Another big Californian city with a surprisingly sizeable population and a very much latin influence that reaches further than just the name, San Jose holds a selection of new year parties with a distinctive feel all of their own. With warm weather typical at this time of year then many of the locals take their parties out of doors, with street parties, barbecues and yard parties all popular, with midnight fireworks flashing across the sky throughout the city.
California is close to the top of our bucket list now and we're hoping to get there as soon as possible, and when we do so the San Jose will certainly be on the must-see list, and if we could possibly combine it with a new year party then so much the better!
San Jose on new year's eve is all about the parties in the local hotels and restaurants. There isn't a large municipal fireworks display that we're aware of (we're happy to be corrected if you know differently - please contact us using the form at the bottom of this page) but many smaller displays will be held by the venues with their own big parties, most notably the larger hotels.
One big new years party will be held at the Santana Row Hotel, where they are hosting the New Year's Eve Gala, featuring live band, DJ, champagne and a 5 course dinner!
There is also a plethora of parties to choose form at the city's many clubs, bars and restaurants - top choices this year include the Playhouse Nightclub, Myth Taverna & Lounge, Fahrenheit Restaurant & Lounge and Axis Nightclub in nearby Santa Clara.
For those who like some live music to see in the new year, Sacramento rock bank CAKE will be in San Jose this year, playing live at the City National Civic - ticket sales here.
For new year dining options then there is a vast range to select from, with top venues such as Paolo's Restaurant, Nemea Greek Taverna and Le Papillon. Vegans are adequately catered for by the Good Karma Vegan Cafe and The Happy Bamboo. Find the full range of San Jose eateries here.
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San Jose's accommodation is centred around the main business district, although there are smaller family-run establishments across the city area. To find yourself somewhere to stay no matter what your preferences or budget, visit the full selection local hotels here.
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