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New Year’s Eve: Free and cheap things to do in South Florida

From extravagant holiday bashes to intimate gatherings, New Year’s Eve can take many twists and turns. While it is known to be on the pricier side, it is possible to celebrate on the cheap. Here are some free and cheap ways to spend New Year’s Eve.

Miami-Dade

Captain’s Ball New Year’s Eve 2022 at The Wharf Miami, 114 SW North River Drive

Out with the old and in with the new! Ring in 2023 at one of Miami’s hottest outdoor venues for FREE before 8 p.m. Limited tickets are available, reserve yours here. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Bayfront Park New Year’s Eve, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Celebrate New Year’s Eve Miami style at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami. This huge street party runs from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 31 and will keep you entertained well into the first hours of the new year. General admission is free but VIP tickets are also available for purchase at bayfrontnye.com.

Wynwood New Year’s Eve Bar Bash, The Dirty Rabbit, 151 NW 24th St.

Enjoy a free drink at each of the five spots participating including The Dirty Rabbit, Pilo’s Tequila Garden, Crusoe Wynwood, thedeck at Wynwood Marketplace and Bottled Blonde Miami, in this NYE Bar Bash/Crawl plus pick up swag, while supplies last. Tickets start at $20. Click here for info.

Broward

Free events

Downtown Fort Lauderdale with Anchor Drop

Entry is free for Downtown Fort Lauderdale New Year’s Eve event is 4 p.m. – 1 a.m. December 31 with fun for kids and adults at Southwest Second Street and Southwest Fifth Avenue. Parking fees apply. Feature: Free New Year’s Eve fun with anchor drop in Fort Lauderdale

Gulfstream Park, Hallandale

Entry is free for fun, laser show and live entertainment  9 p.m. – 1 p.m. December 31 at Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach 33009. The event includes nightclub vibe with a laser show and DJ, and 30 Vice band, featuring pop, R&B, Disco, Rock & other styles. Food is available for purchase. For other fun, Gulfstream offers a Free holiday lights show.

Miramar Regional Park

Fun for kids and families 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. December 31 and Family Disco Party 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway Miramar 33027. Register online for free entry.  $10 fee for parking may apply.

Register for 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. event online 

Register for 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. event online

Fees required

Noon Year’s Eve at Museum of Discovery & Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale

Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale is featuring a ball drop at 12 p.m. and festivities December 31, included with regular entry fees of $22 for ages 2-12, $27 for adults and $25 for seniors. $3 discount opportunity for Broward, Palm & Dade residents. Purchase tickets online.  

In The Game Noon Year’s Eve Party,  2608 Sawgrass Mills Circle, Sunrise

Dance party with smoke, lasers, and activities11 a.m. – 1 p.m. December 31 at In The Game arcade and recreation venue in Sunrise.  Fee is $23. Information is online.

The Wharf Fort Lauderdale

For 21 and older, entertainment, fireworks and food and drinks for purchase 6 p.m. – 3 a.m. December 31, 20 Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Tickets and information are online.

Greater Palm Beach

New Year’s Eve Old School Square, Delray

New Year’s Eve family event 6:30 p.m. December 31 with fireworks at 9 p.m. at Old School Square, 95 Northeast First Avenue, Delray Beach. Information is online

Holiday light show & ferris wheel

Holiday in Paradise in West Palm Beach includes Sandi the sand tree with vibrant light shows on the quarter hour and ferris wheel rides 6 p.m. –  12 a.m. December 31 with free entry for the display and light show. Ferris wheel rides are $5 or $20 for unlimited rides. Feature: West Palm Beach’s ‘Holiday in Paradise’ dazzles

 

The Square

Live music outdoors 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. December 31, The Square shopping, dining and entertainment hub, 561-366-1000, 700 S. Rosemary Avenue, West Palm. Parking on weekends is usually $6.

Noon Year’s Eve

Noon Year’s Eve is 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. December 31 at Town Center at Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton 33431,  features activities, face painting and other fun for kids. Photo ops with Red Titan Ryan and Combo Panda from Ryan’s World. Entry is free.

Sugar Sand Park,  Boca Raton 

For ages 4-8, fun activities, DJ, dancing, ball drop and games 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. December 31, with parent or guardian supervision required. Register by December 30. Fees are $10 for Boca Raton residents and $12.50 for nonresidents. Entry is free for one adult with child, $3 for each additional adult.  300 S. Military Trail. online.

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Please return to this feature to read about other events as they’re added. Happy New Year!

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Noelani Soto

About Noelani Soto

Noelani Soto is a lifestyle and travel writer based in Miami who enjoys the hunt of finding a good deal. She also has her own travel blog, “The Traveling Chismosa.” Noelani regularly contributes to other publications such as Culture Crusaders and Swanky Retreats. Contact her at news@miamionthecheap.com.

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