Fantastic New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Orange County

New Year's Eve Decorations for Party in Orange County, CA

There are so many options for celebrating New Year’s Eve in Orange County! Whether you’re looking for a fun activity for the whole family, a romantic dinner, or a place to party like it’s 1999 – we’ve got the best options for you in our list below:

Bring the family

NYE Dinner Buffet and Character Celebration at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

Kick off the New Year with Mickey and friends! This epic party begins at Disney’s PCH Grill, where you’ll enjoy a bountiful buffet of all-you-care-to-enjoy selections, followed by a momentous celebration hosted by Mickey and his pals inside the Pacific Ballroom.

Lively dance music sets the stage as you cut loose with a variety of Disney Characters who are available to take pictures and “Auld Lang Syne” your autograph book!

The party culminates with a midnight toast and breathtaking balloon drop.

When: Dinner 5:30 – 10 pm, Character Celebration 5:30 pm – 1 am

Where: Paradise Pier Hotel

Tickets: $75 adult, $25 kids 3-9

New Year’s Eve at Knott’s Berry Farm

The countdown to the New Year is on at Knott’s Berry Farm! Knott’s is the place to ring in 2017 with a night full of special family-friendly experiences, including live musical acts, exclusive stage shows, and Knott’s Merry Farm entertainment, culminating in a fantastic fireworks show.

As the final moments of 2016 countdown, the Knott’s Sky Cabin will dramatically rise over 200 ft. to the top of the “K” tower as special lighting effects countdown to midnight. When the cabin reaches the top at the stroke of midnight the “K” tower, the skies above Knott’s will light up with a spectacular fireworks show!

Knott’s Berry Farm is open from 10:00 am – 1:00 am and the New Year’s Eve Celebration is included with regular daytime admission.

First Night in 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.

This year’s festival will feature musical stage performances by a variety bands, roaming entertainment, games, food vendors, activities and more. The festival ends at midnight as the sky lights up with an incredible aerial display of fireworks to ring in the New Year.


Back Bay Bistro

Celebrate the New Year with a gourmet dinner at Back Bay Bistro. The first seating offers a three-course menu from 5 – 7 p.m. for $68 per person and the second seating offers a five-course menu with dancing starting at 8 p.m. and a champagne toast at midnight, all for $115 per person.

Both seatings start dinner with a Wild Mushroom Gougére, and a first course of Wild Mushroom Velouté or Main Lobster Bisque with Cognac Cream. From there, the menu varies, depending on whether you will enjoy the 3-course or 5-course meal. Either way, you can’t go wrong!

Los Angeles based renowned jazz trumpet player and vocalist, Ilya Serov will entertain guests throughout the evening with his talented band.

Selanne Steak Tavern’s New Year’s Eve Gourmet Feast & Celebration

First Seating 5 to 7 p.m.; Second Seating 8:30 to 10 p.m.

At Selanne Steak Tavern, Executive Chef Joshua Severson will be creating a glorious repast for New Year’s Eve – a five-course prix fixe menu with amuse bouche offered at two seatings, as well as suggested “Platinum” wine pairings for each course for a supplemental price.

The celebratory menu looks incredible! The festive food and partying will be accompanied by live entertainment by Brazilian guitarist Marco Túlio and his Brazilian jazz musicians.

The five-course New Year’s Eve menu is $195 per person, which includes party favors and champagne toast of Veuve Clicquot.


Yacht Party

Celebrate this New Year’s Eve in style on Newport’s most elegant oversized luxury yacht, The Royal Princess! The Royal Princess is 120 Feet, 2 levels, with outdoor decks, a lounge and a beautiful dance floor.

It will be a fun, intimate evening as this luxury yacht has a capacity of 150. This event has SOLD OUT 13 years in a row so get your tickets early!


Boat boards at 9:30pm, returns at 1:00am (be sure to arrive on time)

Cost: Starts at $159

Price Includes:

  • Four-hour cruise through Newport Harbor
  • Premium open bar all night
  • Champagne greeting
  • Appetizer buffet food court
  • New Year’s Party Favors
  • DJ and Dancing (Hip Hop, Dance & Top 40)


One of the most anticipated New Year’s Eve party in Orange County, this elaborate event is the ultimate seaside extravaganza!  RESOLUTION NYE will be erecting a massive tent at Newport Beach Back Bay for two back-to-back New Year’s Eve Parties.

There’s a lot to look forward to at this event, including:

  • Headlining DJ SNBRN, who will be spinning everything from classic top 40 to the best dance tunes of 2016.
  • Massive NYE Balloon Drop
  • State of the Art Lighting and Production
  • Beautiful Heated Tent
  • NYE Party Favors
  • Holiday Light Show on the Water
  • Open Bar Options
  • VIP Tables
  • Food Trucks
  • Huge Dance Floor

Whatever you do, have fun and be safe! Remember, celebrate wisely, don’t drink and drive! If you don’t have a designated driver, choose Uber or a taxi. Happy New Year!