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
Ring in the New Year with confetti, pyro and 30,000 of your closest friends. Nearly 30 dance acts invade San Bernardino's NOS Events Center for this year-end fest, which has now expanded to two nights. This year's lineup is yet to come out, but last year's toast to the new year included the likes of Kaskade and DJ Snake.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 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 fourth 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. 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
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 presented , 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! A portion of all proceeds to benefit the Akola Project. See our photos from Prohibition New Year's Eve 2015.Read more
No need to camp out in the cold to see the 128th 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 opportunity to see the intricate floral handiwork in person, from just a few feet away.Read more