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Monterey, CA 700 Munras Avenue, Monterey, California 93940

First Night Monterey

December 31, 2023 to December 31, 2023
3:00 PM - 11:59 PM

About this event

Rain or Shine! Many Performances will be moved indoors

Don’t miss a fantastic New Year’s Eve celebration in beautiful Downtown Monterey. Enjoy an amazing array of top entertainment to choose from during First Night Monterey as it turns age 30!

Save the Date and Ring in the New Year on Saturday, December 31, 2023 with an unforgettable celebration in Monterey, CA that attracts people from around the world. The multi-award-winning annual First Night Monterey 2023 is a very special family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in historic downtown Monterey. Advance discounted buttons are available for purchase now. As New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday this year, the Monterey’s First Night celebration will give families a great way to ring in the New Year.

Join us for the Twilight Procession as we enjoy the lights, the magic, and the joy of First Night into the New Year! It's a Mardi-Gras-style walking parade that begins at Portola Plaza and moves down Alvarado Street to Pearl Street, featuring bands, dance groups, large-scale movable sculptures, puppets, and costumed people. Successful elements include height, sound, lights and glow-in-the-dark materials. The Twilight Procession also serves as the finale for Kids' Night Out!

The Twilight Procession includes Art Cars, there are murals to take selfies by, and the Resolution Scuplture are just a few of the artful projects awaiting First Night’ers.

If you or your group would like to be part of The Twilight Procession, there is a form to complete on the website,

First Night Monterey has a great entertainment line-up! List of performances with a detailed schedule listed on the event website, (Subject to change - most up to date on website)

First Night Monterey tickets are a colorful button which holds the image of New Beginnings and First Night 2024. Designed by a CSUMB student every year, attendees use it to check in all of the indoor sites. The winner this year was Matthew Lencioni. Beginning in November, buttons can be bought online at and after the first of December at all Safeway stores in Monterey County.

First Night Monterey Button Admission Details can be found on the event website. See Pricing below:

ADULT BUTTON (16 and older)

$22 Early Bird Price November 14th to December 12th

$26 Advance Purchase Price Until December 30th

$30 Full Price December 31 (Day of Celebration), available at Event

YOUTH BUTTON (6-15 years old)

$13 Early Bird Price November 14th to December 12th

$16 Advance Purchase Price Until December 30th

$20 Full Price December 31st (Day of Celebration), available at Event Kiosks

Children five and under are admitted free!

Buttons can be purchased online and there is more information can be found here:

For more information: or call 831-373-4778.

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