We’re all just days away from turning our back on the fiery wreck that was 2020 and sashaying into 2021 like Angela Bassett in Waiting to Exhale. But how can you suitably celebrate when it’s more dangerous than ever to gather or go out at all? Here are our picks for virtual NYE parties, special holiday meals to eat at home, and other ways to mark the occasion.
And remember, while it may be a bummer to spend yet another milestone sitting at home, missing friends and family, the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel is in sight, and doing anything in our power to slow the spread now makes it more likely we’ll be singing “Auld Lang Syne” with all our favorite people by our next trip around the sun.
Virtual NYE Parties and Live Streams
L.A.’s official “countdown to 2021” is all online this year, broadcasting live on Fuse. Organizers say they hope the event, which will feature appearances and performances by Steve Aoki, BIA, AQUIHAYAQUIHAY, Andrekza, and 2DEEP, will be “the biggest virtual NYE dance party on the West Coast.”
Canadian artists are banding together for this benefit stream that will raise money for restaurant and hospitality workers impacted by the pandemic. Performers include Broken Social Scene, Ruby Waters, Moscow Apartment, and more.
K-Pop fans missed the chance to see their idols this year, but BTS and other top groups are getting together for a global live stream that’s sure to activate the stan armies.
Not every holiday concert can say it’s sponsored by UNESCO, but this special event featuring French musician and composer Jean-Michel Jarre broadcasting from Notre Dame cathedral can. The event celebrates the New Year, and acts as “a digital and virtual invitation from Paris.”
Hanging out on the couch and watching the ball drop in Times Square has long been the favored NYE pastime of new parents and people unwilling to brave the amateur-hour crowds at the bars, parties, and clubs. Now everyone can participate in this time-honored tradition, minus the bundled-up hordes being teleported into your living room. The bi-coastal party, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, Billy Porter, and Lucy Hale in NYC and Ciara here in L.A., features performances by Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez, Cyndi Lauper, and Nelly, and more performers are expected to be announced in the coming days. The festivities kick off at 8 p.m. on ABC.
RSVP for this virtual show featuring Snoop, Rosario Dawzon, Bert Kreischer, and others. There will be DJs, sword swallowing (?), a virtual tour of Snoop’s “compound,” and a live countdown.
Actually airing live on December 29, “Peace Out 2020” is sending this year out to pasture with a livestream featuring Keke Palmer, Anne Hathaway, Becky G, Bob Saget, Gabriel Inglesias, Snoop Dogg, and dozens of others. Participate by posting to the #GotMeThrough2020Challenge on Facebook and Instagram.
We’re told Justin Beiber hasn’t performed a full-length concert since 2017, but he’s coming out of semi-retirement for this special NYE show, which reunites him with the same dancers from his 2010 world tour.
Hosted by Lilly Singh and Matt Steffanina, this evening of entertainment features live musical performances from a-list acts including Post Malone, Saweetie, Jack Harlow, and Steve Aoki.
Dance your way into 2021 with a virtual version of Belgian open-air Tomorrowland, taking place in a “brand-new digital venue,” organizers call NAOZ. The lineup includes David Guetta, Major Lazer, DJ Snoopadelic, Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren, and just about everybody else.
“Dawn has always been a special moment for me,” says Tycho, who has been known to surprise fans at festivals with early-morning sets. This time he’s inviting everyone to join him to celebrate the dawn of a new, and hopefully better, year, starting at 7 a.m. on New Year’s Day, broadcast live from a secluded woodland in Northern California.
All year, Eschaton has been staging online performances and parties, with a bit of interactive theater, too. For NYE, the night will feature Brita Filter, Susanne Bartsch, and Amanda Lepore.
A rare in-person NYE event, this drive-in concert at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino will feature dance music megastar (and favorite of Prince Harry) deadmau5. If you can’t make the Thursday night show, there will be an additional drive-in concerts on January 1 and 3, plus a show by deadmau5’s techno alter-ego Testpilot on the 2nd.
Promising to welcome in some “new energy” for 2021, DJ and HARD Events founder Destructo will take to switch at 5 a.m. on New Years Day for a “sunrise sermon” live stream on Twitch.
NYE Take-Out and Delivery Meals
Redbird has multiple ways to celebrate at home, including a seven-course holiday dinner available for pick-up or delivery, or a kit for a perfect pancake breakfast. Care for something more interactive? Chef Neal Fraser, bar director Tobin Shea, and wine director Josh Wibbenmeyer are all offering virtual classes to share their craft.
This chic new Hollywood bistro and wine shop will re-open from a holiday break on New Year’s Eve–just in time to fulfill your orders for Champagne, caviar, fried chicken, and cheese boards galore.
Chef Josiah Citrin’s Openaire is offering New Year’s Eve takeaway packs with fancy, Old World vibes. The menu includes oysters Rockefeller, Chateaubriand with peppercorn-brandy sauce, truffled potatoes, lobster, and, of course, caviar.
Wolfgang Puck’s flagship has assembled a NYE celebration meal sure to impress. You’ll select an entree–beef Wellington, rack of lamb, or seafood–and find it packed with elegant sides. Or opt for the “hors d’oeuvre party” (for two) and pretend you’re at a proper shindig.
There are many beautiful holiday treats at Curtis Stone’s Gwen, including a NYE dinner pack with braised short rib, potatoes au gratin, and winter veggie sides. Or stock up on a la carte dishes, pre-batched cocktails, beautiful pastries, and great wine.
Posh seafood-leaning spot Providence will set you up with a luxe NYE dinner package that includes sea urchin, Wagyu, and lots and lots of truffles. A la carte and “pantry” selections–including caviar by the ounce, luscious pasta kits, and tons of Champagne–are also available.
Death & Co. has everything you need to bring the cocktail bar experience home for the evening. The elegant NYE package features pre-made cocktails, caviar, accoutrements, and even party favors. If you prefer to pick your own cocktails or add festive desserts, you can do that, too.
New Year’s packages from Socalo include dinner–and a “hangover kit” for the next day. Feast on hanger steak arrachera, shrimp in garlic-wine sauce, potatoes, and greens before midnight; wake up to lamb birria tacos the next day. Add Mexican wine, beer, and cocktails to complete the party.
Freedman’s in Echo Park is also offering New Years Day supplies. Brunch kits will help you kick off 2021 with bagels, smoked fish, babka and more. NYE dinner service also available.
Enjoy an elegant Pasjoli NYE with this heat-and-eat kit from the acclaimed Santa Monica restaurant. The menu features caviar, shrimp cocktail, steak, potatoes, and a truffle eclair. Champagne, a souvenir flute to drink it from, and other surprises are all included.
L.A.’s modernist destination hasn’t stopped during the pandemic, they’ve just adapted their high-end cuisine for takeout. For NYE, they’re presenting a very special menu developed in collaboration with Chicago landmark Alinea.
If you’re looking to really send the year off in style, Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air will help you do just that with a super-luxe package that includes caviar service, decadent hors d’oeuvres, elegant deserts, a bottle of Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut, a party favors kit, and even a curated playlist for your at-home soirée.
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