New Year’s Eve is always a special time of year. You take time to remember the great moments of the year that is ending and welcome in all the joy and adventures of the upcoming year. In a city like Hollywood, you can only expect a serious dose of glitz and glam for one of the biggest celebrations of the year. If you haven’t settled on where to spend you last hours of 2012, here are a few Los Angeles style ideas to keep you rocking all night long!
Universal CityWalk Hollywood’s New Years Eve Countdown Bash
The countdown to 2013 begins at Universal CityWalk® as The Entertainment Capital of LASM prepares to ring in the new year in one of Southern California’s most festive New Year’s Eve celebrations featuring dazzling fireworks, colorful confetti and non-stop live entertainment at four stage locations. Throughout Universal CityWalk the energy will resonate with a series of live concerts and DJ performances, which will crescendo to the midnight New Year’s Eve countdown, punctuated by the fireworks and confetti. The party starts at 9pm and is free to all. For parking, directions, or dinner suggestions visit the Citywalk website.
Queen Mary’s New Year’s Eve Party
Set sail into 2013 aboard Long Beach’s famous vessel, the Queen Mary, with a disco tribute band, dueling pianos, jazz performances and DJs spinning. Everything culminates with a fireworks spectacle over the ocean. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets from $109.
The Sounds of Idina Menzel
Have a Wicked evening at Walt Disney Concert Hall as Broadway star Idina Menzel performs her new live show. Champagne bottle service is also available. Shows start at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets from $65 to $195. More information here: www.laphil.com.
The Groundling’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular
Sketchy New Year’s Eve plans? Instead, try the Groundling’s annual improv and sketch comedy show. This year, it’s emceed and directed by Karen Maruyama (The Campaign) and stars Liz Brown (The Liz Brown Show), Matt Cook, (2 Broke Girls) and other members of The Groundlings Main Company and Sunday Company. Tickets include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a Champagne toast. Doors at 9 p.m. Tickets $100. More information here: www.groundlings.com.
Magicopolis New Year’s Eve Party
Make the New Year magical with this Santa Monica shop and theater’s annual party. The kid-friendly event includes a magic class, pizza, popcorn and a gift bag. Show is at 9 p.m. Tickets $60. More information here: www.magicopolis.com.
Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Ball
Make like Jay and Daisy and come in costume to this Westside sushi joint and lounge, Wockano, for prohibition-style cocktails, whiskey tastings and a live swing band. Party favors and a champagne toast are also included with admission. Doors at 9 p.m. Tickets from $40 in advance; $50 the week of the event.
New Year’s Babble-Eve at the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club & Podcast Theater
Hollywood skewer-ers Ralph Garman and Kevin Smith move their usual Saturday routine to Monday for a special New Year’s Eve version of Hollywood Babble-On at John Lovitz Comedy Club. Tickets include champagne, but do not include the comedy club standard of a two-item minimum per person. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 10 p.m. Tickets from $75.
New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet at Cafe Sierra
Celebrate the Season at Cafe Sierra Restaurant. Culinary treats will delight your palette and warm your heart. A unique unparalleled buffet experience in Universal City, CA at Cafe Sierra Restaurant. So let the Champagne flow and pile your plate high as we say goodbye to 2012. Beginning at 9:00pm to 1:30am. Tickets are $79 and include Dinner Buffet and Champagne. There is also an early dinner seating available. Visit CafeSierraHilton.com for pricing and more information.