2012 New Year’s Eve Parties in San Diego

New Year’s Eve is a magical evening with excitement in the air and endless romantic opportunities. As we soak in the holiday season and count down to New Year’s Eve, there are many questions to answer: where to go, what to wear, and who to kiss when the clock strikes midnight.

When it comes to New Year’s Eve parties, the bigger the better. We seek A-List entertainment, multiple rooms with various stages, playful party favors, fireworks, balloon drops and flowing champagne. When styling our New Year’s Eve ensembles, the more sequins the better. This is one night when we can dress up in our black tie finest and impress the city with sparkly mini dresses, sharp bow ties, faux-fur coats and shiny top hats, if you dare. And then comes the final concern: who will we select for that special midnight smooch? That, my friend, is your call. But just a little advice; if the answer doesn’t automatically come to mind, you’re probably better off going solo and seeking a new partner on the dance floor.

From the beach to the bay and the downtown city streets, the best 2012 New Year’s Eve parties in San Diego are going down at the Hard Rock Hotel, FLUXX, Hilton Bayfront and Catamaran Resort. Then, keep the celebration going with after-hours New Year’s Day parties at Side Bar and Voyeur. These New Year’s Eve bashes are hooking you up with all-inclusive hosted bars, your favorite local DJs and a top secret lineup of celebrity hosts to be announced later this month.

New Year’s Eve 2012 at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

San Diego’s biggest annual rock star-worthy bash is hosted at the Hard Rock Hotel. Every New Year’s Eve the Hard Rock opens the entire hotel up to showcase multiple parties under one roof. This year, New Year’s Eve 2012 will feature five venues, three floors, 11 DJs and over 5,000 party people. While the headlining acts are still hush hush, we do have a preview of the entertainment lineup, including a Starry Eyed Music Take Over in Edge Ballroom with Jon Dadon, Erik Till, Collin Perry and Freshmaker. Outside, DJs Tony Arzidon and Chris Garcia will spin dance beats at Woodstock and Float, and downstairs in Club 207 DJs Kurch and Craig Smoove will take on DJs Decon and Diggs, with a special guest countdown TBA. New Year’s Eve 2012 tickets start at $60, and hotel room packages are available. For VIP reservations, call 866.492.6590.

2012 New Year’s Eve Party at FLUXX

San Diego’s award winning super-club is known to throw NYE-worthy bashes every single weekend, so you can expect something huge when the actual holiday rolls around. FLUXX’s 2012 New Year’s Eve party will showcase beats by local favorite DJ Sid Vicious, also featuring Rico DeLargo live on the trumpet. Will they announce a surprise live celebrity performance to ring in the New Year? We’ll just have to wait and see. Tickets start at $40. For VIP reservations, call 877.722.1051.

2012 New Year’s Eve Beach Party at Catamaran Resort

VAVi Sport & Social Club is bringing back its all-inclusive beach-side bash. VAVi’s 2012 New Year’s Eve Beach Party is taking over the Catamaran Resort in Mission Beach, featuring entertainment by Sleeping Giant Music, all-inclusive hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres, and VIP upgrades. The Catamaran will open up to host four rooms of local music, including DJs Fresh Once, Cutz, Who & Paulo da Rosa, Artistic, Jon Sautter and Niques, as well as a live ‘80s band TBA. More perks include two VIP Party Boat Cruises, fireworks over Mission Bay, hotel room packages, group rate discounts, and free shuttle buses for ticketed guests. 2012 New Year’s Eve Beach Party all-inclusive tickets start at $99.

Big Night New Year’s Eve Gala 2012 at Hilton Bayfront
Big Night San Diego’s New Year’s Eve Gala is back again this year, transforming the Hilton Bayfront waterfront hotel into a festival holiday party destination. This spacious hotel will open up to host 12 themed party areas with six dance floors, DJs and live bands, balloon drops, party favors, all-inclusive hosted bars and food stations and more. Within Big Night will be the Mardi Gras Ballroom & Stage, Vegas Casino Lounge, 91X Stage & Ballroom, Retro Ballroom, Electronica Ballroom, Hip Hop Club Room and VIP Lounges, featuring live entertainment by Little Hurricane, Heavygrinder, Geezer, DJ Happee, Mike Czech, Mex and Edgartronic. Big Night New Year’s Eve Gala all-inclusive tickets start at $109.99.