The 2023 Guide for New Year's Eve Celebrations Around Orlando

By Roger Jimenez

As the countdown to the new year begins, Orlando is gearing up for a spectacular celebration that caters to every age and interest. From fireworks lighting up the night sky to family-friendly festivities that won't cost a dime, and exclusive adult gatherings that promise an unforgettable start to the year, Orlando has something for everyone. 

Join us as we explore the diverse array of this years New Year's celebrations, each section offering a unique perspective on ringing in 2023 in the heart of Central Florida. Whether you're looking for free family fun, an adult-centric soirée, or the enchanting allure of theme park celebrations, Orlando is the ultimate destination to bid farewell to 2023 and welcome the new year with flair!

Free/Cheap Family Fun + Fireworks

night sky with fireworks and roller coaster in background

Image by Old Town Kissimmee

Boxi Park

$10 | 4 - 8 PM

Take the family to Boxi Park for a New Year's celebration like no other! Get the party started a little early as we ring in 2024 with an all-ages bash featuring live DJ vibes by Marisa Maddox, mesmerizing balloon artists, and fantastic face painters. A thrilling countdown and ball drop at 7 p.m. to welcome the new year in style. Admission is free for those aged 5 and under, and for the rest, secure your spot with tickets at $10 in advance or $15 at the door. 

Old Town

FREE | All Night

Bid farewell to 2023 with a classic New Year's Eve Celebration presented by Old Town and Fun Spot! Gather the family for an evening of excitement starting with a car show, followed by live music featuring the tunes of "Groove Infusion," and a slew of entertaining activities. As the clock strikes midnight, prepare for the night sky to come alive with a spectacular FREE fireworks display launched from the rooftops of Old Town!

Avalon Park

FREE | 6 PM - 12 AM

Embrace the enchantment of New Year's Eve with a display of lights, colors, and pure magic at Downtown Avalon Park's Fireworks Extravaganza. Highlights include a fireworks display over Avalon Lake at midnight, festive music, and entertainment at participating restaurants, food specials at participating restaurants, and a family-friendly atmosphere. The celebration begins at 6:00 PM and is FREE for all ages!

Downtown Orlando

FREE | 7 PM - 2 AM

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Downtown Orlando on Church Street! 2024 is the year to shine, so join the town at the only 6 Venue NYE Event featuring Chillers, Cahoots, High Tide, Irish Shannons, Clandestino, and Saints & Sinners. With six bars, the iconic Orange Ball drop at midnight, live entertainment, and top DJs, it's the ultimate night to say goodbye to 2023 and welcome the New Year in style!

Downtown St. Cloud

FREE | 7 PM - 1 AM

Discover the perfect spot in the Cloud this New Year's Eve! Join the 7th Annual Rockin’ The Cloud event hosted by the City of St. Cloud. This annual celebration welcomes the New Year with two stages of live entertainment featuring Claudia Sar, DJ Bri, and Live Effect. Then get ready for a memorable night as this year's countdown and ball drop takes the stage, rocking St. Cloud into the New Year!

Downtown Apopka

FREE | 8 PM - 12 AM

Celebrate the arrival of the new year at this FREE block party on 5th Street in Downtown Apopka! Enjoy live music, delectable food trucks, witness a midnight ball drop crafted by the Apopka High School Engineering Magnet Program, and more! Don't miss the vibrant celebration to ring in the new year with music, community, and festivities.

Downtown Mount Dora

FREE | 9 PM - 12 AM

Welcome the New Year in style with live music, delectable food, and refreshing beverages in Downtown Mount Dora! As the clock ticks towards midnight, gather by Lake Dora for a dazzling fireworks display, creating a perfect backdrop for ringing in 2024.

New Year Fun for the Adults (21+ Festivities)

crowd of people outside with a dj booth and balloons

Image by Lake Nona - Boxi Park

Boxi Park

$25 - $40 | 9 PM - 12 AM

Join the rest of the adults on December 31 as the doors swing open at 9:00 PM for a night to remember at Boxi Park! Ring in 2024 at Boxi Park at this 21+ only event with a Glow Party featuring live music by No Filter, DJ Korndogg, and others! Expect a champagne toast at Midnight, party favors, photo opps, and more.

Thornton Park

$15 - $35 | VIP $80 - $140

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Thornton Park adults-only celebration! This 21+ event spans 2.5 city blocks, featuring six venues, three stages, and two jumbotrons. Dance away the night with three DJs, including Mario Peters and Jesse Derr, while VIP enjoys exclusive access, private DJ, and premium open bar options!

Mango’s 2024 Bash

$75 - $200 | 7 PM - 1 AM

Get ready for an electrifying New Year's Eve at Mango's Tropical Cafe! Join the party for a night of excitement with a live countdown to 2024 and a DJ set by Brody Jenner and Devin Lucien! Enjoy spectacular light shows, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, and grab some memorable snaps with party favors and a photobooth. Gourmet food, drinks, and VIP options will be available for purchase. 


