December 28, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for a festive party or a special restaurant to celebrate New Year’s Eve? Below is our guide to New Year’s Eve attractions in East County and San Diego’s eastern regions on December 31st, including live music and dancing, fireworks, special menus, casino promotions, and activities for children, families and seniors.
Viejas Casino – Enjoy live entertainment and dancing at the Viejas Casino, 5000 Willow Road in Alpine, from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Choose from DJ Chuck Fresh & Dancers on the casino’s upper level “Hourglass Party”, Rising Star & DJ 2Rille in the Dreamcatcher Lounge, or Makai & D J Kiss in the V Lounge. The casino will offer hourly drawings from 6 to 9 p.m., among other special promotion and giveaways totaling $100,000. Viejas is also offering an extended bus schedule for New Year’s. In addition to casino festivities, the Viejas Outlet Mall across the street will feature shopping specials, Viejas Bowl will be open until 11 p.m. for bowling, and the Viejas Ice Rink will offer skating until 10 p.m. For more information, see www.viejas.com.
Sacred Rocks Preserve – Enjoy New Year’s Eve in a scenic mountain retreat at Sacred Rocks Preserve, 1331 Shasta Way in Boulevard. Evening activities include dancing and games, a cozy fireplace, potluck appetizers and a midnight toast. Buy one night’s stay at the preserve and get a second night free with coupon on this page. For additional information and reservations, visit http://www.sacredrocksreserve.com/.
Sycuan Casino – Sycuan Casino, 5439 Casino Way in El Cajon, will be giving away over $10,000 in cash darwings including a $5,000 cash drawing at 9 p.m. when the ball drops in New York’s Time Square. Additional cash drawings will be held hourly from 6 p.m. to midnight—with free entries for Club Sycuan members. Additional table game giveaways will also be held. Drink specials include $1 champagne. Party includes live music plus hats, horns and streamers for all players. The casino is also offer a $19.95 dinner special feature New York steak and lobster. Details at www.sycuancasino.com.
First Night Escondido – Escondido boasts the biggest New Year’s Eve party celebration for families in North County from 6 p.m. to midnight. Festivities take place in Grape Day Park, Escondido City Hall, and the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Fireworks shows will take place at 9 p.m. and again at midnight. This event also features 12 stages with music ranging from jazz to Polynesian to classical, dance, artists’ demonstrations, hands-on art activities, plus restaurant and food vendors. There are also special attractions for children including free face painting and caricature artists in Lyric Court, puppet-making and crafts, and much more. Details at http://www.firstnightescondido.com/
Barona Resort & Casino -- Located at 1932 Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside, Barona Resort & Casino is hosting a party featuring a ‘70s costume contest, dancers, cash prizes, and a special edition of Barona Rapid Fire, in which $1,000 cash will be given away throughout the evening every 15 minutes until midnight. Get details, listen to music and feel the disco beat at www.barona.com.
City of La Mesa -- La Mesa invites you to a New Year’s Eve Party at the Adult Enrichment Center, 8450 La Mesa Blvd. from 8 p.m. to midnight. Cost is $22 and includes refreshments, party favors and noise makers, and live dance music. For more information, call (619)464-0505 or visit http://www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=1848.
Andiamo! Riestorante Italiano -- Located at 5950 Santo Road, San Diego, Andiamo! will feature a special New Year’s eve menu and live music starting at 8 p.m. with champagne and antipasto appetizers, followed by sit-down dinner at 9 p.m. with music by High Society. A $69 per person charge includes four-course meal, party favors and champagne toast. Start your dinner with lobster bisque or a pomegranate, candied walnuts and Gorgonzola salad, followed by a choice of steak, chicken or mushroom ravioli, then round off your dinner with a chocolate bomb or fresh wild berries Tiramisu. Seating is limited. For reservations, call (858)277-3501. Visit www.andiamo-ristorante for more info.
Harrah’s Rincon -- The casino, located at 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way in Valley Center, has a week-long celebration in which they are giving away $250,000. On New Year’s Eve, guests can enjoy music by the Superfreaks in the Oasis Lounge, Federal Funk at the Promotions Center Stage and Diva Soul at the Poolside Restaurant. Festivities also include showgirls, floor entertainers and a balloon drop at midnight. www.harrahsrincom.com.