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While many people like to stay in for New Year’s Eve, there’s a vast number of those of us who like to dress to the nines to ring in the new year. The following is a list that includes the best new year’s eve 2017 parties around Orange County. Some of them are family friendly, others – like a party on a yacht with an open bar – most certainly are not. If you have not made your plans to ring in 2017, look into these great celebrations in Orange County! Happy New Year!
First Night Fullerton
Harbor Boulevard, Pomona Avenue, and Wilshire Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832
Date: December 31, 2016 from 7pm to 12am
If you have kids, then your days of staying out until the wee hours of New Year’s Day are probably behind you. That doesn’t mean that you have to stop celebrating the occasion, however. The City of Fullerton will be celebrating the 25th annual “First Night Fullerton” on New Year’s Eve! First Night Fullerton is an open party which is a family-friendly event featuring musical stage performances by celebrity cover bands, rides, roaming entertainment, games, food vendors, activities and more. The festival ends at midnight as the sky lights up with an incredible aerial display of fireworks to ring in the New Year. To make this event even more appealing, you’ll hear music from local favorites. This free event is from 7pm until midnight and generally draws around 15,000 guests every year! You’ll find plenty of free parking at the Plummer Parking Structure at the southwest corner of Chapman and Lemon Avenue as well, and parking will also be available at the transportation center at Fullerton College, and in the city lots west of Harbor Boulevard. After 25 years, Fullerton’s First Night is expected to be bigger and better than ever this year, and will offer an array of visual and performing arts as an alternative to traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations. This year’s First Night Celebration includes fireworks at midnight, many delicious food options, exciting zip lining, new XTREME rides, and much more. A stage will be set up as well, featuring musical performances from a rock bands and roaming entertainers.
Giant NYE Dance & Super Singles Social
1500 S Raymond Ave
Fullerton, CA 92831
Date: December 31, 2016
Spend New Year’s Eve 2017 ringing in the new year with hundreds of other singles. You may end up meeting the right one at this great event, which offers popular mixer games, and more! The event, which is held in the glamour of the Crest Ballroom with beautiful chandeliers, will offer a huge dance floor and offer music by LA DJ Sweat and the live band Yvette Cooke & Family Band to dance along to. Among the games, there will be Supper Shuffle, Find A Mystery Person, Ice Breaker Games, and then they’ll also be offering dinner from 6pm to 8pm, and dancing from 8am to 1am. The entire event is $75 at the door. Or, choose the dance party from 8pm to 8am only for $50 at the door. Tickets include noisemakers and there is free parking.
Mansion NYE Party
Mansion Costa Mesa
841 Baker St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Date: December 31, 2016
Ring in 2017 with friends, and your loved ones at Mansion in Costa Mesa. The nightclub, previously known as Shark Club, will be offering 3 areas of music including an all star local DJ lineup, celebrity appearances, party favors, confetti cannons, and a midnight balloon drop. The event is from 9am to 3am, and promises to be more exciting than last year’s Mansion party!
Long Beach Fireworks New Year Eve Cruise
Catalina King Yacht
1046 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
Date: December 31, 2016 from 10pm – 1am
Jump aboard The Catalina King Yacht for a New Year’s to remember. Let loose, and set sail aboard the 400 person yacht, which will feature 3 decks of partygoers, 5 DJ’s spinning great music all night in 2 rooms, breathtaking views of the Long Beach skyline, VIP packages with bottle and table service, a midnight toast and more! There will be plenty of fully stocked bars, and also group packages, too. This is unlike any other cruise. Catalina Classic Cruises & California Nightlife’s mission is to make sure their New Year’s experience is s a perfect one for you and all your friends, so make sure to join in on the ultimate party cruise! Check in at 9pm. The yacht boards at 9:30pm promptly!