The Best New Year's Eve Concerts & Special Events in Los Angeles

From throbbing EDM parties and big-name concerts to immersive outdoor experiences and family-friendly community celebrations, Los Angeles boasts some of the best New Year’s Eve events anywhere. Read on for some special productions to consider as memorable LA farewells to 2023 and aptly joyous hellos to an exciting new year ahead.

Go Metro with an annual NYE tradition: all Metro bus and rail lines will offer free service from 9pm on Dec. 31, 2023 to 2am on Jan. 1, 2024. Use code “Ring24” for Metro Micro on December 31.

For more NYE options, check out our guides to Restaurants and Nightclubs & Bars.

Gloria Molina Grand Park's NYELA
Gloria Molina Grand Park's NYELA | Photo: Gloria Molina Grand Park, Facebook 

Gloria Molina Grand Park’s NYELA: Countdown to 2024

Gloria Molina Grand Park’s NYELA: Countdown to 2024 is the largest FREE New Year’s Eve event on the West Coast. featuring the park’s signature 3D countdown art show projected onto LA’s iconic City Hall. Leading revelers into 2024 will be a carefully curated entertainment lineup on two stages, topped by La Doña and La Verdad Band and hosted by Carolina Márquez and DJ Sizzle Fantastic. Bring an end-of-year appetite for delicious foods from 30 of LA’s favorite food trucks at this highly anticipated NYE celebration! (Note: Alcohol is not permitted and will not be sold at Gloria Molina Grand Park. The event will proceed rain or shine, but umbrellas are prohibited in the park.)

Gloria Molina Grand Park’s NYELA runs from 8pm on December 31 to 12:30am on January 1. The Get Down Stage will be located at the Performance Lawn between Grand Avenue and Olive Court. The Countdown Stage will be located on the Event Lawn between Hill and Spring Streets.

The Biltmore LA Noir NYE 2024
The Biltmore LA Noir NYE 2024

The Biltmore: LA Noir NYE 2024

The legendary Millennium Biltmore continues a century of celebrations with LA Noir NYE 2024, a spectacular evening of Golden Age-inspired live music, dancing, cocktails, costumes, characters, photo ops, and more than 40 performing artists. The Crystal Stage will host a lavish night of performances, dancing, the Biltmore Big Band, and a magical midnight countdown. Meanwhile, The Gold Room will offer a rare opportunity to explore a real hidden speakeasy tunnel originally created in 1923. For a more chill environment, retire to The Deco Lounge to relax amidst retro-style radio plays and musical guests until midnight. Suitably stylized cocktails and champagne aplenty will flow from specialty bars, so don your best dapper outfit and be ready to dance NYE away. Period-inspired or formal attire is encouraged, while imagination – think fringe, pearls, and feathers – is downright celebrated!

General Admission tickets are $149, with VIP options and hotel packages available.

Forever Midnight at the LA Convention Center
Forever Midnight at the LA Convention Center | Photo: Insomniac

Forever Midnight - LACC (Dec. 30-31, 2023)

Presented by EDM trailblazers Insomniac, Forever Midnight is such a massive NYE celebration that it spans two stages over two nights at the Los Angeles Convention Center. On Saturday, December 30, lose yourself in sounds from the likes of Jamie xx, Masha Mar, Richie Panic, Fisher, Eli Brown, Kaskade Redux, and Papa Lu. On New Year’s Eve itself, there’s Eric Prydz, The Martinez Brothers, Deeper Purpose, Chloé Caillet, Black Loops, Anotr, and many more.

Happening in a warehouse-style venue in the very heart of LA and boasting the world-class production for which Insomniac is rightly renowned, Forever Midnight is the NYE must-do for serious EDMers across SoCal.

Two-day tickets start at $199.99, with two-day VIP tickets from $399.99 and single-night tickets from $129.99.

Pink Martini at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Pink Martini at Walt Disney Concert Hall | Photo: LA Phil

Pink Martini - Walt Disney Concert Hall

Portland’s celebrated “little orchestra,” Pink Martini featuring China Forbes, graces Walt Disney Concert Hall for your choice of 7pm or 10:30pm NYE performances. Promising a quintessentially eclectic New Year’s program that mixes Brazilian samba, the party sounds of 1930s Cuban dance music, plus a dash of Parisian café cool, there’s no classier way to ring in 2024! Opt for the early show and be back home by midnight or choose the later performance to be at WDCH for the big countdown to 2024.

