Decoding the Hype: Is Catalina Island Worth A Visit For New Year’s Eve 2023?

As the countdown to New Year’s Eve begins, Avalon on Catalina Island transforms into a hub of festivities, offering a variety of experiences to suit every reveler’s taste.

For those seeking a glamorous night out, the formal dinner and dancing gala at the Casino Ballroom is one of the biggest events in Avalon. Tickets are notoriously hard to come by, so check availability here to secure your spot at this extravagant affair.

Looking to unwind before or after a night of celebration? While we are closed NYE, Catalina Sea Spa has you covered. Book a massage on the 30th of December or indulge in a rejuvenating session on New Year’s Day. Each massage table at Catalina Sea Spa boasts heated beds and high-end soft sheets for a truly luxurious experience. Book Here for a pampering start to the New Year.

If you prefer a more low-key celebration, the local bars in Avalon promise lively NYE parties. Among the top bars to find the action, Luau Larry’s is a staple for tourists and locals alike. Known for their special drink, the Wickey Waker, and live music, Luau Larry’s is the perfect spot for a festive evening with good snacks and bar food. Don’t forget to pick up their famous straw hat (widely seen up and down Front Street after a busy weekend).

El Galleon, usually a mid-higher restaurant by day, transforms into a karaoke haven at night. Legends have graced the mic over the years, and you can enjoy the action from the “wall” in front of the restaurant for a bird’s eye view if you want to take the noise level down an octave.

JL’s Locker Room, is the go-to spot for all locals after work. On NYE they take it next level there and it’s a straight up party. With one of the local bands playing, plan on dancing and meeting new peeps. They will have some sort of meal and snacks for the event, so you won’t go hungry. If you want to mingle with locals this is the place. Be on the lookout for your front desk attendant and server from dinner because they will all be there.

For those daring enough to kick off the New Year with a plunge, the Polar Bear Plunge on January 1st at the Casino Dive Park awaits. Hosted by the city of Avalon, this event, including a 1-mile swim, is attended by locals and welcomes all who are up for the challenge. Get more information here and decide if you’re ready for a unique start to the year.

Avalon on Catalina Island does emerge as a destination for New Year’s Eve celebrations, offering the spectrum from glitz and glamour of the formal gala at the Casino Ballroom to the lively NYE parties at local bars like Luau Larry’s, El Galleon, and JL’s Locker Room, there’s a celebration for everyone. Avalon promises an unforgettable start to 2024. Cheers to a spectacular New Year’s Eve on Catalina Island!