Can you believe it? 2018 is coming to a close – and 2019 looms ahead! It's time to party for New Year's Eve! There are so many fun events around Los Angeles to ring in the New Year. Drink some champagne and toast for the future!
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 10th annual Cleopatra New Year’s Eve Ball takes place in two beautifully themed indoor venues with DJs spinning Top 40/ Hip-Hop/ House mash-ups in front of a spectacular LED video wall. Check out the amazing light show and premium open bar! Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles.http://vipnightlife.com/event/84740/cleopatras-la-new-years-eve-ball?rf=cleo
Twisted Oak Tavern, a distinctive gastropub and brewery in Agoura Hills, will host a 1980’s themed NYE Party. Ring in 2019 with DJ Snow. Package includes: Reserved booth or table, champagne bottle for the table, three-course prix fixe menu and New Year’s Eve party favors. $99. www.twistedoaktavern.pub
New Year's Eve at the Sportsmen's Lodge is the best party in Los Angeles for people over 40. There will be two bands performing all night long for your listening and dancing pleasure (The Skyline Band and the Doc Rock-it Group). As well, there will be a three course gourmet dinner in a beautiful ballroom. Noise makers will be provided. $139. The Sportsmen’s Lodge, 12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. www.sportsmenslodge.com
New Year's Eve Party at Tuscany Il Ristorante in Westlake Village features a five-course gala dinner including entertainment, dancing, party favors and a champagne toast! www.tuscany-restaurant.com/tuscany/tuscany-events.html
For its 7th year, Prohibition NYE will return to the majestic Union Station with the excitement and glamour of the Roaring Twenties. It's a flapper-esque experience! There will be theatrical burlesque, live jazz, a headlining DJ set, and a premium open bar featuring champagne and specialty cocktails. Don’t miss the signature 60 foot, midnight ball-drop celebration! $185. Union Station, 800 N Alameda St., Los Angeles. www.prohibitionnye.com
Bring in the New Year with a magical evening journey on a Fillmore and Western vintage passenger train. During the trip, enjoy an elegant dinner prepared and served onboard while character actors entertain you as famous “Hollywood personalities”. After dinner, dance in the social car and party ’til the new year arrives. A midnight champagne toast complete with party favors highlights the evening. www.fwry.com/holidaytrains.html
Witness the longest running, most critically acclaimed magic show ever at Magicopolis' New Years Eve: Escape Reality! This celebration includes a midnight champagne/sparkling cider toast, pizza, a souvenir bag of tricks, the magic class, soft drinks, popcorn and a surprise! $65. 1418 Fourth St., Santa Monica. http://magicopolis.com/new-years-eve
Ring in the New Year with an elegant evening of dining and dancing at the 46th Annual Catalina Island New Year’s Eve Gala Celebration in the world-famous Casino Ballroom in Avalon. Musical entertainment will be provided by The Replicas, featuring nine incredible musicians. From Frank Sinatra to the Foo Fighters, they will bring you through years of great hits and keep you dancing into 2019! The Gala includes a gourmet buffet dinner, one champagne split per person, party favors and the classic midnight balloon drop! A professional photographer will also be available to capture the moment. $189. www.catalinachamber.com/nye
The majestic Queen Mary's New Year's Eve Past and Present invites revelers to travel back in time and voyage throughout the ships uniquely themed decks and ballrooms. There will be spectacular live music, DJ's, dancers, dueling pianos and more! One of SoCal’s best fireworks displays will light up the night sky off the stern of the ship at midnight. www.queenmary.com/calendar-of-events/new-years-eve/nye
Hang on to your helmet. The middle ages is celebrated in 2019 at Medieval Times! This New Year's Eve party includes admission to the Museum of Torture, the two-hour tournament show, four-course feast, party favors, music and dancing, champagne toast, midnight countdown, and snack! Adults $72.95, kids $36.95. www.medievaltimes.com/plan-your-trip/pages/new-years-eve.html
