You may not be able to see the ball drop live in Los Angeles, but there are still plenty of impressive shows to be seen come December 31. Though there are a lot of New Year’s Eve parties across the city, these events are a cut above the rest thanks to one extra-sparkly factor: fireworks. There might not be a ton of official New Year’s Eve firework shows in Los Angeles, but there are quite a few options on how to view the ones that are taking place.
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Where to see New Year’s Eve fireworks in L.A.
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. 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.
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 three party areas (Latin favorites near Jurassic Park – The Ride, EDM at Simpsons Plaza and radio hits in Universal Plaza) with desserts, beer, wine and champagne available for purchase at each.
Ring in 2018 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, Sir Mix-A-Lot, a Selena tribute band) or to dance the night away in a club-like atmosphere.
You can also find a dinner reservation at one of the waterfront restaurants at the Pike, or embark on a Long Beach Fireworks New Year's Eve Cruise, chartered by Catalina King Yacht on a 400-person boat.
Knott’s Berry Farm goes all out during the holiday season, turning the theme park into the annual Knott's Merry Farm with holiday decorations, music and snow. For New Year’s Eve, they take it a step further with extended hours (10am on Dec 31 to 1am on Jan 1), a countdown to midnight and fireworks. Look out for live music throughout the evening, as well as en evening buffet at Spur’s Restaurant.