s
s
Sections
We don't just cover the North Bay. We live here.
Did You Know? In the first 10 days of the North Bay fire, nearly 1.5 million people used their mobile devices to visit our sites.
Already a subscriber?
iPhone
Wow! You read a lot!
Reading enhances confidence, empathy, decision-making, and overall life satisfaction. Keep it up! Subscribe.
Already a subscriber?
iPhone
Oops, you're out of free articles.
Until next month, you can always look over someone's shoulder at the coffee shop.
Already a subscriber?
iPhone
We don't just cover the North Bay. We live here.
Did You Know? In the first 10 days of the North Bay fire, we posted 390 stories about the fire. And they were shared nearly 137,000 times.
Already a subscriber?
iPhone
Supporting the community that supports us.
Obviously you value quality local journalism. Thank you.
Already a subscriber?
iPhone
Oops, you're out of free articles.
We miss you already! (Subscriptions start at just 99 cents.)
Already a subscriber?
iPhone
X

The "Follow This Story" feature will notify you when any articles related to this story are posted.

When you follow a story, the next time a related article is published — it could be days, weeks or months — you'll receive an email informing you of the update.

If you no longer want to follow a story, click the "Unfollow" link on that story. There's also an "Unfollow" link in every email notification we send you.

This tool is available only to subscribers; please make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.

X

Please note: This feature is available only to subscribers; make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.

New Year’s Eve in downtown Santa Rosa

What: New Year’s Eve on the Square

When: 5 p.m. Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1

Where: Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa

Admission: Free

Information: newyearssantarosa.com

___

Searching for more New Year’s events? Visit pd2go.net/NYE2017.

The first major outdoor New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Santa Rosa for the past decade and a half will bring in the new year Sunday night at the newly restored Old Courthouse Square.

Free to the public, “New Year’s Eve on the Square,” also will be the first New Year’s bash at the square since it was reunified in the spring, after being split for more than 50 years by Mendocino Avenue.

“We want to make this a sustainable, ongoing annual event for the long term, not just this year. We can celebrate together instead of sitting at home and watching TV,” said Sonu Chandi, president and CEO of Chandi Hospitality Group, which is hosting the inaugural event, in hopes that other sponsors will join the effort in future years.

“We were talking about how we could do something on the square, because we’ve got to use this space more often,” said Chandi, who also serves on the board of the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber of Commerce.

“In light of everything that’s happened recently to our community, I think these events are so important,” said Janet Rogers, the chamber’s vice president of member services. “We got close to 5,000 people at our tree lighting the day after Thanksgiving, and I attribute some of that to the fires in October. People want to go to events where they can feel good and be part of the community.”

The New Year’s Eve event will run from 5 p.m. Sunday to 12:30 a.m. Monday. For children and families there will be a bounce house, interactive magic show, face painting, balloons and more in the afternoon and early evening.

At 8 p.m., the party continues with beer, wine, cocktails, food, a photo booth, live music and dancing, and peaks with a countdown to midnight and a balloon drop. Live entertainment will include performances by three popular local acts: country singer and songwriter McKenna Faith and the rock bands Kingsborough and the Pat Jordan Band. General admission is free. Limited VIP tickets are available for $125 and include a bar buffet dinner from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., plus a dessert buffet from 10 to 11 p.m., both catered by Out to Lunch Fine Catering. A VIP table for 10 costs $1,500. For more information, go to newyearssantarosa.com.

From 1995 to 2002, annual First Night Santa Rosa celebrations — one of more than such 200 events nationwide patterned after First Night Boston, introduced in 1976 — drew as many as 15,000 people to downtown Santa Rosa to see performances by local artists of all kinds every New Year’s Eve. Ultimately, the free event could not sell enough voluntary support buttons to sustain itself.

Public events on the square create a sense of community and a safe space for family events, as well as stimulating the local economy, Chandi said. His group owns and operates three restaurants and bars on or near the square: Stout Brothers, Beer Baron and Bibi’s Burger Bar.

“Whenever there’s an event, we’re seeing that businesses do better because people are coming here, and it looks more lively and happy,” he said. “But it’s not just business. We want to cherish and celebrate our community. We want to feel proud and invite our friends.”

You can reach Staff Writer Dan Taylor at 707-521-5243. On Twitter @danarts.

New Year’s Eve in downtown Santa Rosa

What: New Year’s Eve on the Square

When: 5 p.m. Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1

Where: Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa

Admission: Free

Information: newyearssantarosa.com

___

Searching for more New Year’s events? Visit pd2go.net/NYE2017.

Show Comment