As we get ready to wave 2021 goodbye, we are looking forward to the return of our iconic New Year's Eve celebrations which were largely missed last year due to the pandemic. Miami might not be Times Square, but the city does put on the show come New Year's Eve... and not only that, we get to welcome 2022 in balmy 70 degree weather... on the beach... what could be better?!
The annual countdown bash in Bayfront Park featuring many of today's big-name artists and the fireworks on the bay are back this year, and so are the great variety of countdown celebrations, gala cruises, rooftop bashes... and we do have our very own "Ball Drop" or rather "Orange Drop"...
But Bayfront Park is not the only game in town.
It has just been announced that Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson are set to host an 'All-Star' New Year's Eve Special in Miami for NBC which will air live on December 31, from 10:30 pm until 12:30 am and will be live-streamed on Peacock.
And the repertoire of New Year's hot parties and events range from the iconic celebrations at the Fontainbleau to New Year's Eve yacht galas and rooftop fireworks bashes.
For those wanting to toast the New Year in a more calm and peaceful vibe and away from the mayhem, many venues will be hosting special New Year's Eve gala dinners to gather with family and friends as we count down to 2022. Venues in Coconut Grove, Surfside, Sunny Isles, Key Biscayne and Coral Gables are tops.
Hotels during this period are running at high capacity. Besides the gorgeous weather and top-notch roster of NYE celebrations, annual events like the Orange Bowl will also draw the crowds. Needless to say, you need to book your hotel and accomodations as early as possible. Here is a guide for New Year's Eve Hotels in Miami.
Check out what's on this
year in Miami to welcome 2022 with a bang, details are still trickling in, so check back often for updates to this page:
Miami New Year's Eve Highlight Events and Fireworks
Big Orange "Ball Drop", New Year's Countdown Bash and Fireworks at Bayfront Park
UPDATE: BIG ORANGE has been cancelled. Concert and fireworks will go ahead, however, NOELIA will not participate in concert due to concerns over the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
live event in Bayfront Park including our traditional Big Orange, the midnight Fireworks and mega party this year featuring Willie Chirino, Nacho, Amaury Gutierrez and many more, is the perfect place to welcome the New Year in gorgeous South Florida weather...
This FREE event is one of the most anticipated annual events and this year will kick off at 6:00 pm at Bayfront Park.
Miami's traditional countdown 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.
Early on New Year's Eve, 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.
UPDATE: Although the original neon Big Orange will not go up, The City of Miami has teamed up with LaserNet to create a 3D-mapped version of the Big Orange that will be laser-projected onto the side of the Intercontinental Hotel.
Many of today's big-name artists are expected to participate and put together a dynamite show.
New Year's Eve Bayfront Park Party 2022 Concert Schedule:
From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm:
>Carlos Oilva y Los Sobrinos del Juez
Lena & Malena Burke
Los 3 de la Habana
From 9:30 pm to midnight:
Gente de Zona
When?: December 31, 2021 - doors open at 6:00 pm
Where?: Bayfront Park 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
Big Orange (laser projection) on the side of the Intercontinental Hotel
Where to Park?: There is limited, paid parking at Bayfront Park (i.e. Don't even try) You can park at Bayside Marketplace nextdoor or
take the Metrorail to the Government Center Station then transfer to the Metromover Inner Loop to Bayfront Park. There's also Uber, Lyft and the free trolleys.
No bottles, cans, coolers or personal fireworks are allowed at the park.
Ode to Joy - A New Year's Eve Beachfront FREE Concert and Fireworks at Collins Park
Orchestra Miami presents the ultimate New Year's Eve Celebration - an unforgettable, family-friendly, free beachfront concert of Beethoven's Symphony N. 9 (Ode to Joy), performed by Orchestra Miami, Miami's premiere professional orchestra.
Bring the whole family to this free, outdoor event. Festivities begin at 7:00 pm and the fun continues to midnight ending with a spectacular fireworks display! The event takes place on the beach between 21st and 22nd streets - bring a blanket or a beach chair. The concert is free and open to all, with donations gratefully accepted.
When? New Year's Eve December 31, 2021 - starts 7:00 pm. Fireworks of course at midnight.
Where? Collins Park at 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
This is a free street festival for the entire family. Each year revelers pack downtown to ring in the New Year and see the magnificent lighted anchor drop at midnight.
Festivities for kids include bounce houses, inflatables, face painting, games, contests, dancing with the DJ, and a special kids countdown at 7:00 pm. When night falls, the party begins for adults with live music on two stages!
When? New Year's Eve December 31, 2021 - starts 4:30 pm.
Where? Downtown Ft. Lauderdale, just across the street from the Museum of Discovery & Science
New Year's Eve At The Fontainebleau with Doja Cat and Alesso
One of Miami's iconic New Year's Eve celebrations... The Fontainebleau is the magnet for first rate events and VIP treatment, after all, this is where Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin once entertained.
Year after year, it attracts a roster of top notch artists and performers... Lady Gaga, Drake, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, J Balvin... have hosted the Fontainebleau's NYE bashes in the past. The resort's legendary oceanfront poolscape takes center stage for a memorable welcome to the New Year.
To welcome 2022, Doja Cat and special guest Alesso will transform the resort's iconic poolscape into the hottest New Year's Eve party on Miami Beach performing hits off their chart-topping albums. A variety of ticket and table packages are available, including premium open bar, reserved tables and a Family Experience viewing package.
