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" and fireworks AND we get to welcome the new year in balmy 70 degree weather... on the beach...
Check out what's on this year to welcome 2014 with a bang:
Miami's signature celebration is Big Orange, 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 begin early at Bayfront Park on New Year's Eve with live musical entertainment and the start of the Big Orange ascent.
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?: December 31, 2013. Pre-Show festivities start at 7:00 pm, main show at 9:00 pm, countdown one minute to midnight, fireworks at midnight.
Where?: Bayfront Park 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
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: Directions and Parking
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? New Year's Eve, 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!
What better way to ring in the New Year in Miami than with Mr. 305 himself? Yes, Pitbull â the King of Calle Ocho will be toasting 2014 with a dynamite show in the Magic City this New Year's Eve once again.
What can you expect? What Miami and New Year's is all about, a big, huge, massive party to welcome 2014 "the right way". Check it out:
When? Tuesday December 31, 2013 - 9:00 p.m.
Where? American Airlines Arena, Miami FLorida
How Much? $100+
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 2014.
The following events are for Goldstar members, Goldstar membership is free, just sign up!
Enjoying the balmy breezes and our lovely South Florida weather on the last night of the year, while taking in the best sights of the city's magnificent skyline as it lits up on a burst of fireworks at the stroke of midnight... really a one-of-a-kind experience!
The 4-hour New Year's Eve Fireworks Gala Cruise, aboard the Musette Yacht, features an open bar, dinner buffett, a dance floor and live DJ on board.
When midnight arrives, you'll have a prime spot to watch the midnight fireworks and join in the included champagne toast.
Treat yourself and welcome the new year in style!
Where?: Leaves from Bayside Marina
When?: Tuesday December 31, 2013 at 9:00 pm
How Much?: Special Goldstar Offer $67.50 (50% off) Full price $135
Restrictions:You must be age 21 or older to attend.
More info and booking: NYE Fireworks Gala and Yacht Party in Miami
Happy New Year!!!
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