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Three days of New Year's

Here's where to spend your time

Posted: December 23, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Updated: December 23, 2011 6:00 a.m.

New Year’s Day is on a Sunday and the Rose Parade/Bowl on a Monday, so you’ve got three days to fill next weekend. Here’s what to do.

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Maybe you get Monday off, maybe you don't. But with the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl moving to Monday, this New Year's Eve weekend will be a long one. If you are looking for things to do, here you go:

New Year's Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31

21516 Golden Triangle Road
Saugus, CA 91350
(661) 253-4386
Bring the whole family and celebrate New Year's Eve at Mountasia Fun Center from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. You get 10 hours of fun for $20 per person, which includes unlimited Lazer Tag, Rock Wall, Go Karts, Bumper Boats and Miniature Golf. All regular tickets and packages will also be available. Play at Mountasia Fun Center and get home in plenty of time to watch the ball drop, If it rains, there will be a special package deal available for indoor attractions, too. Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour will be open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Placerita Canyon Nature Center
19152 Placerita Canyon Road
Newhall, CA 91321
(661) 259-7721
The Nature Center will be open as usual on Saturday, Dec. 31 and Sunday, Jan. 1. Saturday there is a Nature Walk at 11 a.m. and an Animal Show at 1 p.m.

Carnivale di Venezia
Repertory East Playhouse
24266 Main St.
Newhall, CA 91321
(661) 288-0000
Celebrate New Year's Eve with music, dancing, elegant food and libations at the Repertory East Playhouse with Carnivale di Venezia NYC. Festivities begin at 8 p.m., with revelers asked to don formal wear and Carnivale-themed masks. This year the evening will have a distinct Big Apple vibe, as guests will be "transported" to the iconic sites and experiences of New York City, including a midnight countdown and ball drop in Times Square. Reservations must be made in advance for this party, and tickets are $60 per person. Included in the ticket price is a petite buffet by RSVP, The Catering Company, complimentary wine by Engelmann Cellars and a champagne toast to ring in the New Year. Mixed drinks and beer will also be available for purchase in The Hydeaway Lounge. Guests needing Carnivale masks can purchase them locally at A Chorus Line, 23330 Cinema Dr. - (661) 253-0300. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (661) 288-0000.

Big Band New Year's Eve
Robinson Ranch
27734 Sand Canyon Road
Canyon Country, CA 91387
(661) 254-5218
Swing into 2012 and benefit Circle of Hope at the same time at a big band New Year's Eve gala at Robinson Ranch, from 7 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 31. The event will include music from Jimmy McConnell's 18-piece swing band, a full, no-host bar, buffet dinner and casino. Tickets are $100 per person. Table sponsorships are available at reasonable rates. For tickets and information visit or call (661) 254-5218.

J.R.'s Comedy Club
at Marie Callender's lounge
27630 The Old Road
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 259-2291
Two New Year's Eve shows will be offered at J.R.'s. The East Coast New Year's celebration will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature comedians Brian Sheil and Quinn Dahle. The West coast New Year's celebration will be held from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, and feature the same performers. Tickets at $65 per person and include dinner, champagne toast, party favors and noisemakers. Make your reservations early.

Salt Creek Grille
24415 Town Center Drive, #115
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 222-9999
Dave Ford & the Last Set will perform at Salt Creek on New Year's Eve from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and party favors and champagne will help revelers start 2012. The regular dinner menu will be offered until 11 p.m., along with chef's specials: appetizer specials are ahi tartare for $13.95 or baked brie for $13.95, soup and salad includes butternut squash soup for $6.95 and warm spinach salad for $7.95. Entrees include filet mignon and crab cake for $34.95 or salmon stuffed with scallops, shrimp and crab for $29.95. The special dessert will be raspberry white chocolate soufflé for $6.95.

New Year's Eve Train
Fillmore & Western Railway
(805) 524-2546
What better way to bring in the New Year than a magical evening journey on the Fillmore & Western Railway Co. vintage passenger train? During the trip, enjoy an elegant dinner prepared and served onboard while character actors entertain you as famous "Hollywood personalities." After dinner, dance in the social car and party ‘til the new year arrives.
A midnight champagne toast, complete with party favors, highlights the evening. After the clock strikes 2012, return to the Fillmore station with an evening full of memories. When making reservations, passengers choose their entrees from roast prime rib, chicken cordon bleu, blackened pork chops or vegetarian pasta. The train boards at 7:30 p.m., departs Fillmore's downtown Central Park station at 8 p.m. and returns at approximately 12:30 a.m. on New Year's Day. Adults 21 years and older only on this party train - $110 per person includes tax. Call Fillmore & Western Railway Co. at (805) 524-2546 to make your reservations or visit

Sunday, Jan. 1

Glacier Slide Polar Bear Swim
Santa Clarita Aquatics Center
20850 Centre Pointe Parkway
Saugus, CA 91350
Aquatics office (661) 250-3766
The sixth annual Glacier Slide Polar Bear Swim will splash at 9 a.m. on Jan. 1. The Aquatic Center doors open at 8:45 a.m. Take a chilly ride down the waterslide. Enjoy coffee and hot chocolate after the plunge. There will be a commemorative gift for anyone that participates. The event is free to the public and spectators are welcome. Advance registration is encouraged.

Monday, Jan. 2

Rose Parade  
The 123rd Rose Parade will take place on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 at 8 a.m. Enjoy the excitement of this morning in the tradition and pageantry of majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands. The parade will be broadcast on KTLA 5 and Grandstand seating for the Rose Parade is available through Sharp Seating Company, the official Grandstand Seating Provider, at (626) 795-4171 through Dec. 31. Every person, regardless of age, must have a ticket to sit in the grandstands. However, if a child is two years of age or younger he/she may sit on an adult's lap. Curbside viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis. Pasadena allows the occupancy of curbside space along the Parade route beginning at noon on the day before the parade.


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