From elegant black-tie affairs to massive dance parties, Los Angeles is ready to ring in 2015 with some of the best New Year's Eve events in the country. Read our round-up of L.A.'s top events to say farewell to 2014 and welcome the new year. And on Jan. 1, 2015, join millions of viewers around the world and enjoy the 126th Rose Parade and the 101st Rose Bowl Game, the two biggest events of the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena.
In keeping with tradition, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) offers free rides on New Year’s Eve to provide safe transportation and reduce holiday traffic congestion. All Metro Rail and Bus lines are free from 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 until 2 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. Metro Rail operates all-night service on New Year’s Eve for those staying out extra late and to encourage easy travel to the Rose Parade. NOTE: All Metro Rail lines and the Metro Orange Line will operate all night every 20 minutes on New Year's Eve.
Please note that all events are scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 unless otherwise noted.
NEW YEAR'S EVE L.A. - GRAND PARK
Grand Park rings in 2015 with its second annual New Year's Eve L.A., featuring live music performances, photo booths and large-scale animated projections, including a spectacular new interactive countdown with 3-D digital video mapping on two sides of City Hall that salutes the “heartbeat of Los Angeles." Audience members will be able to take selfies during the event and tweet them with #grandparkselfie - select images will be projected on City Hall. The event includes additional 100-foot projections showcasing #LAstory photos that personify the future of Los Angeles, selected and delivered by some of L.A.’s best Instagrammers, chosen by Discover L.A. New Year's Eve L.A. is a FREE family-friendly celebration that takes place from 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1.
TYLER, THE CREATOR - CLUB NOKIA
Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE welcomes L.A. native Tyler, The Creator and DJ Billy Jole for a New Year’s Eve concert. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. and the show starts at 10:15 p.m. Tickets to the all-ages concert are priced from $40-50.
PINK MARTINI - WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
Ring in the New Year at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the fun-loving sounds of Pink Martini and their hip blend of Brazilian samba, ’30s Cuban dance, Parisian café and Japanese film noir. Flamboyant pianist/director Thomas Lauderdale and incomparable vocalist China Forbes are your hosts for an unforgettable evening. Two performances on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
LA LOVES TECHNO - EXCHANGE LA
On New Year's Eve, veteran Los Angeles promoter Insomniac presents LA Loves Techno, taking place at the massive Exchange LA nightclub in Downtown. LA Loves Techno is a must for fans of forward thinking dance music, featuring a lineup of world class DJs: John Digweed, Tchami and DAVI. LA Loves Techno takes place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Print-at-home tickets start at $50 and VIP, bottle service and birthday specials are available. Six ticket limit per customer.
Located beneath the streets of Downtown L.A., The Edison presents its annual Unparallelled Cabaret Ball, with electrifying and unique performances by an eclectic group of artists. Step into 2015 with The Urban Renewal Project Big Band, DJ Jonny Abrahams, aerialists Bowman & Womack, stilters and more. General admission tickets are available online for $100. Doors at 7 p.m. Guests must be 21 and over and "classic elegance and style" is required.
MINIMAL EFFORT - LOT 613
Located in the Arts District, Lot 613 will be transformed into a black and white affair for Minimal Effort: A Black & White New Year's Eve. The stellar DJ line-up includes Fur Coat, Three and DJ.T in the main room, and a Desert Hearts takeover in the second room, featuring Mikey Lion, Porkchop, Lee Reynolds, Deep Jesus and Marbs. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $40 for general admission, with open bar and bottle service options available.
SHINE ON & NYELECTRIC 2015 - W HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
Located at the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the W Hollywood Hotel presents Shine On, the annual extravaganza that takes place throughout the hotel. The event includes four hours of premium open bar, three live DJs and a colossal midnight countdown. The Living Room, Great Room and Station will feature house, Top 40/hip hop, and visual DJ, respectively. The hotel’s Delphine restaurant is hosting the VIP area for even more opulence and celebration. Shine On takes place from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are priced at $100 before Nov. 28 and $150 after, including premium open bar. Various couples, group and VIP ticket packages are available.
NYElectric 2015 is taking place at the W Hollywood Loft & Rooftop Lounge (formerly Drai’s Hollywood) from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. NYElectric features a 4-hour premium hosted bar, panoramic city views, and house music by Scotty Boy, Andy Vargas (Santana) and Luke Wryder. Tickets start at $175 and couples and VIP packages are available.
DANNY TENAGLIA - SOUND NIGHTCLUB
With a mix of modern décor and industrial design, Sound Nightclub boasts a state-of-the-art Funktion One sound system, 3-D projection mapping and multiple full-service bars. On New Year’s Eve, Sound welcomes legendary New York DJ Danny Tenaglia for a marathon set. Doors open at 10 p.m. and the event is 21 and over. Tickets are priced at $50-80.
NYE 2015 - SAYERS CLUB
With leather-tufted sofas and Afghan rugs, the Sayers Club evokes an intimate living room vibe, while a stage that drops from the rafters showcases the music talents of emerging and well-known artists. NYE 2015 offers numerous ticket options, including VIP and bottle service packages. The front room bar and restaurant open for food and drink at 9 p.m. main room door opens at 10 p.m. Special guest performances TBA. NYE 2015 is a 21 and over event, upscale dress code strictly enforced.
