The best holiday & New Year's Eve events around Los Angeles

- Here is our list of the best holiday and New Year's Eve events that you don't want to miss around the Los Angeles area.

1) EVE 2018: Universal Studios Hollywood’s First-Ever New Year’s Eve In-Park Celebration:

For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood will count down to the New Year with an all-new EVE party on Sunday, December 31, 2017, with extended theme park hours to 1:00 a.m.

This New Year’s Eve event is included in the price of theme park admission and invites guests to spend the day and night enjoying its many popular rides and attractions with a special park-wide countdown party featuring multiple entertainment hubs with DJs and live music, starting at 9:00 p.m.

Universal Plaza, Simpsons Plaza located adjacent to “The Simpsons Ride” and an area near “Jurassic Park—The Ride” will transform into three uniquely-themed electrifying party hubs that will culminate simultaneously at midnight with a traditional New Year countdown and a spectacular fireworks display.

2) Indulge L.A. Chocolate & Pastry Festival: Indulge for a cause at the Los Angeles Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show

Barcelona Enterprises announces the return of Los Angeles Chocolate Festival and Pastry Show, which will take place on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 3-6pm at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. 

The event offers guests a luxurious way to sample an array of the world's most decadent desserts. This year, the “Alice In Wonderland,” themed-event will feature James Beard Award Winner and Chef of The Year Francois Payard, Chef Celestino Drago and Chef Juan Pablo Colubri. The Los Angeles “Laker Girls” will be there in support of St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which will benefit from the proceeds of the festival.

Indulge LA is serving up a sinfully sensational selection of the smooth creaminess of traditionally crafted European milk chocolates, the delicate elegance of finely created white chocolates, and the tantalizing seduction of the deepest dark chocolates.

Tickets can be purchased at IndulgeLA.net.

3) The 25th annual Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn in Riverside:

Owners Duane and Kelly Roberts have been decorating the inn for 25 years using their own money so the event is free to the public.

With 4.5 million twinkling lights and more than four hundred animated characters. Visitors can immerse themselves in the holiday spirit.

A charitable deed for a community of all ages to enjoy the holiday splendor of this historic landmark.

The festival runs through January 6th in downtown Riverside.

4) Celebrate New Year's Eve aboard The Queen Mary:

Ring in 2018 aboard The Queen Mary with the largest fireworks show in Southern California at midnight!  Musical performances (think: dueling pianos, Sir Mix-A-Lot, a Selena tribute band) or to dance the night away in a club-like atmosphere.

The New Years Eve celebration begins at 8PM and lasts until 1AM. Guests under the age of 21 will not be permitted on the ship after 3pm on December 31st.


5) Operation Warm Wishes: 5th Annual Gift of Giving – Christmas Pancake Breakfast Celebration, Laundry Day and Toy Giveaway for the Homeless and Families in Need.

Where: Good Choice Laundry- 1620 East First Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Time: 7 a.m – Noon on Christmas Day 
What: Free Laundry Service, Pancake Breakfast, Christmas Toys and so much more for our homeless and families in need! Free to the community! All are invited!

We are doing the laundry of the homeless and families in need for Free on Christmas Morning, as well as serving a FREE All You Can Eat Christmas Pancake Breakfast with over 100 delicious toppings. With Christmas Gifts for everyone and toys for children in need! No one will be turned away!

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