Ways to ring in the new year in Orlando
Looking to celebrate? There are options for all in and around city
With 2019 coming to a close, we wrap up another decade — one that saw the rise of the smartphone, Netflix, influencers, dating apps, memes, Twitter, fidget spinners and more.
As people reflect on the legacy the 2010s will leave behind, it’s time to look forward to a new chapter, one that starts with 2020.
Orlando has no shortage of options for entertainment, both for adults and the whole family. From the city’s theme parks to Wall Street downtown, there are plenty of ways to ring in the new decade at a venue near you.
■ Thornton Park is hosting its annual New Year’s Eve Street Party stretched over 2 1⁄2 blocks of East Washington Street. Party guests can enjoy seven venues, multiple stages and drink tents on the street. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31 at 700 East Washington St. in Orlando; $10 and up; thorntonparkstreetparty.com
■ Wall Street is hosting its own big New Year’s Eve block party with eight venues, dancing, a light show and DJ. 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Dec. 31 at 25 Wall St. in Orlando; $25-$100 (VIP); wallstplaza.net
■ Will’s Pub is hosting The Legendary JC’s for an evening of music, merriment, drink specials and a champagne toast. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at 1042 N. Mills Ave. in Orlando; $15-$20; eventbrite.com
■ One80 Skytop Lounge (rooftop at Amway Center) is hosting a “Roaring ’20s” inspired New Year’s Eve party with showgirls, party favors, two visible fire-
works shows, DJs and plenty of drinks. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31 at 400 W. Church St. in Orlando; $69-$1,800 (VIP party of 10); eventbrite.com
■ Grape & The Grain is hosting a night of entertainment, a food truck, drinks and a live look at the Times Square ball drop. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31 at 1110 Virginia Drive in Orlando; free general admission, $30 VIP; facebook.com ■ Stardust Video & Coffee is putting on a night of live music with The Spoon Dogs, Red Rodeo and Daisy Chain. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Dec. 31 at 1842 E. Winter Park Road in Orlando; donations collected; facebook.com ■ Grand Bohemian Hotel
Orlando is offering a fivecourse, pre-fixe menu with New Year’s Eve party kits, champagne, live music and a midnight toast. Early dinner 5-7 p.m. is $99 per person, and a 7 p.m.-late dinner costs $109 per person. 325 S. Orange Ave. in Orlando; opentable.com
■ The Abbey is offering an “intimate VIP experience” with live entertainment, bottle service and food at premium tables. Cocktail or creative black tie attire required. 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. at 100 S. Eola Dr. Suite 100 in Orlando; $20 (general admission)-$500 (VIP table for six); eventbrite.com
■ Noon Year’s Eve is coming to Seminole County Public Libraries earlier than most celebrations. At noon, kids and their families can enjoy a balloon drop, dancing, crafts and other activities geared toward young ones ages 3-7. Children are welcome to don their pajamas. Events will be held at multiple branches 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 31; free; seminolecountyfl.gov ■ Hollerbach’s Willow
Tree Café, a Sanford staple for German cuisine, will be celebrating the new year early when midnight strikes in Deutschland, just before 6 p.m. Patrons can also enjoy traditional German music, Lentil soup and a showing of “Dinner for One,” a New Year’s Eve tradition for many in Germany. 5-8 p.m. at 205 E. 1st St. in Sanford; hollerbachs.com
■ Lake Mary is hosting a block party at Colonial Town Park with three venues and multiple stages for live entertainment. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at 951 Market Promenade Ave. in Lake Mary; $10-$100; lakemaryblockparty.com
■ ICON Park, home to The Wheel and other I-Drive attractions, will bring in live entertainment, bar and restaurant specials, a light show on The Wheel and a fireworks display. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31 at 8375 International Drive in Orlando; free general admission or $195 VIP; iconparkorlando.com
■ American Social, a new restaurant and “elevated” sports bar in the Dr. Phillips area, is inviting guests to ring in the “Roaring 20s” with a celebration featuring hors d’oeuvres, food stations and an open bar. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31 at 7335 W. Sand Lake Road Suite 101 in Sand Lake; $100-$125; eventbrite.com
■ Topgolf is “swinging” in the new year with New Year’s celebrations and golfing. General bay reservations cost $240 and include unlimited gameplay for up to six guests from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. A VIP bay includes food and wine. Dec. 31 at 9295 Universal Blvd. in Orlando; $240 (general bay reservation)-$420 (VIP); topgolf.com ■ At Margaritaville Resort Orlando, enjoy laughs over food and drink with a comedy show starring Rauce Padgett and Carmen Vallone. As the evening goes on, partygoers can enjoy dessert stations, a balloon drop, music from DJ Kix and a champagne toast. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31 at 8000 Fins Up Circle in Kissimmee; $30; bonkerzcomedyproductions.com
■ The Wailers, the legendary band who backed Bob Marley, are offering a free concert to those at Sunset Walk, the shopping and entertainment center adjacent to Margaritaville. In addition, the first 2,000 guests can receive free
