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Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve 2017 in San Francisco

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Updated: 21 November 2017
On New Year’s Eve, there are a seemingly endless amount of ways to bid adieu to the year that’s passed, especially in San Francisco. The fireworks, the parties, shows, and even one or two unexpected celebrations take place in the city by the bay to bring in the new year.
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New Year’s Eve International Ball

Say goodbye to 2017 at the exquisite Palace Hotel. The New Year’s Eve International Ball will feature four separate party rooms, a bar with premium spirits for four-and-a-half hours, and multiple DJs are set to perform. Your 2018 will start with the ultimate VIP treatment, even for the general admission ticket holders. Get tickets here!

Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 260 9920

The 5th Annual Moonlight New Year’s Eve Fireworks Party Cruise

Escape the craziness of the city by catching a cruise around the bay, which is always the ultimate party. A 150-foot vessel with three decks, dance floors, stocked bars, and more are featured during The 5th Annual Moonlight New Year’s Eve Fireworks Party Cruise. The best part though? When the clock strikes midnight, attendees will have the best seat in the whole city for the celebratory fireworks. There’s nothing quite like starting the new year with fireworks on the bay.

The San Francisco Spirit Yacht, Pier 3, Hornblower Landing, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 855 298 4395

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Fireworks near Bay Bridge, San Francisco | © chibicode/Flickr
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Union Square

Instead of checking out the parties, walk around and soak in all the holiday spirit on Union Square. The trimmings, decorations, and magic from the previous holidays stay up in this outdoor plaza. Grab dinner, do some post-holiday shopping, even go ice skating during the last few hours of 2017.

Union Square, San Francisco, CA, USA

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Greg Proops – New Year’s Eve Countdown Show

What better way to start 2018 than laughing until your stomach hurts? Famed comedian Greg Proops will be performing at San Francisco’s Punch Line comedy club in the days leading up to New Year’s Eve with one final 2017 countdown show. Set the bar high, and bring the year to a close with a big smile on your face.

The Punchline San Francisco, 444 Battery St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 397 7573

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32nd Annual Japanese New Year’s Bell-Ringing Ceremony

You can literally ring in the new year at the Asian Art Museum. Take a step back from all the holiday chaos, and channel your inner Buddha at the 32nd Annual Japanese New Year’s Bell-Ringing Ceremony. In Buddhist lore, it is said that if this 2,100-pound Japanese temple bell is rung 108 times at the stroke of midnight, it will bring all of humankind good luck. Visitors can take their own swing at the 16th century bell, but the best part is it will only cost you admission to the museum, and nothing more.

Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 581 3500

A New Year’s Event With Seth MacFarlane and the San Francisco Symphony

Grammy- and Academy-Award nominated actor, singer, songwriter, producer, and comedian Seth Macfarlane will give a surely unforgettable performance on New Year’s Eve. Accompanied by the world-renowned San Francisco Symphony, Macfarlane will celebrate the year’s end with jazz standards and holiday favorites at Davies Symphony Hall. Different types of tickets and VIP packages are available.

Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 864 6000

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