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Southern California’s Best New Year’s Eve Parties For Families

December 5, 2012 6:00 AM

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You like the nightlife, you like to boogie, you like to ring in the New Year with your family! Below is a list of the best family-friendly New Year’s Eve bashes in Southern California.

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Knotts Berry Farm Family Friendly New Year’s Eve

8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA 90620
(714) 220-5200
www.knotts.com

Your whole family is invited to spend NYE at Knotts Berry Farm. There will be music, a magician, dancing at not one dance party but two within the park, kiddy fun in Camp Snoopy and a “Midnight Mayhem” fireworks show in Calico Square at midnight to blast in 2013.

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Great Night! Family New Year’s Eve

6950 Marine way
Irvine, CA 92618
(866) 829-3829
www.ocgp.org

Join the 2nd annual NYE extravaganza at the Orange County Great Park for a family-friendly celebration on Eastern time at 9 p.m. There will be carnival-style games, a scavenger hunt, military vehicle displays, arts and crafts activities for children, street entertainers, carousel rides, art exhibitions, good food in a safe, non-alcoholic environment. Admission is free and parking is $10 per car. The event starts at 5 p.m.

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New Year’s Eve on the Square

41000 Main Street
Temecula, CA 92590
(951) 694-6444
www.cityoftemecula.org

Decorate your own hat to wear during the procession through the Civic Center, listen to live music, dance, eat and have a blast at the NYE on the Square. There will be two “Grape Drops” — one on Eastern time and one on Western time — to ring in the new year. The evening festivities begin at 3 p.m. at the Civic Center.

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NYE at Disneyland Resort

1313 South Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 781-4636
disneyland.disney.go.com

There is no better place to spend NYE than at the happiest place on earth. On New Year’s Eve, there will be celebrations of a grand-Mickey-kind happening all around Disneyland. The NYE Countdown Central will happen at Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle starting at 9 p.m. with a DJ and appearances from Mickey and Minnie. A “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks extravaganza will welcome in 2013 at the stroke of midnight.

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Kids New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND

One LEGOLAND Drive
Carlsbad, CA. 92008
(760) 918-5346
california.legoland.com

Ring in 2013 at 6 p.m. at Legoland in sunny Carlsbad. Just like Times Square, this family-friendly celebration will include live music, fireworks and a live Lego brick drop from 22 feet to ring in the New Year. The celebration starts at 2:30 p.m. and the brick drop and fireworks will conclude the evening at 6 p.m.

Desiree Eaglin loves the idea of an early NYE celebration for the little ones since hers have never seen the night past 8 p.m. She blogs at Sarcastic, Funny and Brutally Honest. You can find her on Twitter too.

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