Start the new year off right with these fun events for the three-day weekend.
The same team that has reimagined 90's hits like "Clueless" and "Scream" is back at it again. This time, they're doing a laugh-out-loud version of "Home Alone." The irreverent, song-filled tribute to the holiday classic is staged at the Rockwell Table & Stage, where the audience is seated at tables and can enjoy a meal or a drink or two during the show.
Before the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl crowds take over Pasadena, get to know the history and architecture of some of this city's most famous landmarks. There are two separate tours, one that explores the magnificent houses of the Pasadena Hillside neighborhood and another that showcases the buildings along Green Street and Colorado Boulevard, including the Pasadena Playhouse and the Pacific Asia Museum.
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 1, 12 p.m.
WHERE: Venice Beach Breakwater MAP
COST: $10 for adults, $5 for kids
Brave Southern Californians can start the new year with a polar bear plunge at Venice Beach. Swimmers can choose from a "fun dip" of 50 yards or go big with the 500-yard swim. Sign up where Venice Boulevard meets the ocean.
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE: Kidspace Children's Museum MAP
Perhaps the ball drop is a little bit past your little one's bedtime. They can still have a rocking New Year's Eve at this noontime celebration. Arrive at least an hour before the huge balloon drop at 12 p.m. There will be a live DJ and plenty of hats and noisemakers. Just what your kid needs, right?
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.
WHERE: Grand Park, DTLA MAP
L.A. doesn't do fireworks for New Year's Eve. Instead, there will be huge 3D digital mapping projected onto City Hall, two stages for live music and plenty of food trucks. It's all free. It's festive. And there will be thousands of Angelenos to help ring in the new year.