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Ring in 2018: Parties, music abound for NM’s New Year’s Eve celebrations

There are many events to choose from this New Year’s Eve, whether you’re spending it with family, friends or a significant other.


BLACK & WHITE BALL AT HOTEL ANDALUZ: The lobby will host the Tracey Whitney Quartet from 8 to 11 p.m. Sunday, a dance party with a DJ from 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., midnight balloon drop with sparkling wine toast. DJ Dolla Bill will provide entertainment from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. upstairs at Ibiza inside Hotel Andaluz, 125 Second NW. NYE package includes hotel accommodations for two, two-party wristbands, a bottle of sparkling wine, M Á S Tapas y Vino buffet for two, and a late checkout. Packages start at $335, plus fees. Information, visit

CASA ESENCIA NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY: Celebrate the coming of the new year in style with DJ Justin Credible and DJ Flo Fader at Casa Esencia, 800 Rio Grande NW. Tickets are $50 per person and include party favors and a sparkling wine toast at midnight. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets, visit For VIP, call or text 225-5928.

SPARKLING WINE BRUNCH AND GUILTY PLEASURES NYE DANCE PARTY: Be the first to try the new brunch menu as well as cocktail offerings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Sister, 407 W. Central. EshOne will be spinning a vinyl set with a “down-tempo-jazzy” brunch vibe. Later that night, dance the night away beginning at 10 p.m. with entertainment by Reighnbeau and 1960SFE. Tickets are $5 advance online. Information, call 242-4900 or visit

GRUET NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER: The four-course menu includes lobster bisque, caviar salad and filet Oscar, paired with still and sparkling wines with special appearances from Gruet’s library vintages at Gruet Winery, 8400 Pan American Freeway NE. The dinner is $97.07 per person. Tickets, visit Questions, call Gina at 821-0055.

NEW YEAR’S EVE CHILE DROP: Kaktus Brewing Co., Nob Hill Main Street and the New Year’s Eve Chile Drop, sponsored by Nam Tran at Studio N, have partnered again for this third annual celebration from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday at Kaktus’ Nob Hill location, 2929 Monte Vista NE. The group will hoist a 29-foot lit chile 100 feet in the air that will drop at midnight to signify the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. The drop is open to all ages. Information, call 265-9030.

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT SHERATON ALBUQUERQUE UPTOWN: Receive a deluxe room for two and a six-course dinner that includes one glass of wine and one sparkling wine per person. Seatings from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday at Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown, 2600 Louisiana NE. Breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day for $299, plus tax. Optional upgrade includes free shuttle service to and from Uptown Funk Dueling Piano Bar, two show tickets with reserved seating, party favors and sparkling wine toast. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 9 p.m., last call at 1 a.m. Information, call 881-0000 or visit

NEW YEAR’S EVE PERFORMANCE AT TABLAO FLAMENCO: Showcasing bailaores Joaquín Encinias, Kayla Lyall, and José Encinias; cantaor Vicente Griego, and guitarrista Calvin Hazen. Single-ticket purchase includes one ticket for admission into the show, a chef’s choice dinner, and two glasses of sangria, house wine or sparkling wine. Couple ticket purchase includes two tickets for admission, a chef’s choice dinner for two, and a bottle of house wine, cava, or a pitcher of sangria. Doors at 4:45 p.m. Sunday at Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque, 800 Rio Grande NW. This is an age 21 and over event. Tickets start at $90 plus fees at

NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH OPERA SOUTHWEST: Featuring a quartet of Opera Southwest’s most beloved singers performing a variety of opera excerpts, both well-known and rare, as well as light classics and popular tunes from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth SW. Maestro Anthony Barrese will lead the Opera Southwest Chamber Orchestra who will play side-by-side with members of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program. Tickets range from $15-$110, plus fees. Light refreshments and a sparkling wine toast after the show for an additional $45. Tickets and information, visit

“NOON” YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION: Includes a countdown and balloon drop at noon on Sunday at Explora Science Center, 1701 Mountain NW. The center will open early at 10 a.m. and close early at 2 p.m. Regular admission rates apply and range from $4 to $8 per person. Free admission for Explora members and children ages 1 and younger. Information, call 224-8300 or visit

NYE MARBLE BEER PAIRING: Enjoy a three-course dinner paired with a flight of four unique Marble Brewery beers from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Nob Hill Bar & Grill, 3128 E. Central. The menu includes a surf-and-turf entree of grilled pork medallions paired with Cascade IPA and beer battered shrimp paired with Marble Red. The pairing dinner is $40 per person. Seating from 5:30-10 p.m. Reservations, call 266-4455. Information, visit

PUEBLO HARVEST CAFE NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER: The four-course dining event allows you to tailor your courses from a one-night-only menu including Beef Wellington, Manoomin and salmon, roasted chicken, and squash casserole entr é es. Optional wine pairings and an à la carte option available. Dinner served from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Pueblo Harvest Cafe, 2401 12th NW. The prix fixe and à la carte option are $50 per person and an additional $15 per person for select wine pairings. Tax and gratuity not included. Reservations, call 724-3510. Information, visit

VINTAGE 423 NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER: Offering an exclusive menu consisting of several features including Hudson Valley foie gras, bone-in rib-eye, Chilean sea bass, specialty desserts and cocktails. Open seating beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, last seating at 9 p.m. VIP service option available at Vintage 423, 8000 Paseo del Norte NE. Music by DJ illstyle starting at 9 p.m. No cover. Sparkling wine toast at midnight. Last call at 1:30 a.m. Reservations and information, call 821-1918.

VINTAGE HOLLYWOOD: The lavishly designed ballroom will take you back to the vintage Hollywood era from 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Sunday at Albuquerque Embassy Suites & Spa, 1000 Woodward NE. Enjoy dinner, dancing to Soul Divine, and a balloon drop. Packages are $335 per couple, plus tax. Individual tickets not available. The package includes a one-night stay in a two-room suite, two tickets to Vintage Hollywood, a three-course meal, complimentary beverages, a midnight toast, and breakfast for two at the Waterfall Cafe. This is a dress-to-impress event. Reservations, call 353-5363 or visit, use group code NYE.


KIDS’ NEW YEAR’S PARTY: Bring the family for a night of family-centered activities, including a 7 p.m. celebration of midnight and New Year’s with a flower petal drop and other special surprises from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo. The party is included in your GLOW admission. Children ages 12 and younger are free. GLOW features thousands of lights all aglow throughout the Botanical Garden, including its newest garden section, Ojos y Manos. Admission is $10 adults, $8 adult members, $9 ages 65 and older, active military, Big Brothers Big Sisters. Information, visit

NEW YEAR’S EVE ON THE PLAZA: Festivities begin at 9 p.m. Sunday with the Santa Fe Plaza warmed by stationary heaters and cozy piñon bonfires. Local bands Sol Fire, Alex Maryol, and Fun Adixx will entertain on the bandstand. The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe will provide hot chocolate and biscochitos, along with a memorial banner for eventgoers to write down their hopes and dreams for the new year. At 11:45 p.m., Mayor Javier Gonzales and city officials will begin the countdown to a peaceful and prosperous new year. When the countdown ends, a new tin Zia symbol crafted by a traditional Spanish colonial artisan, will be raised at the stroke of midnight. The event runs from 9 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Sunday at the Santa Fe Plaza, 100 Old Santa Fe Trail. For parking, transit and special event taxi rates, visit