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From Mad Hatter to neon Tokyo: Kid-friendly, adult New Year's Eve parties in San Diego

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Posted at 3:43 PM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 18:07:32-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diegans will ring in 2020 in several ways this New Year's Eve.

From partying with the Mad Hatter in Wonderland to multiple stages of music in a neon-lit Tokyo, New Year's Eve parties are available for all ages around San Diego.

Families can enjoy the holiday with their kids at Legoland, the Living Coast Discovery Center, or The New Children's Museum. Temecula also has its own take on NYE, dropping a grape when the clock hits midnight.

The 21-and-up crowd is sure to dance the night away at the Hard Rock Hotel and Hilton Bayfront, where two massive, multi-room parties will run through the night. Stone Brewing in Escondido also welcomes 2020 with its own craft beer celebration.

Several parties will also transport guests back in time to elegant, 1920s-style shindigs with live music and dancing until midnight.

Family-friendly NYE parties

Kids' New Year's Eve at Legoland
Where: Legoland California; Cost: $70 - $101
"Midnight" will come a bit early for guests at Legoland, where the park will host its very own Times Square ball drop with a giant Lego brick falling 22 feet. Visitors will enjoy a special fireworks display and party hats during this brick-tastic end to the year.

Soaring 20s New Year's Eve Party
Where: Living Coast Discovery Center; Cost: $40 - $45
Families will ring in 2020 with an evening filled with interactive games, trivia, crafts, and plenty of snacks to enjoy leading up to midnight. The center will also host special animal encounters and night hikes to kick off the new year with a dose animal fun.

Pajama Jam NYE party
Where: The New Children's Museum; Cost: $25 - $35
(Event is on Dec. 28) Head into 2020 in your pajamas at The New Children's Museum, where families will party with a catered dinner, NYE-themed art activities for the whole family, a dance party, photo booth opportunities, and balloon drop at the family-friendly time of 8 p.m.

The Grape Drop
Where: Temecula Civic Center; Cost: Free; Some festivities may be priced
Temecula has a different way of ringing in the new year. In honor of the region's vineyard heritage, Temecula will celebrate 2020 with a grape drop. The grape will drop twice for the east coast and west coast NYE countdown, and families can enjoy live music, food vendors, kid's activities, and a free fun zone leading up to midnight.

New Year's Eve Mad Hatter's Ball
Where: Westin Carlsbad; Cost: Free - $150
The Westin in Carlsbad is taking the family to Wonderland with Alice and the Mad Hatter on New Year's Eve. The Mad Hatter Ball features costume contests, buffet-style dinner selections, desserts and drinks for adults and kids, live entertainment, kid's activities, and a night filled with dancing. A kids party zone also packs arcade and video games and more activities for children to enjoy before east coast and west coast countdowns.

Rockin’ New Year’s Eve at Corvette Diner
Where: Corvette Diner; Cost: Some festivities may be priced
Liberty Station's retro Corvette Diner is heralding in 2020 the 1950s way, with a diner DJ spinning tunes, balloon artists, delicious old fashioned milkshakes, and fun in the diner's garage arcade, leading up to a Big Apple celebration and toast.

New Year's Eve Gala at the Del
Where: Hotel Del Coronado; Cost: $125 - $425
The Hotel Del Coronado is celebrating NYE with a black and white "Bal Masque," where the hotel's ballroom will be transformed into an elegant gala. The part features a five-course dinner, open bar, and night of dancing to music by The Mighty Untouchables. A kids/teens party is also being hosted, featuring a night of dinner, ice skating, special shows, games, s'mores, and a midnight cider toast.

21-and-over NYE parties

Big Night San Diego
Where: Hilton Bayfront Hotel; Cost: $90 – $2,500
The Hilton Bayfront will host a massive NYE romp with 10 party areas, eight different dance floors, live bands and DJs all night, a delicious buffet and drinks, and big midnight celebration. The multi-level party allows partiers to jump between different party rooms, like the retro zone or several club zones.

NYE 2020
Where: Hard Rock Hotel San Diego; Cost: $70 - $499
NYE 2020 brings the neon-lit streets of Tokyo to San Diego, with a themed Tokyo Nights party with seven different rooms on three levels of the Hard Rock Hotel. Guests will party to the sounds of 15 DJs and enjoy 25 bars stationed throughout the venue to celebrate the start of 2020.

Spectacular Black & Gold New Year's Eve Party
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego; Cost: $60 - $500
The Maritime Museum invites guests aboard the deck of the historic steam ferryboat Berkeley, overlooking San Diego Bay. The lounge of the vessel will be opened for a party through the ages, as guests enjoy music and dancing spanning the 70s to 90s, appetizers, dessert, and a midnight toast.

New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise
Where: Flagship Cruises & Events; Cost: $199
Hit San Diego Bay for a NYE dinner cruise, complete with a gourmet dinner, live music and dancing, picturesque views of the San Diego skyline, and a midnight toast on the water with Flagship Cruises.

Stone Craft Beer New Year
Where: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Escondido; Cost: $79 - $99
Stone Brewery in Escondido is kicking off 2020 with an 80s-themed night of music and dancing. Guests can don their raddest shoulder pads and enjoy retro 80s arcade games, delicious bites, a live art wall, live music, party favors, and delicious craft beers and wines throughout the night.

NYE Bash: The Roaring 2020s
Where: Lafayette Hotel; Cost: $45 - $80
North Park's Lafayette Hotel will become a glitzy and glamorous venue for a roaring Prohibition-era speakeasy for a night pulled straight out of the Great Gatsby. Guests will travel back in time to welcome in the new year with cigarette girls, champagne dancers, brass bands, and a midnight toast.

The Grand New Year's Eve Party
Where: Fairmont Grand Del Mar; Cost: $239 - $539
Guests at the ritzy Fairmont Grand Del Mar will dance the night away to live music by Francoise & The Groove Squad, three- to eight-course menu options, and a champagne toast at midnight as 2020 begins.

NYE 2020 with Comedy Central star Pablo Francisco
Where: The American Comedy Company; Cost: $25
Ring in 2020 with a night full of laughs with comedian Pablo Francisco at the American Comedy Company. Tickets for East Coast or West Coast NYE countdowns are available, giving guests the chance to ring in 2020 however they'd like, plus enjoy party favors and a champagne toast.