It’s never too early to start thinking about plans for the New Year. The way you spend New Year’s Eve is important because it sets the tone for how you bring in the New Year! If you are looking for a family friendly experience, consider attending First Night Monterey, taking place at Historic Downtown Monterey. The event will take place on December 31st from 3pm to midnight so get your reservation at one of the affordable hotels in Monterey CA in early.
First Night Monterey is a non-profit organization that aims to bring together the community through visual and performing arts. Throughout the year, they put on a variety of events that are built to foster the community's sense of connectedness and appreciation for the performing arts. The biggest event of the year however, is the annual New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Monterey. This alcohol-free celebration is an excellent place for friends and family to gather for a safe and enjoyable way to ring in the new year.
This year, the theme of the New Year’s Eve event is Phases of the Moon. Throughout the event, enjoy a number of fun activities such as dancing, getting henna tattoos, viewing a puppet art theater, being amazed at a magic show or catch a folk music show. Opening ceremony begins at 3pm at the Colton Lawn Stage on Pacific Street. Fun activities continue until 5:30pm, which is when the Twilight Procession begins. Throughout the event there will be dance performances to be enjoyed as well. Performances range in genre from hip hop to classical, reggae to jazz and more. The Grand Finale begins at 11:15pm. If you are interested in attending the First Night Monterey New Year’s Eve Celebration, tickets can be purchased now. Be sure to bring down friends and family!