Yes, it’s already December 30, and most of you probably already have your NYE plans well-cemented. However, we know there are more than a few of you procrastinators who have yet to fill your calendars tomorrow night. Whether you’re a big block party or a black tie kind of guy (or gal), you’re in luck—we’ve got your last minute guide to the biggest and best New Year Year’s Eve celebrations in California this year.
2nd Annual Moonlight NYE Fireworks Cruise
What: When it comes to New Year’s Eve cruises, it doesn’t get any better than the Moonlight NYE Fireworks Cruise. You’ve got an open bar, appetizers, festive party favors, plus some of the best views of the bay. Tickets are pricey, starting at $300 per person, but hey—it’s the start of a New Year. Why not?
When: 9 pm to 1am.
Where: San Francisco Spirit, Pier 3, San Francisco, CA 94111
The 6th Annual Streets of San Francisco NYE
What: Chromeo, Kill Paris, Viceroy at Fort Mason…need we say more? Ticket prices are steep, ranging from $175-$3,000 for tickets and packages—but the tickets do include open bar, making it a little more worth it.
When: 9pm to 2am
Where: Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123
Silicon Valley’s 2nd Annual Black & White New Years Eve Affair
What: If you can score a ticket at the door to this soldout event, you’ll be in luck—this is one of the hottest parties in town. You’ll ring in 2015 inside the South Bay’s trendiest venue Sp2 Communal Bar + Restaurant.
When: Doors open at 8pm
Where: 72 North Almaden Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110
Insider Tip: Black and white attire is required. Call ahead of time to get the 411: (408) 299-2000.
15th Annual Sky Spectacular Fireworks Show
What: Sparks will be flying in Old Sacramento this year. There will be two firework shows, choreographed to tunes that will be simulcast on Star 106.5 and 96.9 The Eagle, so you can enjoy the show from your front porch or the riverfront. Expect a 3-D game truck with multiple TV screens and game consoles, balloon artists and live performances as well.
When: Shows at 9 p.m. and midnight.
Where: Old Sacramento Waterfront. 922 2nd St. 808-7777.
Insider Tip: Rent a room for the big night on the Delta King for a true Old Town experience.
Heavenly Holidays New Year’s Eve Celebration
What: Tahoe always something fun going on for NYE—but this year, take your celebration to Heavenly. Fire Groove fire dancers will be twirling rings of flame, while a photo booth, games and face-painting will be open to all. There will also be live music with Wes Quave, “Fear-No-Ice” sculptors, midnight Ball Drop and a fabulous fireworks show.
When: 6 pm to 9 pm.
Where: Heavenly Village, 1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
What: Spend the beginning of the year at the happiest place on earth, which will be hosting its annual fireworks spectacular. No doubt, it will be an evening you and your family will remember.
When: The Fantasmic! show has three start times: 8:30 pm, 10:30 pm and 11:45 pm.
Where: 313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802
Insider Tip: The best viewing locations are on Main Street, U.S.A., between Central Plaza and the Main Street Train Station or in front of “It’s a Small World.”
4th Annual OC Midnight Kiss New Years
What: If you wanted to ring in 2015 O.C.-style (i.e. on a yacht in Newport Harbor)—you may be out of luck at this late juncture. But you can still get your midnight’s kiss at Wyndham OC in Costa Mesa. Couples will have three party rooms, an open bar and room specials for $110-$350.
When: 9 pm to 2 am
Where: Wyndham Orange County, 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa CA 92626
Insider Tip: Grab eight of your best buds and go in on the Silver Trumpet Lounge Table Package for $1,250. That equals out to about $156 per person and includes 2 Grey Goose bottles, 2 champagne bottles, 8 VIP tickets, and a reserved table in the Silver Trumpet Lounge. Not bad for procrastinators.
Official Hollywood NYE Block Party 2015
What: Celebrate the turning of the clock with four amazing venues at Los Angeles’ largest party. You’ll have access to the hottest clubs, including Attic, rose Room and Hemingway’s. There are various ticket prices available including VIP Open Bar and Food until midnight for $60, a seated VIP section for $129 which includes a VIP open bar and food all night benefits with reserved nightclub seating, and other ticket packages as well. Find out more about tickets here.
When: 9pm to 2am
Where: Ivar Ave. & Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Long Beach Queen Mary
What: Every year, the Queen Mary hosts its annual New Year’s Eve Voyage in Long Beach. For 2015, the party is even more special since the historic ship is celebrating its 80th anniversary of its christening, which took place in September 1934.
When: 8 pm to 2 am. Dinner reservations from 5 pm.
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, $199 VIP, room packages and meal supplements are available, check Goldstar for discount tickets. Your ticket includes admission, fireworks and access to all the parties including Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Morocco, Egypt and the USA. Headliners are The Gypsy AllStars, featuring Gypsy Kings alumni, representing Cartagena, Spain in the Queen’s Salon.
Insider Tip: Reserve your ticket ahead of time. Parking is $30 for valet; $20 for general. Or if there’s still room? Stay on the Queen Mary itself for the night.
Hermosa Beach New Year’s Eve at Pier Plaza
What: Once again, the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free outdoor dance party with the Lou Giovannetti Big Band and double countdowns for East Coast and West Coast New Year.
When: 8 pm to 12:30 am
Where: Pier Plaza at the Strand, Hermosa Beach, CA
Insider Tip: Come early for dinner at the local restaurants.
3rd Annual Moonlight New Year’s Eve Cruise by Pier Pressure
What: There’s nothing better than a midnight NYE cruise in San Diego. Of course, America’s Finest City has plenty to choose from, but you can still get tickets to this one. Still-available tickets range from $150 to $1,350 for a VIP table package. Perks include views of the San Diego Skyline, Harbor, Coronado Bridge, plus 2 DJs and dance areas and open bar all night.
When: 9pm to 1am.
Where: California Spirit, 990 North Harbor Drive, Dock #3
Insider Tip: Arrive early; we hear there is plenty of parking available near USS Midway.