$50 - $150 | 7 PM - 2 AM

Winter lovers, don't miss out on this unique New Year's experience at ICEBAR! Secure your spot at the exclusive event with a general admission ticket, which includes entry to the ICEBAR, access to the Champagne Bar from 11:30 pm till 12:30 am, a lavish Midnight Celebration Buffet at 12:30 am, delightful party favors, and a chance to enter the raffle. As a bonus, enjoy free digital souvenir photos to capture the memorable moments of this special night! VIP options available.

Alfond Inn Gala

$75 - $4,500 | 6:30 PM - 1:30 AM

The Almond Inn invites all to an exclusive New Year's Gala! Immerse yourself in a night of sophistication, tailored for those 21+, with cocktail attire encouraged. Enjoy live entertainment, a professional ball drop, complimentary valet parking, a champagne toast, and dancing! Want to make the night extra specials? Get a VIP ticket, with options including a suite for the night.

Waldorf Astoria

$355 | 6 PM - 12 AM

Ring in the New Year in style at the Waldorf Astoria’s Bull & Bear with the Annual New Year’s Eve Gala! Indulge in a prix fixe menu featuring five inspired courses, accompanied by a complimentary bottle of champagne per table. Immerse yourself in the festivities with live entertainment, a photo booth, and dancing under the stars in the spacious outdoor cabana lawns!

At The Theme Parks

epcot world showcase with fireworks at night

Image by Walt Disney World

Disney Open All Night

Step into the magic at Disney World's Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, and EPCOT as they extend their hours for a spectacular New Year's Eve celebration on December 31. Experience the country's biggest firework show, creating a dazzling display to welcome 2024. But the excitement doesn't end there – enjoy the same late-night festivities on December 30th for two nights of all-night joy! (NYE fireworks are only at EPCOT and Magic Kingdom)

Universal Studios

Continue the holiday magic at Universal Studios with enchanting experiences like Christmas in the Wizarding World, Grinchmas, the Holiday Parade, and more! As the clock strikes midnight, guest can enjoy a special countdown with confetti blasts and a spectacular firework display that will light up the Universal skies. You can then enjoy extended park hours until 1:00 AM at both parks to celebrate the entrance of the new year!

universal CityWalk

Don't have admission to the theme park? You can also enjoy a special countdown, with tons of confetti along CityWalk to ring in the new year! Along with this, festive music from a live band and DJ will play throughout the area, and certain venues such as the Hard Rock Hotel and Bigfire will have special offerings for the night!

Hard Rock Hotel | $80 | 6 PM - 1 AM

Cheer in 2024 at the ROCK-IN New Year's Eve Lobby Party at Hard Rock Hotel, Universal Orlando! From 6 pm to 1 am, relish in specially prepared desserts and family-friendly entertainment, including a DJ, roaming magicians, a balloon artist, and a countdown live from Times Square via satellite. Don't miss the midnight balloon drop and champagne toast! *Parking is included w/ admission.


The restaurant will feature a special menu from midnight to 1:30 AM to commemorate the new year. Reservations are encouraged.

Universal Orlando hotels

Loews Royal Pacific Resort | $39 - $99 | 7 PM 

Celebrate New Year's Eve in tropical style at the Wantilan Luau, held at Loews Royal Pacific Hotel at Universal! Join the party for a special presentation of their popular weekly dinner show, featuring a delightful all-you-can-eat buffet with a pit-roasted pig and live music. Adults (21+) can enjoy a celebratory champagne toast, while guests under 21 receive a non-alcoholic sparkling wine toast!

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel | $45-$180 | 8:30 PM

Enjoy a family-friendly Party on the Piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel with delicious food and drinks, DJ, countdown to midnight and more!

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

For $140 per person, Strong Water Tavern will host a 21+ New Year's Eve celebration with live entertainment, food, and drinks. If you want to grab a bite before the celebration, there's also a New Year's Eve Buffet in Amatista Cookhouse from 5-10 PM for $90/adult and $45/child with all you can enjoy mimosas!

Universal’s Aventura Hotel | $175-$1,350 (VIP) | 8 PM

This Universal hotel will feature a 21+ New Year's Eve rooftop party with the same offerings as the hotels previously listed - specialty cocktails and a wide selection of food items included.


Included w/ Admission | Dec. 31

Dive into the New Year with a splash at SeaWorld Orlando! On December 31, enjoy a spectacular fireworks display included with admission. As you celebrate the final moments of the year, discover the magic of SeaWorld and see the skies come alive with pyrotechnics!

LEGOLand Kids’ New Years Eve

Included w/ Admission | Dec. 26-31

Ring in the New Year early with the little ones at LEGOLAND Florida Resort's Kids' New Year's Eve celebration! Enjoy rides, activities, and a whole lot of fun, topped off with an early fireworks display to welcome 2024. For an exclusive experience, book the $20 VIP Fireworks Seating Package and relax after a long day with prime seating to view the grand fireworks show!

Dave & Busters NYE Deal

$20 | 9 PM - 12 AM

Toast to a FUN-filled New Year at Dave & Buster’s! Join the fun for unlimited video game play, top-tier entertainment, and a night of toasts. General admission includes appetizers, a $20 Power Card® for Unlimited Video Game Play, and a special New Year's Eve toast. Upgrade to Premium Admission for extra drink tickets.


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