December 26th, 2017


HAPPY ALMOST NEW YEAR! This Monday is the time to celebrate another great year in Marina del Rey and get ready for an epic 2018—and since there’s so much going on all around us, you’re bound to have a downright delightful night! From family-friendly parties at Burton Chace Park and grown-up soirées by the water to champagne cruises and decadent buffets, there’s going to be no shortage of festive options.

Here are some can’t-miss happenings you’ll want to check out. If reservations are needed, remember to book asap because a lot of these events are selling out fast. Be safe, have fun and enjoy a healthy, happy New Year, everyone. We’ll see you in 2018!


Marina del Rey’s New Year’s Eve Glow Party + Fireworks

Beautiful Burton Chace Park is always at the center of Marina del Rey’s best celebrations and the super fun New Year’s party will be one to remember. Bring your whole family down to the park at 7 pm for their Glow Party and enjoy Food Trucks, free giveaways and a ton of activities and features, ranging from live DJs, dance music and dancers to a circuit breaker robot, bubbles, face painting and much more. Make sure you stick around until at least 9 pm, when the first fireworks display will dazzle the crowd for 10 glorious minutes. If you miss the 9 pm display (which will countdown with the famous Times Square ball drop), don’t worry—the midnight fireworks will be just as incredible. Admission is free but RSVPs are appreciated.

Marina del Rey Hotel’s “Midnight on the Marina”

The Marina del Rey Hotel’s second annual New Year’s Eve Celebration is poised to be an outstanding night filled with music, cocktails, a gorgeous setting by the harbor and of course, a prime view of the two spectacular fireworks displays. Three DJs will be on-hand to keep the dancing and energy going strong, plus the Yacht Club Scoundrels will play live on the event lawn. Cocktail attire is recommended—afterall, you want to look snazzy for the New Year!

All tickets include entrance into the event, plus party favors and a red-carpet photo. Here are the ticket levels available (purchase here):

$40 for General Admission

$125 for All-Night Open Bar

$85 for Pre-Game Open Bar (8 pm to 10 pm)

$75 for Champagne Bar (unlimited Champagne from 11:30 pm to 12:30 am)


Hornblower’s New Year’s Eve Dessert & Cocktail Cruise with Fireworks

The quintessential Marina-style New Year’s celebration is, of course, a party on the harbor—aboard a festive Hornblower yacht to be exact. Book your spot on the three-hour Dessert & Cocktail Cruise for an amazing evening, where you’ll enjoy delicious tray-passed (and displayed) appetizers and desserts; drinks available for purchase; party favors; a great DJ; a Champagne toast; and a front-row seat to the Marina’s breathtaking fireworks display at midnight.

Boarding begins at 9:30 pm and tickets are $130 per adult/$117 for seniors and military. Book soon!


Dine Out New Year’s Style

Marina-area restaurants are going full-throttle in the decadent department with mouthwatering menus designed just for the New Year celebration. Aside from the excellent food, you’ll find swell party opportunities happening, as well, so check out the details of some of the most popular hotspots. Remember most prices don’t include tax and tip so be sure to take care of your servers!

Café del Rey
4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey

Café del Rey has a special three-course NYE menu with a number of fab items to choose from, including Lobster Bisque, Venison Carpaccio, Filet Mignon, and a yummy Key Lime Verrine (similar to trifles). The price is $90 per person, not including tax or tip.

Tony Ps
4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey

Book a dining reservation at Tony Ps for after 9 pm on December 31st and you’ll keep that table until 2018! That means you can nosh on your favorite Tony Ps dishes (maybe indulge in ½ pound of Alaskan King Crabs + a filet for $29.95 or for plant-based lovers, dig into their Teriyaki Bowl with tofu!)—and then enjoy free admittance into the Tavern for DJ-ed music and dancing, plus party favors, a balloon drop and Champagne toast. If you want to head back to your seat at the restaurant for dessert or just a breather, no problem, it will be waiting for you. *The Tavern party is $10 for guests not dining at Tony Ps.

SALT at the Marina del Rey Hotel
13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey

In addition to the Midnight in the Marina Party, the Marina del Rey Hotel’s wonderful SALT restaurant is offering an incredible prix-fixe dinner, priced at $100.00. Before we go into the menus and get your mouth watering, be aware that they’re filling up really fast—in fact, their 7 pm and 9 pm seatings are already booked solid! But it’s still worth calling to see if there’s anything available for their 5 pm seating—you never know. If you score a reservation, here’s what you can look forward to: Local Farm Lettuce Salad with 24-month aged Reggiano; a Norwegian Halibut with Black Truffles, Apples and Cabbage; Prime Dry-Aged Beef for the main course; and a special Valrhona chocolate dessert. YUM. Call 424-289-8288 or email right now for reservation information.

Whiskey Red’s
13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey

Buffet king Whiskey Red’s is hosting a sure-to-be fantastic New Year’s Eve soiree with a huge Champagne buffet starting at 8 pm, as well as a DJ, dancing, and awesome views of the fireworks. Expect the usual delicious suspects and more, like a raw bar, carving stations, sushi, gourmet salads, and a yummy chocolate fountain. Buy tickets now!

Prices (not including fees) vary depending on seating preferences:

$95 per person for patio seating

$85 for window seating

$75 for indoor seating


Beachside Restaurant at the Jamaica Bay Inn
4175 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey

The low-key Beachside Restaurant has their New Year’s celebration starting at 5 pm, with a custom NYE menu, live music until 10 pm and a Champagne toast at 9 pm (just as the first round of fireworks lights up the sky). Food highlights that will get your tummy growling include their special ½ dozen Kusshi Oysters and New Age Mignonette for $35 (that includes complimentary Champagne for two); a Butternut Squash Risotto (vegetarian); a Rum & Pepper Black Cod; a ½-pound Double Cheeseburger on a Brioche Bun with Fries; and their sure-to-be sinful “Study in Chocolate” dessert. Also, check out their two specialty cocktail concoctions (the Jamaican Me Crazy looks like a must-try if you’re going for decadence).


Look at these options! There’s no doubt about it—this is going to be an exceptionally amazing New Year’s in Marina del Rey. Remember, if a few Champagne toasts are on your NYE schedule, make sure to have a designated driver or schedule your Uber/Lyft. Safety and fun go hand-in-hand!

Happy New Year! ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Bonne Année! Hauʻoli makahiki hou! 明けましておめでとうございます! (ETC!) Have a marvelous December 31st/January 1st, everyone!