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10 Festive New Year’s Eve Parties To Attend In Fort Lauderdale

by Skye Sherman Dec 15, 2017 03:21 PM

From all-day street festivals to midnight Champagne toasts, there’s something for everyone when it comes to celebrating New Year’s Eve in Fort Lauderdale.

Welcome 2018 at one of these local hotspots and don’t forget to reflect on all the wonderful memories the past year has brought you.

Remix Your Year at the W Fort Lauderdale

Photo courtesy of W Fort Lauderdale

For a stellar start to 2018, head to the W Fort Lauderdale for an exquisite dinner buffet curated by chef Stephen Starr, three free cocktails, a balloon drop and, of course, a Champagne toast at midnight. The dancing begins at 8 p.m. and goes all night. Tickets ($170) must be purchased in advance. 

401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.414.8200; wnye2017.eventbrite.com

Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown

Photo by Michael Laughlin for Sun Sentinel

With over 100,000 expected to attend, this free street festival is one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in Florida. Festivities kick off at 3:30 p.m. with family activities like bounce houses, face painting, line dancing and free caricature drawings. At 7 p.m., kids can count down to the lighting of the 20-foot anchor, which will later drop 100 feet when the clock strikes midnight.

SW Second St. and SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.828.7275; fortlauderdale.gov/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/downtown-countdown

NYE Gala at The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale

Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale

For a sparkling celebration complete with a caviar display, a festive cocktail hour, live music and more, spend the last moments of 2017 at The Ritz. The property will host an all-night gala featuring a special menu, open bar and surprises throughout the evening. Tickets ($299 per adult and up to $199 per child, age-dependent) must be purchased in advance.

1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.465.2300; ritzcarlton.com

Lone Palm Pool Deck New Year’s Eve Soirée

Photo courtesy of Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

A family-friendly NYE party with live music and dancing awaits at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach. Reserve a cabana ($1,000) or daybed ($600) for perks like an open bar, a midnight Champagne toast, a charcuterie platter and party favors. General admission is $30. Reservations required.

1111 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood; 954.842.7907; margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com

Dance and Dine at the Diplomat Beach Resort

Photo courtesy of Diplomat Beach Resort

Ring in the new year at The Diplomat Beach Resort with an all-white party and tropical tunes at Portico Beer & Wine Garden, live music at the elegant Hotel Bar, a prix-fixe menu at Diplomat Prime ($175-$225) or tasting menus ($60 and up) at the property’s other acclaimed restaurants. Restaurant reservations required.

3555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood; 954.602.6000; diplomatresort.com

Fifth Annual Rock’n Noon Year’s Eve Party at the Young At Art Museum

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If you have young children or just can’t keep your eyes open until midnight, head to the Young At Art Museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At this party, complete with sparkling apple cider, live entertainment and themed crafts, the clock will count down to a balloon drop at noon. 

751 SW 121 Ave., Davie; 954.424.0085; youngatartmuseum.org

New Year’s Eve Gala at the Goldcoast Ballroom

Photo courtesy of Elaine Fitzgerald

Don your most sparkly frock and dance the year away at the world-famous Goldcoast Ballroom. Tickets ($60) include a professional showcase by award-winning dancers plus Champagne, party favors,and a breakfast buffet at 11 p.m. 

1415 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek; 954.979.0770; goldcoastballroom.com

NYE Oceanfront Rooftop Terrace Celebration at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa

Photo via Facebook/The Atlantic Hotel & Spa

What better place to begin a new year than a starlit rooftop overlooking the ocean? Dueling-piano group Shake, Rattle & Roll will perform live as you sip on bottomless libations and enjoy a grand buffet dinner before toasting the arrival of 2018.

601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.567.8020; eventbrite.com/e/nye-oceanfront-rooftop-terrace-celebration-tickets-40192284204

NYE 2018 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Photo courtesy of Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Make it a night to remember with a special menu ($69 and up) of seafood specialties and a delectable dessert bar. Spring for a VIP cabana at the Sunrise Terrace ($150 and up) if you’re into Champagne, charcuterie and a DJ spinning tunes from 8:30 p.m. til the wee hours of the new year. Kids can live it up with poolside apple cider, al fresco movies, games, treats and more. 

505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale; 954.414.2222; www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hilton-fort-lauderdale-beach-resort-FLLFSHH/index.html

New Year’s Eve at Shooters Waterfront

Photo via Facebook/Shooters Waterfront

Fire dancers, balloon drops and party favors, oh my! Close out the year with a bang as you enjoy a four-course menu ($99) overlooking the Intracoastal plus fiery entertainment sure to liven up the night. Arrive by water taxi for a truly remarkable finale to 2017. Tables must be reserved in advance. 

3033 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.566.2855; shooterswaterfront.com/event/new-years-eve

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