New Year's Eve in Los Angeles
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New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles: Where to Celebrate

Did you know Los Angeles is ranked as one of the top places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the country? Spending New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles is an experience unlike any other. Between theme park celebrations and the never-ending list of parties, you’ll have trouble deciding where to go and what to do!
Attend any of LA’s prominent parties, celebrations, and events for a memorable New Year’s Eve.


Multi-colored fireworks explode over Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California on New Year's Eve

Top New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Los Angeles

From jaw-dropping fireworks displays to epic citywide countdowns, Los Angeles knows the meaning of “go big or go home” on New Year’s Eve. Celebrate the new year with some of the biggest and best celebrations around LA.

Disneyland Resort

I can’t think of a more magical way to end the year than at Disneyland Resort. On top of spending the day on classic theme park rides, you’ll ring in 2019 with an over-the-top fireworks display at midnight.
Plus, keep the holidays going with all of Disneyland’s festivities including Christmas parades, seasonal decor, and unbelievable performances complete with thousands upon thousands of lights.

Knott’s Berry Farm

If you’d rather celebrate New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles by screaming your head off on world-class roller coasters, I recommend a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm. With thrill rides such as the all-new HangTime coaster, you’re guaranteed to end the year on a high note at Knott’s!
The park stays open late until 1:00 am on New Year’s Eve for an exciting countdown and fireworks celebration to kick off the new year.

The Queen Mary

For a New Year’s Eve filled with history and extravagance, board the Queen Mary. You’ll celebrate with live music, dancers, DJs, professional pianos, and so much more entertainment. And you can’t miss the incredible fireworks displays from the ship’s stern at the stroke of midnight.
The New Year’s Eve extravaganza begins at 8:00 pm and runs until 1:00 am. Tickets will sell out, so hurry up and claim your spot!
Keep the party going by reserving a room onboard, too.

Universal Studios Hollywood

EVE at Universal Studios Hollywood is known as one of the top places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles—and for a good reason!
During the day, experience the adrenaline rush of Universal’s extreme rides, attractions, shows, and experiences. As the new year approaches, the park transforms into one gigantic party complete with music, drinks, souvenirs, and a massive fireworks display! Trust me, you do not want to miss EVE at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Aquarium of the Pacific

This year, the Aquarium of the Pacific stays open late for the 3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Night Dive. Ring in the new year with the marine animals, tropical fish, and other underwater species!
The event includes live bands, DJs, a cash bar, dancing, and more. Guests are invited to dress up, but a dress code is not followed. The fun begins at 8:00 pm and lasts into the new year at 1:00 am.

LA Zoo Lights

While LA Zoo Lights is a Los Angeles Christmas tradition, it’s also home to fantastic New Year’s Eve fun. In addition to thousands upon thousands of lights around the zoo, Zoo Lights throws a New Year’s Eve party unlike any other.
Guests enjoy a buffet dinner and dessert, a live broadcast of the Times Square ball drop, dancing, and so much more. Of course, you have to visit all your favorite furry friends along the way, too!
Tickets must be purchased in advance, as NYE guests receive express entry to LA Zoo Lights.

Marina del Rey New Year’s Eve

Among the most popular ways to party on New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles is the Marina del Rey celebrations. This year includes a glow party and fireworks show!
The glow party features dancers, music, live DJs, face painting, a photo booth, food trucks, and so much more. The event is family-friendly so bring the whole crew!
Best of all, this NYE event is completely free. Parking is $8 at Lot #77 and Lot #4 on Mindanao Way. But arrive early to claim your parking spot—they fill up, and fast.

New Year’s Eve with Pink Martini

Spend New Year’s Eve with the LA Philharmonic at the renowned Walt Disney Concert Hall. This year’s concert program features an eclectic line-up of music, performers, and more. The orchestra performs twice on New Year’s Eve at 7:00 pm and 10:30 pm.

N.Y.E.L.A.

N.Y.E.L.A. is hands down the biggest event on New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles. Ring in the new year with tourists and locals alike in Grand Park. The event offers music and dancing with two stages, 3D digital video mapping, and an awe-inspiring light show, among other activities and entertainment.
Countdown to the new year at midnight at LA’s biggest New Year’s Eve party!

Friends celebrating at a New Year's Eve in Los Angeles party

Los Angeles New Year’s Eve Parties

If you’d rather spend your New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles partying it up, you’re in luck! The city is chock full of parties, ranging from elegant affairs to energetic entertainment.
Consider attending any of the top New Year’s Eve parties in LA, including:

Of course, these parties are only a handful of what LA has to offer on New Year’s Eve!

The exterior of the Queen Mary in Los Angeles

Attractions Open on New Year’s Eve

For families traveling with young kids, making it all the way to midnight can be a challenge. Fortunately, several of Los Angeles’ top attractions are open all day on New Year’s Eve.
Aquarium of the Pacific
9:00 am – 6:00 pm (Event after hours)
Disneyland Resort
8:00 am – 2:00 am
Knott’s Berry Farm
10:00 am – 1:00 am
Universal Studios Hollywood
8:00 am – 2:00 am
The Queen Mary
10:00 am – 1:00 am
Madame Tussauds Hollywood
10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Six Flags Magic Mountain
10:30 am – 6:00 pm

How Will You Spend New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles?

No matter how you choose to spend the last day of 2018, remember to book your Los Angeles hotel room as soon as possible! Hotels will sell out, so make your reservation today.

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