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Looking to celebrate the New Year in style? The Sacramento Press has compiled a list of New Year’s Eve events that will start 2012 off with a bang.

Sacramento New Year’s Eve Dinner Gala
Hornblower Yacht
1206 Front Street
Boarding at 6:45 p.m. Cruise is from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
$128 per person. Discounts are available for seniors and children

Get a private viewing of the fireworks on the river aboard the Hornblower Yacht. Hornblower Cruises and Events offers a three-hour cruise that includes a four-course seated dinner, a cocktail bar that includes dinner liqueurs and house champagne. There will be a DJ on board for guests who have their dancing shoes on.

For more information, visit the website or call 446-1185.

Sacramento New Year’s Eve Midnight Cruise
Hornblower Yacht
1206 Front Street
Boarding at 10:45 p.m. Cruise is from 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.
$90 per person. Discounts are available for seniors and children

For those looking to ring in the New Year on the river; there is a later two-hour cruise, which also offers a private viewing of the fireworks. Hors d’oeuvres such as a local artisan cheese display and mini crab cakes with spicy remoulade will be served. There will also be free-flowing house champagne and a DJ on board for dancing into the New Year.

For more information, visit the website or call 446-1185.

Sacramento New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular
Corner of J and Front streets
6 pm – 12:30 am

Sacramento 365 and the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau have come together to sponsor the 12th annual Spy Spectacular. Families are encouraged to visit the tent under Waterfront Park for kid-friendly entertainment from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Radio Disney Rockin’ Road Crew and SING Inc., Pop Academy will be playing kid-friendly jams.

There is a break at 9:00 for the first fireworks display, which will be set to children’s music. Then, Too Smooth will be playing R&B and Motown hits through the final fireworks display at 12 a.m. Street entertainment will be provided by Robo Party Band and Live Band Karaoke with Kiss N Tell. from 6 p.m. – 11:55 p.m.

Prepaid parking is available in Old Sacramento, and there are hotel packages available.

For more information, visit the website or call 808-7777.

The Roaring ’20’s New Year’s Eve Celebration
Crescent Club Speakeasy
1150 Firehouse Alley
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
$50 online/ $65 at door

The Crescent Club, an underground Prohibition era Speakeasy, is located in Governor Newton Booth’s Historic Mansion, built in 1848. The event is based on the ‘20’s. and guests are urged to dress in gangster and flapper attire and there will be awards for the best costumes.

Guests who are feeling can play poker with an Al Capone look-alike or spin the roulette wheel. Live jazz music will be played by the Crescent Katz and there will be complimentary champagne and appetizers at 12 a.m. Special pricing will be offered on the Prohibition and Boardwalk Empire cocktail menus. Complimentary valet is available.

For more information, visit the website or call 498-9098.

New Year’s Eve and Day 5k and 10k Walks
Pioneer House
415 P St.
Day: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. / Eve: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Sacramento Walking Sticks organization is walking straight into the New Year with day and evening walks. The walks go through the city streets and by historic landmarks. Participants are urged to bring flashlights for the night walk.

The Sacramento Walking Sticks membership is not mandatory and neither is the $3 fee. However, all participants must sign an Amateur Athletic Waiver and Release of Liability at the beginning of the event and parents or guardians must sign for minors. A start card will be given to participants at registration and they must have it validated at control points and then turn it back in upon completion.

For more information, visit the website or call 961-0937.

Suspects New Year’s Eve
Suspects Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
1000 Front St.
$70/ $99 for Delta King Party Package

Guests are welcomed to dine on New York steak and Scampi style prawns, pan roasted half-chicken, salmon or seared polenta and grilled vegetables while they enjoy a murder/mystery dinner show and then are invited to stay around for the midnight fireworks display in Old Sacramento.

For those who purchase the Delta King Party Package, they can test their luck with Black Jack, Roulette and Craps for prizes or can boogie down on the dance floor to live music. Then it’s time to toast to the New Year with champagne and party favors.

“For more information, visit the website or call 443-3600.


Fox and Goose Public House
1001 R St.
9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Ages 21+

Fox and Goose Public House is partying with DJ Larry Rodriguez for New Year’s Eve. The live show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $10 each. While there will not be any drink specials, guests are welcomed to a complimentary glass of champagne.

Bartender Michael Henning said that Fox and Goose has always had a New Year’s Eve celebration since they opened in 1975 and this will be the third consecutive year with DJ Larry Rodriguez.

“Last year was good,” Henning said. “It was busy.”

As for this year, Henning said he is ready to have a good time again.

“I’m looking forward to a fresh start to the new year,” Henning said.

For more information, visit the website or call 443-8825

New Year’s Eve with Utz! and the Shuttlecocks
Harlow’s Restaurant and Nightclub
2708 J St.
10:00 p.m.
Ages 21+

Utz and the Shuttlecocks, a local self-described drunken cover band that has been playing for five years, will be celebrating its last live show on the last day of 2011. Utz will be playing eight new songs but promises to bring the same dance moves and white pants, and an extra fog machine.

For more information, visit the website or call 441-4693. 

End of the World Party
Luigi’s Slice and Fungarden
1050 20th St.
8:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
All ages

Luigi’s is hosting a New Year’s Eve party with local bands Lite Brite, Musical Charis, Mondo Deco and The Trees. The bands will be playing in the Fungarden, and pizza slices will be served next door.

For more information, visit the website or call 447-1255.

Black and White Purrball
Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary
6001 Folsom Blvd.
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Happy Tails is holding a Black and White Purrball, where the adoption fees for black and black-and-white cats over 1 year old are waived with a cat food donation.

Happy Tails told The Sacramento Press that these cats are often overlooked, so this gives them special attention. Black and black-and-white cats under a year old can be adopted for $25 at this event.

All felines are tested, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and microchipped. Cats over 1 year old can be adopted at their adoption center at 6001 Folsom Blvd. from noon – 6 p.m., and kitten adoptions are held at PetSmart at 1738 Watt Ave. from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the website or call 556-1155.

Bows with Booty Jams
Bows and Arrows
1815 19th Street
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Bows and Arrows, which opened its new location on June 4 of this year, will be blasting jams from the Oh Dang! crew for their New Year’s Eve party. There will be drink specials at the Beer and Wine bar throughout the night.

For more information, visit the website or call 822-5668.

Editorial Note: This article was updated after it was published.

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