New Year's Eve is coming right behind the Christmas and holiday blitz and there are plenty of happenings and celebrations to help ring in the New Year.
Miami might not be Times Square, but we do have our very own "Ball Drop", fireworks and a smashing LIVE New Year's Eve event featuring Miami's global superstar Pitbull and many of today's big-name artists.
Pitbull's New Year's Revolution and the countdown to 2016 will be broadcast live on FOX direct from our fantastic setting on Bayfront Park.
Check out what's on this year to welcome 2016 with a bang:
It looks like we will finally be hosting the largest FREE New Year's Eve party in South Florida for the Countdown to 2016!
Details are still trickling in, but it appears that this year we finally have all the pieces of the puzzle together for the smashing live event in Bayfront Park including our traditional Big Orange, the midnight Fireworks and our very own Mr 305, Pitbull, to host the mega party!
Unlike last year that Pitbull's New Year Revolution became a private event to the disappointment of thousands, this year it does look like it will happen, Bayfront park will be the place so get ready to toast 2016!
Miami's traditional celebration is Big Orange, the city's answer to New York's Ball Drop and one of America's official countdowns.
"Big Orange" is a 35-foot neon icon that is the centerpiece of the countdown to the New Year.
The celebrations begin early at Bayfront Park on New Year's Eve with the start of the Big Orange ascent.
Big Orange slowly creeps the 400 feet up the side of the InterContinental Hotel which is adjacent to the park, Big Orange reaches the top of the building at the stroke of midnight while fireworks explode all around to add that magical sparkle to our lovely Biscayne Bay.
Along with "Mr. Calle Ocho" many of today's big-name artists are expected to participate and put together a dynamite show, stay tuned for guest list, line-up and schedule of events!
When?: December 31, 2015. Details TBA, countdown one minute to midnight, fireworks at midnight.
Where?: Bayfront Park 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
How Much?: FREE!
Where to Park?: There is limited, paid parking at Bayfront Park. You can also park at Bayside Marketplace nextdoor or take the Metrorail to the Government Center Station then transfer to the Metromover Inner Loop to Bayfront Park.
No bottles, cans, coolers or personal fireworks are allowed at the park.
Legendary icon Billy Joel will perform for the first time on New Year's Eve in South Florida. The spectacular performance to ring in 2016 will include renowned hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career.
When? December 31, 2015 - 9:30 pm
Where? BB&T Center (Formerly BankAtlantic Center), Sunrise, Florida
How Much? $150+
On a normal day, or rather night, South Beach and Ocean Drive are a happening place, you can imagine what this turns into on New Year's Eve as the city goes all out to throw one colossal street party complete with a splendid fireworks display on the beach:
When? Live music and entertainment 9:00 pm to 2:00 am. Fireworks at midnight.
Where? Lummus Park at 8th St. and Ocean Drive in South Beach, street will be closed off to traffic
Where to Park?: It will be challenging unless you come early. Several options, metered parking on street or city lots and parking garages, see Parking in South Beach.
Free shuttles to/from North Beach.
More info: www.miamiandbeaches.com
How Much? FREE!
This is the second year of the College Football Playoffs, the BCS is history, and now bowl bids are a bit different.
There is no more BCS Bowls, instead we have the "New Year's Six" bowls: Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Peach Bowl.
The two Semi-Final play-off games will be hosted by all six bowls on a rotation basis over three years. This year's hosts are the Cotton Bowl and yes! the Orange Bowl!
So who will be coming to the Orange Bowl this year? Stay tuned...
When? December 31, 2015
Where? Sun Life Stadium (Formerly Dolphin Stadium), Miami Gardens, FL
How Much? TBA
If you are the party type, talk about being in the right place at the right time. Miami's nightlife is legendary and New Year's is the time to go all out.
From formal lofty affairs with fancy gowns to the latest swanky, celebrity-laden club or a breezy New Year's dinner aboard a mega yacht, New Year's Eve in Miami will be a very memorable experience.
Stay tuned, we will be posting as events and special deals are announced.
Happy New Year!!!
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