New Year’s Revelers Face Array of Choices, New Venues

Casa del Camino's festively lit lobby during last year's New Year's Eve.

K’ya Bistro Bar, located in the La Casa del Camino hotel, will host New Year’s Eve festivities from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m.  Guests will enjoy live entertainment featuring Andrew Corradinia in the lobby and receive complimentary appetizers and dessert.

At midnight, enjoy complimentary champagne, hats, horns and confetti to ring in 2012. For more info, call 949-376-9718.

House of Big Fish features performers James Ide and Kevin Leon Smith beginning at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31. Complementary appetizers, desserts, hats and horns are offered to patrons after 10 p.m. at the second-level restaurant, 540 S. Coast Highway.


Katsuya Transforms into Winter Wonderland


Katsuya Laguna Beach, 858 S. Coast Highway, will be hosting a Winter Wonderland New Year’s Eve party beginning at 9:30 p.m. Entertainment will feature a DJ, and guests will enjoy a premium hosted bar, appetizers, a buffet of Katsuya signature dishes and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets are $125 in advance, $150 at the door. VIP table packages are also available.  For more information, call 949-793-4030.


Romeo Cucina’s New Year’s Blast

Romeo Cucina, 249 Broadway, will be hosting a celebration with DJs, dancing, party favors and a New Year’s Eve open menu. From 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., there will be regular seating and after 9 p.m. patrons can keep their tables and party until close.


Cirque du Soiree

Pacific Edge Hotel is hosting a Cirque du Soiree New Year’s Eve Party at its new oceanside restaurant and bar, The Deck. DJs from Another Mother and Sli Dawg from SOUL Project will perform and circus-themed entertainment promises to amaze partygoers. Highlights include a custom menu, food and drink specials, a champagne toast, reserved VIP access for groups and showing of the ball drop in three time zones. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at 949-281-5703 or [email protected].




The First New Year’s Celebration at Great Park

Great Night is the first-ever Great Park Family New Year’s Eve celebration, which will provide an alcohol-free environment, live music, dancing, games, kids activities and food Saturday, Dec. 31, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

More than a dozen agencies will host carnival-style games and raffle prizes to benefit Orange County’s United Way.

At 9 p.m., as the ball drops in New York City’s Times Square, the glowing Great Park balloon will descend at park.


“Through proceeds from the United Way Midway, the Great Night celebration will help make 2012 a better year for all Orange County children and families,” said Beth Krom, the park’s chair.


Visitors will be able to see military vehicles and vintage cars and kids can create artistic crafts, enjoy carousel rides and everyone can dine on food available from gourmet food vendors. Visitors can also send New Year’s Eve photos to friends and family and post them on Facebook from special high-tech photo booths.


The Orange County Great Park is located at Sand Canyon and Marine Way, and can easily be reached by the 5 or 405 freeways. For more information, please visit or call 866-829-3829.



Block Party at the OC Fair


At the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, the second annual New Year’s Eve Block Party will kick off with bands and DJ entertainment by the decade, from the 60’s to the 90’s. The party runs from 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., including tribute bands to the Beatles, The Who, AC/DC, Elton John, David Bowie, Duran Duran, The Cure, Green Day, Pearl Jam and U2.  Cardinal rides and party zone attractions including a mechanical bull will be running for $5 a person. In addition 20 food vendors and multiple full bars will be selling beverages. Tickets are $40 per person, $36 for groups of 10 or more and $55 for Block Party admission and a 2012 OC Fair Super Pass. More information:

Comedy Club Rings in the New Year with Chuckles

Surf City Comedy Club, the county’s newest comedy club, will open on New Year’s Eve with two shows, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m., featuring comedians Bob Perkell, Jeff Capri and Mike Pace, who have performed on Showtime, HBO and Comedy Central to critical acclaim.


“This new venue allows parents to relax with an adult beverage and laugh at some of the hottest comedians in the area while their kids enjoy all of the activities Endless Food & Fun has to offer,” said Bob Perkell, Surf City Comedy’s owner.


Tickets for the dinner and show package are $50 per person. The club is located located inside of Endless Food & Fun, 7227 Edinger Avenue in Huntington Beach. 949-287-3161 for reservations.



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