Stuck figuring out what to do for New Year's Eve in L.A.? There are literally thousands of celebrations around town, but here are a few of our favorites.
Grand Park New Years Eve
By far, the biggest celebration will be in Grand Park, the three block green space that extends from City Hall to the Music Center in downtown. Since the completion of the park four years ago, this party has become one of the most popular events each year. Every inch of this three-block park will be covered in culture, including City Hall, which will be used as a 22-story canvas for projections of photo-booth pics taken onsite, 3-D projections and a countdown.
Crowds will rock steady to a soundtrack of DJ-driven tunes and live bands, and count down with a new, interactive countdown, featuring 3-D digital video mapping on two sides of City Hall. After an overwhelmingly successful turnout at its inaugural night, the event was expanded to include nearby city streets, with enough space to accommodate 50,000 people.
Event Website: http://grandparkla.org/event/n-y-e-l-a/
Prohibition New Years Eve at Union Station
Travel back to the 1920s for this massive Prohibition era-themed NYE party, set in Downtown's 1930s art deco marvel, Union Station. The Main Concourse serves as the decadent celebration's backdrop, featuring live DJ sets and jazz (this year, Chicago's Autograf will headline, along with saxophonist, Justin Ward and DJ Cherry Beach), burlesque dancers, custom cocktails and champagne.
The fabulously dressed 21+ crowd sets the scene—Roaring Twenties attire is encouraged (think: flapper dresses, feathered headbands, tuxedos, top hats and spats); formal attire is required. Stick around for the NYE countdown and dropping of a 60-foot custom ball!Event Website: http://prohibitionnye.com/
Dream Disco at the Ace Hotel
Ring in 2017 from the swanky, gothic auditorium of the Theatre at Ace Hotel at this year-end dance party. The dreamy, disco-heavy bash offers two ways to revel in the evening. Partake in a confetti-filled countdown and dance party inside the theater—with a complimentary cocktail included to kickstart your night. Alternatively, show up early and splurge on a three-course, open bar dinner party served on stage.
Cleopatra's New Years Eve Ball at the Egyptian Theater
Touted as Hollywood's biggest and most popular New Year's Eve party, this Cleopatra-themed fete is set fittingly and charmingly at the classic Egyptian Theatre. Dress like an Egyptian (if you so choose), then dance and mingle in the theater's heated courtyard amid a hieroglyphics light show, go-go dancers, DJs, a premium open bar and giant LED countdown. Tickets are known to sell out, so plan ahead now.
Event Phone: 323-348-7146
New Years Eve Aboard the Queen Mary
Ring in 2017 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, '80s tribute bands, jazz and more) or to dance the night away in a club-like atmosphere—they've got you covered.
When the clock strikes midnight, share a New Year's kiss under a dazzling fireworks display over the Pacific Ocean—cheesy, we know, but still romantic.
General admission tickets include all on-board entertainment and party favors (food and drink are not included). VIP tickets give you access to VIP decks as well as three complimentary cocktails.
Event Website: http://www.queenmary.com/events/new-years-eve/
Bootie LA New Years Eve - Regent Theater
If steep VIP fees or formal galas make you want to stay home, then Bootie is your best bet. This party doesn’t charge a giant cover or encourage dressing to the nines for the night.
Instead, it embraces the true spirit of NYE (it’s messy!) by welcoming an unpretentious crowd to let their hair down, dance their faces off and playfully twerk and sing to mash-ups galore. And to further inspire reluctant travelers to get off the couch and into its playful world, Bootie LA will gift its famous mash-up mixtape to first 300 people who get the party started.
Theater Website: http://www.theregenttheater.com/