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Five Fun New Year's Eve Events in L.A.

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Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 4:00 AM

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  • Grand Park at night with the illuminated Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain, and Los Angeles City Hall in background.
As Summer once said on The OC, "The way you spend your New Year's Eve is the way you're going to spend the rest of the year." So, who wants to squander all of 2014 taking disco naps and getting DUIs? After all, New Year's Eve doesn't always have to be about getting drunk and club-hopping. (Although we've got suggestions if you want to do that, too.)

See also: New Year's Eve: The Best Club Parties in L.A.

Los Angeles is a huge city, with a number of opportunities to sing "Auld Lang Syne" without having someone simultaneously twerking on you. So here are five fun New Year's Eve events to help you celebrate in style.

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  • RMS Queen Mary, Southampton. June, 1960
5. Passport to a New Year: Aboard the Queen Mary New Year's Eve Celebration

Is there a classier local landmark than the Queen Mary? Since sailing into Long Beach harbor in 1967, she's never left -- and neither has her old-timey spirit. This New Year's Eve, the grand ol' lady is blasting to the past with a metaphorical voyage around the world, from Bombay, Rio de Janeiro, and New York City to Cherbourg, France and the ship's birthplace: Clydebank, Scotland. Both the music and cuisine will keep with the international theme, topped off by a glorious fireworks display to help ring in 2014.

$49 - $2,999. 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, 877-342-0742

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4. New Year's Eve 2014 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

The Spanish-style Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel first opened in 1927, financed by film producer Louis B. Mayer and actors Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. In 1929, it was the site of the inaugural Academy Awards ceremony, and it's since housed guests like Marilyn Monroe, who famously posed near the Roosevelt's swimming pool. (The pool now features an underwater mural painted by none other than David Hockney.) With this kind of pedigree, it's an ideal place to usher in the new year with a lineup that includes Natalia Kills, Devin Lucien, DJ Katarina and more.

$100 - $175. 8:00p.m. - 3:00 a.m. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 800-950-7667

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