Seven festive New Year’s Eve parties to ring in the new year

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Old Sacramento lights it up for its New Year's Eve Sky Spectacular event.

With the promise of 2018 on the horizon, it’s time to gather your squad, brush up on the lyrics to “Auld Lang Syne” and make plans to attend one of Sacramento’s New Year’s Eve parties. Here are seven sparkly ideas, from a waterfront fireworks show to a Venetian masquerade ball.

A Great Gatsby New Year's Eve Ball

Dig out your flapper dresses and suspenders for this roaring ’20s bash in the new Knobs and Knockers underground speakeasy in Old Sacramento. Mingle with a Jay Gatsby impersonator and the cigarette girls, who will be carrying trays of chocolate cigars and candy cigarettes. DJ Bryan Hawk will spin 1920s French electro-swing music, burlesque star Sugar Cheeks will perform, and the entire party can toast at midnight with the private stock of blue "Shanpagne" from the event’s producer Shannon McCabe or with a throwback cocktail like a Madison Avenue or a Charleston. $30. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 1023 Front St.

DJ Larry’s New Year’s Eve Dance Party

Fox & Goose Public House on the lively R Street Corridor is hosting a New Year’s Eve dance party for the 11th year in a row, with local DJs Larry Rodriguez, MC Ham and DJ Wokstar spinning everything from Afro-Latin and reggae grooves to disco numbers. Sidle up to a bar for cocktail specials like the Burgundy Fox with Bundaberg ginger beer and Ketel One vodka, or the Sugar & Spice with house-made hot cider and Jameson whiskey. A balloon drop at midnight comes with a complimentary champagne toast for you and your whole crew. $15. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 1001 R St. 443-8825.

New Year's Eve at the Hyatt Regency

One thousand revelers are expected to descend on the Hyatt Regency Sacramento to close out 2017 at the hotel’s annual black, white and gold bash. Before doors open, grab a cocktail in the lobby and listen to husband-and-wife acoustic duo Love & Honey play romantic melodies with a full band. Then at 9 p.m., things will speed up with the popular local cover band Hip Service and DJ Rated R. There will also be seven bars lining the ballroom, a photo booth with unlimited selfies and a complimentary champagne toast at the stroke of midnight. $75 through Dec. 30. $95 day of. (VIP $125 through Dec. 30; $145 day of). 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 1209 L St. 443-1234.

The Hyatt Regency Sacramento hosts one of the city's largest New Year's Eve parties (Photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency Sacramento)

New Year’s Eve at The Park Ultra Lounge

The Park Ultra Lounge in downtown Sacramento will host one of the city’s largest New Year’s Eve bashes, replete with party favors like LED wands, noisemakers, tiaras and felt top hats. Decked out in bike chain chandeliers and cushy leather booths, the venue will shake to the sounds of Top 40 hits, hip hop tracks and house music courtesy of resident disc jockey Peeti-V. Local radio personality Jordan Teklay (from 106.5 The End) will lead the 2018 countdown as the Times Square ball drop is broadcast on an 8-by-16-foot wall of high-definition screens behind the DJ booth and confetti will shoot from cannons at the top of the hour. $50 before Dec. 29; $60 through Dec. 31. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 1116 15th St. 802-3036.

New Year's Eve Gala with the Sacramento Jazz Cooperative

Don your finest evening wear for Sacramento Jazz Cooperative’s inaugural New Year's Eve Gala, which will celebrate classic American jazz with a night of dancing, wining and dining in the Masonic Temple’s elegant ballroom. Throughout a buffet dinner, founder Carolyne Swayze will perform jazz standards like “Young and Foolish” and "What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” backed by the Dave Bass Trio. Ring in 2018 with a champagne toast and sway the night away to the 18-piece Cunha Big Band featuring local jazz vocalist Vivian Lee. $80 per person. $150 per couple. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. 1123 J St.

New Year's Eve Sky Spectacular

Start 2018 off with a bang in Old Sacramento as the region’s largest New Year's Eve fireworks show—produced by a pyro team who has lit up the Super Bowl and Olympic Games—launches in the skies above Tower Bridge at 9 p.m. Before the pyrotechnic show, wander the historic district’s cobblestone streets, where you can nab some kettle corn from What’s Poppin’? and watch balloon artists and a magic show by Roseville act Mister Illusion. Local band Thunder Cover will play hits from The Beatles to Bruno Mars beginning at 6 p.m. and popular shops like Stage Nine and Evangeline’s Costume Mansion will be open late for the final evening of 2017. Free. 6-10 p.m. Old Sacramento. 808-7777.

Venetian Masquerade at Revival

The new Kimpton Sawyer in Downtown Commons will host this intimate Venetian masquerade party at Revival, the hotel’s elegant third-floor bar and lounge. Lead bartender Ben Smith, formerly of Hook & Ladder, will pour special cocktails like the Deceitful Eyes with Don Julio Blanco tequila and green apple liqueur, while executive chef Patrick Prager doles out appetizers like mini lobster corn dogs and pork belly lollipops. Head to the rooftop deck at 9 p.m. to watch Old Sacramento's dazzling fireworks show and stick around until midnight, when a clock countdown will be projected with lights onto the hotel pool. $225. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. 500 J St. 545-7111.

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