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Grand Park’s NYELA

Dec. 31. Countdown to 2021 during Los Angeles’ official New Year’s Eve dance and music party! This year’s event is going global with its first-ever national broadcast and streaming program featuring Steve Aoki (pictured) and artists from his new Latinx Dim Mak En Fuego record label. The event’s signature midnight countdown takes L.A. County’s New Year’s Eve tradition to new heights as 3D animated graphics highlight the resilience of Los Angeles’ community. 11 p.m. Free.

Snoop Dogg 2021 NYE Special

Dec. 31. Celebrate the new year with Snoop Dogg, Bert Kreischer, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Nettles, Cody Rhodes and more special guests live from Snoop’s compound for an epic countdown to 2021. This one-of-a-kind live virtual celebration—brought to you by TBS’ “Go-Big Show” that roasts 2020 and rings in 2021—will feature music by DJ Cassidy, DJ Battlecat and Fredwreck. In true “Go-Big Show” fashion, the NYE special will feature crazy stunts and surprise performances by Snoop Dogg’s illustrious peers. 8 p.m. Free.

Tomorrowland 31.12.2020

Dec. 31. Tune in and turn up your speakers for the Belgian electronic-dance music festival’s online New Year’s Eve bash. Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 is adapted to all 27 time zones across the world and will feature performances by more than 25 high-profile DJs across four digital stages (like the Pulse stage, pictured) in the brand-new digital entertainment venue Naoz. Participating artists in the lineup include David Guetta, Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, Meduza, Diplo and more. 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Tickets cost €20-€50 ($24.50-$61.26).

Food + Drink

Water Grill’s Market Sale

Dec. 31. For the ultimate in DIY seafood for New Year’s Eve, shop the popular market sale at Water Grill in Costa Mesa. Select from an extensive offering of shellfish—oysters, shrimp, mussels, clams, lobster and crab—to create a chilled seafood platter (offerings may vary). A variety of prep kits are available for easy cooking at home that include misoyaki Chilean sea bass, cedar plank salmon, sauteed Manila clams and barbecue shrimp. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (8:45 a.m. entry for seniors). 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 949.208.7060.

Billy’s at the Beach NYE Prix Fixe for Two

Dec. 31. Ring in the New Year with Billy’s at the Beach’s prix fixe three-course for two. Start with a choice of Caesar salad, cheese bread or clam chowder. For the main course, choose from Billy’s signature pineapple soy-glazed pork chop or skin-seared salmon—or upgrade to a filet mignon or surf ‘n’ turf. For dessert, indulge in house-made pineapple upside down cake. This NYE special also includes festive accessories and noisemakers, plus the option to add a bottle of Veuve Clicquot or two mai tais for a midnight toast. Call to preorder and then pick-up on Dec. 31 from 2 to 8 p.m. 2751 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.722.1100.

AnQi Bistro’s NYE Dinner For Two

Through Jan. 3. Indulge in an exclusive four-course New Year’s Eve dinner for two from the acclaimed House of An’s AnQi Bistro. Begin with squash and lobster bisque with chestnut gnocchi, followed by snow fish and prime ribeye (pictured). The meal ends with coffee stout sticky toffee pudding. You can also get add-ons such as An’s famous garlic noodles or roasted crab, as well as a caviar package ($65) and Champagne selections. Pre-order 48 hours in advance with pick-up available through Jan. 3. $175 per person. Adjacent to Bloomingdales at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.5679. Order Online

New Year’s Resolution Ideas

Good Eats to Your Door

Now that it’s been nearly a full year since the start of Covid-19, you might be burned out from planning and cooking meals at home. To save you the time and trouble, Daily Harvest is a foodie subscription service (weekly and monthly options) that offers ready-to-blend smoothies, savory Harvest Bowls, hearty soups and more delivered straight to your home—and ready to enjoy in minutes! After your first delivery, you have even more control of your Daily Harvest account with the opportunity to add additional items, change box sizes, swap out selections, skip a week and manage deliveries.

New Everyday Joggers

If you’ve resolved to get fit for 2021, consider the right threads to do it in style! We love the soft, comfortable feel and fit of Vuori’s Sunday Performance Jogger for him and the Daily Jogger for her. But if you’re like us, that resolution might not stick for the whole year—so not to fret. These joggers are just as perfect for that Sunday jog as it is for lounging at home for the weekend.

Plan Out Your Year

The politics of 2020 had you spinning but you aren’t quite feeling ready for 2021? Pick up the Happy Planner’s limited-edition Black Artists to Know Collection ($7.99) and get organized while also remaining committed to 2020’s movement for change. The Happy Planner has made a pledge to support and partner with talented BIPOC artists and will donate net profits from the sale of these covers to the NextGen Artist Program. So go ahead: Get organized and commit to positive change. Killin’ two birds with one stone. You got this.

Enhance Your Mood

Your sense of smell has the power to enhance your mood and overall well-being. Vitruvi’s Stone Essential Oil Diffuser has the power to do just that while also enhancing the look of your home ($119). We love the terracotta stone porcelain and how its blended herb and small batch essential oils create a sense of calm and pairs perfectly with one’s modern sensibilities. So, go ahead. Set that resolution to create calm in your life and get your daily dose with essential oils.

Photo credits: Steve Aoki courtesy Steve Aoki. Snoop Dogg courtesy Warner Media. Billy’s at the Beach courtesy The ACE Agency. All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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