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.
If you’re wondering what to do during the holidays in Orange County, check out our growing list of winter and holiday events.
New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Orange County
New Year’s daytime Celebration | Pretend City
December 31 | 9am – 5pm
Cost: $13.75 / Infants Free
The annual New Year’s Celebration is in the middle of the day! 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 4 different times to celebrate the new year in Bangladesh, Dubai, Athens, and London, as it turns to midnight in these different cities! They will have New Year’s activities and art for little ones to do.
Early Bird Countdown | OC Fairgrounds
December 31st | Opens at 2pm, 6:00pm
Orange Ball drop, fireworks and an unforgettable balloon drop at both 6pm and midnight. Live bands will be playing to commemorate the end of the year, and the start of a new one.
Cost: Starting $19 Adult / $14 Kids
First Night Fullerton | Downtown Fullerton
December 31st | 7pm-Midnight
The City of Fullerton will be celebrating the 28th anniversary of the annual First Night Fullerton. This popular family-oriented, alcohol-free event will take place in Downtown Fullerton on Harbor Blvd., Pomona Ave., and Wilshire Ave. The event is free to the public and has an estimated attendance of over 15,000 guests every year. The party will include four live bands, a kids corner, food, roaming entertainment and a fireworks show at midnight.
Noon Year’s Eve | Cypress Library
December 31, 2019 | 11:30am – 12:20pm
Kids, teens, and families: Ring in 2020 at the Cypress Library! Enjoy a photobooth, exciting party favor crafts… and a countdown to NOON with balloon drop!
Happy Noon Year’s Eve | Mary Wilson Library, Seal Beach
December 31, 2019 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
For the little ones who may not make it to the New Year’s Eve ball drop! Make noisemakers and party hats, play games, and dance to music from the library’s Freegalapp. At noon, release a balloon drop and celebrate the “Noon Year!”Perfect for little ones.
Balloon Drop Party | Costa Mesa Donald Dugan Library
December 31, 2019 | 11:00am – 12:30pm
Celebrate the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 at Costa Mesa Donald Dungan’s first BALLOON DROP PARTY. Enjoy crafts, snacks and sparkling cider and prepare for a dazzling balloon drop at NOON.
Noon Year’s Eve | Chapman Library, Garden Grove
December 31, 2019 | 11:15am – 12:15pm
Ring in 2020 at the library! Kids will enjoy music, crafts, and small snacks before the big balloon drop at 12:00pm.
Happy Noon Year’s Eve | Heritage Park Library, Irvine
December 31, 2019 | 11:30am – 12:30pm
Celebrate the new year… at NOON! Crafts, activities, treats, and a countdown to noon with a balloon drop. Bring your camera. All ages welcome!!
New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Los Angeles
New Year at Noon | Kidspace
December 31 | 10am-3pm
Ring in the almost New Year at Noon with 2 live DJs, party hats, noise makers, and more. Dance with us as we countdown the stroke of noon. Must arrive early to avoid lines, no one will be allowed in after 11am.
Balloon Drop | Zimmerman Museum
December 23 | Museum Hours: 12:30-4:30pm / New Years Activities 1-3pm
10… 9… 8… let the countdown begin! The annual New Year’s Eve (eve) has balloon drops at 1:18pm, 2:18pm, and 3:18pm! Decorate your own accessories and noisemakers and get ready to ring in 2019! This program is FREE to the general public with paid museum admission.
New Year’s Eve Celebrations in San Diego
Times Square ball drop | Legoland California
December 31 | 10am-7pm
LEGOLAND California re-creates the Times Square ball drop with a giant LEGO brick falling 22 feet in the air! Countdown ends at 6pm with fireworks.
Cost: $109 Adults / $103 Kids