Treat yourself this New Year’s Eve in the South Valley with plenty of music, dining options

By Mark Fenichel

There will be plenty to do to ring in 2020. Celebrate the new year with your entire family at Gilroy Gardens. Ring in 2020 with family and friends for a special New Year’s celebration at Gilroy Gardens. The celebration begins at 4 p.m. and ends at midnight. The fireworks show starts just before midnight and is included free with all Holiday night admission tickets. Visit

The New Year’s Eve tradition continues at Casa de Fruta with a catered dinner and dancing including champagne and party favors. The Inn and RV park is just steps away from the activities and you can spend a leisurely New Year’s at Casa de Fruta without having to drive. Ask about their special RV packages. The event takes place at The Casa De Fruta Music Hall and is located at 10021 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister.  I suggest you buy your tickets early as this event will likely sell out.

Pacific Point Christian School’s New Year’s Eve Gala will be Monday, Dec. 30. This celebration is themed Heart of Gold and all proceeds will initiate the Scholarship Fund. Enjoy a day with family and friends as you look to 2020 to be the best year yet.

The gala will be held at The Milias Restaurant in Gilroy with champagne as you arrive followed by a sit-down dinner, music, photos on demand, a fabulous drawing, live auction, and much more. It begins at 6 p.m. and tickets are $100 per person.

Want to stay closer to home? Ring in the New Year Ladera style, which includes a prix fixe dinner, champagne toast, dancing, balloon drop, party favors and desserts. Tickets are $125 plus tax and gratuity per person.Reservations and pre-payment are required.

88 Keys Café will be seating at 5 p.m. and is offering a four-course dinner including appetizer, soup or salad, prime rib and other choices, dessert, champagne toast and live music featuring The Mark Richards Band. Just $79 per person . Call for a reservation at (669) 888-3488.

On another note, live music and other events around town and beyond include: Old City Hall presenting live music with Sweet Daddy & The Bad Cats. The all girl trio Blue House will be playing The Milias Restaurant in Gilroy. Bubbles & Brew in Morgan Hill will have music with vocalist David Johnson.

In San Jose the Downtown Marriott is throwing a big party with 800 of your closest friends. Join host and radio personality Chuy Gomez along with DJ Mind Motion, DJ Brotha Reese, Hip-Hop Violinist Gareth Johnson plus Samulle & Valerie of Club Nouveau. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. The best way to experience an event like this is to book a room at the hotel and stay safe. For more details and information on exclusive VIP packages, contact Dwayne Taylor (408) 690-5999. Some packages include no waiting in line, reserved seating, two free drinks, free Champagne, appetizers, a balloon drop and party favors.

Treat yourself this New Year’s Eve. But please remember to be safe and get a ride home if you’ve imbibed too much in your celebration.

Finally, celebrate the festival of Chanukah at Chabad of Morgan Hill’s inaugural Public Menorah Lighting at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 22 at the Pop Up Park on the corner of Monterey Road and W. Second Street. It will include a mega menorah lighting ceremony with holiday greetings from Mayor Rich Constantine and City Manager Christina Turner. Following the lighting, the community will join for holiday music, refreshments, and gifts for all. The event will feature a spectacular LED light show, crafts for kids, and free Menorah LED necklaces. Admission is free and open to the entire community.

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Mark Fenichel