Orange County Great Park's Inaugural Family New Year's Eve Celebration

IRVINE - Come make New Year's Eve a Great Night for the whole family at the first ever Great Park Family New Year's Eve celebration. Enjoy the final hours of 2011 with an evening filled with live music and dance, food and fun for all ages in a safe, alcohol-free environment on Saturday, December 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Great Night! A Great Park Family New Year's Eve will count down to 2012 on East Coast time, culminating at 9:00 p.m. with the Great Park Balloon descending simultaneously with the Times Square ball drop in New York. Admission is free, and parking is $10.

The event will reflect music and images of each decade from the 1940s to the present. Local dance groups will perform dances from each era, and everyone can get down as a DJ plays tunes from the disco era in the Hangar 244 Lounge.

Southland Mega Groove, a popular 5-piece band with versatile vocalists, will rock the night away with songs from across the decades, starting at 7:00 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. when the Park transforms into a party atmosphere in time to ring in the New Year with a pop of streamers, party hats and noise makers.

Visitors will be able to see military vehicles and vintage cars and kids can create artistic crafts, enjoy carousel rides and everyone can dine on delicious food available from a variety of gourmet food vendors. Visitors can also send New Years Eve photos to friends and family and post them on Facebook from one of four special high-tech photo booths on site.

The Orange County Great Park is located at Sand Canyon and Marine Way, and can easily be reached by the 5 or 405 freeways. For more information, please visit or call 866-829-3829.

About the Great Park
The Orange County Great Park, with its 1,347-acre master plan, is the focal point of the redevelopment of the publicly-owned portion of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro. The Great Park features an iconic tethered helium balloon that rises 400 feet in the air, providing an aerial view of Park development. Other features include the Carousel, Farm + Food Lab, Kids Rock Playground, Walkable Timeline, Palm Court Arts Complex, North Lawn recreation area and historic Hangar 244. The South Lawn lighted soccer fields and Community Garden will be added in 2012. For more information go to