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Pasadena New Year’s Eve Weekend Guide 2017

December 18, 2017

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PASADENA, CA, (December 18, 2017) – In anticipation of the upcoming New Year’s Eve weekend, when hundreds of thousands of guests are expected to attend the 129th Rose Parade® presented by Honda and the 2018 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual on Monday, January 1, 2018, the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau has prepared a list of activities and resources to assist visitors with planning their stay.


Visitor Hotline
Operating December 29 – January 1, the 34th Annual Visitor Hotline will be staffed by local volunteers within the community who will be available to answer questions regarding the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game, all parade and game-day activities, parking, hotel accommodations, dining, directions, New Year’s events and more. Visitors can access more information on

Visitor Hotline (877) 793-9911
Friday, December 29                          9 a.m. – 5 p.m. PST
Saturday, December 30                     10 a.m. – 2 p.m. PST
Sunday, December 31                       10 a.m. – 2 p.m. PST
Monday, January 1                             10 a.m. – 2 p.m. PST

Alternative Phone Numbers
Tournament of Roses 626-449-4100
Pasadena Citizen Service Center 626-744-7311


Decorating Places Presented by Giti Tire – December 28-30, 2017
Spectators have a chance to view the final stages of the magnificent parade floats before parading down Colorado Blvd. A variety of seeds, bark, fruits, grasses and flowers will be added to the floats by professionals and volunteers.

Locations: Rosemont Pavilion – 700 Seco Street, Pasadena (December 28-31) and Rose Float Plaza South – 5400 Irwindale Avenue, Irwindale (December 28-30).
Advance tickets are available through Sharp Seating Company

Equestfest Presented by Wells Fargo – Friday, December 29, 2017 at 10 a.m.
The event features the gorgeous horses and talented riders that serve as the premiere equestrian units for the 2018 Rose Parade. Watch as they perform drills, dances, trick riding and roping. Attendees can also stroll through the stables, talk to riders and learn about the various breeds while enjoying music, food and drinks and themed displays.

Location: The Los Angeles Equestrian Center – 480 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank
Advance tickets are available through Sharp Seating Company

Bandfest Presented by REMO – December 29-30, 2017
Bandfest presented by REMO will feature the outstanding bands selected to participate in the 2018 Rose Parade. Over the course of two days, each band, along with its auxiliary performers, will present the field show that has led to its success.

Location: Robinson Stadium at Pasadena City College – 1570 East Colorado Blvd.
Advance tickets are available through Sharp Seating Company

The 129th Rose Parade® presented by Honda – Monday, January 1, 2018 at 8 a.m.
Located along Colorado Blvd., the annual parade celebrates the best of Pasadena where whimsical, floral covered floats, massive marching bands, decked-out horses and other ornate participants parade for five and a half miles. Led by Grand Marshall Gary Sinise (“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”), this year’s parade theme, “Making a Difference,” honors and celebrates people who act in selfless, generous and kind ways to aid or benefit others. This year the grand finale of the 2018 Royal Court will celebrate its 100th Rose Queen, Isabella Marie Marez, and the Royal Court by riding on a float as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses.

Parade Route:
The parade route is 5.5 miles (9 km) and begins at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard. The route travels north on Orange Grove Boulevard at a leisurely pace and then turns east onto Colorado Boulevard. Near the end of the route, the parade turns north onto Sierra Madre Boulevard and concludes at Villa Street.

Parade Seating:
Free curbside viewing is available on a first-come, first-served basis at three stretches along the parade route. For Grandstand tickets, prices vary by location. To purchase tickets, call Sharp Seating Company at (626) 795-4171 or click here.

A Showcase of Floats Presented by Miracle Gro – January 1-2, 2018
Following the Rose Parade, walk within feet of the floral and animated masterpieces parked along Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards. Come rain or shine, take a closer look at the design and workmanship that went into each float entry and learn more about the float process from Tournament volunteers – “White Suiters” – on hand. Comfortable walking shoes and early arrival are suggested. No pets or bikes allowed.