SOLID GOLD NYE 2015 - PLAYHOUSE HOLLYWOOD
“Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but gold is an infinite love affair!” Playhouse Hollywood presents Solid Gold NYE 2015, taking place from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Solid Gold features music by DJs Sourmilk, Coolwhip and Scotty Boy (after hours). Admission includes a 4-hour premium open bar and midnight champagne toast. Tickets start at $140 with early bird specials, group and VIP packages, and an After Hours Pass for 12:30-4 a.m. (open bar not included).
MASTERBEAT NYE 2015: DEC. 30, 2014 - JAN. 1, 2015
The 15th Annual Masterbeat takes place at multiple venues from Dec. 30 to Jan. 1. The festivities begin on Tuesday, Dec. 30 with Night’s Watch, featuring Morabito, at Avalon Hollywood from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. The main event is XV: New Year's Eve on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at the Mayan Theater in Downtown L.A. Grind and Alyson Calagna will take you on a music journey from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. XV also features special surprise entertainment, massive 3D LED wall and a spectacular NYE countdown with more than 10,000 video clips. Later on, London’s number one afterhours party returns to L.A. at Beyond the Wall: Afterhours. Step into 2015 at Arena Cafe in WeHo from 3 a.m. to noon with music by DJ Micky Friedmann. Ice & Fire: Endgame is Masterbeat’s famed closing party, presenting an epic first dance at Downtown’s Stock Exchange from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1. Tickets for Masterbeat: Night’s Watch is $80 per person, XV is $140, Beyond the Wall is $70 and Ice & Fire is $80. A VIP Weekend Pass for all four events is $250.
INFUSION LOUNGE - UNIVERSAL CITYWALK HOLLYWOOD
Infusion Lounge at Universal CityWalk Hollywood presents its annual New Year’s Eve celebraton, featuring two levels of music, with headliner DJ Big Syphe and featured DJ J. Rythm. Hosted by The Chive and Vida Guerra. Ticket includes champagne toast and other party favors. General Admission presale tickets are $50, with open bar, VIP and numerous bottle service packages available. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
APPETITE 4 DESTRUCTION - HOUSE OF BLUES
Dubbed “The World's Most Dangerous Tribute to Guns N' Roses,” Appetite 4 Destruction headlines a New Year’s Eve concert at the House of Blues, featuring an all-star lineup of tribute bands, including Ozzmania (Ozzy Osbourne tribute), Masters of Puppets (Metallica), American Zombie (Rob Zombie) and Stoned Temple Pilots (Stone Temple Pilots). General Admission ticket is $25. Package with General Admission and hosted bar is $50. Hosted bar package with a three-course prix fixe dinner at Crossroads is $80. Doors open at 7 p.m. 18 and over with ID.
HEAVEN: FALLEN ANGELS - THE ABBEY
On New Years Eve, The Abbey Food & Bar presents Heaven: Fallen Angels. Dance your way into 2015 with music by Grant Smith and Dawna Montell along with the irresistible Abbey Angels. General Admission starts at $20 and numerous options for bottle service and table reservations are available. Featured cocktails will be made with Moët & Chandon and Belvedere (RED), the special edition vodka that donates 50% of all profits to help fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.
BELLE EPOQUE - SKYBAR (2014 TBA)
On New Year’s Eve, Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel will be transformed into the Belle Epoque ("Beautiful Era"). Skybar enters the classic era of French burlesque with special guest DJ's, live musical performances and live burlesque dancers. Tickets are $125 per person and include a hosted bar from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., and a champagne toast at midnight.
CAMP FREDDY - THE ROXY (2014 TBA)
Make it a rockin’ New Year’s Eve at The Roxy with Camp Freddy & Friends, the all-star cover band that features Dave Navarro, Billy Morrison, Chris Chaney and Josh Freese. The concert is hosted by Mark McGrath and starts at 9:00 p.m. Tickets to the 21 and over event are $100 each. VIP packages are available.
THE RESTAURANT AT MR. C
On Wednesday, Dec. 31, Mr. C Beverly Hills presents an elaborate New Year’s Eve dinner in The Restaurant at Mr. C. The five-course menu includes a glass of champagne on arrival, king crab salad, Alba truffle egg ravioli, Chilean sea bass, beef filet and torrone semifreddo. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and seating is at 9 p.m. The New Year’s Eve dinner is $199 per person and includes a midnight champagne toast and live performance by Shawn Amos.
MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS
The Montage Beverly Hills is featuring numerous New Year's Eve celebrations throughout the property. The New Year’s Eve Classic Black Tie Gala, held in the Marquesa Ballroom from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., kicks off with an hour of champagne, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. A sumptuous five-course tasting menu with wine pairings starts at 8:30pm. Dance the night away and welcome the new year until 1 a.m. Price is $365 per person for reserved restaurant-style seating and includes valet parking. The hotel's acclaimed Scarpetta restaurant is offering two dinner seatings with DJ and live music. The first seating is 6-6:30 p.m. for a three-course prix fixe dinner menu, priced at $95 per person. The second seating is 8:30-9 p.m. for a five-course tasting menu, priced at $185 per person. A New Year’s Eve celebration for children is taking place at Paintbox from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., including high-energy karaoke, dinner, entertainment, games and more. Price is $150 per child (ages 5-12).
