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New Years Events in Orange County

If you’re looking for fun and fabulous Orange County New Years Events….you’ve come to the right place.  Listed below you will find New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve events in our fine Orange County cities, that at the time of this posting, are scheduled to ring in the new year with a bang.

Courtesy of
“The Official Times Square Website”

Revelers began celebrating New Year’s Eve in Times Square as early as 1904, but it was in 1907 that the New Year’s Eve Ball made its maiden descent from the flagpole atop One Times Square. Seven versions of the Ball have been designed to signal the New Year.

The first New Year’s Eve Ball, made of iron and wood and adorned with one hundred 25-watt light bulbs, was 5 feet in diameter and weighed 700 pounds. It was built by a young immigrant metalworker named Jacob Starr, and for most of the twentieth century the company he founded, sign maker Artkraft Strauss, was responsible for lowering the Ball.

As part of the 1907-1908 festivities, waiters in the fabled “lobster palaces” and other deluxe eateries in hotels surrounding Times Square were supplied with battery-powered top hats emblazoned with the numbers “1908” fashioned of tiny light bulbs. At the stroke of midnight, they all “flipped their lids” and the year on their foreheads lit up in conjunction with the numbers “1908” on the parapet of the Times Tower lighting up to signal the arrival of the new year.

The Ball has been lowered every year since 1907, with the exceptions of 1942 and 1943, when the ceremony was suspended due to the wartime “dimout” of lights in New York City. Nevertheless, the crowds still gathered in Times Square in those years and greeted the New Year with a minute of silence followed by the ringing of chimes from sound trucks parked at the base of the tower—a harkening-back to the earlier celebrations at Trinity Church, where crowds would gather to “ring out the old, ring in the new.”

In 1920, a 400 pound Ball made entirely of wrought iron replaced the original. In 1955, the iron Ball was replaced with an aluminum Ball weighing a mere 150 pounds. This aluminum Ball remained unchanged until the 1980s, when red light bulbs and the addition of a green stem converted the Ball into an apple for the “I Love New York” marketing campaign from 1981 until 1988. After seven years, the traditional glowing white Ball with white light bulbs and without the green stem returned to brightly light the sky above Times Square. In 1995, the Ball was upgraded with aluminum skin, rhinestones, strobes, and computer controls, but the aluminum Ball was lowered for the last time in 1998.

For Times Square 2000, the millennium celebration at the Crossroads of the World, the New Year’s Eve Ball was completely redesigned by Waterford Crystal and Philips Lighting. The crystal Ball combined the latest in lighting technology with the most traditional of materials, reminding us of our past as we gazed into the future and the beginning of a new millennium.
In 2007, for the 100th anniversary of the Times Square Ball Drop tradition, Waterford Crystal and Philips Lighting crafted a spectacular new LED crystal Ball. The incandescent and halogen bulbs of the past century were replaced by state-of-the-art Philips Luxeon LED lighting technology that dramatically increased the brightness and color capabilities of the Ball.

The beauty and energy efficiency of the Centennial Ball inspired the building owners of One Times Square to build the permanent Big Ball weighing nearly six tons and twelve feet in diameter. The 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles are illuminated by 32,256 Philips Luxeon LEDs. This Big Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball is now a year-round attraction sparkling above Times Square  in full public view January through December.


The actual notion of a ball “dropping” to signal the passage of time dates back long before New Year’s Eve was ever celebrated in Times Square. The first “time-ball” was installed atop England’s Royal Observatory at Greenwich in 1833. This ball would drop at one o’clock every afternoon, allowing the captains of nearby ships to precisely set their chronometers (a vital navigational instrument).

Around 150 public time-balls are believed to have been installed around the world after the success at Greenwich, though few survive and still work. The tradition is carried on today in places like the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, where a time-ball descends from a flagpole at noon each day – and of course, once a year in Times Square, where it marks the stroke of midnight not for a few ships’ captains, but for over one billion people watching worldwide.

Check out the Orange County New Years list below.  And if you have one you’d like us to add, please let us know. We at my Local OC hope you have a safe New Years. And the year 2022 brings health, happiness, and prosperity.

