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Celebrating New Year’s Eve In S. Florida

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South Florida is the perfect place to celebrate the New Year. The weather is very mild at this time of year, compared to other parts of the country. From parades to fireworks to food, there are plenty of fun ways to ring in 2011 in South Florida.

Orange Drive South Beach New Year’s Festival
Dec. 31, 2010 – Jan. 2, 2011
Ocean Drive between 5th & 10th Streets
www.orangedr.com

Ocean Drive will officially be renamed Orange Drive for this exciting 3-day New Year’s Celebration. The streets and beach will become one big block party leading up to the Orange Bowl.  Events will include a New Year’s Eve “Jam on the Sand” hosted by Miami’s DJ Irie and live performances by Leona Lewis and Natasha Bedingfield. There’s also a Kid’s Countdown hosted by Radio Disney, El Concierto de Año Nuevo, and Gridiron Bash Pep Rally and Concert.

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Big Orange New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31, 2010
301 North Biscayne Blvd
Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami
Gates open at 7:00 p.m.; the show starts at 8:00 p.m.
(305) 358-7550

A City of Miami tradition, the 35-foot neon Big Orange (one of the official time balls of our nation) will rise 400 feet to the top of its home site, the Hotel InterContinental Miami. It’ll reach the top at midnight, followed by a spectacular fireworks display over Biscayne Bay and a laser light show. Prior to the Big Orange ascension, the evening’s festivities will include a live DJ, and best of all, it’s !all free.

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City of Miami Beach New Years Eve Celebration
Ocean Drive & 8th Street
Miami Beach, FL. 33139
(305) 673-7400

Enjoy free fireworks at midnight on the beach as Miami Beach rings in the New Year.

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Fort Lauderdale’s “Downtown Countdown”
December 31, 2010
Between SW 2nd Street & 4th Avenues
(954) 828-5363
3:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
www.fortlauderdale.gov/events/countdown/index.htm

Enjoy a tropical twist on New York City’s New Year’s Eve Celebration right in the heart of Fort Lauderdale with the city’s “Downtown Countdown” celebration. It’s a casual, fun-filled party in the streets with entertainment, live music, games and food and drink for the entire family. Activities will be centered in the area between Southwest Second Street between Second and Fourth Avenues. Just like Times Square, Fort Lauderdale’s “Downtown Countdown” will feature a ball drop at midnight, along with fireworks and confetti falling from the sky.

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New Year’s Eve at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
December 31, 2010
1 Seminole Way
Hollywood, FL. 33314
(954) 327-7625
www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com

New Year’s revelers can find plenty of action at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood and Seminole Paradise with casino giveaways and hot dining, nightclub, and entertainment options. UPDATE: Jay Leno will be performing on December 30th, replacing Lewis Black. Tickets are still available.

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Magic City Casino New Year’s Eve Party
December 31, 2010
6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
450 NW 37th Avenue
Miami, FL. 33125
(305) 649-3000

The New Year’s Eve celebration includes live music, contests, giveaways, a champagne toast, a midnight countdown and more.

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Mansion Nightclub
December 31, 2010
1235 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL. 33139
(305) 695-8411
Tickets start at $200
www.mansionmiami.com

Ring in the New Year at one of Miami’s hottest nightclubs where December 31st is Pink Friday. Mansion hosts Nicki Minaj “All Pink Everything” New Years Eve 2011. Tickets are $200 for open bar until midnight, with VIP and table rates available.

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TIESTO New Years Eve 2011 at Fontainebleau Poolside
December 31, 2010
Fontainebleau Resort
4441 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 538-2000
9:00 pm – 3:00 am
Tickets: $ 300 – $ 25,000

The Fontainebleau pool party with Tiesto is one of the hottest New Year’s party in Miami. Tiesto the Dutch DJ is one of the biggest — if not the biggest — superstar DJ right now.

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W Hotel South Beach and Wall Lounge
December 31, 2010
2201 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 938-3131
9:00 pm – 5:00 am
Tickets start at $350 per person
www.wallmiami.com

Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2011 at W South Beach with GQ’s Breakout Man of the Year, Drake.  The young rapper will start the evening off poolside at WET then move the party indoors to Wall. Open bar will take place from 9pm to 12am with a champagne toast at midnight. The events at WET and Wall each require a separate ticket, unless you buy a joint pass for $675. A general admission poolside ticket is $350.

