• Pamela Froman

New Year's Eve

It's that time of year again – we are bidding farewell to 2019! There are many fun activities to celebrate New Year's Eve in Los Angeles – and all over the world. Drink some champagne and toast to the future!

Want Parisian style? Ring in 2020 at Bogies in Westlake Village. This spot is paying homage to Paris' most renowned street, the Champs-Elysees. There will be live music, DJs, casino and games, champagne, and a raffle with prizes! Bogies Bar & Lounge, 32001 Agoura Rd., Westlake Village.

It's German entertainment at Edelweiss Bierhaus and Restaurant. Enjoy Oktoberfest on December 31st! There will be a live Oompah band “The Sauerkrauts,” fun, games, and dancing. You will love the yummy traditional German meal and the 13 German beers on draft. Edelweiss Bierhaus and Restaurant, 2160 Newbury Rd., Thousand Oaks.

December 31st, 2019 will be the last day of this decade, and we are moving forward to 2020. The 1920s were full of change, over-the-top culture and yes – crazy parties. This New Year's Eve celebration aims to unite these two 20s in an over-the-top New Year's Eve Party reminiscent of the festivities thrown in F. Scott Fitzgerald's “The Great Gatsby.” Located in a mansion in Woodland Hills that once belonged to Frank Sinatra, there will be a heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna, bar, casino-style games, live entertainment and music, champagne tower, costume contest, and more!

Cleopatra's New Year's Eve Ball is an infamous Los Angeles celebration. Work New Year's Eve in style with a location along the Walk of Fame in the Grauman's Egyptian Theatre Courtyard. There will be two gorgeously-themed indoor venues with Hollywood's Best DJs spinning Top 40/Hip-Hop/House in front of an amazing LED Video Wall. The Egyptian Theatre Hollywood, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles.

Celebrate the New Year on the Fillmore & Western Party Train. This ride is filled with food and colorful characters. During your train trip, your tastebuds will savor an elegant dinner onboard while character actors entertain you as famous “Hollywood personalities.” After dinner, there is dancing in the social car where you can party 'til the new year arrives. A midnight champagne toast, complete with party favors highlight the evening. 364 Main St., Fillmore.

Brendan's Irish Pub and Restaurant will host their New Year's Eve celebration with live music, a champagne toast and party favors. The countdown starts at 4 p.m. 30315 Canwood St, Agoura Hills.

Party down this New Year's Eve! The Canyon offers the best in musical tribute bands, and Led Zepagain is here to rock. It's just like hearing and seeing the real thing as they perform the music of Led Zeppelin! The Canyon, 28912 Roadside Dr., Agoura Hills.

The New Year's Eve celebration at Tuscany Il Ristorante in Westlake Village features a five-course gala dinner with entertainment, dancing, party favors, and a champagne toast! $160 per person. 968 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village.

In its 8th year, Prohibition NYE returns to the famous Union Station with the excitement and glamour of the Roaring Twenties. Encounter theatrical burlesque, live jazz, a DJ set by RAC, and an open bar with champagne and specialty cocktails. Don't miss the signature 60-foot, midnight ball drop! Union Station, 800 N Alameda St., Los Angeles.

You'll ring in the new year with elegance at the 47th Annual Catalina Island New Year's Eve Gala Celebration in the world-renowned Casino Ballroom. At $189 per person, the party includes a gourmet buffet dinner, dancing, one champagne split, party favors, and the amazing midnight balloon drop! A professional photographer will be on hand to capture the fun. 1 Casino Way, Avalon.

While the world countdowns to 2020, the Queen Mary will honor decades of decadence with the New Year's Eve: Past and Present Party. The ship's decks and ballrooms will offer live music on multiple stages, dancing, themed experiences, and amazing entertainment, with a nod to Art Deco and the Roaring Twenties. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach.

Joust into the new year with Medieval Times! This New Year's Eve event includes admission to the Museum of Torture, a two-hour tournament, the four-course feast, party favors, music and dancing, champagne toast, midnight countdown, and midnight snack.! Adults $72.95, kids $36.95. 7662 Beach Blvd., Buena Park.

Grand Park + The Music Center's N.Y.E.L.A. is the most famous West Coast New Year's Eve party and is THE place to be while ringing in the New Year. There will be music and dancing on stage and the dance floor. Free interactive motion-graphics activations allow audiences to bring to life their moves, and a unique only-in-Los Angeles countdown, featuring 3-D digital video and an integrated light show is on display. 200 N Grand Ave., Los Angeles.

