A delicious and fun 2011

Local New Year's options range from excellent food to fun-filled events at nearby venues.

December 23, 2010|By Candice Baker
(Courtesy Orange…)

"For auld lang syne, my dear,

for auld lang syne,

We'll take a cup of kindness yet,

for auld lang syne."

In part two of our holiday entertainment series, we provide options for the New Year. Those planning to begin a diet Jan. 1 should pay particular attention to the Dec. 31 dining options, and while there are plenty of choices for those looking to hit the clubs, this year also boasts an attractive assortment of elegant celebrations. Here is a handful of options; for more, visit our event calendar online.

Shall we dance?

Waltz into 2011 with the "Salute to Vienna" concert at 8 p.m. Jan. 1 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center's Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. The famous touring concert is the only genuine recreation of the famous Viennese Neujahrskonzert (New Year's Concert). Enjoy musicians, dancers and more — like the Strauss Symphony of America, Mika Eichenholz, Patricia Nessy, Alexandru Badea and dancers from Vienna City Ballet — in Strauss waltzes, polkas and more. Tickets are $45 and up. Call (714) 556-2787 or


A Flashback Friday

One of the biggest contenders in town will be the O.C. Fair New Year's Eve Block Party at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, featuring several stages of top tribute bands that honor the music of the decades. Enjoy tributes to the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Beach Boys, Heart, Journey, Led Zeppelin, Depeche Mode, Oingo Boingo, Morrissey and the Smiths, the Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam and U2 — as well as a countdown celebration to 2011, a selection of more than 50 food trucks, two demolition derbies (for an additional fee), a hypnotist, two deejays, a karaoke bar, pyrotechnics display and more. Tickets are $25 and up; for $45, get a block party ticket and a season pass for the 2011 O.C. Fair. Visit

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