The end of the year is quickly approaching, and that means that it’s time to nail down your plans for New Year’s Eve. While some people like to stay home and watch the ball drop on TV, others take advantage of this opportunity to have some fun, enjoy drinks with friends and ring in a new year filled with promise.
Orlando is known for its nightlife, and there is no shortage of New Year’s Eve activities and venues for single people, couples and families with children who want to ring in 2018 in style. There is one item you should be concerned about, though: alcohol consumption. Law enforcement officials will be out in full force on December 31 and January 1 looking for drunk drivers. Avoid starting the new year on the wrong foot with a DUI charge. If you plan to drink, remember to do it responsibly.
Looking for an exciting New Year’s Eve venue to take your significant other or your family? Here are some fun options in and around Orlando you’re sure to enjoy.
New Year’s Eve 2018 at BB King’s
BB King’s Blues Club in Orlando is hosting a fun event for those in the area. The event runs from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. and features dinner, dancing and music. You can pay $20 for standing room only admission or opt for one of the packages. For the $55 Party Package, you get reserved seating, an entree, cheesecake, beverage, party favors, free parking and champagne toast. The Exclusive VIP Package is available for $75 and includes the same as the $55 package, but also includes premium reserved seating,
Church Street’s New Year’s Eve 2018 Block Party
Church Street in Downtown Orlando is the place to go if you’re looking for a wide variety of alcoholic drinks and music. This huge street party lasts from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. and offers access to four bars: Cahoots, Chillers, Latitudes and Irish Shannon’s. Celebrate with the best DJs in orlando and at midnight, watch the iconic orange ball drop from Latitudes’ skytop.
There are four packages available. For $39, you get admission to the block party and access to all four bars. For $54.95, you also get all you can drink well and frozen cocktails and domestic bottle beers. For $74.95, you get all the above, plus all you can drink domestic and import bottle beers and call cocktails. With the $94.95 platinum package, you also get a $20 gift card plus all you can drink shots, bottles of water and Red Bull cans.
You can also get VIP table reservations. At Chillers, you can reserve a table that seats four people for $100. Cahoot and Latitudes also have tables that seat six people for $150. You can also celebrate 2018 in luxury by getting your friends together and reserving spots on the Latitudes Skytop Deck. For $2,000, you get admission for 20 people, unlimited mixers, three bottles of champagne, two Top Shelf bottles, party favors and your own server.
Cocoa Beach Pier New Year’s Eve Celebration
If you’re a beach lover, spending New Year’s Eve at Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier may seem like the ideal venue. Instead of heading to the bars, get away and enjoy the ocean atmosphere. Spend time outdoors with gorgeous views as you enjoy a fun party overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on December 31. Cost is $35 plus tax and includes admission, party favors, live entertainment, two complimentary drinks and a champagne toast at midnight. This event is held in a family friendly environment and is open to all ages, so bring the kids along if you want. However, you must be 21 or older to partake in the champagne toast.
Rock ‘Til The Drop New Year’s Eve Party
If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve as a family, consider the Rock ‘Til The Drop New Year’s Eve Party. Held at the Hard Rock Cafe & Live Orlando at Universal CityWalk, this celebration is open to all ages, so feel free to bring the kids. This venue features live music from Epic Evolve: The Decades Show cover band, which plays music from all decades. Plus, enjoy an assortment of menu offerings and a champagne toast at midnight. There will also be a private area of the venue available for added comfort.
All ages are welcome, but tickets are a bit pricey at $100 each for general admission (both kids and adults) and $200 for VIP admission. Unlimited water, soda and juice is included with each ticket.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
If you’re partying with the little ones, enjoy a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This year, it’s hosting a Pixar Party that’s sure to be a hit with your kids. The event runs from 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. in the Ballroom of the Americas. It costs $175 per person and is open to all ages.
The event features short Disney-Pixar films as well as face painting, balloon artists and boot camp. Your child will also get to meet with their favorite Disney-Pixar characters. Next, you’ll enjoy a buffet dinner with restaurant-style seating while a DJ plays Radio Disney hits. Enjoy dancing until the fireworks display at midnight.
Remember to Drink Responsibly
For many, a New Year’s Eve celebration isn’t complete without some champagne and other alcoholic beverages. Make sure you have transportation arranged in advance so you can get home safely after a night of partying. Keep yourself and others safe as you ring in the new year.