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Best Places To See New Year's Eve Fireworks In OC

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Make your New Year's Eve memorable with fireworks, entertainment, art, style and dancing at these fun Orange County celebrations. You can spend a family night with Mickey and Minnie or have an adults-only evening with culture, dressy attirel and, of course, cocktails.

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Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620
(714) 220-5200

This alcohol-free New Year's event is ideal for those who prefer to celebrate without drinking or desire a family-friendly outing to ring in 2014. With live entertainment, face painting, balloon art and plenty of tasty food on site, as well as within walking distance to the downtown Buena Park area, Knott's Berry Farm is the place to be. Additionally, one of the most special aspects of the evening is the 10-minute fireworks show held at midnight. Gather those who mean most for a festive gathering under the stars.

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1313 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 520-5060

Disneyland provides adults and children alike with entertainment, joy and memories so welcoming the new year with Mickey and Minnie is sure to be a unforgettable experience for all. Visitors can enjoy the impressive fireworks show illuminated behind the Disney Magic Castle and celebrate with some renowned Disney stars. The live music will encourage you to get on the dance floor; who knows, you may be shaking it next to your favorite Disney character.

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First Night In Fullerton
125 E. Wilshire Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 738-6545

First Night in Fullerton is a family-friendly New Year's Eve festivity that was initially developed in Boston almost 40 years ago. The annual event was created to support the arts and serve as a different celebratory option rather than drinking on the holiday. Attendees can enjoy carnival rides, food, entertainment and fireworks. Now this popular gathering can be experienced in hundreds of cities in America and Canada. After experiencing First Night in Fullerton, you could be enticed to experience the event in another community.

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The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 342-0738

Celebrate this New Year's Eve in style on the historical Queen Mary. In addition to a lovely fireworks show, visitors will get the opportunity to "cruise" through different parts of the world including India, Brazil, France, New York and Scotland. Attendees will get to experience several cultural and artistic aspects of each destination including henna tattoos, hookah and exciting performances by can-can, samba and Rockette dancers. Several event packages are offered; you can even stay aboard this legendary ship overnight to keep the celebration going until New Year's Day. Learn more about the variety of tickets that can be purchased for your special evening on the website.

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Heat Ultra Lounge
321 W. Katella Ave., Suite 214
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 776-4328

Dance the night away at Heat Ultra Lounge this New Year's Eve. This 21-and-older event will have a champagne toast, a fun countdown with confetti and balloons and views of the Disneyland fireworks show to mark the beginning of 2014. You can enjoy your favorite cocktails at the full bar and wear your favorite party dress or dapper attire for the celebration. General admission is $20 and V.I.P. tickets are $25.

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Stacy Brecht is a professional writer, dancer, marketer and model in the Los Angeles area. Brecht also enjoys traveling, wine, fitness training, volunteering, movies and trying new restaurants. Her work can be found at


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