Old Mission Santa Barbara
The Mission’s Renewal Center hosts a weekend-long retreat. Fri., Dec. 29, 5:30pm through Mon., Jan 1, 11am. Old Mission Renewal Center, 2201 Laguna St. Call 682-4713.
Unity Church of Santa Barbara
For those less inclined to booze and cruise in the New Year, Unity Church of Santa Barbara offers two services for the spiritually minded. Two morning worship services will address the topic “Mapping the New Year,” and the sanctuary will be host to an evening burning bowl ceremony. Traditional worship service, 9am; contemporary service, 11am; burning bowl ceremony, 7pm. 227 E. Arrellaga St. Call 966-2239.
Out and About
The Santa Barbara Symphony presents its annual New Year’s Eve Pops Concert. The evening’s theme, Wild West New Year’s Eve, brings back conductor Richard Kaufman and includes a special birthday salute to The Duke, John Wayne. Tom Demer, fiddle virtuoso, will be joining the orchestra for several “barn-burning” numbers, as well. 8:30-10:30pm. 1317 State St. $30-$60. Call 963-4408.
Chumash Casino Resort
Ring in the New Year at the Chumash’s Samala Showroom and dance the night away with hits from the ’70s and ’80s. Fun-filled activities — sans alcohol — include live performances by the Spazmatics and Disco Inferno. 9pm-2am. Highway 246 in Santa Ynez. $20. Call (800) 585-3737 or visit chumashcasino.com.
The newest club in town is doing it up Roaring ’20s style for its first-ever New Year’s party. The Gatsby-themed evening will feature two deejays and a complimentary champagne toast. Don’t miss it. 214 State St. $30 pre-sale. Call 965-3585.
Earl Warren Showgrounds
Earl Warren hosts the largest New Year’s Ball to hit Santa Barbara. Spend your night with Mix Master Mike from the Beastie Boys, as well as world-renowned deejays. The event features a complimentary bar from 9-11pm as well as complimentary tapas service from 7:30-9:30pm. Exhibit Building, Earl Warren Showgrounds, 6030 Hollister Ave. $100. Visit groovetickets.com or email info@lushSB.com.
Rock in the New Year acoustically with Rey Villalobos and Eric Ahlgren of The Coral Sea, plus special guests. 9pm-2am. 117 W. De la Guerra St. $10. Call 963-4503.
Sandbar kicks off the New Year with an evening of glitter and glam. Complimentary appetizers will be served from 8-10pm, followed by a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, with party favors, noisemakers, deejays, and dancing the whole night through. 514 State St. Call 966-1388.
Chef Alfredo Chávez presents a five-course dinner with options like coconut shrimp appetizers, Islander Cabo salad, tri-tip steak, lobster tail, homemade cheesecake, and a complimentary bottle of champagne per table. And of course, once the meal is through, deejays will be spinning all night long. 416 State St. $25. Call 963-9680.
A midnight ballroom and champagne specials await you at the Wildcat’s New Year’s Eve 2006. DJs Pat and Calvin Riley will be spinning, and, by the night’s end, you’ll be, too. 15 W. Ortega St. Presale tickets $40. Call 962-7970 or visit wantickets.com/therapy.
2007 Woo Year’s Eve benefit party features appetizers, a three-course meal, cocktails, and champagne all to benefit community development projects in Latin America. After dinner, the dining room will become the dance floor. 20 E. Cota St. Cover, meal, and limited drinks $100. Call 899-4694.
For those in favor of French cuisine, bouchon offers two dinner seatings. The first, beginning at 6pm, features three courses of fresh, locally grown ingredients, and will conclude early enough for participants to head across the street for the S.B. Symphony’s Pops concert. The second, more formal dinner will dazzle diners with six courses. Food service concludes at 11:30pm, but the party rages on for those wanting to stay through the New Year. 9 W. Victoria St. Call 730-1160.
Elements Restaurant & Bar
If foie gras and truffle-stuffed free-range chicken breast, Kobe prime rib, or Thai-style lobster thermidor sound tasty, head to Elements to ring in the New Year. Regular seating begins at 5:30pm and runs through 9pm. 129 E. Anapamu St. $97. Call 884-9218.
What better place to set a New Year’s resolution than epiphany? Evening festivities include two seatings. The first meal — open for seating from 5:30-6:15pm and priced at $50 per person — includes three courses. The second “Limo Ride” meal begins at 9pm, runs through midnight, and includes five courses and a complimentary champagne toast, all for $85 per person. For the less committed, the bar is open with no cover charge. 21 W. Victoria St. Call 564-7100.
For a swanky evening out on the town, Hotel Andalucía presents two dinner seatings. The 6pm seating features three courses, and the 9pm meal has four. And for those just dropping in, there will be live music and dancing for all. 31 W. Carrillo St. $55-$75. Call 884-0300.
Opal Restaurant & Bar
Santa Barbara favorite Lady Blue & The Roadhouse Daddies — fronted by the remarkable Donna Greene — bring blues and jazz to Opal for a swinging evening of food and fun. Regular restaurant hours; music starts at 9pm. 1325 State St. Call 966-9676.
Ring in the New Year with Palace Grill’s annual Mardi Gras celebration. The evening features a five-course dinner with a complimentary bottle of champagne per couple; J.T. and the Zydeco Zippers will be performing. Make your reservation; the beads and masks await you. 6-9pm. 8 E. Cota St. Call 963-5000.
Sage & Onion
Sage & Onion showcases their fusion cuisine in two separate New Year’s Eve dinner seatings. The first, 6-6:30pm, is a three-course meal that includes a choice of porcini mushroom-seared beef tenderloin, roasted arctic char, or winter vegetable and white truffle stew. The second seating, 8:30-9pm, features seven courses, including a choice of roasted rack of venison, arctic char, or market vegetable special. 34 E. Ortega St. Call 963-1012.
With a four-course dinner and Brazilian dance band Sambada, you can’t go wrong at SOhO this New Year’s Eve. Price includes dinner, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight. 1221 State St. Dinner package $100. Call 962-7776.
Goleta’s former Pascucci restaurant has been transformed into Zaffiro, and to kick off the New Year, the Italian bistro will host a New Year’s Eve menu with reservation seating for parties of eight or more. For smaller groups, it’s first-come, first-served, so get there early. Dinner will be served from 5-10pm. 6920 Marketplace Dr., Goleta. Call 968-6201.