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31 Awesome Things To Do for New Year’s Eve in L.A. (2015)

December 9, 2015 by Christina Champlin

2016, here we come!

There are endless possibilities to ring in the new year in style here in Los Angeles from decadent meals and dancing the night away, to counting down with 50,000 fellow Angelenos- it’s never a dull moment on NYE.

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So with that said, we are here to fill you in on all the best New Year’s Eve celebrations happening around the city.

Some don’t cost a thing, some might set you back a pretty penny, some are even for perfect for the kids.

Whatever you do decide on, we hope you have a safe and memorable night!

[REMINDER: In some cases We Like L.A. does receive revenue when visitors click on ticket links and make purchases, however we maintain complete editorial control over the events we suggest. Basically, it only makes it on to the website if we think it is cool!]


1. Prohibition NYE

Ring in 2016 in style at Prohibition NYE’s fourth annual Roaring Twenties celebration inside L.A. landmark, Union Station! Guests will enjoy an evening of tray passed oysters, live jazz music, DJs, burlesque dancers, and a premium open bar, featuring event sponsors Patron, Core Water and El Segundo Brewing. This year the party has moved to the more spacious Main Concourse, where attendees will count down to the New Year in style with a custom 60-foot ball-drop.

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2. Medieval Times New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

Ring in the new year Medieval style. The evening begins with the famed Medieval Times show compete with jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat and displays of extraordinary horsemanship. Lords and Ladies will be treated to pre-show hors d’oeuvres and can explore the morbid Museum of Torture upon arrival. At show time, guest will feast on a four-course banquet as they cheer for their favorite knight. After the show, medieval times will bring it to modern times with a DJ, dance party, a champagne toast, party favors and balloon drop at midnight. For more information and discounted ticket prices checkout Goldstar.

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3. Rocky Horror Parody New Year’s Eve Celebration

Performers from television, film and Broadway will take the stage at The Rockwell for a Rocky Horror NYE. Dine on a special New Year’s dinner and do the “Time Warp” with Brad, Janet and mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter as they electrify the crowd with parody songs from the cult musical. After the show, head upstairs for a Rocky Horror themed party where you can show off your own Rocky Horror costume. A delicious dessert buffet and a champagne toast at midnight is included in the ticket price. For more information and half price tickets check out Goldstar.

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4. Escape Reality NYE Party At Magicopolis

Ring in the new year, the Magicopolis way, with plenty of magic of course! Your ticket gets you a seat at Magicopolis critically acclaimed and longest running show, “Escape Reality,” along with a magical New Year’s Eve celebration. You’ll also be treated to a magic class, souvenir bags chalk full of magic tricks, hats and noisemakers, soft drinks, popcorn, and plenty more. A glass of champagne or sparkling cider will be handed out at the stroke of midnight. For more information and half price tickets check out Goldstar.

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5. Grand Park + The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A.

Head to downtown Los Angeles for the the third annual Grand Park + The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. The FREE event takes over a total of 90 acres across Grand Park, The Music Center Plaza, and adjacent city streets in DTLA. Partygoers will be treated to live musical performances, art installations, 3D animated projections off DTLA iconic buildings and much more. Organizers are expecting some 50,000 people to attend.

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Grand Park New Year's Eve 2014

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6. NYE Rapture

Lights & Music presents a ’80s and ’90s NYE dance party extravaganza at The Satellite in Silver Lake. Get down to music inspired by Prince, the Spice Girls, Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, Salt-n-Peppa, Blondie, Talking Heads, Janet Jackson, David Bowie, the Cure, George Michael, Depeche Mode and more. $15 at the door.

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7. L.A. Zoo Lights NYE

Celebrate the new year at the L.A. Zoo the NYE special package will grant you express admission to L.A. Zoo Lights, a dinner buffet with soft drinks and dessert, a carousel ride, crafts, DJ dance party, and a live broadcast of the Times Square ball drop with champagne to toast. The tickets for this special cost $65 per adult and $40 per child. If you want to opt for just a general admission ticket our friends at Goldstar are dishing them out for just $10 (fees apply.)

