Probably the biggest and brightest New Year’s Eve event in Los Angeles is N.Y.E.L.A. in Grand Park.
Unfortunately, there may not be any fireworks for the 2019 N.Y.E.L.A. celebration. Grand Park has decided to skip the fireworks again this year during their New Year’s Eve Celebration. They explained that since they do have fireworks on Independence Day they feel the storytelling and countdown projected on the City Hall building will be enough.
Not wanting to be upstaged by New York, Grand Park and City Hall have been transformed into a West Coast Times Square for New Year’s Eve. The area will pack in a good 50,000 Angelenos ringing in the New Year with festivities galore.
Angelenos will enjoy live music, food trucks, and interactive activities. It’s family friendly and free, so bring the kids. City Hall will be used as a 22-story canvas for projections of photo-booth pics taken onsite and 3D projections. At midnight be sure to turn toward City Hall to watch the countdown!
There will be both live bands and DJ music. You can also have fun with the interactive art installations. While there are food trucks, you might want to consider bringing your own snacks to save money and, more so, to avoid spending your evening in line at the food trucks. Who wants to celebrate in a line?
Some things to know before you go. Grand Park spans several blocks. Expect road closures on Spring, Hill, Broadway and Olive Streets near the park and more. While there is parking under Grand Park, it will be difficult to get to. Plan on parking in a lot away from the park a few blocks so you can get in and out of it. Better yet, take the Metro Red or Purple line to the Civic Center/Grand Park Station. You’ll save on parking costs and headaches.
You have to pass through checkpoints to get into the park and there are a number of prohibited items including alcohol. There is no smoking or vaping allowed in the park. There is a very long list of what will get you turned back at the entrances so be sure to read this list of prohibited items at N.Y.E.L.A.
The event begins at 8pm on New Year’s Eve, but as with all events that pack big crowds, plan to get there well ahead of that time. It ends at 1:00 am on New Year’s Day.
200 North Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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