ORANGE COUNTY, CA — A new year is upon us, Orange County, and there are plenty of ways to ring in the New Year in and around the area.

Whether you prefer to celebrate the New Year at a swinging party or with loved ones at home, there’s something for everyone this New Year’s Eve in Orange County.

Here is a look at some additional events happening in and around Orange County:

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  • Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party at Muldoon’s Irish Pub, Newport Beach.
    • Event time, date: 9 p.m. through 2 a.m., Dec. 31.
    • Event location: 202 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach.
    • Description: Residents looking for a little party this New Year’s Eve are encouraged to wear black and white or their best Roarin’ ’20s attire. The event features a live DJ set by DJ Jensen and a special dinner option. To purchase tickets, visit the website.
  • Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration 2022: Rancho Santa Margarita.
    • Event time, date: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 31.
    • Event location: 30842 La Miranda, Rancho Santa Margarita.
    • Description: The event is intended to build community spirit and inspire hope for the future. The celebration features food, live music, games and inflatables. For more information, visit RSMconnect.org.
  • Rita Rudner: ‘It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like New Year’s’ 2022: Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach.
    • Event time, date: doors open at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31.
    • Event location: Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road.
    • Description: Join superstar comedienne Rita Rudner at this festive celebration. Residents who attend the event will watch the ball drop on the East Coast and toast the end of 2022 and welcome in 2023. For more information and ticket prices, follow this link.
  • New Year’s Eve Party at The Biergarten at Old World.
    • Event time, date: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Dec. 31.
    • Event location: Biergarten at Old World HB 7561 Center Avenue #49, Huntington Beach.
    • Description: Residents on the hunt for a live performance this New Year’s Eve will enjoy performances by Presley Tennant and Redneck Rodeo. Beale’s Texas BBQ will be catering the concert. Tickets start at $60 for general admission.

In the United States, one of the most popular New Year’s Eve traditions is, of course, the dropping of the giant ball in New York City’s Times Square. Various cities have adopted their own iterations of the event — the Peach Drop in Atlanta, the Chick Drop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and the giant Potato Drop in Boise, Idaho.

The end of one year and beginning of another is often celebrated with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne,” a Scottish folk song whose title roughly translates to “days gone by,” according to Encyclopedia Britannica and History.com.

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The history of New Year’s resolutions dates back 8,000 years to ancient Babylonians, who would make promises to return borrowed objects and pay outstanding debts at the beginning of the new year, in mid-March when they planted their crops.

According to legend, if they kept their word, pagan gods would grant them favor in the coming year. If they broke the promise, they would fall out of God’s favor, according to a history of New Year’s resolutions compiled by North Hampton Community College New Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Many secular New Year’s resolutions focus on imagining new, improved versions of ourselves. The failure rate of New Year’s resolutions is about 80 percent, according to U.S. News & World Report. There are myriad reasons, but a big one is they’re made out of remorse for gaining weight, for example, and aren’t accompanied by a shift in attitude and a plan to meet the stress and discomfort of changing a habit or condition.


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