There are plenty of places to celebrate the new year in greater Los Angeles.
There are plenty of places to celebrate the new year in greater Los Angeles.

Don't have plans for New Year's Eve?

Well, maybe your New Year's resolution should be to stop being such a procrastinator ... but you can work on your resolutions list later. Instead, check out Los Angeles News Group's top picks for how to ring in 2014:

Angelenos can start looking forward to a new L.A. tradition as Grand Park plans to host a New Year's Eve celebration that encompasses 12 blocks in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. The event is complete with free, family-friendly events, musical and dance performances and more. There also will be a live feed of New York's Times Square festivities at 9 p.m. as well as a digital mapping display on 22 stories of City Hall while L.A. counts down to 2014.

 

When: 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Where: Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.

Cost: Free

Information: grandparkla.org

Take to the streets of Long Beach and ring in the new year with an outdoor celebration along two square blocks at the intersection of Pine Avenue and Broadway. Three stages will feature local bands like Rival Sons and the eight-piece group the Mowglis. Plus, you can quench your thirst at eight outdoor bars throughout the area as well as indoor hot spots like the Federal Bar, which will have the Knitts and the Dekades performing. It's also not too late to make dinner reservations at several downtown restaurants that will be offering special prix-fixe menus. Click here for more Long Beach NYE celebrations.

 

When: 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Where: Downtown Long Beach

Cost: $15 in advance or $20 at the gate.

Information: downtownlongbeach.org

I Heart NYE takes over the legendary Park Plaza Hotel to provide an indoor-outdoor party with seven themed areas for partygoers to celebrate. Music will be provided by several DJs including Jeremiah Red from KROQ as well as performances by Raw Coco, Whild Style, Magic Bronson and more.

When: 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Where: Park Plaza Hotel, 607 S. Park View St., Los Angeles.

Cost: $80; VIP packages go up to $7,500

 

Information: www.iheartnye.com

Terranea Resort will host its annual Club Countdown Celebration. This year's party includes music by DJ Quasar, an open bar and a late-night buffet from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Partygoers can fill up at the slider station, which will have vegetarian options, or at the pizza station, which will offer gluten-free alternatives. A dessert station will have brownies, mini-doughnuts and more.

When: 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Where: Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.

 

Cost: $195. VIP tables are available. Advance reservations are required.

Information: 310-265-2836; www.terranea.com

Shake off those holiday pounds at Carnival at the Hall, featuring samba grooves by Sergio Mendes and Sheila E. The evening will include two performances.

When: 7 and 10:30 p.m.

Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.

Cost: $70-$197

Information: www.laphil.com

Ensure a happy ending to 2013 at Club Nokia's New Year's Eve celebration. DJ Drew from KIIS 102.7 FM will provide the beats to the night of dancing and celebration.

 

When: 9:30 p.m.

Where: Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles.

Cost: $123.50; $192.50 VIP.

Information: 213-765-7000; www.lalive.com

Laugh your head off with comedian Jo Koy, a regular on E! television's “Chelsea Lately,” as you celebrate the end of 2013. The comedy show includes party favors, a Champagne toast and two tickets to return for another night of laughs at The Ice House. Attendees must be age 18 and older.

When: 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.

Where: The Ice House, 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena.

 

Cost: $60-$70 plus a two-drink minimum

Information: 626-577-1894; www.icehousecomedy.com

The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce will host a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration at Pier Plaza. Festivities include two countdowns to 2014 — a live feed of the ball drop at 9 p.m. from Times Square in New York and a local countdown. Lou Giovannetti and his big band will be among the featured performers.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Pier Plaza, Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach.

Cost: Free

Information: 310-376-0951

 

Swing and shout with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy as the band celebrates its 20th anniversary. After the concert, VIP ticket holders can enjoy a buffet, cash bar, a Champagne toast and dancing in the Scherr Forum Theatre.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.

Cost: $41-$61; $156 VIP, includes after-show party

Information: 805-449-2787; www.toaks.org

Because it felt like summer on Christmas Day, cool down for New Year's up in Big Bear. The mountain escape is hosting its annual Torchlight Parade, in which 100 skiers and snowboarders carry torches down Miracle Mile to illuminate a path of light that is sure to awe viewers. Snow Summit, a Big Bear mountain resort, boasts some of the best views for the parade. After-parties at nearby venues also will be hosted.

 

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Snow Summit, 880 Summit Blvd., Big Bear.

Cost: Free

Information: www.bigbear.com

The L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre plans to help welcome 2014 with laughter and cheer with two comedy shows. Each show will have a different cast. Reservations are advised.

When: 8 and 10 p.m.

Where: L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre, 13442 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks.

Cost: $30 at 8 p.m., $40 at 10 p.m. or $55 for both shows

Information: 818-784-1868 or 818-710-1320, Ext. 2; www.laconnectioncomedy.com

 

Dave & Buster's locations throughout the Southland will host a New Year's Eve celebration for the whole family. The D&B Family NYE Package includes an appetizer buffet and desserts, unlimited soft drinks, unlimited simulator play and a $10 Power Card.

For additional information, contact the Special Events Manager at your local Dave & Buster's.

When: 5-8 p.m.

Where: Dave & Buster's, 4821 Mills Circle, Ontario; 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia.

Cost: $30

Information: d-bnye.ticketbud.com

 

Four Hollywood venues have collaborated to host what should be a crazy fun celebration. Las Palmas, L'Scorpion, Premiere Supper Club and Rusty Mullet are all slated to have dancing, booze and more. Attendees must be 21 and older.

When: 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Where: 1710 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood.

Cost: Packages that include a limited open bar and food start at $75.

Information: www.joonbug.com/losangeles/newyearseve

If partying until the ball drops isn't your thing, get to bed early and be among the hundreds of early risers expected to spend New Year's Day at the Rose Parade.

 

The tradition features ornate floats, marching bands and more through nearly 6 miles of Pasadena — and it won't give you a hangover. Well, unless you plan to tailgate for the Rose Bowl game, where Stanford University and Michigan State University plan to duke it out for the title.

When: 8 a.m. Jan. 1

Where: Route begins at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena.

Information: www.tournamentofroses.com



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