The Time Square Ball Dropping on 12/31/2002

From the Team @ My Local OC
My Local OC Serving the Orange County Lifestyle

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Anaheim   Dec. 31    Countdown to 2022 @ STC GardenWalk    400 W Disney Way   Website
Anaheim   Dec. 31    New Years Eve 2022    1601 S. Anaheim Blvd   Website
Anaheim   Dec. 31    One Nation Under a Groove New Year’s Eve Celebration    440 S Anaheim Blvd   Website
Anaheim   Dec. 31    NYE Dinner    1025 E Ball Rd   Website
Anaheim   Dec. 31    Veteran’s New Year’s Eve Event    24001 Santa Ana Canyon   Website
Buena Park   Dec. 31    New Year’s Eve Party    7115 Beach Blvd   Website
Costa Mesa   Dec. 31    New Year’s Eve 2022 with James Hype    1875 Newport Blvd #B245   Website
Costa Mesa   Dec. 31    New Year’s Eve 2022 : 80s New Wave Edition Dance Party    2968 Randolph Ave #2   Website
Costa Mesa   Dec. 31    New Years Eve 2022    130 East 17th St   Website
Costa Mesa   Dec. 31    New Years Eve @Social Costa Mesa    512 W 19th St   Website
Costa Mesa   Dec. 31    Strut New Years Eve 2022 Winter Palace Ball    719 West 19th St   Website
Costa Mesa   Dec. 31    Bling in the New Year    330 East 17th St   Website
Costa Mesa   Dec. 31    New Year’s Eve Around the World at Center Club    650 Town Center Dr   Website
Costa Mesa   Dec. 31    New Year’s Eve Flamenco Dinner Show Experience    1870 Harbor Blvd   Website
Dana Point   Dec. 31    New Year’s Eve at 33 North    1 Monarch Beach Resort North   Website
Fullerton   Dec. 31     New Year’s Eve 2022- OC Singles Party – Couples Welcome    114 East Commonwealth Ave   Website
Garden Grove   Dec. 31    Ring in 2022 in glitz and glam at #NovaOC    12361 Chapman Ave   Website
Huntington Beach   Dec. 31    2022 OC New Year’s Eve Party – Gatsby’s House    21080 Pacific Coast Hwy   Website
Huntington Beach   Dec. 31    Back to the 80’s New Year’s Eve Party!    7561 Center Ave #49   Website
Huntington Beach   Dec. 31    New Years Eve 2022 Huntington Beach Bar Crawl -All Access Pass to 6+ Venues    300 Pacific Coast Highway   Website
Huntington Beach   Dec. 31    New Year’s Eve at Treehouse Lounge    21080 California 1   Website
Huntington Beach   Dec. 31    Cheers to 2022 at Henry’s    21100 Pacific Coast Highway   Website
Irvine   Dec. 31    New Year’s Eve In Hive and Honey    7905 Irvine Center Dr   Website
Irvine   Dec. 31    New Year’s Eve Party    17877 Von Karman Ave #110   Website
Irvine   Dec. 31    Orange County NYE 2022 Persian Party    18000 Von Karman Ave   Website
Irvine   Dec. 31    Ring Out The Old, Ring In The New    100 Pulsar   Website
La Habra   Dec. 31    Happy Noon Year    301 South Euclid St   Website
Laguna Beach   Dec. 31    Hotel Laguna’s Roaring Return New Year’s Eve Celebration    425 South Coast Highway   Website
Laguna Beach   Dec. 31    Sueños Laguna Beach New Year Dinner And Midnight Champagne Toast    222 Ocean Ave   Website
Laguna Hills   Dec. 31    New Years Eve — Swinging 60’s Party — British Rock    25205 La Paz Rd   Website
Mission Viejo   Dec. 31    MV Elks New Years Eve Masquerade Party    25092 Marguerite Parkway   Website
Newport Beach   Dec. 31    Steamers JAZz At CampusJAX, A New York New Year’s Eve!    3950 Campus Dr   Website
Newport Beach   Dec. 31    End Of The Year Party    3845 Birch St   Website
Newport Beach   Dec. 31    New Year’s Eve Bay View Four Course Wine Dinner    1221 West Coast Highway   Website
Newport Beach   Dec. 31    New Year’s Eve Lighthouse Buffet Dinner    1221 West Coast Highway   Website
Newport Beach   Dec. 31    Topside ‘Til Midnight    3300 Newport Blvd   Website
Newport Beach   Dec. 31    Newport Sharkeez OPEN BAR New Years Eve    114 McFadden Pl   Website
Newport Beach   Dec. 31    New Year’s Eve Yacht Party    2431 West Coast Hwy  Website
Newport Beach   Dec. 31    OC’S BEST NEW YEAR’S EVE 2022 BASH    4647 Macarthur Blvd   Website
Newport Beach   Dec. 31    New Year’s Eve James Bond Themed Celebration    1221 West Coast Highway   Website
Orange   Dec. 31    New Years Eve at the Tartan Room    2652 N Tustin St   Website
Orange   Dec. 31    New Year 2022 Persian Party    100 The City Drive South   Website
Orange   Dec. 31    Orange, CA- Dave & Buster’s New Year’s Eve 2022- LateNight21+    20 City Blvd. West Building G Suite 1   Website
Placentia   Dec. 31    New Year’s Eve Celebration!    148 Yorba Linda Blvd   Website
Santa Ana   Dec. 31    2022 OC New Year’s Eve Party @theCopperDoor    225 N Broadway   Website
Santa Ana   Dec. 31    Lava’s New Year Eve Bash    416 W 4th St   Website
Santa Ana   Dec. 31    First New Years Eve White Party    3672 S Bristol St   Website
Tustin   Dec. 31    NYE 2022 at Bar Louie Tustin    2467 Park Ave   Website

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Patricia Braun is the Owner and Publisher of My Local OC. She has been in Marketing for over 20-years and considers it a privilege to work in an industry that is not only her area of expertise but her passion as well.

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