Celebrate 2020 at the 11th annual New Year's Eve celebration under the wings of Air Force One at the Reagan Library. Enjoy a night of celebration, hors d'oeuvres, dinner stations, gourmet desserts, and a champagne toast at midnight with party essentials – hats, horns, streamers, and more! Dance to live music played by The Platinum Groove as well as a DJ spinning classics, ballroom favorites, disco, Motown, and '50s through the 90's hits.

Hollywood's biggest New Year's Eve party is here! Be part of the revelry at Universal Studios Hollywood's EVE event. Start your day with thrilling rides and attractions and then party down until 2 a.m. with music, dancing and a midnight countdown with fireworks. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City.

New Year's Eve 2020 features “Another Hollywood Classic” at the Hollywood Roosevelt – where the old embraces the new. The celebration features an open bar, four rooms of music, LED wall, countdown at the Tropicana main stage, giant projection wall countdown in Main Ballroom, Top DJs, party favors, and VIP bottle service. The Hollywood Roosevelt, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles.

NYE Around the World

Here are some ways New Year's Eve is celebrated all over the planet!

As 2019 comes to a close on December 31st all eyes will turn to the Big Apple – and the renowned Times Square ball drop. This New Year's celebration is an iconic countdown for the world. An estimated one million people party in Times Square, while millions nationwide and over a billion watching throughout the world. The Times Square New Year's Eve observance offers up star-studded musical performances, balloons, handouts, confetti, and amazing pyrotechnics.

Where is there a better place to toast the new year than on the beach in Bermuda? The island pays homage to its namesake vegetable where thousands gather at King's Square to enjoy street food and live music. The event builds towards midnight as everyone waits for a lighted papier-mache onion replica to descend and then fireworks light up the harbor.

London is the best holiday destination to celebrate New Year's Eve. London lights up the night sky with its thrilling fireworks show. Take a New Year's Eve cruise with an uncompromising view along London's most famous waters – the Thames!

Scotland parties with the outdoor festival of Hogmanay beginning Dec. 30, where torch-carrying partygoers journey from Parliament Square to Calton Hill for a stunning fireworks display. On the 31st, street parties and music festivals mark the day, with even more fireworks over Edinburgh castle. The night concludes with the world's largest performance of “Auld Lang Syne.”

Rio De Janeiro rocks a party! And on New Year's Eve, you can't go wrong at Copacabana Beach. Everyone dresses in white – which is said to be good luck, and the sound of popping corks of champagne is all over the beach. At midnight, people throw flowers into the ocean as a tribute to sea goddess Yemanja.

Paris knows how to toast New Year's Eve with champagne, vin chaud (hot wine) or cider. A unique New Years Paris treat is papillotes, which are chocolates or confections that pop like firecrackers when they are opened. As well, the Champs-Elysées is the place to be. This famous avenue has a wide variety of dining and dancing, and then on the stroke of midnight check out the sparkling lights on the Eiffel Tower.

Fireworks at the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington are truly iconic. There are fun-filled events at Seattle Center, or head to one of the many parks with views of the Needle, like Gas Works, Alki Beach, or Kerry Park. Seattle also offers some of the best beer out there, so forget champagne, drink a tasty brew to bring in the new year!

Valparaíso, Chile boasts one of the hugest fireworks displays in South America. And that's just the start because there's a three-day beach bonanza. Over a million people make their way to the sand, finishing with a stunning collection of pyrotechnics. And even that's not the end of the night, because revelers party until sunrise.

If you love to both ski and gamble, South Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada is the best place to visit. For music lovers Tahoe hosts the annual MTV's SnowGlobe Music Festival from Dec. 29 - 31. This year's headliners include musicians Skirillex, Fisher, and Griz among many others.

In Niagara Falls, Ontario the real entertainment is in Queen Victoria Park, where a great rock lineup plays a concert before not one, but two (!) fireworks displays. The outdoor celebration also features a variety of food and beverage options with two food tents and two beverage tents set up.

Quito, Ecuador is a promising city with an awesome New Year's tradition. Locals create scarecrow-like effigies called “viejos,” that are supposed to represent anyone who has wronged you in the past year. At midnight they burn the figures, getting rid of the bad and welcoming the good!

Happy 2020!

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