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New Year’s Eve Countdown 2023 on the Santa Monica Pier

Published on December 27, 2022

See the New Year’s Eve Countdown 2023 on the Santa Monica Pier LIVE on Pacific Park’s YouTube Page.

The West Coast’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Displays The Ferris Wheel’s 174,000 LED Lights With 90-Feet Tall Countdown Numbers To Ring In 2023.

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier will count down to the new year with a dazzling display of lights on the Pacific Wheel situated over Santa Monica State Beach. You can see the enormous, 90-foot-tall display from the beaches south of the Santa Monica Pier or online at

The New Year’s Eve West Coast countdown to 2023 on the Ferris wheel is live on December 31, beginning at 11:30 p.m., and will feature fun designs, colorful displays, and a 60-second countdown at 11:59 p.m. in huge 90-foot tall animated numbers.

The Ferris wheel lighting program uses a variety of colors and patterns from its 174,000 LED lights to present a numerical 60-second countdown, a “Happy New Year!” horizontal crawl, an oversized “2023,” and display “Happy New Year” in more than 16 different languages following the countdown including Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, German, French, and Japanese.

The Santa Monica Pier boardwalk will be closed overnight, so guests interested in seeing the countdown in person can do so from Santa Monica State beach just south of the pier, from Palisades Park north of the Pier, or from one of Santa Monica’s beachfront hotels. If celebrating from home, viewers can go to see a Livestream of the New Year’s Eve presentation from the Pacific Wheel’s live cam or Pacific Park’s YouTube channel at Pacific Park’s YouTube page.


2023 Countdown on the Pacific Wheel

Saturday, December 31
11:30 PM – 11:59 PM

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier

Check out our New Year’s Countdown playlist on Spotify!

We made a special playlist of music to ring in the New Year with Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier.

New Year’s Fireworks at the Beach

While Santa Monica is set to celebrate the New Year with a wide variety of fun-filled events, it’s important to note that there are no fireworks shows at the pier or Santa Monica State Beach and the Santa Monica Pier closes on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at 10 p.m. The amusement park and other pier businesses will be open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Parking and Directions for Santa Monica on New Year’s

Although the Pier will be closed overnight on New Year’s Eve 2023, many people still come to Downtown Santa Monica to ring in the new year at one of the many restaurants and hotels holding celebrations, so the streets and exits for Santa Monica can become very congested. Consider taking the Metro to Santa Monica to avoid car traffic and so you can party safely. If you are celebrating outside of Santa Monica, consider streaming Pacific Park’s 2023 New Year’s Eve Countdown at home on Pacific Park’s YouTube page.