Plan a New Year’s Eve getaway around one of Southern California’s most exciting countdowns. With celebrations and fun activities in Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Wine Country and Pechanga Resort Casino, there are many reasons to book a week in Temecula Valley that are bound to start the new year off right.
Old Town Temecula
Temecula Valley’s custom-crafted, illuminated cluster of grapes will descend 65-feet from the third-story balcony of its Civic Center clock tower on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31. Temecula Valley’s signature free celebration invites New Year’s Eve revelers to dance to live music, step into the fun zone, enjoy activities and welcome the New Year with two countdowns: East Coast at 9 p.m. and West Coast at midnight, both led by city officials. Fun zone activities include hat making, face painting, carnival games and a giant slide. Live entertainment includes Jillian Calkins, Jill & Leo Trio, Christ Fast Blues Blast and Mrs. Jones’ Revenge. Outdoor ice skating and food are available for a fee.
Dining options are available on every block in this walking foodie district. Specialty stores feature unique items as well as products made in Temecula Valley such as Temecula Olive Oil Company, Temecula Lavender Company, and Old Town Spice and Tea Merchants. There is also plenty of vintage shopping at antique shops like Granny’s Attic. In the evening, visitors can enjoy a drink at a local brewery or wine tasting room then catch a live performance at The Merc or Old Town Temecula Community Theater.
Temecula Valley Wine Country
Visitors can enjoy wine tasting, live music, horseback riding and outdoor ice skating at Peltzer Family Farm and at IceFest at Galway Downs in Temecula Valley Wine Country. Several wineries will have New Year’s Eve celebrations.
For a Gatsby Night – Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Party, Fazeli Cellars will greet guests with a glass of Champagne, followed by a three-course dinner accompanied with live music, a casino, DJ, dancing and a Champagne toast at midnight.
South Coast Winery Resort and Spa’s New Year’s Eve Ballroom Bash will feature celebratory cocktails, late night taco bar bites and ringing in 2020 at midnight with a Champagne toast. The Sensations Band will provide live entertainment throughout the evening with their eclectic mix of classic rock, dance, jazz, pop, rhythm and blues and oldies. The Vineyard Rose at South Coast Winery Resort and Spa will welcome New Year’s Eve with a four-course dinner and live music.
Wiens Family Cellars will start the night with a complimentary glass of wine followed by live music for dancing with The Killer Dueling Piano Show. There will be snack and dessert stations and as midnight approaches, each guest will receive a complimentary Champagne toast for the big countdown.
Wilson Creek Winery’s “Let’s Get Our Sparkle On!” will be a four-course wine paired dinner and live entertainment by JD Priest. Guests will enjoy music, dancing, drinks and a dessert bar as they wait for the countdown. There will be a hosted bar throughout the evening.
Pechanga Resort Casino
From live country band jams at Kelsey’s to a high-energy club atmosphere with a Grammy award-winning DJ in the Grand Ballroom and everything in-between, Pechanga Resort Casino will celebrate New Year’s Eve in an upscale, exclusive fashion with five parties. Visitors can choose from Live Country at Kelsey’s, Live Jazz at Kelsey’s Loft, Deejaycyfer at the Ballroom, Dueling Pianos Rockin’ Eve at the Lobby Bar and NYE at Eagle’s Nest.
Visit Temecula Valley invites party goers to stay the rest of the week to experience Temecula Valley’s scenic views, specialty foods and small-town charm. There is a range of places to stay from wine country inns to comfortable hotels to expansive resorts. Check out their midweek rates.
Laid back, picturesque Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country welcomes nearly 3 million visitors each year. It is a year-round vacation destination, located 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County and Palm Springs; 90 minutes from Los Angeles.
Temecula Valley Wine Country is widely recognized for its scenic vineyards, award-winning wines and experiential wineries. The popular boutique destination includes the Temecula Valley American Viticulture Area as well as historic Old Town Temecula and Pechanga Resort Casino. It also was named as a 2019 Wine Enthusiast 10 Best Wine Travel Destination.
Visit Temecula Valley is the region’s official tourism marketing organization and resource for visitors. The Visitors Center is located in Old Town Temecula. For visitor information and assistance, call (888) 363-2852 or visit www.VisitTemeculaValley.com.