Tickets for Pink Martini start at $139 for the 7pm performance or $119 for the 10:30pm show.

"A Christmas Story: The Musical" at the Ahmanson Theatre
"A Christmas Story: The Musical" | Photo: Ahmanson Theatre

"A Christmas Story: The Musical" - Ahmanson Theatre

Also at the Music Center and offering a choice of NYE performances, the Ahmanson Theatre will be staging the last two shows of its month-long A Christmas Story: The Musical run. From the songwriting team behind the Tony Award-winning Dear Evan Hansen and the critically acclaimed films La La Land and The Greatest Showman, A Christmas Story: The Musical brings the classic 1983 movie to side-splitting life on stage. Set in 1940s Indiana, the young, bespectacled Ralphie Parker schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder BB gun. An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Nominated for three Tony Awards including Best Musical, the Associated Press calls A Christmas Story: The Musical “a joyous Christmas miracle.”

Performances at 1pm and 6:30pm on December 31. Tickets for either show start at $40.

Silent Skate Party at the Holiday Ice Rink in Pershing Square
Silent Skate Party at Pershing Square | Photo: Holiday Ice Rink DTLA, Facebook

Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square

The traditional Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square once again enjoys an extended season this year, with daily skating available through Jan. 7, 2024. One of LA's most popular outdoor ice skating rinks, this charming and bonding Downtown LA seasonal staple welcomes teetering first-time gliders and flashy experienced skaters alike for holiday fun and guaranteed smiles at its 60-minute skating sessions. And yes, the Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square is open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (11:30am – 9:30pm). The spacious and beautifully decorated rink boasts great Downtown LA views, and there are professional skaters on hand to help anyone who’s struggling. Remember to wear layers for LA’s unpredictable winter weather!

Hours vary by date. General Admission tickets are $20, including skate rental. Locker rental is $5. Socks or gloves can also be rented for $5. Skate Helpers are available for beginning skaters under 48” tall.

Masterbeat NYE 2024
Photo: Masterbeat

Masterbeat (Dec. 30, 2023 - Jan. 1, 2024)

The self-proclaimed “largest New Year’s in the world,” Masterbeat returns for its 24th edition, spanning three nights, four of LA’s top nightlife venues, and thousands of guys from around the world.

The Wizard of Oz-themed extravaganza features world-famous dancers and production, with superstar DJs Rosabel, Micky Friedmann, Tom Stephan, Shane Marcus and a special return by Brett Henrichsen for his famous Closing Party. Start your 2024 countdown on December 30 at "Yellow Brick Road" at The Belasco, then keep the party going at Masterbeat’s biggest event of the year, "The Emerald City: New Year’s Eve" at The Mayan. For the truly hardcore, there’s "Wicked: Afterhours" at Academy on New Year’s Day (5am – 10am) and then "Over the Rainbow: Closing Party" at Avalon, running till 4am on January 2.

Single-event General Admission tickets start at $100, with weekend passes for VIP admission to all four events running $349.

Prohibition NYE at Union Station
Prohibition NYE at Union Station | Photo: Prohibition NYE

Prohibition NYE - Union Station

Returning for its 10th year, Prohibition NYE will once again transform the iconic Union Station into a Roaring Twenties party like no other! Experience theatrical burlesque, live jazz ensembles, a headlining DJ set by acclaimed duo Chromeo, plus a premium open bar featuring champagne. premium spirits, and specialty cocktails. VIP bottle service is available for limited tables. Gentlemen are encouraged to wear formal attire and women are encouraged to wear dresses or 1920s-era attire. This unforgettable retro celebration is capped with Prohibition NYE’s spectacular signature 60-foot midnight ball drop from Union Station's famed Art Deco ceiling.

Prohibition NYE starts at 9pm. on New Year's Eve and runs till 2am on New Year’s Day. General Admission tickets start at $195, with VIP Table Packages at $3,500.

