It’s that time again, Los Angeles: New Year’s Eve in Grand Park. The relatively new annual tradition is in its fifth year, and as always, promises to be a free, family-friendly spectacle of light and live music, including a 3D projection on City Hall.
The party in Grand Park means that some streets around the park will be shuttered starting this weekend to make space for revelers.
Street and freeway off-ramp closures
Starting 10 a.m. December 30, the following streets will close. All streets will re-open by noon January 1.
- Spring Street between Temple and Second streets
- North Broadway between Temple and Second streets
- Hill Street between Temple and Second streets
- Olive between First and Second streets
- First Street between Grand Avenue and Main Street
How to get there
Feeling like driving isn’t the way to get to this party? Hop on the train. The Red and Purple lines offer easy access to the park via the Civic Center/Grand Park station. It’s also a short walk to the park from the Gold Line’s Little Tokyo/Arts District station.
Those traveling via the subway should note that the Temple Street access point into the Civic Center/Grand Park station will be closed until midnight January 31. After midnight, the portal will re-open for exits only, to help people clear out from the park festivities. (The First Street portal to the station will remain open for the whole event.)
Metro will once again offer 24-hour service on New Year’s Eve. Fares will be free from 9 p.m. December 31 to 2 a.m. January 1.
There will also be free bike valet at Second Street and Broadway. Drop your bike off in a secure, attended parking area and pick it up in 2018.
People taking an Uber or Lyft to Grand Park on New Year’s Eve are asked to use 111 Los Angeles Street as the endpoint. That address will have riders dropped off a block away from the event’s First and Main entrance.
Grand Park is usually the brightest show in Downtown on New Year’s, but this year, there will be the added draw of a second light show to welcome 2018. The Financial District’s Wilshire Grand is counting down to 2018 with a light show and a special display on its crown. It should be visible from 15 miles away, light show creators say.