New Year’s Eve in L.A. is traditionally the busiest day of the year at amusement parks and major tourist sites because they stay open late to entertain visitors seeking to party from one year into the next. When the bell tolls at midnight, magnificent displays of fireworks will light up the night’s sky in many locations in and around Tinseltown. Singles will meet new acquaintances, couples will toast their future and families will strive to turn the next page of the calendar altogether. Whether you’re planning to ring in 2014 on land or bouncing to the rhythm of the Pacific Ocean, here are some thrilling social events that promise an unforgettable experience.
Las Palmas Block Party
Las Palmas Nightclub
1714 N. Las Palmas Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Date: Dec. 31, 2013 at 9 p.m.
A jubilant variety of music, food and drink will be the main attraction when this Mexican-themed nightspot joins hands with other venues to create one of the largest block parties in Hollywood. The festival will flow from Las Palmas Nightclub to three additional locales, including the dramatic Premiere Supper Club, the culturally strong L’Scorpion Tequila Bar and Rusty Mullet, an open-air saloon. More than 2,000 celebrants are expected to participate in this year’s event, which will feature concert-style stage productions throughout the evening and complimentary champagne at the strike of midnight. Ticket prices start at $60.
Hollywood VIP 2014 New Year’s Eve
Spice Hollywood Bistro
1644 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Date: Dec. 31, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
A laundry list of VIP passes will give those that wish to spend the last day of the year strolling the Hollywood Walk of Fame access to several popular venues, with check-in at Spice Hollywood Bistro, an Indian eatery. The party spots for the evening include such entertaining nightspots as Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre, where Cleopatra’s New Year Eve’s Ball will be in full effect. Locals and tourists will be able to meet a multitude of sundry personalities as they venture from one unique venue to the next. After greeting the new year, VIP permit holders will be invited to further burn the midnight oil by experiencing the highly touted Playhouse Nightclub after hours. Ticket prices start at $125.
New Year’s Eve in Downtown Long Beach
300 S. Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Date: Dec. 31, 2013 at 5 p.m.
The amphitheater at Rainbow Harbor will awaken with a blast of exciting family-friendly activities to ring in the new year. Events will include strolling entertainers, face painters, balloon artists and train rides along the esplanade to keep children entertained throughout the evening. Adults will be able to enjoy a variety of spirits from a total of seven bar areas that will be set up along a two-block area with live bands and vocalists commanding three main stages. At 9 p.m., a spectacular fireworks display will light up the night’s sky. As midnight nears, a mirthful countdown celebration will certainly receive 2014 in kindred style. Ticket prices start at $15.
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Happy Endings Party
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Date: Dec. 31, 2013 at 9:30 p.m.
As 2013 draws to an end, well over 2,000 revelers are expected to crowd into Club Nokia, a 59,000-square-foot party place in the heart of downtown L.A. Headlining the festival will be DJ Justin Credible and DJ sourMILK, with West Coast sound mixer DJ R-Tistic added to the lineup. Throughout the evening, the disc jockeys will spin the hottest pop, hip-hop and R&B dance tunes now playing on rhythmic contemporary radio stations. Select packages include access to the state-of-the-art venue, complimentary gifts and a private musical performance by a special guest in the club’s VIP lounge. This trendy nightspot is known for attracting some of the nation’s leading recording artists, actors and comedians. Ticket prices start at $105.
New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise
Hornblower Cruises & Events
13755 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Date: Dec. 31, 2013 at 8:30 p.m.
For a more intimate celebration, consider embracing the new year aboard a luxury yacht for a full evening of gaiety that encompasses champagne dreams and stupendous views of L.A.’s bay area. During a 3.5-hour cruise of the harbor, guests will be treated to a four-course seated gourmet dinner that will include bacon-wrapped steak and lobster tail. Dance music will be provided by a guest DJ. The 110-foot vessel boasts plush sofas, a mahogany dance floor, a full-service galley and a dashing setting designed to create enduring memories. Ticket prices are set at $145 per person with discounted rates available for children, seniors and military personnel.
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New Year’s Eve Yacht Party
San Pedro and Newport beach
Date: Dec. 31, 2013 from 9pm to 1am
If you love to be surrounded by water then this is the perfect way to Celebrate NYE 2014. With the moon shimmering above and the stars brightly shining you will be amazed by LA’s most luxurious 140 foot, 400 person capacity Yacht all decked out for this spectacular harbor cruise. This 4 hour cruise offers 3 levels, outdoor decks, indoor lounge, 2 separate dance floors playing everything from house, electro, dance and top 40 so you can get down to all your favorite dance beats. Dance under the stars on the scenic deck or inside in the spacious main room. The appetizer buffet is the perfect way to satisfy your cravings but not anchor you down from inhaling a great big meal. Here is a super bonus: the yacht has 12 restrooms. You will be greeted with a delightful glass of champagne by the Chief Officer and then whisked off to the open seas. Bon Voyage and Happy New Year!
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