Need help figuring out what to do for New Year's? Whether you're flying solo, hanging with friends or have the little ones in tow, we've got plenty of great things to do for New Year's Eve and day, from a midday kids' celebration and ice skating to costume parties and off-color comedy shows. Here, our list of the best New Year's Eve events in Los Angeles.
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New Year's Eve events in Los Angeles
Travel back to the 1920s for this massive Prohibition era-themed NYE party, set in downtown's 1930s art deco marvel, Union Station. The Main Concourse serves as the decadent celebration's backdrop, offering live DJ sets and jazz, tray-passed oysters, burlesque dancers, custom cocktails and Champagne. The fabulously dressed crowd sets the scene—Roaring Twenties attire is encouraged (think: flapper dresses, feathered headbands, tuxedos, top hats and spats); formal attire is required. See our photos from Prohibition New Year's Eve 2014.Read more
Getting out for New Year’s Eve can become one of the priciest dates of the year—especially if you have to pony up for a babysitter. But this year, Grand Park (most well-known for its food truck gatherings, lunchtime yoga sessions and summertime concerts) promises to be one of the most family-friendly—and affordable—NYE destinations in the city for the third year in a row. Flanked by the Music Center and City Hall, every inch of this three-block greenspace will be covered in culture, including City Hall, which will be used as a 22-story canvas for projections of photo-booth pics taken onsite, 3-D projections and a countdown. Crowds will rock steady to a soundtrack of DJ-driven tunes, and count down with a new, interactive countdown, featuring 3-D digital video mapping on two sides of City Hall. After an overwhelmingly succesful turnout at its inuagural night, the event was expanded to include nearby city streets, with enough space to accommodate 50,000 people. RECOMMENDED: New Year's Eve parties in Los AngelesRead more
You can hit up the W’s Rooftop anyday of the year, but with its 360-degree Downtown skyline-meets-Hollywood-Hills view, this trusted destination still serves as a stellar locale for NYE. Inside, the night is made special not by LED walls or caged dancers, but by DJ talent that knows how to capture the energy of a party and elevate care-free rug cutters to the next level of joy. Listen for feel-good house and deep-beat sets. Or, steal away for a pensive, one-on-one moment with nature or a makeout sesh in a cabana alongside the wetdeck—this is New Year's in LA, after all.Read more
Ring in 2016 aboard the Queen Mary. The 21 and over party has something for everyone on New Year's Eve—whether you want a more mellow evening with food, drink and live musical performances (think: dueling pianos, '80s tribute bands, jazz and more) or to dance the night away in a club-like atmosphere—they've got you covered. This year, the ship embarks on a "voyage" around the world with a rotating cocktail menu that'll draw inspiration from New Orleans to Moscow. When the clock strikes midnight, share a New Year's kiss under a dazzling fireworks display over the Pacific Ocean—cheesy, we know, but still romantic. General admission tickets include all on-board entertainment and party favors (food and drink are not included). VIP tickets give you access to VIP decks as well as three complimentary cocktails.Read more
No need to camp out in the cold to see the 127th annual Rose Parade firsthand this New Year's Day. Instead, watch the LA tradition from home and mosey on over to Sierra Madre Boulevard and Washington Street in Pasadena to view the floats post-parade. Once the crowds have died down, view the floats close up. The stunning float showcase is a unique opporutnity to see the intricate floral handiwork in person, from just a few feet away.Read more
LA's favorite dance party—the artsy, all-inclusive A Club Called Rhonda—goes all out for New Year's Eve, as would be expected. The outfit, known for attracting extreme dressers, will take over the Standard Downtown high-rise, expanding the celebration where the past year meets "the fierce year to come" across all 13 floors and four discotheques. Party from the lobby to the rooftop pool—the whole place is the domain of the "citizens of Rhondapolis." If you really want to commit to the experience, book one of the 207 private rooms, and then stick around on New Year's Day for the poolside hangover party.Read more
For those who maintain an active nightlife throughout the year, big party holidays can feel offputtingly bloated and overdone. If you’re looking to pound it out on the dancefloor rather than be entertained with blinking LED screens, costumed performers or celebrity antics, this stripped-down dance party of 300 at the King King is your 21-and-up, fuss-free jam come New Year's. There will be a continual dose of deep and funky house into the afterhours, only breaking to make a modest champagne toast at midnight.Read more
Touted as Hollywood's biggest and most popular New Year's Eve party, this Cleopatra-themed fete is set fittingly and charmingly at the classic Egyptian Theatre. Dress like an Egyptian (if you so choose), then dance and mingle in the theater's heated courtyard amid a hieroglyphics light show, go-go dancers, DJs, a premium open bar and giant LED countdown. Tickets are known to sell out, so plan ahead now.Read more
The new year is all about self-awareness. So why not use the last hours of 2015 to bathe in indulgent anonymity? Replicate the sultry fun of Eyes Wide Shut—minus the whole sex party thing—at this masked party steeped in twisted, opulent design and populated with stilt walkers, tarot card readers and face painters. Indulge in custom made, hand-rolled cigars (you pick the blend), cava, wine, modernist tapas and desserts. Then dance it all off to DJ-spun pop, rock, hip-hip and house in this multi-roomed, Philip Starck-designed space that lets you find your type of reveler (effervescent souls will gravitate toward the pink Patisserie, vixens to the blood-red lit Rojo) despite the many masks.Read more
Lights & Music presents this '80s and '90s dance party extravaganza—spend your New Year's Eve moving to music inspired by Prince, the Spice Girls, Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, Salt-n-Peppa, New Edition, Blondie, Talking Heads, Bobby Brown, Janet Jackson, David Bowie, Debbie Deb, the Cure, George Michael and Depeche Mode, to name a few. Arrive before 10pm and you'll be let in for free—if you come later, it's $10 at the door.Read more
To celebrate both the new year and the Irish pub's original opening year in 1936, Tom Bergin's will be throwing a 1930s-themed bash to remember. Put on your decade-appropriate wear and indulge in a prix-fixe menu for $36.19 sure to feature some of the pub's star dishes. Stay past dinner for a DJ set and revelry that will will carry into 2015.Read more
This cute kid celebration mimics a grown-up New Year's Eve fete but counts down to a balloon drop at noon rather than midnight. Little ones can make party hats and noise makers together beforehand, dance to live music and sip on sparkling cider to welcome in the "noon" year.Read more