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Brianna
Myrtle Beach

Southern California, Los Angeles, San Diego

New Years in Southern California: What to do?!

I'll be visiting the west coast for the first time the day after Christmas until a few days after New Years. I'll be staying about an hour between L.A. and San Diego so I'll obviously be visiting those places, but what are the absolute MUST do things while visiting this area? I just want to do and see as much as possible while I'm there! I really don't have a budget, so all opinions are welcomed. Thanks!


7 Answers

top answer by
Shannon from Manitowoc, Wisconsin

 In LA you have to go to Hollywood Blvd have a happyhour cocktail The Residences at W Hollywood go to the rooftop.  Also visit Venice Beach Boardwalk and the Santa Monica Pier.  If you are adventurous you could walk from Venice Beach to Santa Monica Pier, I would have lunch in either.  On your way down to San Diego visit Encinitas and have lunch Swami's Cafe, it's off the 101 on the main street in Encinitas, be sure to visit some of the thrift stores, great Mexican blankets for sale!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hollywood Blvd (attraction)
  2. The Residences at W Hollywood (attraction)
  3. Encinitas (city)
  4. Swami's Cafe (restaurant)
  5. Santa Monica Pier (attraction)
  6. Venice Beach Boardwalk (attraction)
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answered by
Louise from Los Angeles

So glad you could be joining us for the New Year! With regards to some plans depends on what you'd like and how long you're here for. 

1. Nightlife - there are tons of awesome bars and clubs if you're into that like the Ace Hotel Los Angeles in DTLA, Perch Rooftop in DTLA which has THE best view especially at night and of course the top of the US Bank Tower. You're also bound to find something on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. 

2. Cabin it up - grab a bunch of your buddies bring some drinks and rent a cabin up in Big Bear Lake. There's nothing more fun than playing some beer pong with your closest peeps, enjoying the fire and getting that cozy feel. 

3. The Beach Life - Santa Monica has some sights, you can't miss that pier! 

4. Check out some music in the Silver Lake and Echo Park scene. 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Ace Hotel Los Angeles (hotel)
  2. Perch (restaurant)
  3. Sunset Strip (attraction)
  4. Big Bear Lake (city)
  5. Santa Monica (city)
  6. Silver Lake (neighborhood)
  7. Echo Park (attraction)
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answered first by
Josh from Los Angeles

New Years in Southern California? Of course there's Pasadena and the Rose Parade & Rose Bowl Stadium on New Year's Day. And you can view the floats up close after the parade, and for a day or two after.

While you're in Pasadena check out the The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens and the Norton Simon Museum (they won't be open on New Year's Day)

On New Year's Eve there's Downtown Los Angeles which is staging an outdoor "Times Square" type event. And there are any number of private parties, bars and restaurants to celebrate at in the DTLA vicinity. 

Hollywood and West Hollywood always host private parties in the local clubs, so you can pick from an endless list of pay to attend events. There are also lots of bars, restaurants, shops and tourist spots to visit too.

Universal Studios HollywoodDisneylandDisney's California Adventure and Knott's Berry Farm have the parks decorated for the winter holidays.

If you're into shopping, L.A.'s the place and the malls and retail shops are numerous. The GroveThe Americana at BrandSouth Coast Plaza Shopping CenterThird Street Promenade and Rodeo Drive will be less crowded after Christmas, but still busy with returns, tourists, and after-holiday shoppers.

You can also visit the beach or go skiing/snowboarding in the mountains depending on the weather and conditions. Take your pick of the Venice Beach BoardwalkSanta Monica PierMalibu BeachManhattan BeachHermosa BeachBig Bear Lake, or Mountain High.

See my other answers for more stuff to do in Los Angeles and SoCal.

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Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Pasadena (city)
  2. Rose Bowl Stadium (attraction)
  3. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (attraction)
  4. Norton Simon Museum (attraction)
  5. Downtown Los Angeles (metro area)
  6. Hollywood (attraction)
  7. West Hollywood (city)
  8. Universal Studios Hollywood (attraction)
  9. Disney's California Adventure (attraction)
  10. Knott's Berry Farm (attraction)
  11. The Grove (attraction)
  12. The Americana at Brand (attraction)
  13. South Coast Plaza Shopping Center (attraction)
  14. Malibu Beach (attraction)
  15. Manhattan Beach (city)
  16. Hermosa Beach (city)
  17. Big Bear Lake (city)
  18. Mountain High (attraction)
  19. Santa Monica Pier (attraction)
  20. Rodeo Drive (neighborhood)
  21. Third Street Promenade (attraction)
  22. Venice Beach Boardwalk (attraction)
  23. Disneyland (attraction)
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answered by
Jacob

It may seem obvious, but I'd check around for the various Christmas light tours. Also, an LA-must is visiting Old L.A. Zoo. It's abandoned and is a bit of a tourist spot. 


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answered by
Lisa from Los Angeles

I definitely recommend seeing Pink Martini at Walt Disney Concert Hall on NYE! Amazing band, spectacular venue! 


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  1. Walt Disney Concert Hall (attraction)
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answered by
Joelle from Watertown, New York

I highly suggest DisneylandMission BeachBalboa ParkCoronado Beach where the Hotel Del Coronado is which is the hotel the movie "Some Like it Hot" was filmed. The beach almost looks golden at sunset. Something in the sand. It's a difficult drive though trying to avoid construction and weave through those cute houses so google map your route very very well so as not to become too stressed when driving through here. If money really is not an issue, a hotel/condo next to the beach is....amazing and recommended since it will guarantee parking. You can visit Little Italy, Los Angeles Chinatown, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal CityWalk, Hollywood Boulevard. There's plenty to do in Southern California. Though, with Hollywood blvd it's not as glamorous as some make it seem. There's a Ripley's Believe It or Not museum, a wax museum, gift shops and a lot of people dressed up asking for money in exchange for fun photos. But, hey, if you got the time.  One more thing, for Mission beach I recommend renting a bike to cruise along the boardwalk from Mission Beach all the way to Pacific Beach (Just north of Mission). La Jolla Shores Beach is North of Pacific Beach and I am always recommended by locals to go to there. If you have any questions about Disneyland, feel free to contact me. 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Disneyland (attraction)
  2. Mission Beach (attraction)
  3. Balboa Park (attraction)
  4. Coronado Beach (attraction)
  5. Little Italy (neighborhood)
  6. Los Angeles Chinatown (neighborhood)
  7. Universal Studios Hollywood (attraction)
  8. Universal CityWalk (attraction)
  9. Hollywood Boulevard (attraction)
  10. Ripley's Believe It or Not (attraction)
  11. Pacific Beach (neighborhood)
  12. La Jolla Shores Beach (attraction)
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answered by
Christopher from Manila, Philippines

Try an In n Out burger


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