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New Year's Eve & New Year's Day 2024-2025

Ring in the New Year like Holywood's elite

Dates: December 31–January 1

La-La Land is a beautiful choice to celebrate the New Year. You will find various things to do on New Year's Eve—from the iconic fireworks display in Grand Park to select night cruises off Long Beach. The program is packed with countless concerts, parties, and other events across the city.

Countdown at Grand Park (December 31)

Join tens of thousands of Angelenos for the annual Countdown at Grand Park, downtown LA. You'll become a part of the lavish, free outdoor party, listed among the West Coast's most fabulous New Year's Eve celebrations. The festivities kick off at 8 pm with live bands. Over 30 of LA’s best food trucks provide delicious meals. The action culminates with an interactive countdown featuring 3-D digital video on a 22-story City Hall and fantastic fireworks.

NYE cruises & yacht parties (December 31)

Another idea for a memorable bash is Long Beach, famed for the So Cal's biggest New Year's yacht parties and most beautiful firework cruises along the Long Beach Harbor. Jump aboard and enjoy the music, refreshments, and breathtaking views of the gorgeous festive night. The trips run for 3–4 hours, so you'll have plenty of time to enjoy the atmosphere.

Tournament of Roses (January 1, 2024)

Those who are still full of cheer after the night out can continue to celebrate the New Year in early January in Pasadena at the Tournament of Roses. The street extravaganza, labeled one of the best America's New Year celebrations and flower parades, starts at 8 am, but an early wakeup is worth it.

Thousands of people line a 5-mile parade route to enjoy a two-hour show, featuring beautiful floral floats, marching bands, and equestrian entries. The Rose Parade starts at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Blvd, then goes north on Orange Grove Blvd. and east on Colorado Blvd. The parade ends at Villa St.

A nice advantage of New Year's Eve in Los Angeles must be comfortable weather, with the average 47–68ºF (8–20ºC). Anyways, layering up will be appropriate.

Los Angeles is a city of everlasting parties: many hotels, restaurants, and bars welcome you to ring in the New Year and let your hair down. Here are some LA spots throwing best-in-class NYE parties: Dragonfly Hollywood, the HIDEOUT, Bootsy Bellows, SHOREbar (Santa Monica), and the 1 Hotel West Hollywood. Check their official websites in the External Resources to make sure they organize the NYE events this year.

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