If you’re looking for something fun to do New Year’s Eve, free festivities December 31 include an outdoor party in Fort Lauderdale with entertainment, an anchor drop and early kid-friendly activities.
Free New Year’s Eve Festivities
- Free New Year’s Eve street festival in Fort Lauderdale, with early fun for kids & bedazzled anchor drop at midnight with fireworks & entertainment
Live music is featured about 7:45 p.m. to 1 a.m. A 20-foot-tall 17-foot-wide anchor embellished with thousands of LED lights drops at midnight. Entertainment includes
- Big City Dogs 7:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Pocket Change 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. funk, R&B, soul, Motown & dance party music
Earlier, family-friendly entertainment and activities for kids are about 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.,with an early countdown at 7 p.m. Activities for youngsters include bounce houses, slides, face painting, games, contests, line dancing with DJ William Pennhouse, free caricatures & selfies with OBIE, the Orange Bowl Mascot 6 to 8 p.m.
The venue is Southwest Second Street from Southwest Second Avenue to Southwest Fifth Avenue in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Downtown parking fees apply. Parking information is online.Information is online or 954-828-5363
- Free music at Hollywood Beach bandshell 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- Free party at Gulfstream Park, 8 p.m. December 31 to 1 a.m. January 1, includes entertainment & laser show, 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach 33009, 954-454-7000
- New Year’s Eve festivities in Miami
Other things to do New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day
- Rockin’ Noon Year’s Eve Party 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 31 with balloon drop at noon, entertainment & art activities. Family-friendly. Young At Art, 751 SW 121 Ave., Davie 33325, $14 per person or $12 for Broward residents, seniors and youngsters over age 1; $11 for military members & immediate families, free for Museum members
- Xtreme Action Park is featuring a Neon New Year’s Eve Skate Party 9 p.m. December 31 to 1 a.m. for kids and adults. Includes roller skating, DJ entertainment & projection screens airing the Times Square festivities around midnight. Tickets are $10 online. 5300 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale 33309, 954-491-6265
- SparZ New Years Eve event, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., includes bowling, food, champagne Toast, entertainment. 2-for-1 deal $50, 5325 South University Drive, Davie 33328, 954-434-9663
- Fantasy of Lights drive-through display $17 per vehicle, or $14 per vehicle with discount voucher
- Sawgrass Lanes 8501 N. University Drive, Tamarac 33321, 954-722-2700, December 31, $79.99 for up to 6 people, includes three hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, soda, wings & champagne for ages 21 and older
- Bowlero Davie 8200 W. State Road 84, Davie 33324, 954-473-8822, New Year’s Eve party packages $21.99 to $41.99 per person, reservations 866-211-3369
- Xtreme Action Park is featuring a Neon New Year’s Eve Skate Party 9 p.m. December 31 to 1 a.m. January 1 for kids and adults. Includes roller skating, DJ entertainment & projection screens airing the Times Square festivities around midnight. Tickets are $10 online. 5300 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale 33309, 954-491-6265
- Restaurants open New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day
- First Day Hikes at Florida State Parks
- $41.25 Groupon deal for Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert, Coral Springs Center for the Arts, $63 value
Other free events New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day
- Symphony of Lights at Gulfstream Park 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. December 31, free
- Winterfest boat parade re-aired on TV 5 a.m. & 12 p.m. January 1
Happy and safe holidays !!!
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