5 Best Places to Spend New Year’s Eve in Irvine - 2018

December 13, 2018

The countdown to 2019 has begun! Whether you’re in the mood for an elegant evening or some lively entertainment, living in Irvine means you are just minutes away from Orange County’s most vibrant nightlife. From dazzling yacht parties to exhilarating concerts, Orange County offers events for every partygoer. So, grab your glasses and get ready to toast to an amazing New Year! Here are our picks for the best New Year’s Eve parties in Orange County.

 1. New Year's Eve at Red Bar and Lounge

This year cheers to 2019 at Red Bar and Lounge at Hotel Irvine! The popular Irvine hotspot is hosting a festive evening complete with live music, cocktails and, of course, a champagne toast at midnight. With the purchase of a General Admission ticket for $65, you not only get two drink tickets, you also get all-night access to the dance floor where a live DJ will be spinning the latest beats until 2am! If you want to go with a larger group of people, Red Bar and Lounge is offering booth reservation packages that include cover charge fees, reserved booth seating for parties up to 8 guests and two bottles of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label. To learn more about this exclusive Irvine New Year’s Eve event, click here.

 2. Winter Fest OC New Year’s Eve Celebration

Kick off 2019 with a bang at Winter Fest OC’s New Year’s Eve Celebration! This highly entertaining event is sure to be one of the biggest and brightest in Orange County, with a dazzling fireworks display and 1,000 balloons falling from the ceiling at midnight. In addition to displaying the incredible sights, like the dropping of the inaugural Orange Ball at 12am, Winter Fest OC’s New Year’s Eve Celebration also offers plenty of family-friendly fun! Bring the kids and enjoy exciting activities like unlimited ice tubing down Snowflake Summit, ice skating in a full-size outdoor rink, playing in real snow flurries, bounce houses and a petting zoo. To purchase tickets for this special event at the OC Fair & Event Center, click here.

3. New Year’s Eve at SOCIAL

One of the trendiest bars and restaurants in Orange County, SOCIAL serves delicious craft cocktails and gourmet dishes in a hip atmosphere. This New Year’s Eve, the Costa Mesa dining destination is showcasing an incredible lineup of festive entertainment. Whether you’re in the mood for a live DJ set or just want to dance the night away listening to the latest hits, you can find it all at SOCIAL. Once you arrive, you will be greeted by an assortment of beverage options, including a menu of five signature cocktails, bottomless champagne, and 4.5-hour open bar. Those who plan to bring multiple guests can request reserved table seating and bottle service for an extra luxurious experience. Note that this event is cocktail attire only, so be sure to arrive wearing your best outfit! To purchase a ticket to New Year’s Eve at SOCIAL in Costa Mesa, click here.

 4. Gold + White Party at The Nursery by Southwinds

Say hello to 2019 in one of Irvine’s most magical venues! Providing elegant entertainment in a stunning indoor-outdoor space, The Nursery at Southwinds’ Gold + White Party is set to be one of the most elegant New Year’s Eve events in Orange County. For this unique occasion, The Nursery by Southwinds is giving its beautiful garden space a festive twist with upscale décor, live music, performances and more. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with party favors and a photo on the red carpet. Explore the scenic grounds while sampling gourmet hors-d'oeuvres and sipping on specialty cocktails made with premium spirits – and don’t forget to make your way to the dancefloor by midnight for a toast to the new year! As the name implies, this event is all about the colors white and gold, so cocktail attire in this festive color scheme is highly encouraged. To purchase tickets, please visit the event page here.

5. New Year’s Eve Champagne Brunch Cruise

Is there any better way to kick off the new year than sipping champagne on a gorgeous yacht? On Monday, December 31st, from 11:30am to 2pm, you can celebrate the New Year in style with Hornblower Cruises’ New Year’s Eve Champagne Brunch Cruise. This 2-hour yacht cruise will take you around the glistening waters of Newport Beach while you enjoy free-flowing champagne and sparkling cider. A perfect option for brunch enthusiasts, this exciting day-time event features a brunch buffet with all of your favorite breakfast options. Take in beautiful, panoramic views of Newport Harbor from your private table as you listen to live entertainment. For an added layer of decadence, don’t forget to explore Hornblower Cruises’ assortment of premium dining cruise enhancement options, including keepsake champagne flutes, chocolate truffles for two, and a pre-set bottle of House Champagne. To book your New Year’s Eve package, click here.


No matter where you live in Irvine, an amazing, unforgettable New Year’s Eve event is never far away. For more on Irvine events and living in Irvine, visit www.villagesofirvine.com.


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