Soon after we unwrap the Christmas presents and eat the feast, the same question arises every year: what are we going to do for New Year’s Eve?
Luckily, Southern California’s theme parks have you covered. Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios Hollywood, SeaWorld San Diego and Legoland California have all planned festivities for those looking to ring in 2024 with thrill rides, live music and midnight fireworks.
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Whether it’s swing dancing, live rock bands, dance parties with DJs, stand-up comedy, magic acts, piano duels or champagne toasts, there’s something for everyone. likes at SoCal theme parks on New Year’s Eve.
Let’s take a closer look at what’s on offer at local theme parks on the last night of 2023:
Disneyland will ring in the new year with the “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks display at 9 p.m. and midnight. Main Street USA, in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, is often crowded hours before the clock strikes midnight, with visitors waiting for the nightly spectacle. Additional locations for fireworks viewing can be found in the plaza in front of It’s a Small World and the Fantasmic viewing area along the Rivers in America.
New Year’s Eve festivities at Disneyland will include countdowns with DJs throughout the park. Details about party locations will be posted on the Disneyland website and app in the days leading up to the celebration.
Disneyland will open at 8 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and stay open until 2 a.m.
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Disney California Adventure
Disneyland’s sister park is typically much less crowded on New Year’s Eve.
The Disney Holiday Festival will feature live music and dance performances until 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve.
The Disneyland fireworks display will be viewable from DCA, but without the projection show that accompanies the nighttime show. The “World of Color — Season of Light” water show will be performed at Paradise Bay at Disney California Adventure at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
Disney California Adventure will open at 8 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and stay open until 1 a.m.
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Knott’s Berry Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park will stay open late on New Year’s Eve with live music, comedy, dueling pianos, dance classes and midnight fireworks.
Midnight Hiatus will play pop and rock music on the Calico Mine stage with DJ Howly spinning dance music between sets.
Piano duo PianoMania will wage a one-on-one musical battle on the Boardwalk BBQ stage.
Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies, who performed for more than two decades at Disneyland’s Golden Horseshoe Saloon as Billy Hill and the Hillbillies, will perform at the outdoor Wagon Camp Theater.
The Jitterbug Pop Swing Band will take over the Boardwalk Ballroom with the Jitterbug Jumpers and dance instructors on hand to rock the dance floor.
Comedian Chipper Lowell will tell family jokes and perform magic at the Bird Cage Theater.
Knott’s will open at 9 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and stay open until 1 a.m.
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Universal Studios Hollywood
The annual celebration in the grounds of Universal Studios Hollywood will ring in the new year with DJs, dancing and fireworks at midnight.
The New Year’s Eve celebration takes place at several party locations in the park.
Culinary specialties, desserts and cocktails will be sold throughout the evening as well as beer, wine and champagne.
Universal will open at 8 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and stay open until 2 a.m.
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Midnight comes early at Legoland California with the New Year’s celebration well before the kids’ bedtime.
The New Year’s Eve countdown party starts at 6 p.m. “Kid Standard Time” at Carlsbad Theme Park includes live music and fireworks.
Countdown dance parties will take place at Lego Movie World, Fun Town, Pirate Shores and the Main Entrance Center with dancing, singing and pop music.
Legoland will open at 10 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and stay open until 7 p.m.
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SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego Marine Park will celebrate the last night of the year with a champagne toast and special New Year’s Eve fireworks display at 9 p.m.
SeaWorld closes at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
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Six Flags Magic MountainMagic Mountain will not be hosting a New Year’s Eve event.
Six Flags theme park in Valencia closes at 9 p.m. on December 31.
All New Year’s Eve events at Southern California theme parks are included in the price of admission.
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