Location: Sierra Madre Blvd and E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena
Advance tickets are available through Sharp Seating Company

The College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual – January 1, 2018 at 1 p.m. The College Football Playoff Semifinal will feature the Oklahoma Sooners and the Georgia Bulldogs. Come early and enjoy pre-game activities including tailgates, Rose Queen and Royal Court appearances, and more.

Location: The Rose Bowl Stadium – 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena
Tickets are still available through the official College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual travel and VIP Ticket and Hospitality Packages online through PrimeSport.

Several venues throughout Pasadena offer special menus and celebrations on New Year’s Eve. Please note that reservations are required at most restaurants.

Arroyo Chophouse, Steakhouse
536 S. Arroyo Parkway
(626) 577-7463

Bistro 45, French/California Cuisine
45 S. Mentor Ave.
(626) 795-2478

Celestino Ristorante, Italian Cuisine
141 S. Lake Avenue
(626) 795-4006

Constance Restaurant at dusitD2 Hotel, American-Chinese Fusion
928 E. Colorado Blvd.
(626) 486-2950

El Cholo, Mexican Cuisine
260 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 203
(626) 795-5800

El Portal, Yucatan/Mexican Cuisine
695 E. Green St.
(626) 795-8553

Green Street Tavern, California Cuisine
69 W. Green Street
(626) 229-9961

iX Tapa Cantina, Mexican Cuisine
119 E. Colorado Blvd.
(626) 304-1000

Maison Akira, French Japanese
713 E. Green Street
(626) 796-9501

Parkway Grill, American Cuisine
510 S. Arroyo Parkway
(626) 795-1001

POP Champagne & Dessert Bar, California Cuisine
33 E. Union Street
(626) 795-1295

Roy’s, Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine
641 E. Colorado Blvd.
(626) 356-4066

Smitty’s Grill, American Cuisine
110 South Lake Ave.
(626) 792-9999

The Raymond 1886, American Cuisine
1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
(626) 441-3136

The Royce Wood Fired Steakhouse at the Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Steakhouse
1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave.
(626) 585-6410

The Terrace at the Langham Huntington, Pasadena, California and French Cuisine
1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave.
(626) 585-6218

Trevos at Hilton Pasadena, California Cuisine
168 S. Los Robles Ave.
(626) 577-1000

Union Restaurant, Northern Italian Cuisine
37 E. Union St.
(626) 795-5841

Vertical Wine Bistro, California Cuisine
70 N. Raymond Ave.
(626) 795-3999

Sorriso- Bar Celona, Italian & Spanish Cuisine
46 E. Colorado Blvd.
(626) 793-2233


Below is a list of venues open New Year’s Eve. For additional information, contact each location directly.

Club 54, Dancing
54 E. Colorado Blvd.
(626) 793-0608

Ice House, Comedy Club
24 N. Mentor
(626) 577-1895

iX Tapa Cantina, DJ and Dancing
119 E. Colorado Blvd.

Kings Row Gastropub, Gastropub
20 E. Colorado Blvd.
(626) 793-3010

Lucky Baldwin’s, Pub & Cafe
17 S. Raymond Ave.
(626) 795-0652

Magnolia House, Restaurant & Bar
492 S. Lake Ave.
(626) 584-1126

Noor (special NYE event)
300 E. Colorado Blvd.

Sorriso- Bar Celona, DJ and Dancing
46 E. Colorado Blvd.
(626) 405-1000

(DJ and dancing)

Wokcano, DJ and Dancing
33 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
(626) 578-1818

Yard House, Ale House
330 E. Colorado Blvd.
(626) 577-9273

The Rose (NYE concert)
245 E. Green St.
(888) 645-5006

About the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit marketing organization dedicated to promoting Pasadena as a desirable meeting, convention and leisure travel destination.  For more information on planning a trip to Pasadena, contact the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 307-7977 or log on to

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Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau Contacts:
Christina Susa
Director, Marketing & Communications
Office: (626) 395-0211
[email protected]

Crystal Williams
Communications Manager
Office: (626) 817-5606
[email protected]

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