Don't have any New Year's Eve plans yet? Don't worry: You're not the only one. Here's a quick rundown of what's going on in Orange County--ring in 2010 right with some events that don't suck. (And if they do, uh, at least they won't suck too much?)
Sure it's crowded--a friend once described the situation as "ass to mouth"--but it's also Disneyland. Worth it... right? Other than the usual rides and $3.50 churros, Disneyland will also play host to live bands and a fireworks spectacular at the stroke of midnight. The park will stay open until 2 a.m. and California Adventure closes at 1 a.m.
Disneyland Resort: 1313 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, (714) 781-4565; www.disneyland.com. $62-$72.
New Year's Eve with DJ Oldboy
If you're looking for a low(er) key way to ring in the New Year with good tunes, cheeeep booze and an un-obnoxious crowd, Avalon's the answer.
Avalon Bar, 820 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa; (949) 515-4650; www.myspace.com/theavalonbar. 9 p.m., free.
Reverend Horton Heat
Sweep up that pompadour and get ready for a night of psychobilly freakouts: Welcome 2010 with Reverend Horton Heat and Street Dogs.
House of Blues Anaheim: 1530 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, (714) 778-2583; www.houseofblues.com. 9 p.m., $50-$55. All ages.
Noon Year's Eve
Here's an idea for how to make up leaving the kids with the babysitter that night: Ring in the New Year early during Noon Year's Eve at the Discovery Science Center. They'll celebrate at noon with a countdown, balloon drop, ginger ale toast, music, activities and more. Free with paid admission and open to all ages! (Grace Le)
Discovery Science Center, 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 542-2823; www.discoverycube.org. 10 a.m., $9.95-$12.95. All ages.
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New Year's Eve OC
Who in their right mind wants to spend New Years Eve freezing their ass off while corralled in Times Square without a bathroom for five hours? Sure, you get to see a giant flashy ball descended from the sky, but a less masochistic (and way more fun) way to ring in 2010 would be to sexify your fine self and shimmy on over to the Costa Mesa Hilton for New Years Eve OC. This crazy shindig will potentially host 5,000 savvy locals on seven dance floors blasting everything from Top 40 to Latin hits. Sprinkle 10 live bands and a gaming casino on top of that and you've got yourself one helluva party. Come dressed to the nines and dance your heart out until the clock strikes midnight. You won't even have to put on a coat! (Grace Le)
Hilton Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 540-7000; owlus.com/main/events/newyears/nyeoc_main.php. 8 p.m., $60. 21+.
New Year's Eve Black Tie Gala
For those of you out there looking for a fancypants way to celebrate: Join Balboa Bay Club for their annual black tie gala and dance the night away to the sounds of the Bobby Perino Orchestra.
Balboa Bay Club, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, (949) 645-5000; www.balboabayclub.com. 8 p.m., $195. Call for age restrictions.
The Fab Four
Because it's as close as you'll ever get to George Harrison.
The Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella, Anaheim, (714) 712-2750; www.grove-of-anaheim.com. 10 p.m., $40. All ages.
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