New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles: Things to Do and Where to Celebrate

December 5, 2019

Toss some confetti! It’s time to live it up on New Year’s Eve surrounded by all the glitz and glamour that Los Angeles has to offer.

It may be on the opposite side of the country from the classic New Year’s Eve destination Times Square, but there’s no doubt LA offers its own New Year’s Eve experience unlike any other.

The moonlit waves crashing on the outskirts of the city combined with opportunities to run into stars at every turn make this a celebration spot you won’t want to pass up. 

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The West Coast haven offers theme park celebrations and a never-ending list of activities. Attend one of LA’s prominent parties, celebrations, or events for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve.

Top New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Los Angeles

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

Disneyland Resort

Is there a more magical place to end the year than at Disneyland?

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After spending the day on classic theme park rides, bring in the new year with an enchanting over-the-top fireworks display at midnight.

Plus, let the holidays linger a little longer with all of Disneyland’s festivities, including Christmas parades, seasonal decor, and unbelievable performances -- complete with thousands upon thousands of glowing lights.

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Knott’s Berry Farm

This 57-acre theme park filled with thrills on every acre is another excellent way to spend the evening in Los Angeles. With thrill rides such as the HangTime coaster, you’re guaranteed to end the year on a high note at Knott’s Berry Farm!

The park stays open late until 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve for an exciting countdown, live entertainment, and a fireworks celebration to kick off the new year.

Universal Studios Hollywood

EVE at Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles -- and for good reason!

During the day, experience the adrenaline rush of Universal’s extreme rides, attractions, shows, and experiences.

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As the new year approaches, the park transforms into one gigantic party complete with music, dancing, and a massive fireworks display! Trust us. You do not want to miss EVE at Universal Studios Hollywood.

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Aquarium of the Pacific

At the end of the year, the Aquarium of the Pacific stays open after-hours for the spectacular New Year’s Eve Night Dive. Ring in the new year under the sea with marine animals, tropical fish, and other underwater species!

Guests are invited to dress up, but there’s no dress code. Party with karaoke, a photo booth, and a confetti countdown! The fun begins at 8 p.m. and lasts into the new year at 1 a.m.

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 the surreal glow from thousands of lights and light animals around the zoo, Zoo Lights throws a family New Year’s Eve party for the books.

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Guests enjoy a buffet dinner and dessert, a live broadcast of the Times Square ball drop, dancing, and so much more. Of course, you’ll get to visit all your favorite furry friends along the way, too!

Marina del Rey New Year’s Eve

Wave goodbye to the old year under the light of a magnificent fireworks show near the sea at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey. There are two firework shows, actually -- one at 8:59 p.m. and another at 11:59 p.m. 

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There will also be live broadcasts of the East and West Coast countdowns to the new year. Best of all, the event is totally free!

N.Y.E.L.A.

Commonly known as the flagship New Year’s Eve celebration of the West Coast, N.Y.E.L.A. is a roaring good time that will have you breaking into song and dance.

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It typically takes place in Grand Park but went virtual last year due to the pandemic. Check the event's page for details on the 2021 event this year. 

Los Angeles New Year’s Eve Parties

If you’re looking to party like Gatsby this New Year’s Eve, there are plenty of great places around the city where you can do just that!

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Check out these events, ranging from elegant affairs to energetic entertainment.

Let’s get the party started...

Gatsby’s Penthouse LA New Year’s Eve Party 2022

At this party, you can literally party like Gatsby, as that’s the theme! Take it back to the roaring 20s atop LA’s tallest skyscraper, the U.S. Bank Building, where you can end the year on a high. Come in your best flapper dress or zoot suit to party all night long! Don’t get stuck in New Year’s Eve past -- this year, spend the evening at an event that is sure to draw in the whole city.

Moonlight New Year’s Eve Party Cruise 2022

Head to sea on a luxury yacht and take in the striking views of the gorgeous Marina del Rey as you celebrate the new year.

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Waltz across the sky deck in your formal attire, sampling hors d'oeuvres and dancing along the way. The firework show over the moonlit ocean is the perfect way to bid the old year adieu!

19th Annual New Year’s Eve Yacht Party

Grab your tickets ASAP for this annual event, as it’s sold out all 18 years prior! A multi-level luxury yacht is the best setting to wave farewell to last year and all the highs and lows it brought with it. Celebrate a fresh start on the dance floor or one of the outdoor decks -- the whole yacht is yours for exploring.

Club Decade New Year’s Eve at Boardner’s by La Belle

Break the mold of the top 40 at this New Year’s Eve party that promises a blast from the past. Move and groove to various music genres from a variety of decades, starting with the 60s. The party hosts have a few tricks up their sleeve, like secret guests and a photo booth. Grab a pre-sale ticket to ensure your spot today!

Back to the 80’s New Year’s Eve Party

Live music from The Reflexx 80s cover band at the Old World Biergarten on Huntington Beach will get the good times rolling this New Year’s Eve! Grab some grub at the outside grill that will be open. Parking will be free once you get there, but get your tickets today to guarantee entrance to this can’t-miss concert.

It’s time to tip your party hat to a good time. Keep in mind, these are only a handful of the many parties LA has to offer on New Year’s Eve!

Attractions Open on New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles

For families with young kids, making it all the way to midnight can be a challenge. The kids deserve a chance to celebrate, too! Fortunately, several of Los Angeles’ top attractions are open all day on New Year’s Eve.

Aquarium of the Pacific

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Event after hours)

Disneyland Resort

8 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Knott’s Berry Farm

8 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Universal Studios Hollywood

9 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Madame Tussauds Hollywood Wax Museum

11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Six Flags Magic Mountain

10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

The Best Los Angeles Eats on New Year’s Eve

What’s a party without delicious party food? Satisfy your appetite on New Year’s Eve at one of the best spots in Los Angeles.

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Abernethy’s at the Music Center

A special five-course prix fixe menu of modern soul food awaits you on New Year’s Eve at Abernethy’s

E.P. & L.P.

Come for the food and stay for the party at this restaurant and rooftop bar, offering modern Asian fare. First, enjoy a six-course family-style dinner. After you’ve eaten to your heart’s content, head to the roof for a “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” themed rooftop party to ring in the new year. 

L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele

Italian food and pizza lovers alike will be right at home at L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele. The restaurant was featured in the 2010 movie “Eat Pray Love” and will offer a prix fixe dinner special on New Year’s Eve.

The Village Bakery and Cafe 

End the night with dessert at The Village Bakery and Cafe. We recommend the s'mores bar if you're craving something rich with ooey-gooey goodness. 

Cafe Dulce

Known for donuts and drinks like coffee and tea, this cafe is the perfect spot to grab a quick snack. Donuts with unconventional toppings like Fruity Pebbles or bacon bits? Sign us up.

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

No matter how you choose to spend the last day of 2022 in La La Land, 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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While you’re at it, bundle your hotel stay with your attraction tickets to make the most of your trip. Ready to turn the page to a new year? The countdown begins!

What Did We Miss?

Any incredible things to do or places to go in Los Angeles this New Year's Eve that we've overlooked? Share with us in the comments below?

 

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