Some call it New Year’s Eve 2016. Others send out the call to Ring in the 2017 New Year. Either way, it’s that special time to gather and reflect on another year’s passing and look to the future for new memories to be made.
Whether you are up for a night out on the town, a community block party, or a small social soiree, Greater Palm Springs is bursting with spirit and good cheer.
Here are 10 ways to spend the Dec. 31:
1. New Year’s Eve Block Party at Spa Resort Casino
This crowd-pleasing community event makes the count down til’ midnight a family affair. The carnival-like event features local restaurant and merchandise vendors, a kid’s zone, bar garden, and DJ’s to keep the party hopping. And who can resist a performance by The Village People. So sharpen your YMCA skills before the real fireworks go off as the clock strikes midnight.
Spa Resort Casino, 401 E. Amado, Road, Palm Springs, 888-999-1995, www.sparesortcasino.com
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In honor of Year of the Cheetah, the zoo’s year-long effort to raise awareness and funds for the endangered animals, attendees to their New Year’s Eve partycare encouraged to wear their best cheetah print outfit.
2. The Living Desert’s Mildly Wild New Year’s Eve Celebration
In the spirit of giving and conservation, why not start 2017 as a fat cat at this primal fete fit for favoring feline awareness. The Living Desert is hosting a dinner dance with an East Coast countdown to midnight and a special concert by Dave Damiani and the No Vacancy Orchestra. Don your cheetah print and get “mildly wild” to raise a voice for big cats.
The Living Desert, 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, 760-346-5694,
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Huey Lewis and the News performs New Year’s Eve at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage.
3. Huey Lewis and The News at Agua Caliente Casino
If the “Heart of Rock and Roll” is in your blood, then your New Year’s Eve plans are set. Take in the sounds and beats of the Grammy Award winning band, Huey Lewis and The News. With hits like If This Is It, Workin’ For a Livin, The Power of Love and Back in Time., your future looks bright.
Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Resort, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, 760-321-2000, www.hotwatercasino.com
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Melvyn’s may have lost its namesake in 2016, but the restaurant is quintessential Palm Springs.
4. Melvyns Restaurant at the Ingleside Inn
With a vintage Hollywood vibe, this quintessential desert steakhouse glows on New Year’s Eve. Dress to impress at this intimately sophisticated setting whether you wish to dine then relax at home or “toot your horn” at midnight. The restaurant will offer a special menu prepared for early diners as well as a later gala featuring champagne, party favors ,and a four-course prix fixe prepaid menu.
Melvyn’s Restaurant and Lounge, 200 W. Ramon Road, Palm Springs, 760-325-2323, www.inglesideinn.com
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Michael Homes’ Purple Room puts that Rat Pack swing into your New Year’s Eve.
5. Michael Holmes’ Purple Room Supper Club
If swinging Sinatra style is on your agenda, New Year’s Eve at one of the Rat Pack’s favorite haunts is the place to be. Hob nob with the cool cats at this swanky supper club featuring three different prix fixe menus and three separate dinner times with live entertainment. At 5 and 7:30 p.m., Rose Mallet and Mark Kahny will perform for diners. At the 10 p.m. seating, dinner includes wine, unlimited champagne, and party favors with Diva Sharon Sills singing.
Michael Holmes’ Purple Room Supper Club, 1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 760-322-4422, www.purpleroompalmsprings.com
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The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs hosts one of the biggest parties to end the year.
6. Party with BB at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs
BB, the master party planner himself, is at it again with one of the hottest tickets in town for BB’s 33rd Annual New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party. Last year’s party attracted more than 3,000 people. This is one grand gathering with music and DJ’s spanning three floors and six entertainment stages. Multiple bars and bands will be spread throughout the dance club scene mingled with live performances.
Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, 150 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, http://partywithbb.com/
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The Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs will host a two-day New Year’s Eve event.
7. Pie Town’s Supertemporal Southwestern Sock Hop
Transcend your New Year’s outlook with a mythically kitsch and ultra modern take on yesteryear’s dance sock hop craze. Poodle skirts and greasers meet extra-terrestrials? This is the desert after all, and the event buzz simply signals, “It’s gonna get weird.” This two day “takeover” will be a “ceremonial” time and space celebration with out-of-this-world DJ sets and a New Year’s Eve party showcasing a live performance by YACHT and X.X.T.
Ace Hotel & Swim Club, 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 760-325-9900, www.theacehotel.com
To purchase tickets, visit: www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1391330?utm_source=A-List&utm_campaign=f0fb113862-
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The Tropicale’s outdoor bar is a great gathering place to see in the new year.
8. The Tropicale Restaurant/The Copa
Energetic revelers will love the atmosphere at one of Palm Springs’ most popular scenes. Decorations will adorn this hip hot spot to set the tone for a sumptuous three-course prix fixe menu packed with mouthwatering dishes. Then head next door to The Copa for dancing and DJs all night long.
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Vicky’s of Santa Fe offers a variety of New Year’s Eve experiences.
9. Vicky’s of Santa Fe
Three party options gives this jazz supper club an array of music and food offerings. Be it savoring a special Chef’s signature Macadamia Crusted Chilean Sea Bass with a Thai coconut sauce in the Dining Room, dancing in the lounge with The John Stanley King Show or sipping cocktails in the bar, the evening will serve up memories to savor.
Vicky’s of Santa Fe, 45-100 Club Drive, Indian Wells, 760-345-9770, www.vickysofsantafe.com/new_eve_dinner_2016/index.html
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Wally’s Desert Turtle has been serving up fine food for 37 years in Rancho Mirage.
10. Wally’s Desert Turtle New Year’s Eve Gala
Enjoy an unforgettable evening and a desert tradition unlike any other at this beloved family owned restaurant in Rancho Mirage. Distinguished as one of the most highly awarded restaurants in the Coachella Valley, Wally’s Desert Turtle takes fine dining to another level by sharing exquisite tastes in its elegant environs. Start 2017 in style with a spectacular six-course modern feast prepared by Executive Chef Pascal Lallemand, then dance under soft twinkling lights to music and entertainment with The Bolivar Brothers and their six-piece band. The evening includes party favors, balloons, streamers and a champagne toast at midnight.
Wally’s Desert Turtle, 71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, 760-568-9321, www.wallysdesertturtle.com