BOOMER BLAST - SPORTSMEN’S LODGE
Located in Studio City, the landmark Sportsmen’s Lodge was the playground of the stars during Hollywood’s Golden Age. On Wednesday, Dec. 31, the Sportsmen’s Lodge hosts a 40-and-over Boomer Blast for singles, couples and marrieds. The Boomer Blast takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the 10,000 square-foot Empire/Regency Room, the venue’s largest space. Live performances by The Donald Dean Band and Sidetracs start at 8:30 p.m. General Admission tickets are $85 and include a three-course prix fixe dinner.
THE LANGHAM HUNTINGTON PASADENA, LOS ANGELES
The Langham Huntington Pasadena, Los Angeles rings in 2015 with New Year's festivities throughout the landmark property. The Terrace is serving a five-course prix fixe dinner with live entertainment from 5-10 p.m. Price is $95 without wine, $135 with wine and $32 per child under 12. The Royce | Wood-Fired Steakhouse is offering two seatings. The first seating is a four-course dinner from 5-6:30 p.m. priced $95 without wine, $135 with wine and $45 per child under 12. The second seating is from 8-10:30 p.m. and features a six-course dinner priced at $135 without wine, $195 with wine and $45 per child under 12. The Tap Room is open 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. with live music from 9:30 p.m. The cover is $20 - first come, first served. The Lobby Lounge is open 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. with a DJ to countdown to 2015. Open seating - first come, first served.
THE ANNUAL ALL-NEW ONE-TIME-ONLY NEW YEAR'S EVE REVUE
The Santa Monica Playhouse welcomes 2015 with its popular New Year’s Eve shows, featuring a family-friendly Rudie-DeCarlo musical revue, prizes, sing-alongs, dancing in the aisles and much more. Admission includes a complimentary buffet supper, champagne, party favors, hats and a few surprises. The late show at 9:30 p.m. includes a meet-and-greet with the cast. The early-bird celebration at 6 p.m. offers everything that the later show does, plus a great way to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the entire family and get home at a reasonable hour, or to kick off an evening of after-theatre dining and festivities. Tickets for the 6 p.m. show are $49.50 for adults and $29.50 for kids 12 and under. The 9:30 p.m. show is $59.50 for adults and $39.50 for kids.
BLACK + GOLD BALL - VICEROY SANTA MONICA
Ring in the new year with the Black + Gold Ball at Viceroy Santa Monica, featuring a hosted bar and decadent hors d'oeuvres from Cast's Executive Chef, Tony DiSalvo. Dance into 2015 with KCRW DJs Jason Bentley and Valida, with an opening set by DJ Brazilia. Cocktail attire is required, black and gold attire is recommended. The Black + Gold Ball is a 21 and over event and takes place from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The all-inclusive tickets are priced at $150 for limited presale, $180 General Admission and $200 at the door.
HORNBLOWER CRUISES & EVENTS
Ring in 2015 under the stars aboard a beautiful luxury yacht as it glides around the Marina del Rey harbor. Hornblower Cruises & Events offers two options for New Year’s Eve celebrations: a Cocktail & Dessert Cruise and a Gala Dinner. The Cocktail & Dessert Cruise boards at 9:30 p.m. and cruises from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The three-hour cruise includes a boarding glass of champagne, cash bar, tray passed and display desserts, DJ or live entertainment, midnight toast and party favors. Price is $120 per adult with discounts for Seniors (55 and older).
The Gala Dinner boards at 8:30 p.m. and cruises from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The 3.5-hour cruise includes a boarding glass of champagne, premium open bar, 5-course seated dinner, DJ, midnight toast and party favors. Price is $175 per person for the Lower Deck and $195 for the Upper Deck.
Countdown to 2015 on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at the annual Terranea Resort Countdown Celebration. This year’s party includes music by a celebrity DJ and an open bar. The late night buffet is offered from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and features a taco station, pasta station, slider station with vegetarian options, dim sum station, and a dessert station with Krispy Treats, brownies, mini-doughnuts and more. The event takes place from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are $150 per person before Dec. 26, and $195 if purchased between Dec. 26-31. VIP tables are available, advance reservations are required. The Countdown Celebration is a 21 and over event.
Terranea Resort is also featuring a New Year’s Eve Family Celebration. The plated dinner includes coastal appetizers of King crab legs and local squash blossoms, a roasted heirloom beet salad, main course choice of grilled beef tenderloin or local California bass, dessert bar, and red, white and sparkling wine. A kid's menu will be offered for children ages 5-10 and live music will be performed. The New Year’s Eve Family Celebration is taking place from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Pricing is $150 for adults 21 and over, $120 for young adults (age 11-20) and $60 for children (5-10).