Top Seven Things to Do in OC on New Year's Eve

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Doug Neil
​Did you wait until the last minute to make plans for New Year's Eve? Instead of truckin' to LA, you can enjoy some celebratory fun right here in Orange County. Although we don't have any major bands floating through, we found some cool venues, ideas and hot spots at which to ring in the New Year.

'80s Prom NYE!
Alex's Bar is celebrating the end of 2010 in grand style--and if it means anything to you, this is where we're going to be. Alex's Bar's '80s Prom New Year's Eve celebration features music from none other than the greatest '80s karaoke band on the planet, Mr. Mister Miyagi. Booze, dancing, more booze and plenty of drunk folks belting out gems such as "Don't Stop Believing" in front of hundreds of people wearing sequins and shoulder pads--what a glorious way to end the decade! (Staff)
Cost: $10

2. New Year's Eve Aboard the Queen Mary!
Start the year out in style! Experience five onboard parties, each of which holds a little something for everybody. Enjoy jazz in one of the historic salons; sing along to Dueling Pianos; and put on your dancing shoes for big band, disco and all-night sets by a local DJ. (Staff)
Cost: $99

3. Sugar Ray and Donavon Frankenreiter
If you don't have New Year's Eve plans, we have the perfect solution. SoCal natives Donavon Frankenreiter and Sugar Ray are co-headlining at the Grove. Openers include Timmy Curran, Tom Curren and the Ken Garcia Band. A $60 VIP ticket includes tier 1 access, preshow hors d'oeurves, and champagne. (Danielle Bacher)
Cost: $37.50-$60

4. Ring in the New Year with Comedian Pablo Francisco
If you don't know who Pablo Francisco is, then you must be in dire need of a good laugh. If so, you deserve this holiday gift. This standup (and Internet) sensation is performing four nights of shows that promise to end and start your year off smiling. From Dec. 30 through Jan. 2, Pablo will bring his jokes and impressions to the Irvine Improve, along with some special guests. With nonstop energy and talent, Pablo Francisco is that one present you didn't get but you know you totally wanted. Trust us.
Cost: $25

5. OC Fair's New Year's Eve Block Party
The OC Fair New Year's Eve Block Party offers great fun in a casual setting. No black ties here! More than 50 gourmet food trucks will satisfy every appetite, plus you'll find live tribute bands, DJs and karaoke, as well as a demolition derby. Tribute bands include Jumping Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones), Journey Unauthorized (Journey), Dead Man's Party (Oingo Boingo), Stepping Feet (Dave Matthews Band) and more. (Staff)
Cost: $35

6. Hotel Party at the Hilton
Party with OC's finest at Orange County's Massive New Year's Eve Hotel Party (NYEOC)! Celebrate and count down at the Hilton Hotel in Costa Mesa/South Coast, off the 405 freeway, with 5,000 people in style. The event is 21 and over; open 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.; and features two levels, six ballroom areas, general-admission and VIP areas, a VIP casino area, party favors, live music, DJs, and more. Online sales at offer Early Birds specials as low as 60 percent off; ticket prices start at $35 for general admission and $120 for VIP. Bottle service and couches are available. (Staff)
Cost: $35
7. Rebelution NYE Party with the Aggrolites and Stranger
Roll into 2011 with the Rebelution New Year's Party, featuring special guests Stranger. All tickets for the House of Blues event include a champagne toast at midnight (must be 21+) and party favors. Call now for special "Happy Hour With Rebelution" and dinner packages. (Staff)
Cost: $47.50-$97.50

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