Wild Throwback Photos of Celebrities Celebrating New Year’s Eve

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It’s been approximately 84 years since 2022 began, and New Year’s Eve has arrived once again. And while the rest of us will be drinking champagne, littering floors with 2023 headbands, and sending wild texts (don’t DM your ex “happy new year,” I beg of you, IT’S NOT WORTH IT), celebrities will be…doing the same thing, honestly.

The thing is, this timeline’s crop of celebs tend to be weirdly private about their parties (cannot relate), so allow us to take you back to a happier time. Never forget the “naughties,” when stars partied in public, cameras were ALWAYS present, and the word “LAVO” could send a shiver up your spine.

The aughts celebrity nightclub scene was generally iconic, but A-listers truly released their inhibitions and felt the rain on their skin on New Year’s Eve. Mostly because half of them were hosting parties. Step inside these legendary celeb New Year’s Eve events with this roundup of candid photos you simply aren’t prepared for. You know, in case you need a break from a) your family at the holidays, and b) making resolutions that will be broken immediately.

Yes, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton are featured heavily in these pics, as is Christina Aguilera. Was it even a party if they weren’t hosting? (Answer: Nope.) So settle in and prepare to be highly amused by these photos—and haunted by the fashions within them.

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Britney Spears and Natalie Portman

Immediately yes.

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Britney Spears and Natalie Portman

Someone make a documentary film about this NYE party immediately.

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Lenny Kravitz and JC Chasez

Can only assume Lenny Kravitz is raising a glass to JC’s incredible facial hair.

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Vanessa Minnillo and Lindsay Lohan

The only thing cooler than the temperature outside? Lindsay’s frosted lips as she poses with the future Mrs. Lachey.

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Paris Hilton

Not sure who this other lady is, but gonna assume this was the best night of her life.

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Paris Hilton

Note to self: Procure a tiny 2023 top hat.

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Jordan Bratman and Christina Aguilera

“Babe, take off your massive winter coat, I’m not asking again.”

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Jordan Bratman and Christina Aguilera

P.S., these two had just gotten married and couldn’t keep their hands off each other.

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Seal and Heidi Klum

Speaking of celeb couples in love on NYE…they were iconic.

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Seal and Heidi Klum

Kravis who?

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

Chrissy and John on NYE: the perfect romantic kiss.

The rest of us on NYE: Sloppily making out with a disco ball.

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Kourtney Kardashian


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Stephanie Pratt and Lo Bosworth

Would bet money that’s the Canon Powershot digital camera.

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Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian

What happened at LAX Nightclub in Las Vegas certainly did not stay at LAX Nightclub in Las Vegas.

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Fergie and Carmen Electra

An undeniably iconic LAVO duo.

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Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt

Lauren Conrad found shaking, crying, throwing up.

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Stephanie Pratt, Lauren Conrad, and Lo Bosworth

JK, Lauren Conrad found wearing a jaunty top hat at Beso in 2009.

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Fergie and Josh Duhamel

Pretty sure the lyrics “I’ma get, get, get, get you drunk get you love drunk off my hump” was written about this moment in 2008.

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Paris Hilton

And back to Paris!

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Nicky Hilton and Paris Hilton

Imagine being at this party and living to tell the tales.

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Eva Longoria, Jessica Paster, and Tony Parker

Just Eva Longoria partying with her ex-husband and her stylist in 2008, don’t worry about it.

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David Spade and Fergie

Was not prepared for this photo, but here we are.

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Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey, and B. Scott

When you’ve spent all month making royalties from “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

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Mariah Carey

When in doubt, dress like a disco ball.

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Kate Beckinsale

In case you’re confused about why Kate Beckinsale is dressed like Hermione Granger after too many cups of butter beer, the theme of this party was “school disco.”

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Nick Jonas and Joe Jonas

No clue who these other dudes are, but unless you’re Frankie, I’m not interested.

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Khloe, Kourtney, and Kim Kardashian

You know it’s a good night when you end up barefoot and climbing on the furniture.

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Taryn Manning

BRB, having a traumatizing flashback to when people had this exact two-tone hair look.

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It’s like this dude saw a microphone and simply couldn’t help himself.

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Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick

Nothing says “NYE 2011” like force-feeding someone a cake pop.

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