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Ringing in the new year

No need to stay at home this New Year’s Eve. There are a host of happenings where you can join others in celebrating 2023. Below are just a few.


Club Mercedes is hosting a New year’s Eve party. Doors will be open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Pure Harmony will provide live entertainment from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $25 each which includes champagne toast at midnight. Guests can bring snacks but no outside alcohol.

Club Mercedes is a nonprofit organization in Merced that supports local school and city sports teams through cooking fundraiser dinners and serves as their sponsors as well. It is located at 569 W. 9th St. in Merced.



The Grand Oak Banquet Hall and Event Center in Turlock will be ringing in 2023 with the tunes of Assyrian superstar Alan George. Guests will be treated to a cocktail hour between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. before being served a four-course dinner at 8. There will be an open bar throughout the night. And if all that isn’t enough, minutes after the ball drops will bring the opening of a complimentary taco bar. Tickets to the celebration are $100 and can be purchased at Yonan’s Jewelers, the Grand Oak or by calling (209) 484-


Modesto’s longest running nightclub will not only be hosting their popular New Year’s Eve party, but dinner will also be served. General admission to the event is $25, while $50 will get you a delicious dinner. Current entrée options include slow roasted tri-tip, fresh Atlantic salmon, cherry chipotle glazed salmon, parmesan-crusted chicken and lemon thyme chicken. Plates will be served at food stations with a salad, three sides and a dessert. Reserved seating is only available with the purchase of a dinner ticket only, and the dinner tickets can only be purchased in advance. Those looking to reserve their spot can do so by calling (209) 544-1962. Dinner will be served from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. while general admission will start at 8 p.m. All attendees must be 21 years of age.


The I.P.F.E.S. Portuguese Hall of Tracy will ring in the new year with a Winter Wonderland Ball. The semi-formal event will start at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails. At 7:30 p.m., dinner will be served, which will be a choice of steak and shrimp or salmon and shrimp. Live music from Gilbert Machado will have the dancefloor rocking from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. A champagne toast accompanied with chicken soup will take place at midnight. For any questions or tickets, contact Steven Martinho at (209) 610-9905, Luis Rocha at (209) 346-6591 or Lucia Martinho at (209) 629-5147.


Friends of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Stockton will host their Stake Family New Year’s Eve party, which will feature games, food, music and dancing. It will be a pot-luck dinner, so guests are encouraged to bring an entrée, desert or a snack to share with everyone. The celebration is open to the public and will take place at 800 Brookside Road near the University of the Pacific.


If staying up all night, isn’t your thing and want to celebrate New Year’s Eve earlier in the day, the Stockton Dirt Track will have end-of-year entertainment covered. Starting at 1:30 p.m., A-Mod’s, B-Mod’s and Hobby Stocks will take to the blazing fast dirt oval. Tickets are being sold online and will be available at the gate. Those purchasing in advance online at Eventbrite will receive a special $10 price while those purchasing at the gate will pay $15.


The Masquerade Gala hosted by the Tower Parks Waterfront Grille will be treating guests of all ages to a night of live music and a hearty dinner. The Working Class Band will be providing entertainment throughout the night while the dinner will include a choice of prime rib, rosemary chicken or pesto pasta. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner and music officially kicking off at 7 p.m. A no-host bar will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 am., when the event wraps up. Tickets are $60 per person with group discounts also available.


Begin the New Year by stepping forward in a dynamic and exciting experience with the New Year’s Fire Walk, set from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Jan. 7, 2023 at 14952 Sena Lane in Sonora. You can experience the Sierra Foothills and start 2023 off with empowerment and inspiration. More information can be found at

San Andreas

The Metropolitan on Main Street in San Andreas is hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner, show, and party event starting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31. It is a special 1920’s themed comedy performance called Dinner For One and will include a four-course meal ending the evening with ringing in the New Year. Tickets are $55 per person or $100 per couple; tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite under San Andreas dinner for one.

Sutter Creek

Party like it’s 2023 at the Hotel Sutter in Sutter Creek for their New Year’s Eve celebration on Dec. 31. Enjoy elegant food stations in their banquet room and dance the night away to music by their DJ. It is a masquerade ball and guests will be greeted with a glass of champagne topped with cotton candy to start the festivities. There will be prizes for best masquerade costume and an option to upgrade to VIP for early access to their all-new Copper Room lounge and experience a “speak easy” vibe to kick off the evening. The event begins at 8 p.m. starting at $100 per person for the regular celebration and $150 per person for the VIP access to the Copper Room. Tickets and more information can be obtained by calling 209-267-0242 or visiting