Ten…nine…eight…you know the drill! New Year’s Eve is the one night we all watch the clock and join in the traditional countdown so we can ring in the new year and embark on a fresh start. Because it’s a significant event all across the globe, where you decide to spend the occasion can be a tough decision. But have no fear, we’re here to help you figure out where to go and what to do. So what’s one of our top suggestions? Sacramento. This stunning California city offers locals and visitors alike numerous activities and events to enjoy during this holiday season – including some memorable experiences with City Cruises (enticing details on that below). Excited to learn more? Let’s get started!


Cruise Into the New Year in Sacramento with City Cruises

Sacramento sunset on the water

A new year means more opportunities for travel, fun, and memorable experiences, so literally cruising into the new horizon with City Cruises means you can head into 2024 in some serious style. With two packages to choose from, you can take your Sacramento experience to a whole new level. First, we have the Sacramento New Year’s Eve Rock the Yacht Cruise. This festive excursion provides guests with a unique celebration surrounded by sensational scenic views of the city as you travel along the Sacramento River. Over the course of two hours, there will be a well-stocked cash bar available for toasting that includes innovative cocktails, wine, and beer, live DJ entertainment for dancing, and small bites for purchase in case you need to refuel after hitting the dance floor. Plus, the casual dress code will allow for a relaxed evening. You must be 21 or older with a valid ID to enjoy a glass of champagne for a New Year’s toast. Cocktail seating is limited and not guaranteed: It’s first come, first serve on this ship. And while a host of local sites will be in your sights, it’s important to note that cruising time might be limited due to water traffic and potential Tower Bridge closure.

Next is the Sacramento New Year’s Eve Sights & Sips Cruise. Offering the best scenic views of the city as you cruise on the Sacramento River, the experience places you within a festive atmosphere that comes complete with numerous amenities to enjoy over the course of 1.5 hours. With a well-stocked cash bar available for creative cocktails, wine, and beer, as well as DJ entertainment spinning top 40 hits, the scene is set for celebrating. Plus, the dress code is casual so you can enjoy the dance floor with ease. There are also small bites available to purchase for whenever hunger strikes, and when the clock strikes midnight, a glass of champagne is on deck for a New Year’s toast. Depending on water traffic and a possible Tower Bridge closure, cruising may be limited — but you’ll still have the ideal views in your sights. Because of demand, it’s worth noting that cocktail seating is limited and not guaranteed on board. To be fair to all guests, it’s first come — first serve.



New Year’s on Land with a Plan for 2025

Hotel parties are another option for those who choose not to cruise on New Year’s Eve — although you can still do so on other days while in Sacramento. For starters, the Sheraton Grand Sacramento hosts a New Year’s Eve party at Gatsby’s House. The theme of celebrating 100 years of Prohibition features a package deal that includes drinks, dancing, and appetizers. Meanwhile, at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West, you find the Old School Ent & KDEE 97.5’s Black & White New Year’s Eve Party where revelers groove to old-school hits while dressed in their finest black or white ensembles. Bar hoppers delight in the Crawl Till the Ball Falls: Sacramento NYE Bar Crawl 2024, which features drink specials at bars all across the city. Of course, because Sacramento has several restaurants and bars you’ll also find options with special menus or musical offerings. The Flamingo House Social Club (a coastal California-style bar and entertainment space in Midtown) is one example people might flock to for all-night dancing.


woman with a glass of champagne being poured.


Book Your New Year’s with City Cruises in Sacramento!

No matter what option you choose to ring in the New Year, one thing’s for sure: Sacramento with its gorgeous weather, local attractions, and wealth of restaurants, bars, and clubs provides the perfect backdrop. And if you opt for a City Cruises package, you can select one that gives you a little bit of everything in addition to dreamy views, envy-inducing social media posts, and a memorable evening you’ll treasure for years. If you’re looking to kick off 2025 in style, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re with family, friends, or a little bit of both, City Cruises experiences in stunning Sacramento are the perfect way to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another in style.