New Year’s Eve is not just an excuse to raise a glass and make new memories with loved ones; of course, it’s definitely that, but it’s also a night to celebrate all you’ve accomplished in the last year and toast to a new year full of possibilities. The best way to do that? With plenty of eating, drinking, and dancing, of course. And, when in Napa Valley, one can always expect the eating and drinking part will include some of the best food and wine available.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy an elegant meal at a world-class restaurant, sip bubbles with friends while listening to live music, or spend the entire night on the dance floor, there’s a New Year’s Eve event in Napa that’s guaranteed to help you ring in 2023 in just the way you want. Just don’t wait to get these parties on your calendar, as they will sell out.
875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, CA 94558, (707)370-6272
The Meritage is offering several events to kick off the New Year, including two dinners and a dance party with a balloon drop and midnight toast. Want to up the festivity level? You can also go ice skating on the annual holiday ice rink
Estate Cave at The Meritage Resort and Spa
December 31, 2022, 6 PM – 10 PM
Cost: $350 (includes admission to New Year’s Eve after-party)
Join Trinitas Cellars for a five-course candlelight dinner in the Meritage’s stunning wine cave. Dishes at this event include a Dungeness crab salad, celery root and leek soup, duck confit raviolo, American wagyu steak, and a black forest layer cake for dessert, all with expertly selected wine pairings, of course.
Meritage Ballroom at The Meritage Resort and Spa
December 31, 2022, 10 PM – 1:30 AM
Hit the dance floor at this jubilant event, where cover band Pop Fiction will be playing the greatest hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, ‘00s, and beyond. Then, raise a glass of bubbly at midnight for the balloon drop. There will also be a cash bar for all of your drinking needs.
Courtesy of Carneros Resort and Spa
4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559, (707)299-4900
This luxurious Napa Valley escape is offering two events to celebrate the New Year. Go all out with a five-course tasting menu followed by a swanky party, or skip the dinner and just head to the after-dinner celebration for a night to remember.
FARM at Carneros
December 31, 2022, 5:30 PM or 8:30 PM
Cost: $125 per person for the 5:30 PM seating; $175 per person for the 8:30 PM seating; Champagne flight available for $125 per person
Start the New Year with an indulgent five-course tasting menu from FARM chef John Carney. While you can’t go wrong with either seating, guests at the 8:30 PM seating will be treated to a glass of G.H. Mumm Champagne upon arrival, as well as live music and party favors. Guests can also add on the New Year’s Eve Celebration (below) for $150 per person (usually $295).
Carneros Courtyard at the Carneros Resort and Spa
December 31, 2022, 8 PM to 1 AM
Enjoy a glamorous evening at this event inside Carneros Resort and Spa, which promises to be one of the most stylish Napa Valley events on the calendar. The immense heated tent will be full of opulent decor, chef stations (including signature desserts), music from New York DJ Nicole Leone to keep you on the dance floor all night long (as well as surprise guests), and an open bar with Champagne, wine, and cocktails.
1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa, California 94558, (707)882-3780
Whether you want to enjoy a fantastic dinner at Silverado’s restaurant or just head straight to the party, this landmark hotel has events for both.
The Grill at Silverado
December 31, 2022, 5 PM and 7:30 PM
The Grill, Silverado’s classic American restaurant, will be serving a five-course dinner on New Year’s Eve, with a choice of entrees that include dry-aged ribeye and bordelaise; Chilean sea bass with manilla clams and lemon cream; ricotta tortellini with balsamic braised shallots, black truffle and beurre blanc; or pistachio-crusted rack of lamb with goat cheese potato gratin.
Silverado Resort Mansion
December 31, 2022, 9 PM to 1 AM
Start 2023 in Silverado’s iconic pillared 1870 mansion. The evening includes stationed hors d’oeuvres like oysters on the half shell and pork belly bao buns, an open bar with well drinks and house wine, desserts, including macarons, petit fours, and truffles, two DJs to keep the dance floor packed all night long, and a midnight balloon drop. Bottles of bubbles will also be available to purchase.
Courtesy of JaM Cellars
December 31, 2022, 9 PM to 1 AM
Ring in the New Year in downtown Napa with live music from Under the Tower, a “high octane act” that covers everything from alternative rock to metal and beyond. Admission includes a welcome splash of Butter Bubbles and Toast Sparkling at midnight. JaM wines by the glass and bottle, wine Jell-o shots (you don’t see a lot of those in Napa Valley!), and light bites will be available for purchase.
December 31, 2022, 8 PM to 1:30 AM
Cost: $295 for General admission; $495 for VIP
This modern boutique hotel in downtown Napa is hosting a Roaring ‘20s celebration with appetizers, a full buffet, casino games, a live band, a silent disco, and more. Begin your evening at Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar for oysters and passed appetizers before moving on to Charlie Palmer Steak, where you’ll find a whole-pig carving station and a dinner buffet full of delicious food. The price of admission also includes a hosted standard bar with Mumm Blanc de Blanc and JCB No. 69. Go VIP if you’d like to enter an hour earlier (7 PM) and enjoy caviar with your oysters, a premium bar, and a VIP lounge with specialty cocktails.
Regiis Ova Caviar & Champagne Lounge
December 31, 2022, 5:30 PM to 8 PM and 8:30 PM to midnight
Cost: $40 for the 5:30 PM seating; $75 for the 8:30 PM seating
What better way to start the New Year than with caviar and Champagne in the heart of Napa Valley? You can do just that at this stylish Ken Fulk-designed pop-up lounge from chef Thomas Keller and caviar authority Shaoching Bishop. Both seatings include live jazz, and you can also add a caviar tasting and chilled bottles of wine and Champagne to be ready for you upon arrival. It’s sure to be one decadent evening in downtown Yountville.
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December 31, 2022, 9 PM to 1 AM
Cost: $60 (includes a free welcome pour)
New Year’s Eve is all about bubbles, and you’ll find plenty of those at Napa Valley’s only dedicated Champagne and sparkling wine lounge, located in downtown Napa. The servers will be pouring Roederer Estate sparkling wines and Champagnes all evening, including L’Ermitage, 242, Brut Rosé, Vintage, and Cristal, all available by the glass or bottle. There will also be light bites and music from DJ Jerry Ross.
December 31, 2022, seatings from 2:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Make your final meal of 2022 one to remember with a four-course dinner at Ad Hoc, chef Thomas Keller’s more casual Yountville restaurant known for its classic American comfort food (especially the famous buttermilk fried chicken). Meals are served family style, which adds to the conviviality of this celebratory night, while additions like caviar and wine pairings only elevate the experience.
Daisy Barringer is a freelance writer who grew up in San Francisco and now lives there with her 150-pound Saint Bernard, Monkey. When she’s not writing about food and drink, travel, and other ways to have the most fun, she’s out and about actually having the most fun (otherwise known as “research”). Follow her adventures on Instagram @daisysf.