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New Year's Eve parties in Los Angeles

Find the best New Year's Eve parties in Los Angeles with our list of the city's most celebratory soirees

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Prohibition NYE at Union Station

Figuring out what to do for New Year's Eve in Los Angeles can be a challenge—should it be a black-tie affair? A laid-back shindig? A dance-til-morning marathon with music to match? To help suss out where you want to be when the ball drops, we've put together a list of the city's best events—from lavish and pricey to casual and, yes, free. Here, the best New Year's Eve parties in L.A.

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The best New Year's Eve parties in L.A.

Bootie L.A.: NYE Shit Show

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If steep VIP fees or formal galas make you want to stay home, then Bootie is your best bet. This party doesn’t charge a giant cover or encourage dressing to the nines for the night. Instead, it embraces the true spirit of NYE (it’s messy!) by welcoming an unpretentious crowd to let their hair down, dance their faces off and playfully twerk and sing to mash-ups galore. And to further inspire reluctant travelers to get off the couch and into its playful world, Bootie L.A. will gift its famous mash-up mixtape to the first 300 people who get the party started.

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The Regent Theater , Skid Row Saturday December 31 2016

Grand Park New Year's Eve LA

Grand Park 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 live bands, and count down with a new, interactive countdown featuring 3-D digital video mapping on two sides of City Hall.

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Grand Park , Downtown Saturday December 31 2016

Candi Pop Dance Party

Lights & Music presents this turn-of-the-millennium-themed dance party extravaganza—spend your New Year's Eve moving to your bubblegum pop favorites like the Spice Girls, *NSYNC, Madonna and Britney Spears, 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. No matter when you arrive, expect plenty of glitter, lollipops, rainbows, unicorns and girl power.

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The Satellite , Silver Lake Saturday December 31 2016

A Dream Disco

Ring in 2017 from the swanky, gothic auditorium of the Theatre at Ace Hotel. Partake in a confetti-filled countdown and dance party inside the theater. Alternatively, splurge on a three-course, open bar dinner party served on stage.

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The Theatre at Ace Hotel , Downtown Historic Core Saturday December 31 2016

Prohibition NYE

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, featuring live DJ sets and jazz, burlesque dancers, custom cocktails and Champagne. The fabulously dressed 21+ crowd sets the scene—Roaring Twenties attire is encouraged (think: flapper dresses, feathered headbands, tuxedos, top hats and spats); formal attire is required. Stick around for the NYE countdown and dropping of a 60-foot custom ball!

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Union Station , Downtown Saturday December 31 2016

W Hollywood New Years

You can hit up the W’s Rooftop any day 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 L.A., after all.

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W Hollywood , Hollywood Saturday December 31 2016

Cleopatra's New Year's Eve Ball

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.

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Egyptian Theatre , Hollywood Saturday December 31 2016

New Year’s Eve aboard the Queen Mary

Ring in 2017 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. 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.

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Queen Mary , Long Beach Saturday December 31 2016

New Year's Eve at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs

It's tricky to find New Year's Eve plans that won't leave you feeling both out of place and out of money, but this music-centric fest at the Commune at Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs solves both holiday conundrums with sets from YACHT and X.X.T. Show up Friday night or Saturday afternoon for the Pie Town's Supertemporal Southwestern Sock Hop DJs in the Amigo Room and Poolside. Finish off your night of good vibes with a midnight champagne toast, included with the well-worth-it price of admission.

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Ace Hotel Palm Springs , Palm Springs Friday December 30 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016

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New Year's Eve events in Los Angeles

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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By: Michael Juliano

Comments

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Jack M
Jack M

Another fun event for this: The Groundlings Theatre is doing a big celebration on New Year's Eve too!

Sara Fay
Sara Fay moderator

@Jack M Hey Jack, please shoot us an email and we'll add it to the list! music.la@timeout.com

Bernie Y
Bernie Y

How can I add an event to this list?