New Year’s Eve celebrations in Southern California are best celebrated with kids in tow… especially if they are daytime celebrations! What better way to celebrate the New Year than getting the kids in to bed early?
Scroll down for a great list of places that host family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations in Southern California.
Check back throughout the season as we’ll be adding more New Year’s Eve events to this list as they become available to us.
For ease of use, this New Year’s Eve events in Orange County list is organized by city in alphabetical order. Take a look and let us know if we missed one of your favorite winter holiday events! Email ([email protected]) or message us on Facebook.
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New Year’s Eve Celebrations for families in Orange County
Family-friendly New Year’s Eve Events in Brea
Noon Year’s Eve | Brea Library
December 29, 2021 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Children of all ages are invited to our Noon Year’s Eve celebration where we will make party hats, noisemakers and practice ringing in the new year at 12pm. No registration required.
Family-friendly New Year’s Eve Events in Buena Park
New Year’s Eve Celebration | Knott’s Berry Farm
December 31, 2021 | 8:00 am – 1:00 am
The countdown to the New Year is on at Knott’s Merry Farm with special fireworks, live entertainment, and special extended hours for the one-night event. Guests have a chance to say goodbye to the final moments of 2021 at Knott’s as the park celebrates with memorable festivities including Merry Farm seasonal performances throughout the day on December 31st. The enchanting Knott’s New Year’s Eve celebration gives guests front row seats to the final event of the year as the park rings in 2022 with a park wide-party unlike any other and everyone is invited. Knott’s New Year’s Eve Celebration is included with regular daytime admission.
Family-friendly New Year’s Eve Events in Irvine
Noon Year’s Eve Party | Pretend City
December 31, 2021 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
5..4..3..2..1..HAPPY NOON YEAR! Join us for our annual New Year’s Celebration in the middle of the day! We will celebrate the new year at different times throughout the day as the sun travels across the different time zones! There will be a confetti countdown at 4 different times to celebrate the new year in Bangladesh, Dubai, Athens, and London, as it turns to midnight in these different cities! We will also have New Year’s activities and art for our little ones to enjoy!
Purpose Behind the Play: Literacy and communication, language development, social-emotional development, number concepts, gross and locomotor practice, and science cognition
Twas’ the day before New Year’s and all through the city the citizens are stirring and buzzing about! With sparkling streamers, blowouts, noise makers, and confetti that will make this the party of all parties!
“It’s Midnight Somewhere” Confetti Countdown Times:
9:45 a.m. (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (Member’s Only Countdown)
11:45 a.m. (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
2:00 p.m. (Athens, Greece)
3:45 p.m. (London, England)
New Year’s Eve Party | Dave and Buster’s at Irvine Spectrum
December 31, 2021 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dave & Busters is offering an exciting and FUN way for you & your family to ring in the New Year! We will offer loads of excitement with our New Year’s Eve package which combines all the Food & FUN that guests have grown to love at Dave & Buster’s. Designed for families, this event will run from 5PM -8PM, & includes the following:
- An appetizer buffet with family favorites
- Unlimited soft drinks
- $20 Power Card per guest
- Unlimited Video Game Play
- A video ball drop to ring in the New Year
$46.53 includes tax and gratuity
Family-friendly New Year’s Eve Events in La Habra
New Year’s Eve Noon Party | La Habra Children’s Museum
December 31, 2021 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dress up and join us for balloon drops and confetti explosions outside and throughout the Museum!
New Year’s SWAG bag: $5 pre-purchase. Includes: 2022 glasses, beads, noisemaker and glow bracelet!
Family-friendly New Year’s Eve Events in Lake Forest
Noon Year’s Eve | El Toro Library
December 30, 2021 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Get an early start celebrating the New Year with El Toro! Enjoy storytime, crafts, music, a countdown to Noon Year, and an exciting balloon drop.
Family-friendly New Year’s Eve Events in Orange
New Year’s Eve Party | Holiday Skate Center
December 31, 2021 | 8:00 pm – 1:00 am
$25 includes skates, pizza, a hat and a horn. Come watch the balloon drop and win cash & other prizes.
Family-friendly New Year’s Eve Events in Stanton
New Year’s Eve Shaker Craft | Stanton Library
December 28, 2021 | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Get ready to celebrate the New Year with a do-it-yourself noise shaker! Free, no registration required. Supplies will be provided. For more information contact Stanton Library at 714-898-3302 or email [email protected]
Originally published on November 6, 2019. Last Updated on January 7, 2022 by Pattie Cordova