New Year’s Eve at Legoland. Courtesy of the theme park

If you didn’t make plans for New Year’s Eve, remember that spontaneity can be the spice of life. Here are seven last-minute ideas for celebrating the new year in America’s Finest City.

1. Holiday Bowl — Celebrate by watching two top-25 college football teams — Northwestern and Utah — vie for supremacy at this year’s Holiday Bowl. The pre-game party begins at 1:30 p.m., and kickoff is at 4 p.m. Tickets are available online. Don’t forget to take the trolley and avoid the traffic.

2. Party All Night in Pacific Beach — San Diego’s largest New Year’s Eve beach party takes place at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. There’s even an optional nighttime cruise on San Diego Bay. Tickets are available online.

3. Legoland — Grab the kids and celebrate midnight early as a giant Lego brick drops in the Carlsbad theme park. The celebration includes live music and fireworks. And it’s all over by 7 p.m.

4. Head to The Beach — Rain is in the forecast for Monday afternoon, but it should be dry in the evening. Grab a picnic basket, a blanket, warm clothes and head to any one of the San Diego’s famous beaches.

The Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego.

5. Party 40 Floors Up — Celebrate above the city at the Top of the Hyatt. The New Year’s Eve package includes champagne, hors d’oeuvres, a live DJ, dancing and spectacular views.

6. Gaslamp — Head to the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego for the region’s widest selection of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. The Metropolitan Transit System has scheduled extra trains, with the last leaving after 2 a.m., so it’s easy to party late and safely.

7. Lemon Grove — It’s not Times Square, but you can ring in the new year next to the giant lemon at Promenade Park in downtown Lemon Grove. There will be a ball drop at 9 p.m., face painting, a bouncy house and hot cocoa. And it’s right on the trolley line.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.