Tiger Terrace at L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow
Photo: L.A. Zoo Lights

L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow

Celebrate the season with L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow, an utterly charming, must-do holiday adventure in the heart of the city. Open through January 7, Animals Aglow lets visitors explore an immersive landscape filled with dazzling new lantern sculptures of animals among blooming flowers, towering trees, and more, for a nature-focused holiday celebration that’s as inspiring as it is breathtaking. This year’s Animals Aglow features all-new seasonal wonders, including a magical Winter Wildlands with majestic pine trees, glowing ice crystals, snow-loving animals, views of the “northern lights,” and spectacular photo ops for the ultimate holiday snaps. Plus, your ticket purchase supports L.A. Zoo’s mission to save wildlife and enrich communities.

Tickets start at $29 for adults and $18 for children on Value Weeknights, with Value Weekends running $32/$20, and Holiday Weeks at $35/$23. VIP Offerings and Community Nights are also available.

Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens
Enchanted Forest of Light | Photo: Descanso Gardens

Enchanted Forest of Light - Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens’ Enchanted Forest of Light is an interactive nighttime experience unlike anything else in Los Angeles, featuring a mile-long walk through unique lighting experiences in some of Descanso’s most beloved areas. This shimmering nocturnal wonderland features popular returning illuminated favorites, including an entire town of magical “stained glass” creations on the Main Lawn by contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin; sparkling geometric installations from HYBYCOZO in the Rose Garden; Flower Power on the Promenade; and exquisite lighting effects in the Ancient Forest. And with last admission at 8:30pm, there’s plenty of time to get lost in the Enchanted Forest and still be home in time for the big New Year’s countdown on December 31.

Tickets are $30-40 for adults (members) or $35-45 (non-members). Children’s tickets are $20-25 (members) or $25-30 (non-members).

Classic New Year's Eve at the Hollywood Roosevelt
Classic New Year's Eve at the Hollywood Roosevelt | Photo: Eventbrite

The Hollywood Roosevelt

A famously elegant, historic spot in the very heart of Hollywood, the Hollywood Roosevelt invites you to celebrate New Year's Eve in wonderfully evocative Golden Age Hollywood style. The landmark hotel is hosting a Classic New Year's Eve celebration in the Blossom Ballroom (site of the very first Academy Awards) for all to welcome 2024 with a six-hour premium open bar, seven DJs (including Eric D-Lux, DJ P-Jay, Luke Wryder, DJCJ and DJ Prophet) and much more across three General Admission areas, four rooms of music, and five areas to mingle. Additionally, VIP ticket holders will enjoy the posh Lobby and Teddy's Ultra Lounge, while everyone can catch some fresh air and hip-hop beats by the ambient Tropicana pool. At midnight, make your way to the Roosevelt’s massive LED Wall Ballroom Countdown or the Countdown at Tropicana Main Stage.

Tickets are on sale at Eventbrite and range from $249 for GA to $5,495 for the POSH Baller VIP Package for 12.

Desert 5 Spot at tommie Hollywood
Desert 5 Spot | Photo: tommie Hollywood

Desert 5 Spot - Tommie Hollywood

Dive into 2024 in delightfully retro style at the Desert 5 Spot. This inspired rooftop venue at tommie Hollywood brings the laid-back vibe of 1970s Palm Springs and the eccentric charm of Pioneertown to Tinseltown. Named after the colorful Mojave Desert flower and influenced by storied Joshua Tree hideouts, throwback motels and cosmic Americana, Desert 5 Spot is the ultimate Hollywood watering hole for those who like to let the good times roll. The roof deck and pool deliver jaw-dropping 360-degree views, while a cozy living room lounge bar dishes out frozen margaritas and chilled beers, making Desert 5 Spot the perfect place to ring in the New Year with like-minded revelers.

The NYE 2024 Party runs 9pm – 2am, with a five-hour premium open bar and open-format DJ spinning Top 40, Hip Hop, House and Mash-Ups. General Admission tickets start at $114 with VIP table options for groups of 2 to 12 guests.

EVE 2023 at Universal Studios Hollywood
EVE 2023 | Photo: Universal Studios Hollywood

EVE - Universal Studios Hollywood

Hollywood’s biggest NYE celebration, EVE at Universal Studios Hollywood rings in 2024 with musical entertainment, a spectacular fireworks display, and access to select rides and attractions. Included in the price of theme park tickets, EVE offers the ultimate all-day farewell to 2023, beginning with award-winning rides and attractions before transitioning at 9pm to a park-wide celebration and special midnight countdown, with extended hours until 2am. With multiple party areas featuring music, dancing, drinks available for purchase, plus super-shareable photo ops throughout the park culminating with a midnight countdown celebration with fireworks, EVE is the place to make memories on December 31.

