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New Year's Eve in the O.C.

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The end of the year is quickly approaching. Instead of wondering where the time went, why not just celebrate the new beginning? If you’re in the O.C., you don’t have to travel far to ring in the New Year. Here’s a guide to New Year’s Eve parties and celebrations in Orange County.

New Year’s Eve Block Party

The New Year's Eve Block Party at the O.C. Fairgounds in Costa Mesa promises food trucks, drinks, gambling, tribute bands on four stages, and carnival rides. This year, the demolition derby will return for the evening’s fun! There is no age requirement for this event; however, there are no activities scheduled for kids.

December discounted prices: General $42.50, Group (10-24) $38.50 each, Party (25+) $31.50 each and VIP $85. Ticket prices will increase the day of the event, December 31.

Special discount combo ticket is also available and includes admission to the Block Party and a Super Pass to the 2013 O.C. Fair. *Only available through December 20* .

General parking is $10 and Preferred parking is available for $20.

Together as One

Formerly held at the L.A. Sports Arena, this 18-and-over New Year's Eve concert event was moved to the Oak Canyon Park Live DJ sets and other performances from artists including Diplo, Felix Da Housecat and Duck Sauce -- among others -- will be hosted on two stages. General admission tickets are available for $75; VIP admission is $125.

First Night Fullerton

This New Year's Eve tradition that originated in Boston as a national bicentennial celebration and a performing arts focused, alcohol-free alternative for ringing in the New Year. These "First Night" celebrations have been adopted by cities throughout the country. Fullerton is the first and only city hosting a "First Night" festival in Orange County, featuring live music and entertainment, rides for the kids, art exhibits, ice skating and more. General admission is free; however a $2-$7 fee will apply to kids rides and select activities.

Newport Beach Yacht Party

How do you ring in the New Year in the O.C. if you're in the affluent beach city of Newport Beach? You have a yacht party, that's how. This 21-and-over New Year's Eve Yacht party cruise through Newport Harbor features live entertainment, an open bar, and a catered meal. Boarding begins at 8:30 p.m. and the yacht returns to the dock at 1:00 p.m. Table reservations start at $100 and VIP seating is available for $300. This event has sold out eight years in a row, so book your reservations early.

Lemon Drop New Year’s Party

The Lemondrop Club hosts this New Year's bash at the Embassy Suites in Santa Ana featuring a live band, a DJ, dancing, singles and a catered meal. Admission is $85 and advanced registration is required. Visit the website for more details and to purchase tickets online.

A Midnight Kiss

Billed as the most romantic New Year's Eve event in Orange County, this event hosted at the Wyndam Hotel in Costa Mesa promises four dance floors and an open bar. Tickets start at $100; couples get in for $185. VIP tickets start at $125 and include a specialty bar. Special table packages are also available for a hefty price. Visit the website to purchase tickets online.
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