party favors and a champagne toast, but everyone can enjoy food and beverage options, plus a “confetti storm” and fireworks countdown show. 7 a.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31 at 3251 Margaritaville Blvd. in Kissimmee; eventbrite.com
■ Rock & Brews at Sunset Walk (near Margaritaville Resort Orlando) will be hosting a “Masquerade Bash” with a buffet, plenty of drink options, a dance floor, photo booth and live music from The Rundown. The buffet is included in price of admission and alcohol is included for higherpriced tickets. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31 at 3284 Margaritaville Blvd. in Kissimmee; $15 (children 5-13) and $30-$130 for adults; facebook.com ■ Jaleo at Disney Springs,
a Spanish-style restaurant from chef José Andrés, will be offering a special New Year’s Eve tasting menu. For $120, receive a multicourse meal of chef-driven specialties, or enjoy a la carte specials. Later in the evening, guests can enjoy a DJ, a cava toast and 12 grapes at midnight, a Spanish tradition. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31 at 1482 E. Buena Vista Drive in Orlando; prices vary; jaleo.com ■ House of Blues at Disney Springs is hosting a New Year’s Eve Party and midnight breakfast buffet complete with music from DJs and drink specials. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31 at 1049 E. Buena Vista Drive in Lake Beuna Vista; no cover charge, $15 buffet or $250 (two people)-$500 (four people) VIP; houseofblues.com
■ Rosen Shingle Creek is offering a prix-fixe menu (with unlimited champagne) at two of its restaurants — A Land Remembered steakhouse and Italian eatery Cala Bella. The steakhouse will feature entree options including a filet mignon or cold water lobster tail, while the Italian eatery will serve up veal piccata or Sicilian shrimp scampi. 5:30-10 p.m. Dec. 31 at 9939 Universal Blvd. in Orlando; $75 per person plus tax and gratuity; rosenshinglecreek.com
■ Boxi Park’s countdown to the new year kicks off with food, drinks and live entertainment by Holey Miss Moley and DJ Oso. A VIP ticket includes an open bar and two food tokens. 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31 at 6877 Tavistock Lakes Blvd. in Orlando; $125 VIP ticket, free general admission; eventbrite.com
■ Ring in the new year at Crooked Can Brewing Company with McSwagger’s New Year’s Eve Silent Disco. Three DJs will take over separate music channels to have guests moving and grooving through the night on the Silo Lawn. The Crooked Can team will be there to pour up some fanfavorite brews. The night will also mark the release of their much anticipated Barrel Aged Champagne Lager. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31 at 426 W Plant St. in Winter Garden; free admission; facebook.com.
Theme park celebrations
■ EVE, Universal’s CityWalk celebration of New Year’s Eve, is a ticketed event with fine cuisine, signature drinks, live bands and DJs and access to five clubs. The price of admission includes food, a drink ticket and a midnight champagne toast. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31 at 6000 Universal Blvd. in Orlando; $149.99-$234.99 (VIP), with select discounts for annual and seasonal passholders; universalorlando.com
■ Inside Universal Studios, ticketed guests and annual passholders (premier and preferred) can enjoy party zones, live music, Universal characters and a celebration with pyrotechnics, confetti and party favors. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31 at 6000 Universal Blvd. in Orlando; $139 park admission (price may vary); facebook.com
■ Magic Kingdom Park is bringing Disney guests a “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks show and dance parties Dec. 30 and 31. The park will remain open until 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. Events are included in park admission; disneyworld.disney.go.com
■ Epcot will ring in the new year at each country as the clock strikes midnight in each time zone. Fireworks will appear each time another midnight is celebrated and the evening will culminate with a special New Year’s Eve display. Epcot will close at 1 a.m. and events are included in park admission; disneyworld.disney.go.com
■ Disney’s Hollywood
Studios will ring in 2020 with a midnight countdown and fireworks spectacular, after which the park will close. Events are included in park admission; disneyworld.disney.go.com ■ Disney’s Animal Kingdom will feature special food and beverage offerings, DJs and a countdown to midnight on the Tree of Life. The park closes at midnight after the New Year’s Eve countdown. Events are included in park admission; disneyworld.disney.go.com
■ SeaWorld will celebrate
the new year with a musical celebration and fireworks display. Reserved show seating costs $50-$75, but fireworks can be seen by all ticketed park guests; seaworld.com
■ Legoland Florida is offering a Kids’ New Year’s Party 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 26-31 with a “New Beginnings” fireworks celebration at 8 p.m. Dec. 31. legoland.com
■ Old Town Kissimmee is celebrating the new year all day long on Dec. 31 with live music and entertainment, a car show and other activities. A fireworks display will light up the night sky when the clock strikes midnight. 3 p.m.-12 a.m. Dec. 31 at 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee; $10 weekend and special event parking; myoldtownusa.com Did we miss any events? Send me a note. Find me on Twitter @PConnPie, Instagram @PConnPie or send me an email: pcon[email protected] orlandosentinel.com.
Revelers ring in the new year during a previous Wall Street Plaza block party. Orlando has plenty of options for ringing in 2020.