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Best of NYE


Get ready to welcome 2018! There are so many unique ways to ring in the New Year here in Los Angeles. Go beyond the sparklers and champagne and head out for an amazing night on the town.

One of the most famous New Year's parties is Cleopatra's New Year's Eve Ball. Get ready for some pharaoh-esque fun! The 9th annual Cleopatra New Year’s Eve Ball includes a hieroglyphics light show, go-go dancers, Djs spinning tunes, an open bar, and a stunning LED countdown. $69. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. Call (323) 461-2020 for tickets or log onto www.eventbrite.com/e/9th-annual-cleopatras-2018-la-new-years-eve-ball-tickets-34708115909

New Year's Eve at the Sportsmen's Lodge is the best New Years Eve party in Los Angeles for people over 40. There are two bands performing for continuous listening and dancing pleasure – The Skyline Band and the Doc Rock-it Group. Dine on a three course gourmet dinner in a beautiful ballroom. Noise makers will be provided. $129. The Sportsmen’s Lodge, 12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. Call (818) 769-4700 for tickets or log onto www.sportsmenslodge.com

Step back-in-time when fashion was full of fringe, feathers and shiny stuff. For its 6th year, Prohibition NYE returns to the majestic Union Station with the excitement and glamour of the Roaring Twenties. Experience theatrical burlesque, live jazz, a headlining DJ Set from GOLDROOM, and a premium open bar featuring champagne and specialty cocktails. Don’t miss the signature 60 foot, midnight ball-drop celebration! $175. Union Station, 800 N Alameda St., Los Angeles. www.prohibitionnye.com

Have a magical New Years at Magicopolis' New Year's Eve Party! Magicopolis includes a critically acclaimed show, “Escape Reality,” along with a magic class, souvenir bags full of tricks, hats and noisemakers, soft drinks, popcorn, and plenty more. You’ll see people dissolve and reappear, someone will read your thoughts, and objects will move and change guided by the power of the mind! A glass of champagne or sparkling cider will be handed out at the stroke of midnight. $75. 1418 Fourth St., Santa Monica. Call (310) 451-2241 for tickets or log onto www.magicopolis.com

Good-bye 2017! Ring in 2018 at Marina del Rey New Year's Eve Fireworks Celebration. New this year is the Glow Party at Burton Chace Park which offers face painting, music, food trucks, and more. The fun starts at 7 p.m. Stick around to enjoy the two fireworks shows – one at 9 p.m. and the other at midnight. And it's all free! 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. www.visitmarinadelrey.com

Dance the night away on the storied hardwood of Catalina Casino’s world famous circular ballroom at the 45th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala on Catalina Island. Entertainment will be provided by The Xceptional Music Company Band, bringing a solid hour of Big Band Music from Duke Ellington to In The Mood to Sing Sing Sing, and then the best music from the sixties till now. The Gala includes a gourmet buffet dinner, dancing, champagne, and party favors. $185. New Year's overnight accommodation packages are available for Mt. Ada Inn or the Pavilion Hotel and include round-trip on Catalina Express, $50 dining credit per person at Avalon Grille and admission to the New Year’s Eve Celebration. www.visitcatalinaisland.com/specials-packages/hotels/new-years-eve-2017

The New Year's Eve Voyage on the Queen Mary offers a celebration to remember. Las Vegas Showgirls open the festivities and a variety of live music will play throughout the night including top 40 hits from DJ Carismaon on the Verandah Deck Gazebo, and EDM favorites from DJ Cutt in the Queen’s Salon. Country music star, Daniel Bonte and the Bonafide, will perform in the Royal Salon and Dueling Pianos will take over the Britannia Salon, the VIP only venue. Tickets start at $99. However for the ultimate in luxury, you can upgrade your night by reserving a Champagne Suite. For $3,500 you get a private lounge space for your party, ten VIP tickets, two bottles of Champagne or one liter bottle of Vodka with mixers, exclusive fireworks viewing, private bar, personal server, upgraded party favors, Hors d'oeuvre and cheese platter and private escort to Champagne Deck by a ship’s Captain! www.queenmary.com/events/new-years-eve

Party like it's 999 with the lords and ladies of Medieval Times. Upon arriving, you'll check out the Museum of Torture, and then chow down on a light appetizer before the delicious four-course banquet. Cheer for your favorite knight as these chivalrous warriors joust, sword fight, and display of extraordinary horsemanship and falconry. After the show, there will be a DJ and dancing, New Year's Eve favors, a champagne toast and a midnight countdown with the Knights of the Realm. Adults $72.95 and Kids $36.95. www.medievaltimes.com

Grand Park Downtown is LA’s biggest New Year's Eve party. The free celebration will feature DJs, samba dancers, a hip-hop dance crew, large scale inflatable art, free photo booths and a wide range of food vendors, and 3D digital video mapping on City Hall along with an integrated light show to count down to the new year in style. The event begins at 8 p.m. 200 N Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (213) 972-8080 or log onto nyela.grandparkla.org

