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LA Babe’s Guide: Countdown to Your Best NYE Ever! source: thrillist
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LA Babe’s Guide: Countdown to Your Best NYE Ever!

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The only place you want to be for a special New Year’s Eve is to be in the city that never sleeps or even better, the city that knows how to party. In the city of Los Angeles, we value all things Instagrammable and looking out for the latest hot spots… you know, before your favorite influencer started hanging out there. But fact is, there’s always endless things to do whether it’s joining the fun filled day parades or dancing till dawn at all the ultra trendy night clubs.

As we’d rather be enjoying ourselves anywhere that has an open bar, there’s no surprise New Year’s Eve events in Los Angeles can be a bit pricey! All in all, no matter your budget there will also be loads of free New Year’s Eve events where you can still party like it’s 1999 for free 99!

So, put on your best party outfit and be ready to paint the town! Make sure you feel amazing in whatever party outfit or sparkling NYE dress you choose, because you’ll be partying ’til the sun comes up like no other year before!

FREE New Years Events in LA

Rose Bowl Parade during NYE Celebrations source: around town pasadena

Rose Bowl Bash & 129th Rose Parade Presented by Honda


This LA event will kick off your NYE starting off with its extravagant float filled parade at 11am located at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. You will be more than entertained by musical performances by the marching troupes, interactive games, beer garden, DJ booths followed by the option of watching the football game. After you ring in the New Year, you can line up between along Colorado Boulevard (first come, first serve) on New Year’s Day and enjoy the first rose parade to kick off the New Year!

City hall beling lit up during the NYE Party in Grand Park LA source: TripSavvy

Grand Park NYE LA


Spread across three blocks near city hall is one of the biggest and most affordable outdoor family-friendly events for NYE. Welcome the new year with live music (2 music stages!), DJ’s, photo booths, 3-D projections on City Hall (yes, ON), food trucks galore, with other 50,000 people in tow. This alcohol free event starts at 8pm, we recommend getting there as early as you can to claim a good spot for the countdown!

Angel City Brewery bar in the Arts District LA source: Angel City Brewery

Angel City Brewery No Cover


You know that annoying cover fee? Boy, BYE. Although Angel City Brewery never charges cover, this will be an extra special time to celebrate in the Arts District. They brewery will be featuring their selection of special and limited edition brews, live entertainment, and a special toast at midnight!

Sparkling NYE fireworks at Marina del Rey in LA source: YouTube

Marina del Rey New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Glow Party


When in doubt, end it with a bang! Save yourself a spot for a cheap date (in the good way) because we all know FREE fireworks make the perfect midnight kiss. *nudge nudge*

DJ Performance during Prohibition NYE Bash at Union Station source: YouTube

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Prohibition NYE at Union Station


Located downtown is a whole 1920’s celebration you didn’t know existed but clearly want to be! There’s no other way to celebrate a fine NYE night quite like this Gatsby themed bash set during the roaring twenties. If you’re going to dress up, go BIG because this party requires formal attire. So put on your best flapper dresses or tuxedos and champagne toast with all the fellas and dolls all night!


Rooftop bar NYElectric at W Hollywood on Hollywood Boulvard source: OurNightlife

NY Electric & W Hollywood New Years


Nestled between boujee Hollywood Hills is the rooftop bar your NYE dreams were made of in this picturesque lounge down Hollywood Boulevard. Dress to impress and enjoy the dance party with the funnest dance music by NYElectric. You’ll watch the ball drop along movie like night pool scene with cute cabanas for some private time with your best friends or SO. Soooo LA.

Pools views at the Ace hotel in palm springs source: Hotels.com

New Year’s Eve at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs


Go where the weather’s warm and the parties are HOT. Hanging out at this NYE party will carry those sunny LA vibes right in the new year. It’s all about those indie rock music vibes with sets from Wavves, The Long Language, and other special DJ sets.

Fireworks near Harry Potter World at Universal Studios source: Metro

EVE at Universal Studios


There will definitely be something extra special this time around for New Year’s Eve where you can enjoy all your favorite rides and fireworks. Make sure to located the three party areas with all the music where tasty alcoholic drinks will be served!

Fireworks near It's a Small World at Disneyland LA source: Disney Parks

New Year’s Eve at Disneyland


Need we say more? Celebrate with the historic Mickey & friends till 2am!! Watch an even bigger and more explosive fireworks show with two chances to watch it to prevent any FOMO.

Fireworks overlooking the Queen Mary for New Year's Eve Celebration source: Goldstar

NYE Aboard the Queen Mary


Get you a NYE party that could do both. There’s something super special about celebrating nonstop on water, sea, land and on ship! You can either stay low key in the evening dining areas or visiting the different cabins where the clubs go crazy! There will of course be bright fireworks overlooking the gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean where let’s admit – doesn’t happen everyday!

Dita Von Teese performance during NYE source: Living Out Loud LA

Dita Von Teese’s New Year’s Eve Gala Show


Watch a beautiful and sexy display of human art right in front of your eyes with a special and almost 2 hour performance by none other than the Queen of burlesque, Dita Von Teese. Please do note, sparkles will be flying everywhere!

No matter what your plans are this New Year’ Eve, have a kickass time, stay safe, and party HARD.