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12 ways to celebrate New Year's Eve 2012 in Los Angeles

People celebrate on New Year's Eve as fireworks illuminate the sky at the Universal CityWalk early Jan. 1, 2008.
People celebrate on New Year's Eve as fireworks illuminate the sky at the Universal CityWalk early Jan. 1, 2008.
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It’s time to celebrate New Year’s Eve again! If you’re sick of sitting around your home or looking for a house party to go to, here’s a look at some of the big New Year’s Eve happenings around Los Angeles.

Universal CityWalk

You can celebrate New Year’s at CityWalk for $15 — or $55 for parking, which includes admission. The festivities start at 4 p.m., with live music and fireworks at midnight. Kids are free.

New Year’s Eve in downtown Long Beach

Long Beach offers a free celebration at the waterfront starting at 5 p.m., with music and fireworks. However, they’ve got another tier of celebration on Pine Avenue, with advance tickets running $15.

Hollywood New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl

Maybe you need a few drinks as you say goodbye to 2012. You can do that with a $20 ticket offering drink specials at various Hollywood bars in a New Year’s pub crawl.

Together As One

If you’re into dance music and looking for somewhere to rock your moves, you can check out the annual Together As One (TAO) party, being held this year at the Shrine Exposition Hall. Tickets will run you $100 and up, plus fees. Check out highlights from last year’s event:

White Wonderland

Also in the fancy dance party category, we’ve got White Wonderland, where wearing white after Labor Day is mandatory. This one will run you $99. Watch the strange CGI trailer for it below:

The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach

If you’re looking for some entertainment that is perhaps a little more tame, or you’re just looking to laugh on New Year’s Eve, you can come out to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach. Their New Year’s Eve event is hosted by Jay Leno, with a lineup that also includes Kathleen Madigan, Jim Brogan and Jim Edwards. Tickets are $110.

Idina Menzel at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

Broadway star Idina Menzel, who you might know from “Rent,” “Wicked” or even “Glee” (she’s Rachel’s mom), is playing two shows at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on New Year’s Eve. Tickets start at $60, plus fees. Watch her deliver her signature song, “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked,” in concert:

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New Year’s Eve aboard the Queen Mary

You can spend your New Year’s Eve at sea (kind of) aboard the Queen Mary, featuring fireworks and a variety of musical options, from ’80s cover band Knyght Ryder (true story) to the Disco Kings, dueling pianos, jazz, a lounge pianist and DJs. Tickets start at $109.

Susan Feniger’s Street Is Getting Even — A New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Dinner

Want to put your detection skills to the test this new year? Enjoy some fancy food and a chance to play Sherlock Holmes with chef Susan Feniger. Dinner and murder tickets are $65.

Cleopatra’s New Year’s Eve Ball at the Egyptian

You can enjoy a Hollywood landmark this new year by attending this event at the Egyptian Theatre playing top 40 and hip-hop, along with a balloon drop and an open bar. Tickets are $95.

More concerts

Want some music? A couple highlights are Cake playing the Wiltern and the raucous Vaud & The Villains at Fais Do Do.

Wherever you spend your New Year’s Eve, make sure to play it safe — Metro is offering free rail and bus rides to help you get around safe during your celebrations so that you can wake up to enjoy the Rose Parade on New Year's Day.