Grand Park + The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. is the flagship West Coast New Year’s Eve celebration and is THE place to ring in the New Year. There will be music and dancing both onstage, on the dance floor, and throughout the rest of the event. Includes free interactive motion-graphic activations for audiences to bring to life with their own moves, and a unique only-in-Los Angeles New Year’s countdown, featuring 3-D digital video mapping on the side of the iconic City Hall with an integrated light show celebrating the wonderful energy. 200 N Grand Ave., Los Angeles. https://grandparkla.org/tag/new-years-eve
Party like a rock star this New Year’s Eve…. The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills will ROCK you — especially when the world’s best Queen tribute band takes over the stage: Queen Nation. Lots of fun will make this an evening to remember! Champagne toast at midnight. Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Dr., Agoura Hills. www.canyonclub.net
Celebrate the arrival of 2019 at the 10th annual New Year’s Eve celebration under the wings of Air Force One! The Reagan Library is the only place to be this New Year’s Eve. 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 top- notch dance band, The Platinum Groove. Enjoy the classics, ballroom favorites, disco, Motown, and 50’s through the 90’s top hits played by the fabulous DJ. There will be something for everyone. Watch the ball drop and more as you welcome in the New Year. www.reaganfoundation.org
Hollywood’s biggest New Year’s Eve party is back! Be part of the greatest celebration at Universal Studios Hollywood’s EVE event. Fill your day with heart-pounding rides and attractions and then party until 2am with music, dancing and a special midnight countdown celebration with fireworks.www.universalstudioshollywood.com/things-to-do/events-and-seasonal-activities/eve-at-universal-studios-hollywood
The Local Peasant is offering New Year’s Eve lobster feasts at both locations, Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills, and you can even add a ribeye steak, or order from a limited menu. Champagne toasts will ring in the New Year, the restaurants will be festively tricked out and music will rock the house! Party swag like hat and noisemakers will be provided. www.thelocalpeasant.com
NYE Around the World
Here are some New Year’s Eve parties celebrated throughout the world!
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.
What better place to toast the new year than the Caribbean? Party this year in the British Virgin Islands. The theme is “The Nauti Yacht Club” and you should dress in costume like a yachtie, pirate, sea creature, or castaway. This seafaring party draws yacht owners from around the world to the bay at Jost Van Dyke, and celebs make an appearance. But no worries – you don't need to be a VIP, because there’s an all-night concert on the beach.
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.
Scotland celebrates with an outdoor festival of Hogmanay beginning Dec. 30, when torch-carrying partiers walk from Parliament Square to Calton Hill for a stupendous fireworks display. On the 31st, street parties and music festivals make their mark in the day, and even more fireworks spark over Edinburgh castle. The night finishes with the world’s largest rendition of "Auld Lang Syne."
Rio De Janeiro is party central! And on New Year's Eve Rio blows everyone else away at Copacabana Beach. Revelers dress all in white – it's said to be good luck, and popping corks of champagne dot the sandy landscape. At midnight, people pitch flowers into the ocean as a tribute to the sea goddess Yemanja.
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.
If you love to ski and gamble, South Lake Tahoe is the best spot to visit. From Dec. 29 - 31 the city hosts the annual SnowGlobe Music Festival. This year's headliners include electronic musicians Above and Beyond, Diplo, and Eric Prydz. It's a world-class party.
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 finish line, because revelers party until sunrise.
In Niagara Falls, Ontario the real party is in Queen Victoria Park, where a great rock lineup plays a concert before not one, but two (!) fireworks displays.
Quito, Ecuador is an up-and-coming city with a super cool New Year’s tradition. Locals create scarecrow-like effigies called “viejos,” made to represent anyone who has wronged you in the past year. At midnight the figures are burned, dismissing the bad and bringing in the good!
Watching fireworks from the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington is truly iconic. There is revelry at Seattle Center, or you can head to one of the many parks with views of the Needle, such as Gas Works, Alki Beach, or Kerry Park. Seattle also offers some of the best beer around, so forget champagne, add a brew to toast in the new year!