So long, 2021. Hello, 2022! Your best bets for celebrating New Year’s Eve in SoCal

A stylishly attired group of singers and musicians poses for the camera.
Pink Martini will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a pair of shows at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
(Chris Hornbecker)

Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Well, should it? Whilst you ponder that, peruse our shortlist of New Year’s Eve picks, ranging from family-friendly to adults only, for ringing out the old year and ringing in the new. Before you go, remember to call or check online for reservation requirements, cancellations and other COVID-19 protocols.

‘New Year’s Eve With Pink Martini’
The elegant and eclectic Portland, Ore.-based ensemble known for its retro song stylings resumes its annual NYE shows. With pianist-bandleader Thomas Lauderdale and vocalists Storm Large and China Forbes. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A. 7 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31. $76-$171.

Grand Park’s NYELA
While the previously announced in-person, invite-only celebration has now been canceled, viewers at home can still livestream the event that will include a performance by legendary Mexican rockers Kinky, as well as that traditional countdown to midnight projected onto the face of Los Angeles City Hall. 11 p.m. Dec. 31. Free.,


Thousands of teenagers, families and tourists from as far away as Finland danced, sampled food truck fare and brought in the new year at the Grand Park event Sunday in downtown Los Angeles.

Dec. 31, 2017

‘A Very Feinstein NYE!’
Michael Feinstein — singer, pianist, conductor and champion of the Great American Songbook — hosts a pair of intimate, tune-filled, supper-club-style celebrations. Feinstein’s at Vitello’s, 4349 Tujunga Ave., Studio City. 6:30 and 10:15 p.m. Dec. 31. $195-$395 plus $20 food and drink minimum.

EVE at Universal Studios Hollywood
Get a groove on with not one, not two but three separate dance zones, dedicated to EDM, Latin music and pop hits. And yes, there will be fireworks. Universal Studios, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dec. 31. $139 and up.

‘Rita Rudner’s Happy, Vaccinated New Year’s Eve’
The veteran comic holds court in her annual earlier-in-the-evening NYE show. With special guests, local music duo Age Gap. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. 7 p.m. Dec. 31. $105-$131. (949) 497-2787.

“Nutcrackers,” “Christmas Carols,” “Messiahs” and other fun-filled and family-friendly shows around SoCal this holiday season.

Dec. 21, 2021

‘The Annual One-Time Only New Year’s Eve Musical Revue’
Silliness reigns supreme in this family-friendly variety show, back for a 50th year! Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. 7 and 10 p.m. Dec. 31. $24.50-$49.50.


9:36 a.m. Dec. 29, 2021: This post has been updated to remove the event “A Night at Studio 54,” which has been canceled.

1:15 p.m. Dec. 27, 2021: This post has been updated to remove the event “Killer Klowns from Outer Space Cosplay Dance Party,” which has been postponed.

2:19 p.m. Dec. 22, 2021: This post has been updated to remove the event “Prohibition NYE,” which has now been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

1:36 p.m. Dec. 21, 2021: This post has been updated with new information about Grand Park’s NYELA celebration.