South Florida by nature is fun, vibrant, exciting and festive. It makes one awesome place to ring in the new year. From sunrise to midnight and beyond, some of the most exciting New Year’s Eve celebrations happen right here in South Florida. The best New Year’s Eve parties offer a mix of music, food and the opportunity to party hard. Whether it’s a multi-level nightclub or an expansive park with an awesome water view, any one of these choices will prove to be a New Year’s Eve to remember.


New Year’s Eve at Passion
Passion Nightclub at Seminole Hard Rock Casino
5701 Seminole Way
Hollywood, FL 33314
(954) 321-3443
www.passionnightclub.comThe vibe at Passion Nightclub can be described in one word – electric. It’s at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Hollywood and is the perfect platform for a New Year’s Eve blowout. Even better, the one and only Kid Rock is slated to host the event. Despite the 15,000 square feet of expansive space at the club, you can count on there being wall-to-wall partying. The party starts at 9 p.m. and the casual/chic dress code is strictly enforced. Bring your friends and reserve a table to really maximize the experience. Click here to purchase tickets and/or table packages.

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Bayfront Park’s New Year’s Eve
301 N. Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 358-7550
www.bayfrontparkmiami.comArguably the best New Year’s Eve party in South Florida, this famous free event is truly for everyone. It’s been called “One of the Top Places in the World to Ring in the New Year” by both MSN and USA Today. There’s food, music and activities for a group of friends looking for a live party or a family with kids looking for a safe place to enjoy some New Year’s Eve fun. Live music will be onsite and a spectacular fireworks show will take place right off of Biscayne Bay at midnight. The most sought-after experience is to watch The Big Orange make its grand ascension as you countdown the minutes and seconds until 2013 is officially here.

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The Great Gatsby Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve Celebration
Blue Martini Lounge (various locations)
www.bluemartinilounge.comAs you move forward into a new year, Blue Martini gets nostalgic and takes you back in time to the Roaring 20’s, a theme quite fitting for the vibe South Florida embodies. The Roaring 20’s was both chic and bustling, and there will be no shortage of that during the New Year’s Eve celebration at all five South Florida locations. The party will be complete with flapper girls and live entertainment, and of course, a menu of 42 martinis. Guests will also enjoy a champagne toast at midnight, free of charge.

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks Gala aboard The Musette Yacht
45th St. and Collins Ave. (right across the street from the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach)
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(561) 791-9686
www.newyearscruise.comBring in the new year under the moonlight and starts as you sail through Biscayne Bay. This inventive New Year’s Eve event aboard the Musette Yacht provides a buffet dinner, four hours of open-bar service, a midnight champagne toast and a premium view of the fireworks show on Biscayne Bay near downtown Miami. The luxury yacht has three levels, including a 160-seat air-conditioned dining room, a mid-level outdoor level and a third-floor viewing area with panoramic views of the coastline. Boarding begins at 8:30 p.m. and returns at 2 a.m. at the marina directly across the street from the world-famous Eden Roc Renaissance Hotel in Miami Beach.

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