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 a free festival in Downtown L.A. 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
Ring in 2020 with thousands of fellow Angelenos at the closest event L.A. has to a communal countdown. Show up early for live music, photogenic installations and food trucks, and stick around for a midnight countdown projected onto City Hall.
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.
Marina del Rey rings in the new year in style, starting with a free family-friendly glow party. The waterfront city has fireworks at both 9pm and midnight (or a minute before, to be precise). While the fireworks are set off from Burton Chace Park, all of the restaurants with harbor views should have visibility of the fireworks. Some of the restaurants host ticket dinners for a pricey cost, so we suggest finding a spot along the water and enjoying the fireworks for free.
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 attendees.
A couple times a year, Minimal Effort brings together some of the top talent in the underground house and techno scene. They throw a helluva party that requires, well, minimal effort on your part to have a good time. For New Year’s Eve, expect sets from Sirus Hood, Bart Skils B2B with a special guest, Ross From Friends, Sharam, Detlef B2B Latmun, Doc Martin and more.
Spend a sparkly New Year’s Eve at the Orpheum as contemporary pin-up icon Dita Von Teese hosts this year-end burlesque showcase.
Ring in the New Year with confetti, pyro and 30,000 of your closest friends at Countdown. Over30 dance acts invade San Bernardino’s NOS Events Center for this year-end fest. Alesso, Borgore, Galantis, Porter Robinson, the Chainsmokers and more top this year’s lineup.
What kid doesn’t love to go to Disneyland? And on New Year’s Eve, the theme park stays open late (to 2am) and has even more magical happenings. We all know Disneyland does fireworks nearly nightly, but on New Year’s Eve they have a special showing in honor of the new year. Many of the restaurants inside the park also have special events or menus for the holiday, so do your research and get a reservation. You’ll have two chances to watch the fireworks: at 9pm and 11:59pm.
Ring in 2020 aboard the Queen Mary. The 21-and-over, 1920s-themed party has something for everyone on New Year’s Eve—whether you want a more mellow evening with food, drink and live musical performances 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.
Go on rides during the day and stick around for a fireworks display at night at Universal Studios Hollywood’s New Year’s Eve celebration. You’ll find multiple party areas around the park with desserts, beer, wine and champagne available for purchase at each.
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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.