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New Year’s Eve Events – For The Whole Family

Updated for 2021

Depending on the age of the children in your family, you may not be able to wait for midnight to celebrate the New Year. And in Southern California, that’s no problem. There are lots of Things to do on New Year’s Eve with Kids in Los Angeles!

There are lots of fun ideas for families to celebrate, because New Year’s Eve with Kids is very special and New Year’s Eve in LA is super fun!

Plus some fabulous LA restaurants are serving special New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day menus, so scroll down to find out.

Grand park new years eve los angeles
Courtesy of Grand Park, from 2019

New Year’s Eve In and Around Los Angeles:

Annual Noon-Year’s Confetti Countdown!
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618

Your family can count down to the New Year at Pretend City’s annual celebration on Friday, December 31st. Pretend City will be celebrating the New Year at different times throughout the day as the sun travels across the different time zones. Get ready for confetti as the sun sets in Bangladesh, Dubai, Athens, and London. Art activities include making party hats, noise makers, and clocks. Check the website for a schedule of activities. All activities are included in general admission. 

young boy dressed in a tuxedo blowing on a noisemaker for new years eve
Photo Credit: Pretend City

New Year’s Eve with Pink Martini
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

“Pink Martini, led by pianist Thomas Lauderdale, return for another quintessentially eclectic New Year’s program that mixes Brazilian samba, party sounds of ‘30s Cuban dance music, and a dash of Parisian café cool.” Two performances are planned for New Year’s Eve – one at 7:00 pm and one at 10:30 pm. Details and tickets are available online. 

Noon Year’s Eve
Discovery Cube Los Angeles
11800 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar, CA 91342

Families are invited to celebrate Noon Year’s Eve at the Discovery Cube Los Angeles at noon. “Midnight is past our bedtime, so ring in the new year at noon. Sip and toast apple cider, join the mega balloon drop, and so much more!” Tickets are available online. 

New Year’s Eve Presented by Night Dive
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

The Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration on December 31st from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am. The festivities include a live band performing in the Great Hall, DJs spinning in the galleries, dancing, Karaoke, a photo booth, and a confetti countdown. Food and drink will be sold separately. Advanced tickets are required and are available online.  

Kids’ New Year’s Eve
LEGOLAND California Resort
One LEGOLAND Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008

If you’re looking to get out of town for New Year’s, then LEGOLAND might be the place for your family. Celebrate New Year’s the LEGOLAND way, where “midnight” comes early so no one misses their bedtime. The festivities include live music, a special countdown, and “an early fireworks display illuminating the sky and welcoming in 2022.” Tickets are available online. 

50th Annual New Year’s Eve Musical Revue
Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

The Santa Monica Playhouse invites you and your family to celebrate the New Year with a fun production, food, and merriment. “From finger-snapping 40s jazz to foot-stompin’ country rock, Jewish patter songs to romantic ballads, this show has it all! Add sparkling apple juice, hats, tiaras, noisemakers, streamers and surprises and you have a not-to-be-missed New Year’s Eve celebration.” On New Year’s Eve there will be two shows — one at 7:00 pm (perfect if you’re attending with your younger children) and a later show at 10:00 pm which also includes a midnight meet-and-greet with the cast. Tickets are available online. 

EVE at Universal Studios Hollywood 
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Spend New Year’s Eve day enjoying Universal Studios Hollywood’s many popular rides. Then “party the night with music, dancing and a special midnight countdown celebration with fireworks.” Tickets are available online.

Happy Noon Year!
The Children’s Museum at La Habra
301 S. Euclid St., La Habra, CA 90631

The Children’s Museum at La Habra invites families to its “noon year” celebration. “Join us for dancing, crafts, activities, and help us countdown to our noon year balloon drop!” The fun begins at 10:00 am and continues until 1:00 pm.

New Year’s Eve Grape Drop
Civic Center
41000 Main St., Temecula, CA 92590

If New Year’s Eve means heading out of town, then you can celebrate in Temecula with their annual Grape Drop. The fun includes live music, vendors, and kids’ activities. Families can “celebrate 2022 twice with an East Coast (9 pm) and West Coast (midnight) countdown.” The free Fun Zone will be open from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display
Multiple locations in Marina del Rey

*** Update: Burton Chace Park will be closed to the public on New Year’s Eve. The fireworks shows will still go on as planned, and you can see them from multiple other spots in the Marina.*** Celebrate the New Year with fireworks in Marina del Rey. There will be two ten-minute fireworks shows so if midnight is past your family’s bedtime, you can still enjoy the show. One show happens at 9:00 pm and the other at midnight. “The shows will be shot from the Marina’s south jetty and can be viewed from virtually anywhere in Marina del Rey, Venice Pier, Playa Vista and Dockweiler Beach.”