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SET Nightclub
December 31, 2010
320 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL. 33139
(305) 531-2800
9:00 pm – 7:00 am
Tickets: $ 200 – $5,000
www.setmiami.com

“Don’t Tell My Booker” takes over SET Miami Beach on New Year’s Eve for a night of sexy house, high fashion, and glamour galore. The iconic brand which started as a one-night-only event during Paris Fashion Week has transformed into an international sensation.

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Cameo
December 31, 2010
1445 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 695-8411
Tickets: $200 – $5,000
www.cameomiami.com

Raise your pimp cup to New Years Eve 2011 as Lil Jon rings in a new year at Cameo Theatre. Say “YEAH” as the ultimate master of ceremonies, Lil Jon, gets the party started with an open bar from 9pm-12am, blinged-out dancers, larger than life decor and 2011’s most raucous DJ set by Lil Jon himself.

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New Year’s Eve 2011 at Mokai
December 31, 2010
235 23rd Street
Miami Beach, FL. 33139
(305) 531-5535
9:00 pm – 7:00 am
Tickets: $ 200 – $ 5000
www.mokaimiami.com

Ring in New Year’s Eve 2011 at one of South Beach’s hippest hotspot where locals and celebrities alike revel in the ultimate Miami joie de vivre. Enjoy complimentary open bar from 9pm-12am, celebratory decor, a midnight light show and countdown to 2011 with Miami’s chicest crowd.

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Sloppy Joe’s Conch Shell Drop
Sloppy Joe’s Bar
201 Duval Street
Key West, Florida
(305) 296-2388
www.sloppyjoes.com

The arrival of 2011 is to be heralded on the island’s Duval Street with the “drop” of a gigantic manmade conch shell, the symbol of the Florida Keys, to the flat roof of Sloppy Joe’s Bar, 201 Duval. Thousands of spectators gather for the annual gala, emceed by a rooftop host and featuring a countdown to midnight recorded on a huge clock. At midnight, the shell descends and cheers erupt. Live music on Sloppy Joe’s indoor stage is to round out the revelry.

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Sushi Shoe Drop
Bourbon St. Pub/New Orleans House
724 Duval St.
Key West, Florida
305-293-9800
www.bourbonstpub.com

Key West revelers also can welcome the New Year with Sushi — not the seafood sensation, but a sensational diva who has adopted its name. Female impersonator Sushi headlines the 14th annual celebration at the Bourbon St. Pub/New Orleans House complex, 724 Duval St. Wearing a dazzling gown and perched in a super-sized red high heel, Sushi is to be lowered from the balcony of the complex as the new year arrives. Performances by renowned female impersonators kick off the merrymaking.

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Schooner Wharf Bar
202 William St
Key West, Fl.
(305) 292-3302
www.schoonerwharf.com

For piratical partiers, the action is headquartered in Key West’s Historic Seaport. At midnight, a winsome pirate wench is to descend from the top of a tall ship’s mast as cannon blasts welcome 2011.  Scallywags in attendance also can expect live music, dancing and festivities at the Schooner For more information, call  or visit schoonerwharf.com

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Pierre’s Restaurant and Morada Bay Beach Café,
Mile marker (MM) 81.6
Islamorada, Fl
(305) 664-8414

In Islamorada, midnight fireworks on the beach are planned at Pierre’s and Morada Bay. Live music and cocktails available for purchase are to add to the celebration, but coolers are not allowed. In addition, reservations are being accepted for a gala dinner at Pierre’s.   For more information and reservations, call 305-664-8414.

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Cheeca Lodge & Spa
MM 82 Oceanside
Islamorada, Fl.
(305) 664-4651
www.cheecalodge.com

The Cheeca Lodge and Spa also is staging a New Year’s Eve celebration and midnight fireworks display. Other attractions include live entertainment, dancing on the beach and a four-course plated dinner. For more information, costs and reservations, call 305-664-4651, ext. 4580.
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Key Largo Fireworks
Multiple locations
MM 103-104
Key Largo, Fl
(305) 451-4502

A fireworks extravaganza over the water highlights Key Largo’s festivities as well. The sky above Blackwater Sound is to light up with a dazzling display hosted by bayside restaurants Sundowners, Señor Frijoles, Cactus Jack’s, Gus’ Grille at the Marriott Key Largo Beach Resort and the Caribbean Club, all located around MM 103-104. Tables fill up fast, so partiers are advised to arrive early. For information, call 305-451-4502. There is also free access in many areas for those who simply want to watch the fireworks.

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