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New Year’s Eve events in Los Angeles

Ring in 2022 with the best New Year's Eve events in Los Angeles, from a fireworks show to a swanky party

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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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 movie screenings and ice skating to costume parties and fireworks. 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

Marina del Rey New Year’s Eve Fireworks
  • Things to do
  • Fireworks

Marina del Rey rings in the new year with two pyro-filled countdowns. The waterfront city has fireworks at both 9pm and midnight (or a minute before, to be precise). While the fireworks are set off near 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.

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  • Performances

There won’t be an in-person party this year yet again, but Grand Park is still hosting a free sendoff to 2021 with this virtual New Year’s Eve event. Esty, DUCKWRTH and Kinky will headline the evening, with DJ sets in between from Peanut Butter Wolf and J.Rocc. And the annual countdown on City Hall will carry on in digital form thanks to a 3-D recreation on the stream. You can tune in on traditional TV via Fuse, or you can find free streams on the Fuse and Grand Park YouTube pages.

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  • Nightlife

Most New Year’s Eve parties in L.A. celebrate the stroke of midnight on the West Coast, and a bunch mark the ball drop on the East Coast, as well. But Big Bar typically celebrates the occasion with 10 countdowns. That’s 10 different playlists with 10 original cocktails for each hour—and to make up for a NYE-less 2020, each block is inspired by a different year of Big Bar's signature event, starting with 2011 at 3pm. Just a heads up: This year's event will be held outdoors only, and proof of vaccination will be required for the patio.

  • Music
  • Music festivals

Ring in the New Year with confetti, pyro and 30,000 of your closest friends at Countdown. Expect over 30 dance acts to invade San Bernardino’s NOS Events Center for this year-end fest—which will take over both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. This year’s lineup includes deadmau5, Tiësto, NGHTMRE, RL Grime, Rezz, Subtronics, Afrojack, Major Lazer and more.

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The parade itself may be a New Year’s Day tradition, but the night before is just as much a part of the experience. Rose Parade attendees camp out on the sidewalks the night before the floral-filled parade for a noisy (and cold) party in Pasadena.

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  • Ice skating

The annual L.A. Kings ice skating rink once again returns to L.A. Live. Skate around the dazzling Christmas tree that stands in the middle of the outdoor rink, and take in an LED holiday light show on the huge screens around the plaza.

  • Clubs

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.

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