One-day NYE General Admission tickets (including EVE admission) are $154. USH Platinum Pass Members can purchase EVE tickets here.

Cast from The Groundlings Theatre in West Hollywood
Photo: The Groundlings Theatre, Facebook

The Groundlings New Year's Eve Spectacular

Laugh your way into 2024 with The Groundlings New Year’s Eve Spectacular. The revered improvisational and sketch comedy troupe will open the lobby of its cozy Melrose Avenue home at 9pm for hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine. At 10pm, the super-talented Groundlings performers – alumni include Will Ferrell, Lisa Kudrow, Maya Rudolph, Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman), Kristen Wiig and Phil Hartman – will take the stage for an unpredictable but consistently hilarious improv show featuring The Groundlings House Band. At midnight, the line between the cast and the roughly 100-strong crowd will blur as all present come together to welcome fresh beginnings with a likely raucous champagne toast. The Groundlings New Year’s Eve Spectacular is a unique NYE experience that both entertains and bonds as only up-close live comedy can.

Tickets for The Groundlings New Year’s Eve Spectacular are $100.

Whisky A Go-Go

L.A. Guns - Whisky A Go Go

Seminal Sunset Strip glam metal act L.A. Guns headlining the New Year’s Eve Party at the legendary Whisky A Go Go has become something of a tradition. Formed in 1983 and still featuring core members Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis from its classic lineup, the band released a pair of Gold-certified albums and scored a hit single with 1989’s "The Ballad of Jayne." A solid supporting lineup for this veritable headbanger’s ball comprises American Jetset, Slant, Whiskey Dogz, All Sinners, and Villa Nova. If you’ve never experienced the Whisky A Go Go – a storied venue dating back to the 1960s and synonymous with the "hair metal" scene of the '80s – this six-band NYE bash is the perfect chance to check it off your bucket list.

Tickets to the all-ages NYE party run $75 - $1,000. Doors at 6pm.

Cubensis & Sanford Street NYE 2024 at The Mint
Cubensis & Sanford Street NYE 2024 | Photo: The Mint

Cubensis & Sanford Street - The Mint

Established in 1937, The Mint presents a memorable New Year's Eve for lovers of first-rate live music with sets by Cubensis and Sanford Street on an intimate stage that's hosted legends like Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Willie Dixon.

For more than 35 years, Los Angeles-based Cubensis has been lovingly recreating the experience and spirit of classic Grateful Dead with a critically-acclaimed live show that’s never the same twice. Special guests Sanford Street are an energetic West LA quartet local to The Mint that mixes rock, funk, and jazz in its dynamic live performances.

General Admission tickets are $60, with the Celebration Package for 2 priced at $250. Doors at 7:45pm.

Gabrielito y LA VERDAD
Photo: Gabrielito y LA VERDAD

Gabrielito y LA VERDAD - Vibrato

Herb Alpert’s acclaimed Bel-Air supper club, Vibrato presents a sumptuous New Year’s Eve Celebration with a choice of early or late live performances and an indulgent three-course prix fixe menu. The NYE Pre-Party features Luke Carlsen & The Fresh Rhythm Big Band from 7pm to 8:30pm. Starting at 10pm, the NYE Countdown to Midnight Celebration features the Latin world salsa funk of Gabrielito y LA VERDAD.

Enjoy Vibrato's low-light vibe, ice-cold Martinis, world-class sounds, and entree selections like Alaskan King Crab Steak Oscar, Butter Poached Lobster, New Bedford Sea Scallops, Prime Dry-Aged Kansas City Strip and Butternut Squash Tagine. Bar seating with an à la carte menu is also available.

Tickets are on sale at Resy. Pre-Party General Seating is priced at $200 per person; VIP Pre-Party tickets are $250. NYE Countdown General Seating is $400 per person and $500/person for a VIP Table. Bar Seating is $100 for the Pre-Party or $300 for the NYE Countdown.

