New Year’s in Los Angeles is supposed to be freezing, according to LAist – so make sure you bundle up over your party wear! If you’re in town for New Year’s in Los Angeles, here’s your handy guide to celebrating in the city whether you’re looking for a fancy party to attend or fun activities for the kids.
1) The Best New Year’s Eve Parties
LA Weekly lists Casablanca at the Hotel Figueroa and a Gatsby-themed party at the Argyle. There’ll be a lot of parties going on so weigh your option based on if you’re willing to pay a cover, expect open bar, or want a rooftop view. See their complete list here.
2) Rose Parade Activities
I’m not one to camp out on the streets in Pasadena to get a front row seat on the sidewalk for the Rose Parade. Instead, you can view the floats before the parade without having to sleep on the street. From Saturday, December 27 through Wednesday, December 30, the floats are available for viewing for $5-$15 and children under $5 are free. Check out their website for more details.
3) Grand Park’s New Year’s Eve LA
If you’re looking to party for free this year, head over to Grand Park where there will be three stages for music and DJs, food vendors, a 3D projector mapping over City Hall and a photo booth. This is an alcohol-free event, however, but it is dog-friendly and open to all ages. If you’re looking for more parties, see LAist’s list of 22 Places to Party on New Year’s Eve.
4) New Year’s Eve Dinners Under $60
LA Weekly has compiled a list of 10 Best Restaurants for a New Year’s Eve Dinner Under $60 including Bar Pintxo in Santa Monica and Bar Ama in Downtown LA. Golden Road offers great vegan options with a midnight beer toast, if you’re not that into champagne. See the complete list here.
If you’re looking for more activities for New Year’s in Los Angeles, follow my Twitter feed @thelagirl for updated events. Happy New Year!