2016 is rapidly coming to an end, and it’s time to celebrate the beginning of a new year! Orange County offers several amazing New Year’s Eve events, ranging from free and family friendly options to extravagant parties filled with drinks and dancing. If you’re still looking for ideas on how to ring in 2017, check out our list below for some inspiration. Cheers!
Fullerton will be celebrating the 25th annual “First Night Fullerton” event as a family-friendly alternative to traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations. This popular alcohol-free event receives around 15,000 guests each year, and will take place in downtown Fullerton on Harbor Blvd., Pomona Ave., and Wilshire Ave. “First Night Fullerton” will feature musical performances, food vendors, zip lining and rides, and a spectacular midnight fireworks show to ring in the New Year.
Free parking is available at Fullerton College parking lots, located off of Lemon and Chapman Avenues in downtown Fullerton, as well as several other city lots within walking distance. The event begins at 7:00 pm and ends at midnight. Admission is free and open to the public.
Ring in the New Year at Knott’s Berry Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm is one of Orange County’s most popular places for families and friends to celebrate on New Year’s Eve. This year’s event will feature a midnight fireworks spectacular, as well as live music, DJ’s, and stage performances. Don’t forget to catch some thrills on the dozens of rides and roller coasters before the night is over!
Knott’s Berry Farm is located at 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park 90620. The New Year’s event is included in the price of admission to the park, which opens at 10:00 am and closes at 1:00 pm.Tickets start at $42 for kids and seniors, and go up from there. Save money by purchasing your tickets online ahead of time!
Time Nightclub New Year’s Eve Party
Time Nightclub, previously known as Sutra, will be throwing a supercharged New Year’s Eve party that is sure to cater to both Orange County’s stylish elite and dedicated local club-goers. Acclaimed DJ Steven Wright will be spinning top 40, hip-hop and mash ups while guests enjoy the 7,000 feet of dancing space, state of the art lighting system, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
Orange County’s most exciting club experience is located at 1875 Newport Boulevard, Costa Mesa 92627. The party starts at 9:00 pm and concludes at 2:00 am.Tickets begin at $59, and increase depending on your choice of VIP and/or group tickets.
OC Midnight Kiss New Year’s Party
The 6th annual OC Midnight Kiss New Year’s Party is an amazing local celebration that’s perfect for couples and friends to spend their last few hours of 2016. Enjoy an open bar featuring Tito’s Vodka for four hours with general admission tickets, and a premium open bar all night for VIP’s. Top 40 house and hip-hop DJ’s will be spinning your favorite hits, so make sure to wear your dancing shoes!
The OC Midnight Kiss NYE party is located at the Wyndham Irvine at 17941 Von Karmen Ave, Irvine 92614. The party starts at 9:00 pm on Saturday and continues until 2:00 am.Tickets are available here and begin at $105 per person, and increase depending on your choice of VIP tickets, group and/or hotel packages.
Newport Harbor New Year’s Eve Yacht Party
This year, celebrate New Year’s Eve in style aboard one of Newport’s most elegant luxury yachts. “The Ambassador” is 140 feet long and features three levels, outdoor decks, a lounge and a dance floor. This four hour cruise through Newport Harbor is hosting a premium open bar all night, complete with an appetizer buffet, champagne upon arrival, party favors, and a special countdown to midnight.
The yacht will be waiting for you at 2901 W. Coast Hwy, Newport Beach 92663. Check-in begins at 8:30 pm, and the boat will board at 9:00 pm and return at 1:00 am. Don’t be late! Ticket prices begin at $159, and have sold out for 13 years in a row so get them ASAP!