For those in Los Angeles looking for New Year’s Eve activities, there’s a wealth of options to choose from. Families with young children might consider the Kidspace Children’s Museum’s annual “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration, which features a balloon drop, live DJ, and sparkling cider toast at midday. Alternatively, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens host a family-friendly event, with a countdown to 9 pm to accommodate younger bedtimes.

For those seeking a more traditional evening celebration, Grand Park’s N.Y.E.L.A. offers a free citywide party with live music, food, and a grand countdown projected onto City Hall. The Queen Mary’s New Year’s Eve promises a more glamorous affair, with themed parties across the ship’s decks and a fireworks display to ring in the new year.

For those wanting to start the new year with a bit of exercise, the New Year’s Race in downtown L.A. offers a half marathon, 5K, or kids’ fun run under the city’s bright lights. Finally, for a unique experience, consider the Tournament of Roses Parade, a traditional event featuring stunning floral floats, marching bands, and equestrian units.

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