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8. Cleopatra’s New Year’s Eve Ball

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the world famous Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre. The event will take over both the courtyard and themed indoor areas. Hollywood’s best DJs will be spinning Top 40, hip-hop, house, mash-ups and more. The New Year’s celebration also features a balloon drop, confetti blast and a giant light show to ring in 2016 in style. For more information and discounted tickets check out Goldstar.

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9. New Year’s Eve Twenty Sixteen | Black Tie Masquerade Ball

Viceroy Santa Monica is hosting its annual New Year’s Eve party: The Black Tie Masquerade Ball. Happening poolside with the main tent spinning music by KCRW DJs Jason Bentley and Raul Campos, guests will beable to dance the night away, toast on free flowing champagne and an open bar. Appetizers and bites will be provided from Cast Restaurant. Tickets cost $180 a person.

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10. New Year’s Eve Aboard The Queen Mary

Celebrate under a fireworks-filled sky aboard the legendary Queen Mary. Toast to the New Year the best way- with food, drinks, dancing and live entertainment! The celebration will highlight New Year’s at seven destinations posted on the three and a half acres of the ship, each with it’s own unique party. Enjoy the Grand Dueling Pianos over in New Orleans or the Saki Bar in Tokyo to even hula dancing in Lahaina. The activities seem endless and grand, much like the Queen Mary herself. For more information and discount tickets check out our friends at Goldstar.

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11. Noon Year’s Eve At Kidspace Children’s Museum

Kid’s usually don’t make it to midnight for the count down on NYE so the folks over at Kidspace in Pasadena is celebrating the new year a bit early. Bring your little ones to see the ginormous balloon drop at “noon years”, toast cups of sparkling cider, and create your own noisemakers to ring in 2016. There will be plenty of dancing with music by The Boo Hoo Crew starting at 11:30am and boogie the noon away!

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12. Rhondapolis NYE Cancelled on 12/24/2015 due to unforeseen issues

A Club Called Rhonda is taking over The Standard in DTLA for New Year’s Eve. Known for extreme fashion this NYE party is going all out, from the lobby to the rooftop, the entire Standard hotel will be converted into “Rhondapolis.”

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13. NYE 2016 Black & White Masquerade Party

Ring in the New Year at Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica durning their annual rooftop celebration. Guest get greeted with a glass of Champagne upon arrival, dance to sounds by Jay Strongman, nosh on complimentary bites and join in on the Champagne toast at midnight for $65 a person.

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14. Downtown Long Beach New Year’s Eve Block Party

The festival will take place in the heart of Downtown. Headlining this year will be Saint Motel, ZZ Ward, Houndmouth, and Vintage Trouble over three-stages in a span of three-blocks. Pre-sale tickets are available for $30 online. Tickets will be available at the gate on the day of the event for $40.

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Downtown-Long Beach New Years Eve

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15. Roaring 20s New Year’s Bash At Baltaire

Baltaire is throwing a glamorous Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve bash. Two dinner seatings will be available, featuring a five-course, prix-fixe menu from Executive Chef Travis Strickland. The first seating ($175 per person) starts from 5:30pm -6:30pm with a two hour dining window. The second seating ($250 per person) starting from 9:00pm – 9:45pm, including a welcome glass of Champagne, party favors and the table for the remainder of the night. Baltaire will continue the party with rolling Martini and caviar carts, while guests enjoy performances by burlesque dance group Miss May & April Showers, a live band with jazz vocalist Gina Saputo from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, and a DJ spinning contemporary beats from 10:00pm – 2:00am. Party-goers seeking a more casual experience can also reserve a couch in the Bar and Lounge, with access to bottle service and an à la carte menu. Guests are strongly encouraged to dress in their favorite 20s-inspired attire.

