This Year, Do Something Different for New Year’s Eve.
We all get caught up in the rush of the holidays. After the busy month of December draws to a close, celebrating New Year’s Eve can feel like an afterthought.
All over LA, there will be amazing events for New Year’s Eve, and to help relieve the stress of planning yet another celebration on your own, we’ve personally picked some of the best New Year’s Eve events to welcome 2020. Whether you’re looking for a wild night with friends or an afternoon activity with the family, we’ve got you covered!
For a Fun Night Out
Where: December 31, 2019 6 PM – 2 AM
When: Circle Bar, Santa Monica
Cost: $39 – $69
Iconic and plenty of fun, the Santa Monica New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl is a great way to welcome 2020. Enjoy Santa Monica’s hottest bars throughout the night and attend an after party for participants. It’s the perfect low-key event for you and your friends to celebrate! Drink specials include $4 drafts as well as 2 for $16 premiums and champagnes.
Where: Fantasea One Yacht, 13509 Fiji Way, Dock 52, Marina del Rey
When: December 31, 2019 8:30 PM – 1 AM
Cost: $149 – $250
If you want to welcome the New Year with class, consider spending the evening on an elegant, oversized luxury yacht. The Fantasea One is 125 feet long and has four levels, including lounges, a dance floor, and outdoor decks. You’ll have a chance to dance and mingle while cruising through the scenic Marina del Rey Harbor. The event includes a 4-hour yacht cruise, two cocktails (full bar available), a midnight champagne toast, and more.
Where: Union Station, 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles
When: December 31, 2019 9 PM – 2 AM
Cost: $175 – $2,500
Bring in the New Year with the excitement and glamor of the Roaring Twenties! Enjoy live jazz, a headlining DJ set, theatrical burlesque, and a premium open bar. Prohibition also has its own 60 foot, midnight ball drop celebration. This unique party will be held in Los Angeles’ Union Station, giving it the spontaneous and exclusive feel of a venue that’s only open once a year.
Where: 1126 Queens Highway Long Beach, CA 90802
When: December 31, 2019 8 PM – 1 AM
Cost: $120 – $220
While the world will countdown to 2020, the world-famous Queen Mary will celebrate decades of decadence with our New Year’s Eve: Past and Present party. The ship’s decks and ballrooms will be brought to life with live music on multiple stages, dancing, themed experiences, and immersive entertainment, with a nod to Art Deco and the over-the-top Roaring Twenties.
For You and Your Family
Where: Burton Chace Park – 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
When: December 31, 2019 7 PM – 12:09 AM
The Fireworks and Glow Party is perfect for families or anyone looking to lay low on New Year’s Eve. This fun event includes live DJs, free giveaways, face painting, bubbles, food trucks, dancers, and more. You’ll also have the option to celebrate the New Year with the east coast. At 9 PM, attendees will watch the Times Square ball drop and celebrate the New Year on Eastern Standard Time. Then, at midnight you can watch fireworks at midnight from Burton Chace Park, Fisherman’s Village, and the many waterfront restaurants in Marina del Rey.
Where: Downtown Santa Monica
When: November 2, 2019 – January 20, 2020
Santa Monica’s famous outdoor ice skating rink called ICE is a great place to take the family on December 31st before evening festivities begin. The man-made outdoor skating rink is a great way to experience winter with friends and family as well as try something different. On the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue, ICE is 8,000 square feet, and if you don’t know how to skate, you can even book private lessons.
Where: 700 Seco St, Pasadena
When: December 28 – December 31, 2019
Cost: $15, purchase here
Pasadena’s Rose Parade is a cherished tradition for many people on New Year’s Day. While you might enjoy watching the elaborate floats in the parade on January 1st, another way to participate is to help decorate the floats before they are unveiled on New Year’s Day. Take part in the final decorating stages of the floats by helping apply a variety of seeds, bark, fruits, vegetables, grasses, and flowers with other volunteers as well as experienced professionals for a unique experience.