Top Places to Spend New Year’s Eve in LA

Still looking for New Year’s Eve shenanigans to get into in Los Angeles? Whether you like to eat delicious food, imbibe on an intoxicating cocktail or three, do yoga at midnight, chill with your family, or are kind of a homebody, we have ideas for you!

5. Get Your Crunk On

  • Party with a purpose. Santa Monica Bay Club is hosting New Year’s Eve White and Black(out) Ball with dancefloors and open bar. All proceeds go to Thinking About Tomorrow.
  • Rave it out with names like Chromeo, Ducksauce, and Diplo at the Together As One dance party in Oak Park Canyon retreat.
  • Rave it out…again with artists like Paul Van Dyk, Kaskade, and Dada Life  at Insomniac and Giant’s White Wonderland New Year’s Eve Gala. You can win tickets to this all week, click here for details.
  • Don’t want to stay in one place? Check out the Las Palmas Block Party that lets you into Las Palmas, Premiere Supperclub, and Angels and Kings.

4. Do Some Fine Dining

Rather spend your night with some mellow dining at a nice restaurant?

  • The Tasting Kitchen in Venice is offering up a Mediterranean five-course dinner with options for non meat eaters!
  • Amazing Downtown culinary hot spot, Rivera, is offering Latin-influenced five and seven course meals.

3. Spend Time With Your Family

Want to get out and spend time with your family, but maybe not drink or dine on a 5-course meal? There are tons of options for familys with children–daytime ones too!

  • Besides the usual assortment of family-friendly entertainment, Universal City Walk has fireworks and DJs spinning on New Year’s Eve.
  • There are also fireworks at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey.
  • Kidspace has the Noon Year’s Eve Balloon Drop so you and your kids can watch the “ball” drop without staying up past your bedtime.
  • Your older kids like a little glam? Perch LA has a stilt circus, a three-course dinner, and a “sparkling cider toast”–all before the clock strikes 12.
  • Check out more ideas at CBS Local Los Angeles!

2. Do A Spiritual Retrospective

Not everyone’s idea of celebrating the new year is getting drunk or dancing on tables. If you’re more of a spiritual inclination, you can spend time using the New Year as a tool for renewal rather than hedonism. Or, if you are like me, you can do both! Champagne and chanting! Yay!

1. House Party

Whether you are throwing an intimate soiree or a full on rager, having your New Year’s Eve at home is convenient, safe (no drunk driving!), and fun!

Here are some tips to keep your New Year’s Eve party simultaneously safe and exciting: 

  • Have your local guests take cabs to and from their destination and make sure you have a local cab company like Yellow Cab on hand.
  • Encourage your guests to contribute ahead of time to a collaborative New Year’s Eve party playlist on a music sharing site like Spotify. 
  • Make New Year’s Eve centric cocktails and appetizers like ring-shaped foods (strawberry donut recipe),  rice pudding, black eyed peas and collared greens, and fanciful champagne cocktails.
  • Trade Christmas gifts. Set up a “gifting” suite where people bring gifts that they got that they don’t want and can take a gift they might like. Give everyone a raffle ticket that signifies how many gifts they brought so they know how many gifts they can take away. 

Whatever you do, be safe and have a very Happy New Year!

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