Santa, Ugly Sweaters, and New Year’s Eve in Downtown Alameda

Alameda Island Brewing CompanySanta visits Downtown Alameda invites you to join them Sunday, December 20 for their first annual “Ugly Holiday Sweater Party & Contest.” Prizes will be given for “the best of the worst.” Festivities start at Noon and go until closing at 6:00pm.

AIBC is a family-friendly venue… Bring the kids to meet Santa from 5:00pm to 6:00pm! For an afternoon of family fun, pick out a board game to play while you wait for his appearance.

Adults will find a terrific lineup of specialty brews at AIBC, from Neptune’s Pale Ale to Park Street Morning Porter. If you haven’t been there yet, the knowledgeable beer servers can guide you through the beer selection and easily direct you to something you will enjoy. Perhaps you’ll find something you’ve never tried before — Owner/Head Brewer Matthew Fox is constantly running what he likes to call research and development batches.

AIBC also has rootbeer on tap and a few other non-alcoholic options.

Alameda Island Brewing CompanyEnjoy the party and find out what’s on tap by visiting Alameda Island Brewing Company in person at 1716 Park Street.

A current list of beers is also posted on their website:

Downtown Tip: Don’t have an ugly sweater in your closet? Try looking through the racks at an Alameda thrift shop such as Goodwill (2319 Lincoln Ave) or Salvation Army (1915 Park Street).

Make A Reservation For New Year’s Eve

Downtown Alameda has a New Year’s Eve celebration for every taste and every budget. It’s not too early (or too late) to make plans. You can simply meet up with friends at one of your favorite restaurants, catch a movie, or extend the evening by ringing in 2016 at one of the district’s many lounge parties.

Make a reservation today! Here are a few picks that require reservations in advance: 

Capone's Speakeasy, AlamedaNew Year’s Eve Midnight Bash
C’era Una Volta, 1332 Park Street
Enjoy romantic music from the American Songbook and lively tunes of the boomer era performed by The Jim Franz- Jan & Nichols Band. A special 4-course dinner starts at 9:00pm and includes live music, dancing, and midnight party. The staff at C’era Una Volta will be pouring Prosecco at arrival and at midnight.. Cost is $80/person. Reservations and details: (510) 769-4828,

New Years Eve Masquerade Ball
Capone’s Speakeasy (1400 Park Street, 510-522-2391)
Dance to live music with Lisa Gonick & the Damfino Players (jazz, swing, and blues) plus Lost Dog Found (high energy jump swing) from 8:00pm to 1:00am. $100 cover includes All-Night Buffet, Champagne Toast, Balloon Drop, and Dancing. Pre-Sale tickets available by filling out reservation form on or call (510) 522-2391.

New Year’s Eve Formal
Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
Have a blast at a 1960’s prom theme party on New Year’s Eve. Dance to live music provided by the Lee Vilensky Trio (jazz, surf, go-go). The late dinner seating includes champagne toast & favors. Reservations and details: (510) 522-1300,

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