It's time to say goodbye to 2016 and welcome 2017, and Central Florida is one of the most exciting places to celebrate. Fireworks, spectacular dining and plenty of family fun events let you ring in 2017 with a bang.

Let's begin at the world-famous theme parks. Celebrate all night long at both of Universal Orlando's theme parks - Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. Festivities throughout the parks include DJs, character meet and greets, and fireworks at midnight. The party continues over at Universal CityWalk for a night full of celebration with six unique party zones, signature drinks, and more. Don't forget those dancing shoes; dance the night away on Orlando's biggest outdoor dance floor. Admission is required for events at Universal Orlando Resort. 
Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando

Countdown to 2017 at three of the parks at Walt Disney World Resort: EpcotMagic Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. At Epcot, dance the night away around the world followed by a countdown and pyrotechnic salute to the New Year.  Over at the Magic Kingdom, the sky will light up two nights in a row (Dec. 30 & 31) with the spectacular fireworks presentation, "Fantasy in the Sky." Then it's time to Rock ‘n Roll into the New Year at Hollywood Studios. Due to the capacity of the parks on New Year's Eve, be sure to plan accordingly and arrive early.  Admission also required at all of the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks.
Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

At SeaWorld Orlando celebrate the connection of the sea, sea life, and the world with family and friends. Festivities include a delicious meal followed by a vibrant fireworks display lighting up the night sky. Early booking is recommended for dining packages.
Sea Of Trees Christmas Lights

It's a full family affair at LEGOLAND Florida with a kid-friendly New Year's Eve party, winding down with a LEGO-inspired fireworks display, well before midnight.
Christmas Bricktacular at Legoland Florida

If theme parks are not your thing, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the New Year.

  • Rock the Clock New Year's Eve Celebration at Old Town.
  • Five Star New Year's Eve at I-Drive 360 is an all-night-long Brazilian-inspired dance party beneath the Coca Cola Orlando Eye.
  • Rockin' the Cloud block party in Downtown St. Cloud.
  • Reunion Resort is going all out with a Grande celebration complete with delicious food stations, dancing, and a front-row view of the fireworks. The whole family can also dance the night away during a celebratory pool party around an inflatable big screen, ideal for watching the ball drop.
  • New Year's Eve dinner at Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Palms.
  • Poolside activities and a spectacular fireworks display will ring in the New Year at Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

Wishing everyone a very happy new year, and hoping you visit us soon!