35 Awesome Things to do this New Year’s Weekend in L.A. [12-30-16 to 1-1-17]

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city, we decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend (Dec. 30 to Jan. 1) includes a New Year’s countdown in Grand Park, Prohibition NYE at Union Station, a Rocky Horror NYE, Cleopatra’s NYE Ball at The Egyptian, a ‘Noon Year’s Eve’ countdown for kids , and LOTS more to choose from.


Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.


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Friday December 30th, 2016

1. Pasadena Architectural Legacy Tours will host walking tours in the Pasadena Hillcrest neighborhood and South Orange Grove Boulevard. Explore one of Pasadena’s most beautiful neighborhoods, you’ll also see many grand estate mansions, along with Craftsman homes.

2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story screens at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Check out production props, models, costumes and more. There will also be a Stormtrooper meet-and-greet before the movie! Happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. Kidspace Children’s Museum is hosting Snow Days through Dec. 30. The event will feature real snow, cookie decorating, magnetic ice skating, story time, daily amphitheater shows and more.

4. Winter Fest, the O.C. winter wonderland, is back from Dec. 16 through Jan. 1. This year’s holiday festival features a festival of lights, snow summit, outdoor ice skating, ice tubing, snowfall and the man of the hour, Santa Claus. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens will offer visitors a colorful one-mile path route through 10 distinct light displays at unique points within the garden. Happening now through Jan. 8. Check for Discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. Studio Ghibli’s most iconic film My Neighbor Totoro will screen at midnight at the Nuart Theatre this Friday.

7. The Rink in Downtown Burbank invites you to ice skate in a winter wonderland. Perfect for a date or family night, the festive outdoor rink is located right next to hundreds of shops and restaurants. Happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. The Queen Mary’s signature winter attraction, CHILL returns this Thursday with a holiday theme of Alice in Winterland, promising an interactive and immersive experiences for the whole family to enjoy. Check for discounted tickets all weekend before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. Largest outdoor ice skating rink returns to Pershing Square for its 19th winter run. The 7,200 square-foot Holiday Ice Rink® Pershing Square will be open every day of the holiday season through Jan. 16.

10. Can’t get enough of the holiday spirit? Head to “Knott’s Merry Farm” to see Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole gang celebrate the holidays the Peanuts way. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. The Satellite will host Remembering David Bowie a night of Bowie covers presented by Foxes Magazine. Tickets cost $10.

12. LA Zoo Lights is back! Now in its third year, the after-hours event showcases animal-themed LEDs, lasers, 3D projections, and animated displays throughout the zoo. Happening all week. Check for discounted tickets all weekend before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. Kick off your New Years weekend with a classic movie at The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. This Friday they will screen a double feature: My Man Godfrey / Ruggles Of Red Gap. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. On Fridays Royce’s Arcade Warehouse hosts ‘Threeplay Fridays’ from 4 to 7 p.m. For $3 you get three hours of unlimited play of games such as Donkey Kong, Street Fighter 2, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga and many more.

15. The Pasadena Museum of California Art is currently having a special on admission through Goldstar where tickets are complementary with a $3 service fee (tickets usually cost $7 a person.) See current exhibits by Llyod Hamrol, Joan Perlman and a 90 painting show on California coast culture titled: In the Land of Sunshine. The promo runs throughout the week and weekend for the next few weeks. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

16. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening Friday and Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art and Museum of Latin American Art (5 to 9 p.m.)

Saturday December 31st, 2016

18. N.Y.E.L.A. comes to Grand Park + The Music Center for one of the most popular events in the city. Enjoy music, dancing, large-scale art installations, and a New Year’s countdown for free! Families are welcome. FREE

19. New Year’s Eve Black and Gold Soiree at the Viceroy Santa Monica will offer free-flowing champagne, music, and delicious hors d’oeuvres from Cast Restaurant. Guests can dance the night away thanks to top KCRW DJs Raul Campos and Travis Holcombe spinning poolside.


20. Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena will be hosting a “Noon Year’s Eve” that includes sparkling cider, a noisemaker craft activity and a ballon drop at noon.

21. The Queen Mary is hosting a Hollywood-inspired party with entertainment from The Godfather, Dirty Dancing, Urban Cowboy, Goldfinger and more throughout the ship’s decks, ballrooms and salons. After a night of dancing guests will be treated to an epic fireworks display over the ocean. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

22. New Year’s Eve Great Gatsby Ball at Wokcano will send you into the roaring ’20s with complimentary Asian fusion-inspired hors d’oeuvres, DJ, party favors and a midnight Champagne toast.

23. Prohibition NYE takes over Union Station for a roaring twenties extravaganza with live jazz, burlesque dancers, a premium open bar, nationally touring DJs and hundreds of swankily dressed Angelenos all ringing in the New Year at one of LA’s most historic venues.

24. Head to The Rockwell for a Rocky Horror NYE. Dine on a special New Year’s dinner and do the “Time Warp” during a special parody show of the cult musical. After, dine on a dessert buffet and toast with a glass of Champagne. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. Cleopatra’s New Year’s Eve Ball at the Egyptian Theatre will feature some of Hollywood’s best DJs, two dance floors with a stage, five premium bars, a giant projection wall, and a light show with hieroglyphic animation. Guests are encouraged to wear Egyptian costumes.

26. Magicopolis’ New Year’s Eve Party in Santa Monica will feature the acclaimed “Escape Reality” magic show and a levitation, performance by Spill and Wrobel. In addition, the party includes a magic class, a swag bag, hats and noisemakers and a few other surprises, in addition to champagne to toast the new year.

27. The Cannibal will host an Old School Hip Hop House Party with an open bar from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on New Years Eve. Expect a whole animal feast with all the trimmings and a Champagne toast at midnight.

28. Comedian Chris D’Elia of Whitney and Undateable fame will headline a New Year’s Eve show at The Wiltern. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

29. Bar 10 in West Hollywood will ring in the New Year with a live singing drag concert featuring Peppermint, Billy L’Amour and Anita Procedure. There will be an OPEN Champagne Bar from 9 p.m. to midnight and $10 holiday themed shots. The cherry on top? no cover charge is needed.

30. Local L.A. comics will ring in 2017 at the J Spot Comedy Club with jokes and a full on party after the show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)


31. Brack Shop Tavern is hosting an 80s New Year’s Party complete with a balloon drop and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Free admission and 80s attire is strongly encouraged.

32. Want more New Years Eve ideas? Check out our top picks of the best parties, bars and resturants to ring in the New Year. Be safe and enjoy!

Sunday January 1st, 2017

33. Celebrate National Bloody Mary Day on Sunday, January 1 with our list of the Best Spots for Bloody Marys in Los Angeles 😉

34. Fancy a brisk ocean swim on New Years Day? Join the Venice Penguin Swim Club for a 500-yard swim around a buoy and back in Venice Beach. First-place winners will be crowned the Penguin Prince and Penguin Princess and all participants will get hot chocolate and snacks after. Registration cost $10.

35. The Great Rock and Roll Flea Market will take over The Regent Theater in DTLA with an impressive selection of vintage collectors, antiquities dealers, vintage clothing, jewelry makers, music memorabilia, vinyl, local food vendors, food trucks, craftsmen and used musical instruments dealers. UPDATE: No market this Sunday!

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