New Year's Eve is coming right behind the Christmas and holiday blitz and there are plenty of happenings and celebrations to help ring in the New Year.
Miami might not be Times Square, but we do have our very own "Ball Drop", fireworks and new this year, a smashing LIVE New Year's Eve event featuring Miami's global superstar Pitbull and many of today's big-name artists.
Pitbull's New Year's Revolution and the countdown to 2015 will be broadcast live on FOX, details are still being worked out, so stay tuned.
Check out what's on this year to welcome 2015 with a bang:
Miami's main New Year's Eve public event has traditionally been the Big Orange "Ball Drop" and fireworks over Biscayne Bay.
Also part of the New Year's event traditions, is the mega-party at AmericanAirlines Arena which in recent years has been hosted by Pitbull with a dynamite show to toast the New Year.
Rumour has it that the 2015 New Year's Eve Bash in the Magic City will combine these two events with one massive party in Bayfront Park, featuring "the King of Calle Ocho" on his first ever Pitbull's New Year's Revolution, staged in the middle of the park overlooking gorgeous Biscayne Bay.
The live event will be broadcasted by FOX, details are TBA and still being worked out, so stay tuned!
Big Orange is the city's answer to New York's Ball Drop and one of America's official countdowns.
"Big Orange" is a 35-foot neon icon that is the centerpiece of the countdown to the New Year.
The celebrations will begin early at Bayfront Park on New Year's Eve, with the class-act live entertainment numbers and the start of the Big Orange ascent.
FOX will start broadcasting live from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, followed with a break for local news, returning from 11:00 pm to 12:30 am, including the countdown to 2015.
Big Orange slowly creeps the 400 feet up the side of the InterContinental Hotel which is adjacent to the park, and the show culminates with the countdown and Big Orange reaching the top of the building at the stroke of midnight while fireworks explode all around to add that magical sparkle to our lovely Biscayne Bay.
When?: New Year's Eve! Details TBA.
Where?: Bayfront Park 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132. Directions and Parking
How Much?: FREE!
Where to Park?: There is limited, paid parking at Bayfront Park. You can also park at Bayside Marketplace nextdoor or take the Metrorail to the Government Center Station then transfer to the Metromover Inner Loop to Bayfront Park.
No bottles, cans, coolers or personal fireworks are allowed at the park.
More info: Pitbull's New Year's Revolution is still to be confirmed, stay tuned for the latest news.
On a normal day, or rather night, South Beach and Ocean Drive are a happening place, you can imagine what this turns into on New Year's Eve as the city goes all out to throw one colossal street party complete with a splendid fireworks display on the beach:
When? This year's program TBA. Typically, live music and entertainment 9:00 pm to 2:00 am. Fireworks at midnight.
Where? Ocean Drive, street will be closed off to traffic
Where to Park?: It will be challenging unless you come early. Several options, metered parking on street or city lots and parking garages, see Parking in South Beach.
Free shuttles to/from North Beach.
More info: City of Miami Beach
How Much? FREE!
This is the first year of the College Football Playoffs, the BCS is history, and now bowl bids are a bit different.
There is no more BCS Bowls, instead we have the "New Year's Six" bowls: Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Peach Bowl.
The Semi-Final games will be hosted by all six bowls on a rotation basis over three years. If this sounds confusing is because, well, it is. Here's a much better explanation of the whole New College Footbal Playoff system by ESPN.
So who will be coming to the Orange Bowl? Stay tuned!
When? December 31, 2014 - 8:30 pm
Where? Sun Life Stadium (Formerly Dolphin Stadium), Miami Gardens, FL
How Much? $60 +
Phish will play Miami's American Airlines Arena on December 31 and remain in town for three more dates at the venue, through January 3rd.
When? December 31, 2014 - 8:00 pm, January 1-3, 2015 7:30 pm
Where? AmericanAirlines Arena
How Much? $40 + and 4-day passes available. Find Tickets.
If you are the party type, talk about being in the right place at the right time. Miami's nightlife is legendary and New Year's is the time to go all out.
From formal lofty affairs with fancy gowns to the latest swanky, celebrity-laden club or a breezy New Year's dinner aboard a mega yacht, New Year's Eve in Miami will be a very memorable experience.
There is much to choose from, but do yourself a favor and book early!
To help you sift through the pile of options, here's a handy guide with some of the most popular offerings for Miami New Year's Eve 2015.
Happy New Year!!!
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