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New Year’s Eve LA Style 2008-2009

Los Angeles, with all its diversity has a New Year’s Eve celebration for every taste and every budget. Here are some of the big ones. For more New Year’s events, visit

This information is for December 31, 2008.

  • The biggest 21 and over New Year party in LA is scheduled to happen under the big top again this year – three big tops actually. The Giant Maximus New Year’s Eve 2008-9 returns to the seven acre site off 8th Street and Figueroa in Downtown LA. Each of the heated big top tents will feature different types of music for different tastes. This year’s lineup includes a DJ set by Moby, Benny Benassi, Dirty South, Mark Farina, Mickey Avalon, Destructo, Dyslecticspeedreaders and more. In between the big tops a Ferris wheel and carnival games will provide outdoor entertainment.
    When: 7 pm to 4 am.
    Where: 835 Francisco Street (8th and Figueroa, Downtown LA
    Tickets: General Admission tickets are $65 advance. VIP tickets: $155 include separate entrance to VIP lounge and open bar, VIP Cabanas for 4, $1500
    Food: Drinks and food are extra for general admission.
    Parking: Lot across the street for additional fee
    Age Limit: 21 and up
  • Katy Perry headlines this year’s New York in LA bash Gridlock at Paramount Pictures Studio Lot. The party takes place on the studio’s New York City set with 8 DJs on multiple stages and a live performance by Katy Perry. Free Ferris wheel rides. Dress for snow!
    When: 9 pm to 2 am
    Where: Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA
    Tickets: $100 general admission, $200 VIP, table and cabana packages available
    Food: Food stations throughout venue, open bar for VIP only
    Parking: included in adjacent lots on Gower and Van Ness
    Age Limit: 21 and up
  • DASK Productions’ annual New Year’s Eve Ball is at Social Hollywood this year in the former Hollywood Athletic Club building. This Hollywood tradition, catered this year by Chef Michel Richard, includes multiple rooms with 3 dance floors, aerialists, performance artists and a midnight countdown show.
    When: 8 pm to 2 am.
    Where: Social Hollywood, 6525 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
    Tickets: $100 and up. Reserved VIP tables available.
    Food: Passed dinner-style appetizers, 2 drinks included
    Age Limit: 21 and up
    Discount: Call (323) 856-1200 for special DASK New Year’s Eve Room rates a few blocks away at the Renaissance Hotel for guests attending the ball.
  • Together as One is an all-ages event at the LA Sports Arena. Multiple dance areas with top local and international DJs.
    When: 7 pm to 4 am.
    Where: The LA Sports Arena, 3939 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90037
    Tickets: $50 to $70 for General Admission depending when you buy them. VIP tickets for backstage access, free Vodka and Beer Bars and other refreshments are $100-$150.
    Food: available for purchase
    Parking: There are multiple parking lots around the venue for varying rates.
    Age Limit: All ages
    Discount: with advance purchase
  • New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at The Kress . Hollywood’s hottest new nightspot will be hosting four levels of fun, but the$125 general admission ticket will only get you into the restaurant and nightclub. But $200 for a VIP ticket to get into the rooftop patio is a bargain, considering that it usually requires $1500 bottle service to gain access to the exclusive venue. Open bar with all tickets.
    When: 10 pm to 2 am
    Where: The Kress, 6608 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
    Tickets: $125 general admission, $200-250 VIP, bottle service available
    Food: Only in restaurant
    Parking: $20 Valet
    Age Limit: 21+
    Read my Review of The Kress
  • The Queen Mary in Long Beach hosts its annual New Year’s Eve all over the ship. Your ticket will get you admission to the ship, fireworks and access to seven entertainment venues including four live music venues and a DJ dance club.
    Where: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queen’s Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802, at the south end of the 710 Freeway, on the water.
    Tickets: $99.99
    Food: Food and drink are available for purchase.
    Parking: $15
    Age Limit: 18 and over
    When: 8 pm to 1:30 am.
    Queen Mary Visitors Guide
  • Universal City Walk has a huge outdoor New Year’s Eve Countdown Bash that’s free to the public. The event features live music and DJs beginning at 9 pm, and fireworks from 2 ends of the street at midnight.
    When: 9 pm – 12:30 am
    Where: Universal City Walk, at the top of Universal Studios Blvd. off the 101 Freeway.
    Tickets: Free
    Food: Available at City Walk restaurants
    Parking: $10 general after 5 pm to $22 max for valet.
    Metro: Red Line to Universal City station
    Age Limit: All ages
    Universal CityWalk Visitors Guide

Note: Alcoholic beverage service stops at 2 a.m. in Los Angeles. Parties that continue past 2 a.m. serve only non-alcoholic beverages after this time.

 This information was accurate at the time of publication. Please check with venues for the most current information.



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