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New Year’s Eve 2020: 20 New Year’s Eve Celebrations to Ring in the New Year in Southern California

From Dining and Family Fun to Clubbing and Themed Bashes, These NYE Events Are Something to Celebrate!

Written By: Audrey Kemp New Year’s Eve Events SoCal

Looking for the most memorable way to kick off the new decade? Well, look no further. Whether you’re on the hunt for black-tie and bodacious or family-friendly and free, we’ve rounded up the finest NYE dinners, parties and celebrations happening all over Southern California. 


📍Los Angeles New Year’s Eve Events SoCal

1 | Shine Bright New Year’s Eve Events SoCal

What: A Black, Silver & Gold Affair | NYE 2020 at the westdrift Hotel
When: Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

LOCALE Magazine, Berry Bly Productions and the Walk With Sally Foundation (producers of White Light White Night) are teaming up to put on an incredible NYE event at the new westdrift Manhattan Beach hotel. There will be plenty of music, dancing and champagne—plus, a portion of the ticket sales and proceeds from the casino will go to a good cause! 

westdrift Manhattan Beach, Autograph Collection
1400 Parkview Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


2 | Celebrate Tomorrow in Yesterday’s Swagger New Year’s Eve Events SoCal

What: Queen Mary NYE Past & Present Event
When: Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

Usher in the 2020s with authenticity and a 15-minute firework spectacle. The historic ocean liner’s decks and ballrooms will come to life with strolling performers in true Art Deco fashion.

The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802


3 | An Award-Winning Celebration New Year’s Eve Events SoCal

What: New Year’s Eve with Kristin Chenoweth
When: Dec. 31, 7 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.

Broadway and TV star Kristin Chenoweth will imbue the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s walls with her operatic voice and performing career-spanning material, including music from her newest album, “For the Girls.”

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012


4 | Light Up the Sky New Year’s Eve Events SoCal

What: New Year’s Eve at the Waterfront Rainbow Harbor
When: Dec. 31, 5-10:30 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of fireworks and fun for the entire family at the Rainbow Harbor Esplanade and Waterfront amphitheater. Countdown is at 9 p.m. and admission is free.

Rainbow Harbor Esplanade
330 S Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

5 | Leave Your Heart in Hollywood

What: NYElectric W Hollywood Hotel Rooftop 2020: NYE Party
When: Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m.-1:45 a.m.

Celebrate the new year sky high at this deluxe rooftop dance party featuring LA’s most notable dance music DJs along with breathtaking panoramic views of the Hollywood skyline.

W Hollywood Rooftop
6250 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028


6 | Rooftop Rendezvous

What: Onyx Rooftop Bar Countdown Party 
When: Dec. 31, 9 p.m-2 a.m.

Santa Monica’s only indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge offers four hours of unlimited open bar, Chef Bedolla’s specially-crafted menu, live entertainment and a midnight toast in a timeless 1930s contexture.

Hotel Shangri-La ONYX Rooftop Bar
1301 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401


7 | Fine Fare and NYE Flair

What: New Year’s Eve at the Rooftop by JG 
When: Dec. 31, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.

Bust out your cocktail best for Chef Benjamin’s caviar and oyster hors d’œuvres, ribeye and firework waffles, DJ Naneek’s Funk, Disco and House set and a midnight Billecart-Salmon toast.

The Rooftop by JG
9850 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210


📍Orange County New Year’s Eve Events SoCal

8 | Gatsby’s Beach Ball New Year’s Eve Events SoCal

What: Gatsby’s House: OC New Year’s Eve 2020
When: Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Orange County’s top DJs will be spinning EDM, top 40 and open format hits. Hand-passed appetizers and open bars abound will keep every flapper and dapper dancing.

Paséa Hotel & Spa
21080 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648


9 | A Swanky Seaside Celebration New Year’s Eve Events SoCal

What: New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Mayor’s Table Lido House
When: Dec. 31, 5-10 p.m.

Close 2019 out with a celebratory dinner at Lido House’s signature eatery and choose between a four-course dinner or seven-course grand tasting with a specialty champagne bottle menu.

The Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub + Kitchen
3300 Newport Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92663


10 | Downtown Family Fun! New Year’s Eve Events SoCal

What: First Night 2020 City New Year’s Eve Party in Downtown Fullerton
When: Dec. 31, 7 p.m.-Midnight

A truly unique way to celebrate New Year’s Eve is ziplining down Harbor Boulevard while watching stilt walkers and playing carnival games. Even betterthe admission is free!

Downtown Fullerton
125 E Wilshire Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832


11 | Watch the Orange Ball Drop New Year’s Eve Events SoCal

What: Winter Fest OC With a Special New Year’s Eve Celebration 2020
When: Dec. 31, 2 p.m.-1 a.m.

Orange County’s own winter wonderland boasts an ice rink and real snow! The orange ball will drop amid fireworks and 1,000 balloons at both 6 p.m. and midnight. Don’t miss this show-stopping event!

OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626


📍San Diego

12 | Feathers, Flappers and Jazz 

What: The Lafayette Hotel’s Roaring 2020s New Year’s Eve Bash
When: Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m.-Midnight 

Herald in the 2020s and partake in a lavish evening of glitz and glamour as the Lafayette Hotel transforms into a roaring Prohibition-era speakeasy, celebrating the new 2020 decade in legendary style! With three rooms of live music, top shelf & bootleg bars, roaming performers, cigarette girls, champagne girls and ending the night with a champagne toast during the NYE countdown.

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows
2223 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104


13 | ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

What: Westgate Hotel’s Latin NYE Celebration
When: Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

The Westgate’s extravaganza offers a Latin twist with celebratory cocktails, a buffet and a live performance by famed musician Julio De La Huerta. It all leads to a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight.

The Westgate Hotel
1055 Second Ave
San Diego, CA 92101


14 | Hats off to the New Year New Year’s Eve Events SoCal

What: Mad Hatter NYE Ball
When: Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m-12:30 a.m.

Hop down the rabbit hole this New Year’s Eve to this family-friendly ball and dinner. Attendees are encouraged to don “Alice in Wonderland” attire for the costume contest before the countdown.

The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa
5480 Grand Pacific Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008


15 | Dance the Night Away

What: New Years Eve Weekend at OMNIA Nightclub
When: Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Mark the end of the year at OMNIA, where partygoers will dance to live beats by French DJ Klingande and count down to a confetti-filled new year.

Omnia Nightclub
454 Sixth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101


16 | Masquerade into 2020 New Year’s Eve Events SoCal

What: New Year’s Eve Masked Celebration @ FLUXX
When: Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Have a ball at FLUXX nightclub’s fantastic masquerade fête, which will offer a live performance by DJ Wellman, a hosted bar, festive drinks and ornate Venetian masks.

FLUXX Nightclub
500 Fourth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101


17 | Beach Wave 2019 Goodbye New Year’s Eve Events SoCal

What: NYE Beachfront Bash
When: Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

The Mission Beach boardwalk hosts the party of the year, stretching from beachfront to rooftop. Capture lasting memories of 2019 in the photo bus between dining, drinking and dancing.

Draft South Mission
3105 Ocean Front Walk
San Diego, CA 92109


📍Greater Palm Springs

18 | Dance through the Decades New Year’s Eve Events SoCal

What: Light it Up NYE 2020
When: Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-Midnight

Dance the night away to decade-defining smash hits and savor the bar garden, food vendors and dining specials, all before dazzling fireworks ignite the desert skies at midnight.

Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage
32250 Bob Hope Dr
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


19 | Grub it Up New Year’s Eve Events SoCal

What: New Year’s Eve Party at the Draughtsman
When: Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1:15 a.m.

It’s recommended that you arrive early to Draughtsman’s shindig, which not only will have draught beer, but also a live DJ, food stations, tray-passed hors d’œuvres and an open bar!

1501 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262


20 | Wild Festivities New Year’s Eve Events SoCal

What: Mildly Wild New Year’s Eve party
When: Dec. 31, 6-10 p.m.

What better way is there to celebrate the Roaring ‘20s than with wild animals, champagne, a three-course dinner and a countdown to the new year?

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
47900 Portola Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260

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