Phantom Planet at The Venice West
Phantom Planet | Photo: The Venice West

Phantom Planet - The Venice West

Head to The Venice West for an unforgettable NYE night of music and revelry with the revered LA band Phantom Planet. Celebrating their 30th anniversary next year (albeit with an 11-year hiatus), Phantom Planet is best known for its song “California,” theme song to the hit TV series The O.C., and for having actor Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, Spun etc.) as their original drummer. The Venice West will also mark the occasion with special guest appearances, festive decorations and ambience, and a countdown to midnight with a champagne toast.

General Admission tickets are $58 and include a complimentary glass of champagne (SRO). VIP Tables start at $300 for 2 people and include appetizers, main courses, desserts and champagne.

Cast of the Annual One-Time-Only New Year’s Eve Revue at Santa Monica Playhouse
The Annual One-Time-Only New Year’s Eve Revue | Photo: Santa Monica Playhouse

The Annual One-Time-Only New Year’s Eve Revue - Santa Monica Playhouse

Champagne, sparkling apple juice and delightful sweets and savories accompany the 54th edition of The Annual One-Time-Only New Year’s Eve Revue at the Santa Monica Playhouse.

A distinctive multimedia NYE event, the revue features Rudie-DeCarlo in-person with live SMP artists and special guests streaming from around the globe joining in the singing, dancing, comedy and other delights and surprises culled from six decades of beloved Playhouse productions. From finger-snapping 40s jazz to foot-stompin’ country rock, Jewish patter songs to romantic ballads, this rousing, family-friendly celebration has it all. Add hats, tiaras, noisemakers, streamers and surprises, and you have a not-to-be-missed New Year’s Eve! Beverages and sweet nibbles will be served at 6:30pm with the early bird show starting at 7pm. The 10:30pm show includes a meet & greet with the cast.

Tickets for the 7pm show are $39.50 for adults and $24.50 for children ages 12 and under. Tickets for the 10:30pm show are $49.50 for adults and $34.50 for children. Discounted tickets for students, teachers, seniors and military are priced at $34.50 for the 7pm show and $44.50 for the 10:30pm show.

Moonlight 2024 New Year's Eve Party Cruise in Marina del Rey
Moonlight 2024 New Year's Eve Party Cruise | Photo: VIP Nightlife

NYE Fireworks & Party Cruise - Marina del Rey

Ring in 2024 with a fun, family-friendly fireworks display that will light up the sky over the Marina del Rey waters. Shot from the South Jetty, the FREE 10-minute show begins at 8:59pm with another at 11:59pm. The spectacular display can be viewed from anywhere in the Marina, with popular viewing spots including Burton Chace Park and Fisherman's Village.

To enjoy the fireworks in grown-up VIP style, set sail aboard the City Cruises flagship Entertainer, the largest charter yacht in the Marina. The three-hour Moonlight 2024 New Year's Eve Party Cruise spans three decks and includes a premium open bar, two open-format DJs, a lavish buffet dinner with hors d’oeuvres and chef's carving station; and breathtaking views of the stunning Marina del Rey skyline.

Tickets to the Moonlight 2024 New Year’s Eve Party Cruise are priced from $289 for General Admission to $2,950 for the VIP Main Deck Dance Floor Table for 8. Check-in is at 9:15pm; VIP boarding starts at 9:30pm and GA at 9:45pm. Cruise time is 10:30pm to 1:30am. 21 and over.

Lightscape at the LA County Arboretum
Lightscape | Photo: LA County Arboretum

Lightscape - L.A. County Arboretum

Following a sold-out run in London, Lightscape made its West Coast debut at the L.A. County Arboretum in Arcadia two years ago. It has returned, reimagined for 2023 through Jan 2. This season’s expanded Lightscape includes brand new breathtaking light installations from around the world. The self-guided walk through this immersive after-dark holiday oasis, complete with music and Santa, is a little over a mile long but typically takes about 90 minutes, as fellow visitors stop and stare at enveloping installations that have enthralled viewers worldwide. Lightscape is a truly singular NYE attraction that can be enjoyed with family, friends, or a date, with food trucks on site nightly until 9 p.m.

Tickets are available in 30-minute time slots. NYE tickets are $35 for adults and $18 for children (ages 3–12). Discounts for L.A. County Arboretum members. The event begins at 5:30pm with last entry at 8:30pm.