If the Mayans turn out to be wrong, you'll have double the number of reasons to celebrate this New Year's Eve. That being said, here are the best events happening in Los Angeles.
Queen Mary's New Year's Eve Celebration: Kiss 2012 goodbye aboard the legendary Queen Mary. This year's celebration includes dinner, champagne, live music, and a fireworks show at midnight. Tickets start at $109, and include all the onboard entertainment, party favors, as well as a spectacular view of the fireworks. VIP tickets, and other packages, are also available. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit the Queen Mary's website.
1126 Queens Highway, 90802; 877-342-0742
Kevin Hart at Staples Center: The popular comedian and actor has extended his “Let Me Explain” tour, and will be stopping in at the Staples Center for a New Year's Eve performance. Joey Wells, Will Horton, and Na'im Lynn will also be sharing the stage with Hart for what's sure to be one hilarious night of comedy. It all starts at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $55, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.
1111 S. Figueroa St., 90015; 213-742-7326
New Year's Babble-Eve at the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club: Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman will be performing their Hollywood Babble-On podcast at the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club for a special New Year's Eve show. Tickets start at $75, and include champagne. This is a 21 and over show. Go figure?
1000 Universal Studios Blvd., #222, 91608; 818-824-6545
Cleopatra's New Year's Eve Ball at the Egyptian Theatre: Ring in 2013 along Hollywood's iconic Walk of Fame when the Egyptian Theatre hosts its 3rd Annual New Year's Eve Ball in its famous courtyard. The festivities begin at 9 p.m., and will include live DJs, a light show, an open bar, and a balloon drop once the clock hits midnight. Tickets start at $95, and usually sell out in advance. Visit the event's website to purchase yours today.
6712 Hollywood Blvd., 90028; 323-461-2020
Not Inappropriate Show: The Not Inappropriate Show at Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater may be appropriate for children 8 and older. But that doesn't mean it's been stripped of all its laughs. Presented by Naomi and Bob Odenkirk, the latter of which is known for his strangely hilarious work on HBO's Mr. Show, the show includes hilarious sketches and other bits designed strictly for the kiddies. All in all it's an appropriate way to spend New Year's Eve with the family. That is until you do all the inappropriate stuff later that night. Tickets are $12.
5919 Franklin Ave., 90028; 323-908-8702
The Golden Stag's New Year's Eve Bash at the Park Plaza Hotel: L.A.'s Park Plaza is one of the oldest, most elegant hotels in all of Southern California. So it's no wonder that they'd ring in the New Year in 40s style. That's right, for one night the Park Plaza is returning to that long gone era of elegance, glamour and rip-roaring fun! There will be cocktails, cigars, singing, dancing, and an 18-piece orchestra playing some of the grandest hits of the big band days. All guests are asked to dress in their most elegant attire, meaning zoot suits are highly encouraged. Tickets start at $75.
607 South Park View Street, 90057; 213-381-6300
New Year's Eve with Idina Menzel: The Tony Award-winning star of Broadway's Wicked, will be stopping into the Walt Disney Concert Hall for two New Year's Eve performances of her brand new live show. Tickets start at $60, and include a free glass of champagne. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.laphil.com/tickets/new-years-eve/2012-12-31-700.
111 S. Grand Ave., 90012; 323-850-2000
The Groundlings' New Year's Eve Spectacular: Does the thought of another year have you feeling down? Well why not ring in 2013 with L.A.'s favorite professional laugh-makers, The Groundlings. Each year the improv and sketch comedy company puts on a hilarious new year's eve show, with an all-star cast featuring some of the best and brightest in the comedy world. Tickets are $100, and include an open bar, food, and a champagne toast. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.groundlings.com/shows/show-details.aspx?showID=209.
7307 Melrose Ave., 90046; 323-934-4747