Attention 80's lovers: This New Year's Eve party for you! Come to The Canyon Club and rock in the New Year by partying with the best music of the 80s! Don’t Stop Believin’, Living On A Prayer, Sweet Chid O’Mine, Tainted Love, I Love Rock & Roll, Relax, Don’t You Want Me, I Melt With You, Jessie’s Girl, Here I Go Again, Jump...all the hits you know and love. Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Dr., Agoura Hills. Call (818) 879-5016 or log onto www.canyonclub.net

Ring in the New Year with L.A. Connection's outrageously funny improv show in the "Who's Line Is It Anyway" style. This event features the best of L.A. Connection's improv cast performing two hours of comedy. 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 784-1868 or log onto www.laconnectioncomedy.com

Celebrate the arrival of 2018 at the 9th annual New Year’s Eve celebration at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley. Enjoy an elaborate night with extensive hors d’oeuvres, dinner stations, gourmet dessert, and a champagne toast at midnight with all of the party essentials-hats, horns, streamers, and more! Dance to live music played by The Platinum Groove. Enjoy classics, ballroom favorites, disco, Motown, and 50’s through the 90’s top hits. Watch the ball drop and more. $150. Call (805) 577-4057 or log onto www.reaganfoundation.org

Join the Groundlings for a New Year’s Eve celebration as they take the stage at 10 p.m. It's an outrageously fun improv show which concludes just in time to ring in the New Year with a champagne toast and scrumptious dessert bar! Groundlings Theatre, 7307 Melrose Ave.. Los Angeles. Call (323) 934-4747 or log onto www.groundlings.com

NYE Around the World

New York

Each year as midnight approaches on December 31st all eyes turn to the Big Apple – and the infamous Times Square ball drop. This New Year's celebration is a symbol for the world. There are an estimated one million people in Times Square, millions nationwide and over a billion watching throughout the world. The Times Square New Year's Eve celebration features star-studded musical performances, balloons, handouts, confetti, and a colorful pyrotechnic display.

London, England

London is the perfect holiday destination for celebrating New Year’s Eve. London lights the sky with its stupendous fireworks show. New Year's Eve cruises are one of the best places to be at midnight and offer an unparalleled view of the fireworks. Welcome in the New Year as you cruise along London’s most famous waters – the Thames! Take in panoramic views of the city’s most iconic landmarks with an onboard bar and live musical entertainment and dance the night away.

Paris, France

Toast New Year's Eve in the City of Light with champagne, vin chaud (hot wine) or cider. A special New Years Paris treat is papillottes, which are chocolates or other confections that pop like firecrackers when opened. The Champs-Elysées is the place to be if you want a real party. This famed avenue offers a wide variety of dining and dancing, and then on the stroke of midnight you can check out the sparkling, shimmering lights at the Eiffel Tower.

Rome, Italy

New Years “il capodanno” is a perfect excuse to chow down and have a great time. The traditional festival, La Festa di San Silvestro is celebrated Dec. 31. The star of the meal is lentils, which symbolize good fortune as well as pork, symbolizing richness of life. And don't forget the Italian sparkling wine! Parties in Rome can last until sunrise to see the first rays dawning of the newborn year. Another custom is to throw old items out the window to symbolize out with the old in with the new! There are plenty free concerts all over Rome, usually completed with a fireworks display at midnight. And shh...wear red underwear...it's good luck!

Tokyo, Japan

New Years Eve or “Shogatsu” in Tokyo offers a gorgeous fireworks show that can be viewed for miles across the legendary Tokyo Bay. The Tokyo Sky Tree is the perfect viewpoint to witness this amazing spectacle. The tower includes a restaurant, observation deck and Tembo Galleria Skywalk which provides unmatched panoramic views.

Sydney, Australia

New Year's Eve is the night when Sydney really shines, as a festival of light displays across the midnight sky. Fireworks shimmering over the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge are spellbinding. Sydney's unique location makes it one of first cities to celebrate New Years around the world.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Rio, the supreme fiesta is on Copacabana beach, with a monumental fireworks display at midnight. The fireworks are launched from various barges in the ocean. Stand on the beach and enjoy the show or splurge for a hotel room with an ocean view and watch from your balcony. Feliz Ano Novo!

Prague, Czechoslovakia

Prague is a super happening destination for New Year's Eve. There is entertainment for everyone. Eateries offer yummy food, drinks and dancing. Get out and wander around Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Prague Parliament, Malá Strana, the National Theatre and Vysehrad Fortress. There are also popular Party Boats with all-inclusive drink and food menus. Many of Prague's famed sights border the river and guests will experience unequalled views of the city lit up against the night sky.

Happy New Year!

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