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16. New Year’s Eve At Tom Bergin’s

Tom Bergin’s will be throwing a 1930s-themed bash celebrating both the new year and the Irish pub’s original opening year in 1936. Put on your decade-appropriate wear and indulge in a prix-fixe menu for $36.19 sure to feature some of the pub’s star dishes. Stay past dinner for a DJ set and revelry that will carry into 2016.

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17. New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner At Abigaile

Abigaile in Hermosa Beach will host a global holiday-inspired buffet dinner to ring in the new year. Items in the buffet include carving station, cold seafood display and a candy dessert bar. The buffet cost $50 a person with an option of dinner + open bar for $100 a person.

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18. New Year’s Eve Party At The Pub At Golden Road Brewing

The family-friendly Pub has crafted a special four-course menu ($50) that includes: Skirt Steak Bruschetta, Fuyu Persimmon Salad and Oven Roasted Chicken. The meal will be paired with a pour of their seasonal brandy-aged Back Home Gingerbread Stout. Folks can also opt to dine from the regular menu. Live music, access to Chloe’s (the facility’s private event space), and a complimentary toast at midnight will also be available to revelers.

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19. New Year’s Eve Four Course Dinner At Día de Campo

Guest can dine on a four course meal prepared by Día de Campo in Hermosa Beach. For $55 a person the pre fixe meal includes: Grilled Romaine salad, Chocolate Duck Quesadillas, Plancha Pork Belly and Churros with spiced chocolate sauce. Guests will also have the option to add a supplemental seafood platter for $15.

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20. Fourth Annual Texas Toast NYE Bash At Outpost

Trade in your stilettos for some cowboy boots and head on over to Hollywood sports bar, Outpost for their fourth annual Texas Toast party. This country-rock club is pulling out all the stops with live DJs, drink specials and a Texas Toast at midnight. Your general admission ticket ($10) comes with two drink tickets for the night. For more information and discounted tickets check out Goldstar.

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21. Hinoki & The Bird New Year’s Eve

Keeping with the travel-inspired theme of past New Year’s Eve events, Hinoki & The Bird will feature a Buenos Aires theme this year. The event will have open seating and a complimentary sparkling wine toast. There will also be a live DJ and decorations in theme along with a Buenos Aires themed menu.

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22. NYE At Chaya DTLA

Chaya Downtown: A $90 four-course chef’s tasting menu will be offered for dinner in the dining room and patio, featuring lobster, uni, foie gras and filet mignon. A limited a la carte menu is also available. Open seating all night is available in the bar and lounge with $35 per person bar platters. All guests can enjoy live music and a midnight champagne toast.

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23. NYE At Chaya Venice

Chaya in Venice will host an elegant Black Tie Affair with two seating times for dinner, a special omakase menu at the sushi bar, and a martini tasting bar menu will be available on this special night. For dinner, first seating is 5:00pm – 7:30pm, includes a 3-Course Chef’s Menu for $85 a person, with limited a la carte menu available. Second seating will start at 8:00pm till close and will feature a Chef’s Grand Tasting Menu for $150 a person with party favors and a champagne toast. The Martini Tasting Bar will be available all night (unlimited for $100/person; $65/person with dinner purchase) The Bar & Lounge will be open all night (no cover) and all guests can enjoy live music by Almost Classy, with a midnight champagne toast.

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Why choose when you can have it all!?

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24. NYE At BOA Steakhouse

BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood will offer a four-course prix-fixe menu including signature dishes served alongside festive new items including: Seared Scallops with smashed cauliflower, gala apples, and pink peppercorn-cider gastrique, Lobster and White Asparagus Panzanella, Butternut Squash and Black Truffle Raviolo and Bone Marrow Crusted Petit Filet Mignon. Dinner will be offered in two seatings—the early seating is $95 (commencing at 5:30pm/6:30pm, dinner only) and the late seating is $185, which commences at 9:30pm/10:00pm.

