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If you’re planning on celebrating New Year’s in Santa Barbara, get ready for a great night! Our city offers a wide variety of interesting events in celebration of the turn of the calendar. You can celebrate comfortably with the family, or drop off the kids for their own fun-filled New Year’s Eve experience before heading out for an exciting night on the town.

To provide some ideas and inspiration, here are a few of our favorite New Year’s events in Santa Barbara.

Date Night at the Santa Barbara Zoo

If you were a young child, wouldn’t the thought of spending New Year’s Eve at the zoo sound super-cool? Well, this year in Santa Barbara, your kids have the chance to enjoy it. Drop them off at the Santa Barbara Zoo around 5:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and head off for your own adult celebration. While they’re at the zoo, the kids will get to visit with the animals, participate in fun crafts projects, watch movies, and more. Parents can pick their children up at the end of the night, or let them sleep over at the zoo and grab them in the morning!

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New Year’s Eve at Wildcat Lounge

Wildcat Lounge is one of the most fun and energetic clubs in all of Santa Barbara. This year the club’s New Year’s Eve Party will feature a complimentary midnight champagne toast and three balloon drops. Great music will pump through the space all night long, carrying Wildcat’s reputation as the best place dance in all of Santa Barbara. Purchase tickets and a VIP package online to ensure you enjoy an unforgettable New Year’s Eve in Santa Barbara.

Learn more about New Year’s Eve at Wildcat Lounge

Santa Barbara Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Pops Concert

The Santa Barbara Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Pops Concert is the city’s favorite end-of-the-year tradition. With more than two decades of history, the show provides relaxing entertainment appropriate for the whole family. This year the concert will feature special guest conductor Robert Bernhardt, who will lead renditions of music from Fiddler on the Roof, Rhapsody in Blue, and more!

Find out more about the Santa Barbara Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Pops Concert