Ring in the New Year Safely
With Omicron spreading throughout our county and the globe, we know this New Year’s celebration will look different than others. However, there are still ways that you can safely celebrate this holiday both at home and in town. Here is our list of top 5 things to do in LA for New Year’s Eve:
1: At Home Celebrations
Honestly the best way to go. Not only because of the inherent protection you’ll have by not exposing yourself to large groups, but because who doesn’t love a house party? You control the booze, the music, and the finger food! All of which we have suggestions for:
- Booze: Along with champagne, you can spice try things up with a signature cocktail like a Cranberry Sidecar or a Winter Sangria. Click here for a list of more New Year’s Eve cocktails.
- Music: this Spotify playlist has some great New Year’s music that will set the mood and get your guests ready to ring in the New Year!
- Finger Food: check out this list of 51 Finger Foods that are apparently “better than booze” such as Spinach Artichoke Zucchini Bites, a Garlicky Shrimp Dip, or Stuffed Mushrooms.
2: Marina del Rey New Year’s Eve Fireworks
If you are looking to venture out (and are vaccinated and boosted, of course), an outdoor event like watching fireworks at the beach could be the perfect thing.
Marina del Rey rings in the new year with two pyro-filled countdowns. The waterfront city has fireworks at both 9pm and midnight (or a minute before, to be precise). While the fireworks are set off near Burton Chace Park (which, just a heads up, will be closed this year for NYE), all of the restaurants with harbor views should have visibility of the fireworks. Some of the restaurants host ticket dinners for a pricey cost, so we suggest finding a spot along the water and enjoying the fireworks for free.
There won’t be an in-person party this year yet again, but Grand Park is still hosting a free sendoff to 2021 with this virtual New Year’s Eve event. Esty, DUCKWRTH and Kinky will headline the evening, with DJ sets in between from Peanut Butter Wolf and J.Rocc. And the annual countdown on City Hall will carry on in digital form thanks to a 3-D recreation on the stream. You can tune in on traditional TV via Fuse, or you can find free streams on the Fuse and Grand Park YouTube pages
4: New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Long Beach Waterfront
Stake out a spot in downtown Long Beach to catch this waterfront fireworks show on New Year’s Eve. You can catch the midnight show from pretty much anywhere near the water, like Shoreline Park and Village, and you can expect dinner specials and parties at plenty of local businesses nearby (aside from the Queen Mary, which still isn’t operational).
Most New Year’s Eve parties in L.A. celebrate the stroke of midnight on the West Coast, and a bunch mark the ball drop on the East Coast, as well. But Big Bar typically celebrates the occasion with 10 countdowns. That’s 10 different playlists with 10 original cocktails for each hour—and to make up for a NYE-less 2020, each block is inspired by a different year of Big Bar’s signature event, starting with 2011 at 3pm. Just a heads up: This year’s event will be held outdoors only, and proof of vaccination will be required for the patio.