19 Ways to Ring in the New Year in Orange County

From champagne toasts to fireworks, here’s where to celebrate the start of 2019.
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Tree House Toast
End 2018 with a party in a tree house! Tanners at Pasea Hotel & Spa will host a New Year’s Eve party complete with a DJ, photo booth, and a champagne toast at midnight. Huntington Beach, 714-698-6130, meritagecollection.com/pasea-hotel

Champagne Dreams
Step into your favorite black and white outfit and head to Country Club for a four-course dinner and bottle service for $100, plus tax and gratuity, and $45 for drink pairings. There will also be a DJ, balloon drop, and champagne toast at midnight. Costa Mesa, 949-281-2582, countryclubcm.com

A Memorable Year
Start your evening with a five-course dinner made by chef Jonathan Blackford before dancing into the new year at A Restaurant. Newport Beach, 949-650-6505, arestaurantnb.com

Kick Up Your Boots
Starting at 6 p.m., Newport Dunes will ring in the new year with Boots on the Beach, a country music concert featuring bands like A Thousand Horses and Temecula Road. There will also be line dancing lessons, food trucks, photo booths, and more. Newport Beach, 949-999-3100, newportdunes.com

Steak Your Claim
Start 2019 off right! Selanne Steak Tavern will serve a five-course meal featuring dishes such as Maine lobster pot pie and wagyu beef tenderloin, as well as a vegetarian tasting menu, for $195 per person and an additional $80 for wine pairings. Laguna Beach, 949-715-9881, selannesteaktavern.com

Excuse My French
Head to Marche Moderne to end 2018 with a four-course menu filled with delicious French dishes. Enjoy sautéed foie gras, braised short ribs with filet mignon, and more, with dessert options including blood orange gateau and white chocolate demi boule. Newport Beach, 714-434-7900, marchemoderne.net

Top Tier
Choose from three pricing tiers to celebrate 2019 at Montage Laguna Beach’s Lobby Lounge, starting at $500 for four seats with Veuve Clicquot and up to $1,250 for eight seats with Krug Champagne. From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., a pianist will play for dancing guests. Have kids with you? For $150 per child, they’ll be able to sing karaoke, enjoy games and activities, as well as dinner and a movie in the Grand Ballroom. Laguna Beach, 949-715-6420, montagehotels.com/lagunabeach

First Night
Celebrate the end of the year with the 27th annual First Night Fullerton. From 7 p.m. to midnight, families can enjoy an alcohol-free evening with live music, food booths, zip lining, and more, as well as fireworks at midnight. Fullerton, 714-738-6300, cityoffullerton.com

Baby, You’re a Firework
Spend New Year’s Eve at Disneyland for a fireworks-filled evening. Dual performances will take place at 9 p.m., in synch with Times Square in New York City, and at midnight. Anaheim, 714-781-4636, disneyland.disney.go.com

Puttin’ on the Ritz
Usher in 2019 with not one but two four-course dinners at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel’s EnoSteak and Raya from 6 to 10 p.m. Laguna Niguel, 949-240-2000, ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/laguna-niguel

That’s So ’90s
Throw it back to the ’90s at the House of Blues! Starting at 8 p.m., the venue will play hip-hop music from the decade with special guest Warren G for just $20. Anaheim, 714-520-2334, houseofblues.com/anaheim

My Way
Dress up in masquerade this NYE at Ways and Means in Pacific City. Can’t find a mask in time? Specialty masks will be sold throughout the night, along with a complimentary champagne toast and prizes for the best costume. Huntington Beach, 714-960-4300, wmoysters.com

About Time
Dance the night away at Time Nightclub from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. DJs Omar XV and Varun will perform, and you’ll receive a complimentary glass of champagne to toast to the new year. VIP options are available. Costa Mesa, 949-722-7103, timenightclub.com

The Roaring ’20s
Don your best Gatsby attire and make your way to Pelican Hill for a memorable Prohibition-themed evening. Guests will enjoy a live jazz band, cocktails, and a balloon drop at midnight. Newport Coast, 888-507-6427, pelicanhill.com

Raise Your Glass
Take your family to the fairgrounds for Winter Fest. Enjoy live music, fireworks, and watch the orange ball drop at both 6 p.m. and midnight. Costa Mesa, winterfestoc.com

Celebrate Good Times
The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa will host Concerts on the Shore featuring Kool & The Gang, DW3, and DJ Jonathan Phillips. Opt for just the concert or upgrade to a VIP three-course dinner for $295. Huntington Beach, 714-698-1234, hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/california/hyatt-regency-huntington-beach-resort-and-spa/hunrh

Surf’s Up
Enjoy a four-course oceanfront dinner at Surf & Sand’s Splashes from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. for $135 per person. Add wine pairings for $50. Laguna Beach, 888-281-3502, surfandsandresort.com/splashes

Dance, Dance
Balboa Bay Resort’s A&O Kitchen and Bar will host a NYE bash with a live band from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and a DJ from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Newport Beach, 949-645-5000

Snack Attack
Grab tickets for The Ranch Laguna Beach’s party to celebrate the end of 2018. For $125 per person, guests will enjoy live music, a photo booth, confetti drop, and late-night snacks will be rolled out before midnight. Laguna Beach, 949-499-2271, theranchlb.com

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