Ring in the New Year in Long Beach

It's time to celebrate the New Year! Long Beach offers lots of options for New Year's Eve and celebrations–from boats to bars–where you can bid a fond farewell to 2023 and a bold “Let’s Do This!” to 2024. Happy New Year! Check the list below for the best NYE celebrations in Long Beach.

Check out our list below to find out about the best NYE celebrations in Long Beach.


Two fireworks shows will illuminate the downtown waterfront on New Year’s Eve in Long Beach again this year. The first will take place at 9:00 PM, allowing earlier (and younger) revelers the chance to enjoy the celebration, and the second at midnight to usher in 2024 with a bang. The shows can be viewed from just about anywhere along the coast, but good viewing spots include the lighthouse at ShoreLine Aquatic Park, Shoreline Village, Alamitos Beach, Junipero Beach and the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier.

Aquarium of the Pacific

Dive into 2024 with one of the biggest parties in Long Beach at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s (100 Aquarium Way) New Year’s Eve Night Dive! Loud as Funk will play live on the main stage in the Great Hall and DJs will be spinning in the galleries. There will be a silent disco and karaoke, all leading up to the confetti countdown at midnight. Snap a pic in the roaming photo booth, grab a drink from the cash bars, or enjoy a tasty meal in Café Scuba before visiting with all your favorite animals. Night Dive takes place from 8 PM on December 31 to 1 AM the next morning. For tickets and information visit the event page or call (562) 590-3100.

Cafe Sevilla

Enjoy live Latin music, flamenco, drinks, dancing, and Spanish cuisine on New Year's Eve at Cafe Sevilla (140 Pine Ave) with a choice of three packages. Choose from a 3-Course dinner with a Prix Fixe Menu–with Cafe Sevilla’s shaved jamón Serrano Ensalada, Paella Valenciana topped with a cold lobster tail and lemon tart for dessert–a dazzling Flamenco Dinner Show Experience at 7:00 PM, or the Tapas Bar Table Package, which includes reserved table seating all night long, live Latin music, a DJ until 2 AM, dancing, specialty NYE food and cocktail menus, party favors, complimentary midnight champagne toast. For reservations, call (562) 495-1111.


at Hotel Maya

With seatings at 5 and 9 PM, Fuego at Hotel Maya (700 Queensway Dr) will offer a four-course prix fixe New Year's Eve dinner accompanied by live entertainment, party favors, and a champagne toast. Francisco Reyes Latin Jazz Trio will perform at the restaurant from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Daveed Alvarado plays from 5 to 9 PM, and Mike Vitale and Company close out the night from 9 PM to 12:30 AM. Groups can reserve the Winter Wonderland Cabana for up to 15 guests, and the hotel is offering a discounted "Take the Elevator Home" room package for New Year's. For reservations at Fuego, call (562) 481-3910.


Set sail aboard Harbor Breeze Cruises’ (100 Aquarium Way) La Espada for a New Year's Eve Cruise in the Long Beach Harbor featuring a cash bar, finger foods, live DJ, and champagne toast at midnight. Boarding begins at 8:30 P.M. at Dock #2 in Rainbow Harbor next to the Aquarium of the Pacific. The cruise departs at 9:15 P.M. and returns to dock at approximately 12:30 A.M. Tickets for this 21-and-over event are $90 per person. For tickets, call 562-432-4900 or visit 2seewhales.com.


One of the most honored and beloved restaurants in the city, Michael’s On Naples (5620 E. Second St.) is offering a Prix-Fixe dinner complete with champagne toast. An optional wine pairing with your meal is available. For a view of the menu, click here. New Year’s Eve seatings begin at 6 p.m. For more information and reservations call (562) 439-7080.


The historic Queen Mary (1126 Queens Hwy) is hosting two glamorous New Year’s parties, one on Saturday, Dec. 30, featuring a four-course dinner and live big band in the ship’s Grand Salon, and one on Sunday, Dec. 31, with DJs and musical acts located around the entire ship, a casino night, and a whiskey bar. For a convenient overnight stay, book a stateroom aboard the ship–special packages are available to ticket holders.

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