New Year’s Eve at Noon
Pennypickle’s Workshop – Temecula Children’s Museum
42081 Main St., Temecula, CA 92590

Get ready for some New Year’s Eve fun at Pennypickle’s Workshop in Temecula. The “Professor’s VERY special party” festivities are scheduled from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm . Tickets are available now; this event always sells out. And note – the museum will only be open during the hours of this event and will close at 12:30 pm.

Noon Year’s Eve
The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation (MOXI)
125 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

If you’re looking to get out of town, head up to Santa Barbara on New Year’s Eve. MOXI is hosting its Noon Year’s Eve event on Friday, December 31st from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm with a 12:00 pm countdown to 2022! This special event includes festive activities, a rooftop dance party, and a “MOXI-wide countdown to 2022 across all three floors complete with confetti, noisemakers, and other surprises.” Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online.

New Year’s Eve at Disneyland
1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA 92802

Some may think that the best place to ring in the New Year is the “Happiest Place on Earth.” Disneyland invites families to celebrate the New Year with music, festivities, and of course, fireworks. 

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at Los Angeles Restaurants

Tallula's Oysters on the Half Shell Photo Credit Elise Freimuth
Tallula’s Oysters on the Half Shell Photo Credit Elise Freimuth

Milo + Olive
2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

Milo + Olive New Year’s Eve & Day Specials – On New Year’s Eve, the team is offering celebratory specials for dine-in only, like Wood-Fired Oysters with leek cream & breadcrumbs, Truffle Arancini with tomato cream, Spicy Crab Spaghetti with lemon zest & fennel pollen and more. New Year’s Day Brunch starts at 9 a.m. and includes dine-in specials, such as Skillet Cornbread with fried eggs, shaved rosemary ham & arugula, Crispy Risotto Cakes with romesco, sunny eggs, feta & baby kale and more. Takeout & delivery for those periods will just be the regular menu. Reservations available through Resy, but walk-ins welcome.

Redbird
114 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Redbird is offering New Year’s Eve dinner this year. On December 31, Chef/Owner Neal Fraser and team will be serving a three-course prix fixe dinner with optional wine pairing by Wine Director Matt Fosket. Menu includes Caramelle, Oysters, Abalone Chawanmushi, Beef Tartare, Wild Mushroom Bolognese, Cavatelli, Day Boat Scallop, Rack of Lamb, Beef Tenderloin, Pavlova, Dark Chocolate Tonka Bean Cremeux.

Tallula’s
118 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica CA 90402

Tallula’s New Year’s Eve Specials – Enjoy Oysters on the Half Shell with habanero mignonette & Santa Barbara uni, Coal-Grilled Duck Breast with refried lentils, confit grapes & pistachio pipian, Coal-Grilled Tomahawk Ribeye with fermented chile powder & pipian, plus a variety of bubbly cocktails, like a Mexican-inspired French 75. Reservations available through Resy, and walk-ins are welcome.

Huckleberry Goat Cheese & Gruyere Quiche, Photo Credit Elise Freimuth
Huckleberry Goat Cheese & Gruyere Quiche, Photo Credit Elise Freimuth

Huckleberry
1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica CA 90401

Huckleberry New Year’s Day Brunch – The bakery & café is open on New Year’s Day, but we’re also offering a special, heat & serve menu for takeout & delivery if you’d rather celebrate at home with friends & family. Highlights include a Seasonal Farmers’ Market Roasted Vegetable Frittata, Gluten-Free Grain & Seed Crisps & Lox Platter with whipped cream cheese, house-cured lox, shaved red onion, marinated cherry tomatoes & capers, Baked Apple Cinnamon & Cranberry French Toast, Breakfast Pastry Platters, Mimosa Kits and more. Pre-order until December 27 at 3 p.m. online through Tock or by calling 310-451-2311 or e-mailing [email protected]. Available for pickup and delivery on December 31 and January 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Events Near Me

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