If you're looking to celebrate New Year's Eve in a big way, California's cities and towns have lots to offer.
Los Angeles Theme Parks: Disneyland stays open late to bring in the New Year, but it's very crowded, sometimes so packed that they stop admitting guests by afternoon. All those people make a Ridemax itinerary not just a good idea but a necessity. Universal Studios closes early, but you'll find a big party just outside at Universal Citywalk and admission is free.
- Los Angeles: Angelinos love to party, and you'll find big events everywhere from the Queen Mary to the Paramount Studios lot.
- Rose Parade: The parade actually takes place on New Year's Day, but many people arrive on New Year's Eve afternoon to stake out a viewing spot along the street, as early as the local police will let them. An all-night party ensues that's hard to believe unless you see it.
- Catalina Island: The Casino Ballroom is an especially festive place to dance in the New Year, with "big band" music in a glamorous venue.
Sacramento: The state capitol hosts two fireworks displays in their Sky Spectacular, an earlier one accompanied by family-friendly tunes and a midnight show with rock music.
- San Diego: San Diego gets started a early with the Holiday Bowl game and the Big Bay Balloon Parade which happens the same day as the game. You'll find plenty more San Diego New Year's Events to amuse you, too.
- San Francisco: The big event in San Francisco is the New Year's Eve fireworks display and you can find out where to watch it in the San Francisco New Years Eve Event Guide, which also offers some great things to do for non-dancers and non-drinkers.
- Monterey: The celebration is called First Night and it's designed to be an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration.
- Yosemite: The Ahwahnee and Wawona Hotels host New Year's dinner dances