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25. Paint The Night Red, New Year’s Eve Party At The Library In Redbury

Enjoy a swanky Hollywood night out with friends, taking in sweeping views of Hollywood at indoor-outdoor lounge The Library with options ranging from standard General Admission ($35) to bottle service for 15 including expedited entry, reserved lounge area and two bottles of premium liquor for ($1,750 excluding tax and gratuity). Paint the town red from 9pm – 2am at one of the most coveted rooftop lounges in Hollywood, with an option to crash in one of the beautiful apartment-style suites.

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26. New Year’s Eve Dinner At Herringbone Santa Monica

Ring in the new year in style at Chef Brian Malarkey’s new, seafood-centric hotspot in Santa Monica. The Top Chef alum has crafted a special five-course prix fixe menu that pays homage to his signature “Fish Meats Field” philosophy, including line-caught Ahi Tuna and a dry aged rib-eye. An optional wine pairing is available for those in need of an extra dose of celebratory cheers-ing. The meal cost $125 a person with a wine paring option for $75.

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27. New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dancing At Sausal

Bring your dancin’ shoes! Chef Anne Conness’ Nuevo Rancho hotspot, Sausal, will be offering a three course prix fixe menu capped off with after-dinner Salsa dancing. Drawing heavily on the wood-fire, smoke, and slow roasting technique popularized by the rancheros who once encompassed the land, the festive menu will feature soul-satisfying dishes that pay deference to both the history and local bounty of Southern California. There will be a  5:00pm – 7:30pm pre-fixe food menu available for early diners and a 8:00pm – 12:00am pre-fixed food menu for guest who wish to partake in after-dinner Salsa dancing and toast the New Year with a complimentary glass of Taittinger Champagne or a Margarita!

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28. Tanzy’s Cocktail Party Style Celebration

Come celebrate the New Year with Tanzy’s Cocktail Party Style Celebration from 9:00pm until 1:00am. Entry cost $59 a person and includes a Champagne toast at midnight, passed appetizers and buffet stations prepared by Chef Sherry Yard. In addition guest can watch the ball drop on Tanzy’s TVs in the restaurant. Cocktails will be created by Master Mixologist/Advanced Sommelier Adam Seger that night.

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29. NYE Mushroom Tasting Menu At Gracias Madre

For New Year’s Eve this year, the 100% organic, plant-based West Hollywood Mexican hotspot will offer a four-course mushroom tasting menu from Executive Chef Chandra Gilbert. The prix fixe menu will also include a mushroom cocktail pairing from acclaimed Beverage Director Jason Eisner. For $65 a person you can dine on unique offerings like Stuffed Portobello en Croix, Ensalada Oyster Asada and Sopa de Hongos Morrel

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30. Mr. C’s New Year’s Eve Bash

Ringing in the final hours of 2015, Mr. C Beverly Hills invites guests to enjoy a New Year’s Eve Bash ($215 a person) over a decadent five-course dinner at The Restaurant at Mr. C, with menu highlights including Maine Lobster Thermidor over mixed sautéed vegetables, Pan-Fried Beef Filet with green peppercorn sauce served with a bundle of heirloom carrots and potato duchess, plus the classic Cipriani dessert Vanilla Meringue Cake with strawberries and sugar crust. After the meal, the annual fête features a midnight Champagne toast in the Lobby Lounge, dancing, and live entertainment by Shawn Amos, the hotel’s resident American blues and jazz musician.

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31. NYE At The Federal Bar

The Federal Bar in North Hollywood is hosting an exciting night of dancing and cocktails! There are two ticket packages available. “Dinner & Drinks” is $75 per person and includes a four-course, prix fixe menu, beverage, entrance to the upstairs club, champagne toast at midnight and party favors. “Drinks & Dancing” is $100 per person and includes entrance to the upstairs club, an open premium bar in the VIP area, hor d’oeuvres from 9:30pm – 11:30pm, champagne toast at midnight and party favors. General admission for the evening is $20 a person and $25 at the door. Limited quantities of each package are available.

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UPDATE 12/30/15: Here are a few other fun ideas we’ve heard about since the original publication of this article. Enjoy!

Know of anything else going on for New Year’s Eve in L.A.? Let us know about it the comments below!

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