New Year’s Eve parties: Where to celebrate 2011 in Long Beach

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new year parties2010 is coming to a close and before you know it, it will be time to ring in the 2011! Have you decided what to do for New Year’s Eve yet? Whether you prefer a romantic dinner at an upscale restaurant, a party on the water or a wild night complete with live music and Champagne bubbles, Long Beach has enough New Year’s Eve events that there is sure to be at least one that suits your style.

We’ve rounded up some of the best celebrations in town, check them out and remember that some New Year’s Eve parties require reservations so call ahead.

New Year’s Eve Parties for Adults

Dance into the New Year aboard the Queen Mary. Put on your dancing shoes to enjoy a wide variety of live entertainment planned in venues throughout the ship and lasting into the early hours of 2011. Live musical performances to be announced soon include dueling pianos, classic rock, swing, jazz and DJ acts and much more. At midnight, guests will have the best view of the New Year’s Eve fireworks. For details call 877-847-1894 or visit

Party under the stars in Downtown Long Beach on New Year’s Eve. Revelers will take to the streets on Pine Avenue and Broadway for “grown-up” entertainment from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Five outdoor bars will offer food and drinks for purchase as Downtown fills up with non-stop fun, dancing and live music—all leading up to the midnight countdown and Queen Mary fireworks. Visit the DLBA website for details.

Celebrate this New Years Eve in style on board The Majestic, Long Beach’s most elegant over-sized luxury yacht. The 400-person luxury yacht has three levels with outdoor decks, a lounge and two separate dance areas—one playing hip-hop and top 40s and another for house, electro and dance music. The Annual Long Beach New Years Eve Yacht Party 2011 has sold out seven years in a row so get your tickets early at

Following their family specials (see below), the midnight countdown at KDB at the Pike starts at 10 p.m. The adult-oriented event includes unlimited video game play for $15 and half-price appetizers along with drank specials and a Champagne toast at midnight.

Set sail for a New Year’s Eve Cruise aboard the Grand Romance River Boat. Along with food and fireworks, guests can kick up their heels to live blues tunes and jazz music. The barbeque dinner includes St. Louis Ribs, chicken, hot-link sausage, cornbread muffins and more. Tickets cost $89 per person. Boarding is at 8 p.m. from Dock #4 in Rainbow Harbor. Visit for tickets and more information.

Toast the New Year at Hotel Maya with a Live Entertainment featuring a six-piece FJ Latin Ensemble and DJ Spin in Luna Solstice Lounge/Patio. The event is $25 at the door or for $135 make a reservation for special service which includes a five-course dinner, bottle of Poema Cava Brut (with two people), reserved seating in Fuego for the New Year’s Celebration and a spectacular view of the Queen Mary fireworks. For information call (562) 481-3900.

George’s Greek Cafe is hosting My Big Fat Greek New Year’s Eve Party with two seatings: 5:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. The dinner includes a four-course email and champagne toast, live music, Greek dancing and a balloon drop. All reservations must be pre-paid visit or call (562) 433-1755 (Belmont Shore) or (562) 437-1184 (Downtown).

Michael’s On Naples invites New Years Eve diners to savor a multi-course, sit-down dinner prepared by one of Southern California’s hottest young chefs or for a more casual approach visit their sumptuous buffet on the rooftop terrace. Priced at $110 per person, the sit-down dinner begins at 7 p.m. The upstairs buffet begins at 8:30 p.m. and is $75 per person. Space is limited and reservations are strongly recommended (562) 439-7080 or visit

Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve

Looking for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration? Head down to the Waterfront—the traditional New Year’s Eve destination—and ring in 2011 in Downtown Long Beach. Gather at the Nautical Shell (in between PF Chang’s and Gladstone’s) from 6-9 p.m. to enjoy live music and kid’s activities. There will be balloons, face painting and a trackless train offering free rides between Shoreline Village and the Aquarium of the Pacific. The fireworks start at 9 p.m. so you count down the New Year with the whole family.

Gladstone’s will celebrate all day with a “kids-eat-free” special. Listen to live music from Blue Steel from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and watch the Big Apple in New York drop at 9 p.m. Call 432-8588 for additional details.

KDB in the Pike will host family-friendly New Year’s Eve festivities from 5 to 9 p.m. with unlimited video games for $15 and half-price appetizers. Kids also eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. KDB is at 10 Aquarium Way.

For the ultimate family friendly New Year’s party, sign up for a sleepover at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The overnight event features a 3-D movie, ball-drop in the Great Hall, viewing the Queen Mary fireworks, a T-shirt, pizza dinner and cereal breakfast and snacks.The New Year’s Eve Sleepover costs $70 per person ($60 for members). For more information, visit

Where will you celebrate New Year’s Eve?


One Response to “New Year’s Eve parties: Where to celebrate 2011 in Long Beach”
  1. Great List! Shake and the Chantoosies playing at are tie for first for me!