated Events Plaza featuring a live band, cocktails, appetizers, desserts, and a champagne toast as the fireworks begin…plus complimentary admission to Lumination until midnight. Tickets $85. All members are invited to join the event for free. Visit gilroygardens.org
District Theater
Dance the night away at the District Theater’s NYE Countdown and let DJ Jimmy G & DJ Seize spin you into 2017. The theme for the evening will be Silver & Gold. Dress to impress and enjoy hosted champagne greeting, appetizers and fun party favors. The evening will conclude with a midnight champagne toast and a massive midnight balloon drop on Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. at 7430 Monterey Rd. Tickets range from $30 to $100. Go to thedistrictheater.com.
Casa de Fruta
Countdown to 2017 at the annual gala and New Year’s Eve Party at Casa de Fruta. Enjoy a catered dinner, with dancing, champagne and party favors to make an unforgettable start to the new year. With lodging just steps away from the activities, you can spend a leisurely New Year’s at Casa de Fruta without having to drive. Gala begins at 7 p.m. at 10021 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister. For more information, call (408) 842-9315 or visit, casadefruta.com
Leal Package
Enjoy a three-course plated dinner for two by Executive Chef Mark Johnson at Léal Vineyards and dance the night away to live music. Then stay overnight at the Hacienda de Léal. Continental breakfast included. Package for two $595 plus taxes. Call (831) 623-4380.
Wild West Show
Lion’s Club is bringing in the new year with live country music by the Wild West Show. Western attire is welcome but not required. Tickets are $20. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Western attire is welcome but not required. Bring your own snacks and booze. Pancake breakfast served at 1 a.m. San Martin Lions Hall, 12415 Murphy Ave.
Enjoy a three-course plated dinner by Executive Chef Mark Johnson, live music by Vintage Noise and Soul Kiss, a balloon drop and a midnight Champagne toast. 6 p.m.- Midnight. Tickets $195 at Eventbrite.

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