7 Best NYE Destinations in California You Need To Experience

Leilani Salgado
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Wondering where to spend New Year Eve in California? Keep on reading to discover the finest cities in California for partying it up on New Year Eve, or even spending time together as a family!

New Years Eve in San Francisco

On Eventbrite, you’ll find a way array of San Francisco New Years’ parties

Apart from this, you can find NYE fireworks south of the ferry building in San Francisco’s bay bridge area. 

Some other cool activities for New Year in San Fran include boat cruises, & 21+ parties. San Fran is also home to the Fresh Start Festival, Jazz center, and the Brian Regan comedy show.

New Years Eve in San Diego

San Diego is full of pub crawls and parties on NYE. Feeling fancy? Hop on a yacht party. Something unique to San Diego is the New Year’s Eve time warp party, where you can “travel back in time” with themed sets. 

San Diego is also an ideal place to visit in California for a romantic dinner for two on New Year. Some popular neighborhoods in San Diego for a romantic New Years’ Eve dinner include La Jolla and Oceanside. 

New Years Eve in Los Angeles

Fun things to do in Los Angeles for NYE:

  • Karaoke at Breakroom 86
  • EDM festival at Avalon Hollywood
  • Alien party at the Insomniac New Years Eve countdown
  • Walt Disney countdown with Pink Martini
  • Meduza concert

All these events and more are available on Experism.

New Years Eve in Big Bear Lake

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Fun things to do in Big Bear for New Year’s Eve:

  • Free torchlight parade
  • “Times square” @ The Pines
  • 1920’s themed mystery night 
  • Wyatt’s family-friendly convention

New Years Eve in Joshua Tree

Unique NYE events happening December 2022 at Joshua tree:

New Years Eve in Santa Barbara

Looking for something elegant this yew year? Check out the new years eve party at the Rosewood Miramar Beach, where you can dress to impress in this speakeasy-inspired celebration. 

Some other events happening in Santa Barbara on New Year’s Eve:

  • Santa Barbara Zoo NYE
  • Dinner at Bouchon
  • Old Mission Santa Barbara
  • Lotusland botanical garden
  • Arroyo Burro Beach

New Years Eve in Lake Tahoe

Head to Lake Tahoe for nature and live music for new years eve in California you won’t forget! Heavenly Holidays hosts the best new years party in Lake Tahoe. This year the Gin Blossoms are performing at the Heavenly Holidays festival. 

In addition to Heavenly Holidays, Lake Tahoe also hosts a New Year’s Eve ski party at Mt. Rose. Can’t get enough of music festivals? Check out the 2021 Snowglobe Music Festival.

I am a content creator from Chicago with a passion for writing + lifestyle & travel photography. When I'm not creating content you can find me listening to podcasts on Spotify, reading, or exploring a new place. Join me on Instagram @leilani.jeanette to follow along with my adventures and read my blog!

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