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New Year’s Eve 2019 – complete insider’s guide

Are you ready to ring in the new year at Universal Studios Hollywood?

On this page, we’ll discuss all the festivities that are happening at both Universal’s theme park and at CityWalk. Be prepared to party like it’s 1999!

Updated: November 29, 2018

EVE 12.31.19 at Universal Studios Hollywood


EVE is an all-new holiday celebration. Taking its name from its counterpart over at Universal Orlando Resort, which is situated at CityWalk Orlando, the West Coast event occurs inside of Universal Studios Hollywood only.

Here is a quick rundown of what you need to know for EVE 12.31.19:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood theme park is open from 8:00 am to 2:00 am (all rides and attractions close at 1:00 am, with other select rides and attractions closing earlier)
  • EVE entertainment begins at 9:00 pm, concluding at 2:00 am
  • Included in any daytime theme park admission
  • Three live DJ party areas
  • Special drinks and food available for sale
  • Three synchronized fireworks displays, with multiple viewing areas from around the park
  • Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, featuring The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle
  • Special New Year’s Eve-themed merchandise
  • It is strongly recommended to purchase tickets online beforehand, as they may sell out

You may have additional questions about EVE, but don’t you worry – scroll down below for all the details so you can get ready to celebrate Hollywood’s biggest New Year’s Eve event!

Admission to EVE 2019

Admission to EVE 2019 is included in any daytime ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood. With that said, however, Universal is selling special tickets for those annual pass holders who wish to attend but who have blackout dates in effect for December 31. Platimum Annual Passholders may attend the event for free.

The Ultimate EVE Package is available, which includes valet parking, special VIP entrance into the park starting at 6:00 pm, dinner buffet, reserved fireworks viewing area with complimentary Champagne toast, party favors, and unlimited Universal Express access for all rides and attractions. Please note the regular VIP Experience isn’t included with the Ultimate EVE package.

Entertainment at EVE

There are three live-entertainment party areas scattered throughout Universal Studios Hollywood, with each featuring a different type of music:

  • Simpsons Plaza – Electric New Year (electronic dance music)
  • Lower Lot – Latin Beats (Latin favorites)
  • Universal Plaza – Rock the Night (pop/rock/hip-hop)

Once you’ve danced your fill, you’ll be ready for the grand finale – which is, of course, fireworks. At 12:00 am, there will be three synchronized displays, which should create one epic way to rock in 2020. There will be multiple viewing areas for the fireworks show all around the park:

  • Universal Plaza
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Lower Lot
  • Simpsons Plaza

Food and drinks at EVE

Many of the park’s restaurants will remain open during the event. In addition, there will be a selection of special desserts that will only be available starting at 9:00 pm, when EVE officially kicks off. Look for carts and restaurants all around the park to find the desserts.

Alcoholic drinks (beer, wine, champagne, etc.) will also be available exclusively during the celebration, though a valid ID will, of course, be required to purchase these. And, yes, guests will able to walk freely around Universal Studios Hollywood with their drinks.

Attractions at EVE

Most attractions will be open until 1:00 am, but please note that certain rides and shows will close earlier. Since there’s more of the latter than the former, let’s just go quickly over those right now:

New Year’s Eve celebrations at Universal CityWalk

CityWalk isn’t participating in the EVE event, but certain entertainment venues will host their own separate New Year’s Eve events.  Let’s run them down, shall we?

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe will be offering dinner packages with champagne toasts from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am. Packages will become available on at a later date.

DJ Nik at Night will be providing entertainment throughout the night.

(Hard Rock Cafe is located by the Universal Cinema, adjacent to the ET and Curious George parking garages.)

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