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Celebrate 2020’s arrival at these New Year’s Day events in L.A.

Kick off 2020 with these New Year's Day events, from a recovery party to one of the oldest parades around

Rose Parade 2015.
Photograph: Michael Juliano Rose Parade 2015.

Some of us will spend the morning after New Year’s Eve nursing a hangover or hiding underneath the covers. But for those looking to seize on the promise of another year, there are a handful of New Year’s Day events to get a jumpstart on 2020. From a polar plunge in Venice to a century-old Pasadena tradition, these are the best New Year’s Day events.

New Year’s Day events in L.A.

Rose Parade 2015
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Things to do

Rose Parade

Various locations in L.A.,

The first Rose Parade in 1890 was staged to show off California’s sun-kissed climate. The tradition is still going strong, complete with elaborate floral floats, musical performances and marching troupes (not to mention the crowning of the fresh-faced Rose Queen and her court), but the celebration now draws more than a million spectators who line the streets of Pasadena.

Tournament of Roses Parade: Post-Parade Float Showcase
Photograph: Courtesy Tournament of Roses
Things to do, Walks and tours

Tournament of Roses Parade: Post-Parade Float Showcase

Various locations in L.A.,

No need to camp out in the cold to see the annual Rose Parade firsthand this New Year’s Day. Instead, watch the L.A. tradition from home and mosey on over to Sierra Madre Boulevard and Washington Street in Pasadena to view the floats post-parade. Though the thick crowds can rival the parade itself, this is the best opportunity to view the floats close up.

Hansen Dam Polar Plunge
Photograph: Courtesy Council District 7
Things to do, Quirky events

Polar Bear Plunge

Various locations in L.A.,

Swimmers across the city will take to the not-so-icy waters for the annual Polar Bear Plunge. Water and air temperatures on New Year’s Day typically hover around 60 degrees, which is Arctic enough if you ask us. Spectate or dive in during meet-ups at Cabrillo Beach, Hansen Dam, Venice Beach and Huntington Beach, among others.

Still need plans for New Year’s Eve?

Prohibition NYE at Union Station
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Things to do

New Year’s Eve parties in Los Angeles

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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