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When you search for things to do in San Jose on December 31, you'll very likely become spoiled with plenty of choices. The city has all kinds of New Year's Eve entertainment to meet everyone's needs, from families with kids to clubbers and VIP guests. The program features parties at the downtown clubs, luxury celebrations at ritzy hotels, family-friendly events, and select menus across local restaurants for this big day.
If you've booked a night in San Jose, you might not need to leave your hotel to attend some of the city's most lavish parties. Hotel Valencia Santana Row annually hosts a prime NYE celebration. The festivities include live DJs, an exclusive dinner experience at 6 pm and 9 pm, and midnight snacks.
As for the clubs, the favorite place to dance into the New Year has lately been M Lounge. Here, you'll celebrate in style with NYE dinner, Bollywood Party, two large balloon drops, and a midnight countdown with a champagne toast. The dinner buffet operates from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, whereas the hottest Bollywood tracks rock the dance floor from 10 pm through 1:30 am.
For a family celebration, the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose has a unique annual celebration called Noon Year's Eve. Now you don't have to stay up late—alternatively, you can enjoy a countdown to noon with your kids. An array of family-friendly activities run through 4 pm.
The program of events alters annually, so remember to double-check for the current possibilities when planning a getaway in San Jose for New Year's Eve.