New Year’s Eve, Lots of Ways

Free, fabulous, any way you like it.

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Don't get ho-hum about New Year's Eve just yet. Sure it has its timeworn staples -- balloon drop, messy kiss with someone you may or may not be acquainted with, a flute of something fizzy. But, in a city as large as ours, the options run the gamut. Shall we travel that gamut together?

FREE FREE FREE: It's billed as the largest no-admission party in Los Angeles. It's at Universal Citywalk. There will be a pause for the New York countdown at 9PM our time, and then another at midnight. Plus, DJs, dancing, festiveness. And, we quote: "thousands of pounds of confetti."

LOVES TO DANCE: Giant Hotel and Together as One. Big big big. The party goes into the wee small hours, and then laughs at the wee small hours, and keeps going... 

PAM ANDERSON-STYLE: Gridlock New Year's Even on the Paramount Studios backlot will be hosted by Ms. Anderson, with a special performance by Adam Lambert at midnight. 5,000 are expected to attend.

WITH A BANG: Fireworks will begin 30 seconds before the end of the year, ringing in 2010 spectacularly. Marina del Rey.

DINING OUT: Morel's, Patina, and more restaurants have special menus for the celebratory night. And bubbly. Lots of bubbly.

SWINGING DOWNTOWNBig Bad Voodoo Daddy jazzes up Walt Disney Concert Hall with two swingin' shows.

HAS TO MOVE -- LITERALLY: Climb aboard the Fillmore & Western Railway for dinner, dancing and bubbly. Oh, and some chug-chugging along in a vintage train. Entertainers dressed as legendary movie stars will also be making the journey.

SLEIGHT-OF-HAND FANS: Magicopolis, that Santa Monica nexus for mind-blowing tricks, is welcoming 2010. Do they throw a puff of smoke before the new year gets here, we wonder? 

CATALINA ISLAND: A balloon drop, a famous landmark, the wide-open ocean. We're fans of New Year's Eve at the Casino Ballroom. Old-school class.

NEIGHBORHOOD-Y VIBE: Get a pitcher and grab a table as EB's at Farmers Market hosts a Totally '80s New Year's Eve. It's free to get in, as always, and the tunes will be highly Lauper-esque. Still have your Boy George get-up? Wear it.

"SAFE 'N SOBER": Magic Mountain will host its second annual "Six Flags Rocn n' Ride New Year's Eve Party" for youth and families. On the docket: Guitar Hero and DanceDanceRevolution competitions and karaoke.

OCEAN ADJACENT: The Queen Mary is doing it up with five parties, and midnight fireworks off the stern. Do not be tempted to act out the scene from "Titanic"; oh, it's nearly a new year, why not?

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