When? December 31, 2021 - Doors open at 9:00 pm at poolside event
Where? Poolside at the Fontainbleau, lawn and stageside areas are 21+, LaCote Restaurant and La Cote lawn will turn into an extension of the poolside party where families can enjoy the night's performance by Doja Cat with special guest Alesso (all ages)
Fountainbleau Hotel at 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
How Much? Premium admission with open bar $299, tables $5000+
A Night in Tokyo NYE 2022 at the Clevelander South Beach
Get your chopsticks and paper fans ready, because this New Year's Eve we invite you to unleash your senses and drift on over to Clevelander's "A Night In Tokyo!"
Join us for a night of inventive cocktails, mind-blowing entertainment, and your favorite Japanese indulgences such as sushi, cherry blossoms, and Geishas! Choose from an Open Bar on the Tokyo Drift Deck on the 1st floor, Cherry Blossom Terrace on SPF -4 (4th-floor rooftop), or The Pink Sushi Club located on the 6th floor on the C-LEVEL Rooftop. Cocktail Attire, Upscale Chic with a Japanese twist. Must be 21+
Where? The Clevelander South Beach at 1020 Ocean Drive, South Beach, Miami Beach, FL 33139
NYE 2022 "Kiss it Good-Bye!" at the W Miami Downtown's 15th Floor Rooftop Lounge
If you want that more exclusive high-end lounge vibe with amazing beats and gorgeous views, then escape to W Miami on New Year's Eve and Kiss 2021 Good-Bye!
Enjoy Premium Open Bar, amazing panoramic views of downtown and Biscayne Bay Private Fireworks Show, complimentary party favors for all while supplies last, Stellar VIP Packages w/ Champagne Service, VIP section with private bars and upgraded party favors, Top Rated Countdown in Downtown Miami.
Must be 21+. Dress to Impress! Cocktail attire, upscale chic. Black tie encouraged.
New Year's Eve 2022 at MO Bar + Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental
Experience midnight magic and ring in 2022 at the ultrachic MO Bar + Lounge at Mandarin Oriental with a table, bottle of Taittinger Brut Champagne, a lavish seafood platter and decadent desserts for $365 per couple. Upgrade to the ultimate package and enjoy a table, a bottle of Taittinger Comtes de Champagne a lavish seafood platter and decadent desserts by Chef for $655 per couple.
Where? NYE at MO Bar + Lounge, Mandarin Oriental Miami at 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL, 33131
How Much? $365 per couple, w/premium Champagne $665 per couple. All prices subject to service and taxes.
A majestic outdoor musical theater show, presenting a beautiful love story through the Cuban culture and nostalgia. A grand orchestra, 25 Broadway dancers, renowned Cuban actors and Grammy award artists under the stars of Miami, while enjoying an exquisite top of the line gastronomy presentation.
Show is table seated, tables of 6, 4 and 2. Seating Capacity: 500, with 6 feet of space between tables.
Where? Miami International Mall at 1455 Northwest 107th Avenue, Doral, FL 33172
How Much? $150 - $200 per person includes Theatrical Spectacular and Dinner. Drinks and Tips not included on purchase price.
New Year's Weekend Events, Concerts and Entertainment
Santa's Echanted Forest
The largest Christmas-Themed Amusement Park and Carnival is back with its millions of dazzling lights, South Florida's tallest christmas tree, and the carnival rides
for little ones and those wanting a little more extreme.
In a new location at Hialeah Park, you will no doubt see the lights as you drive past. It is a huge
sprawling lively event, just coming to see the lights is worth the trip. Tons of entertainment for kids and families round it all up. There are the many
live shows, games, magic acts, mazes, all sorts of rides, from carrousels to roller coasters and drop towers and of course, the carnival food!
When? November 4, 2021 - January 2, 2022 - 5:00pm to Midnight
Where? Hialeah Park at 3100 East 4th Ave. Hialeah, FL
How Much? Adults (9-64) $39.25, Children (3-8) and Seniors 65+ $29.91. Season Passes: Adults (9-64) $67.29, Children (3-8) and Seniors 65+ $57.94
An enchanted, illuminated experience full of fantasy and wonderment where things like the Wise Talking Tree, Flying Fairies and a Sunflower Maze come to life.
Come and marvel at unbelievable live effects such as holographic butterflies and floating orchids throughout multiple acres of dazzling magic.
When? November 12, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Where? Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156
How Much? General Admission $34, Children 10 and under $29, plus service fees. Discounts for Fairchild members and non-peak hours, season passes available. Groupon General Admission $34 $25
Symphony In Lights Holiday Celebration at Gulfstream Park
The entire property will be illuminated with more than 250,000 LED lights, all set to the sounds of holiday favorites from yesterday and today.
A 10-minute light show will begin at the top of every hour from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
"Symphony in Lights" is not only the perfect opportunity to experience some holiday magic, but also to enjoy shopping, dining and boundless entertainment at Gulfstream Park Village's open-air setting.
When? November 13 - December 31, 2021, kick-off event on Saturday, November 13 from 7-10 p.m. Emmy award-winning newscaster Calvin Hughes will serve as the emcee and the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida will perform a lively set along with a 7-piece band. Even Santa Claus himself will ride in to kick off the festivities.
Where? Gulfstream Park at 901 S. Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
How Much? FREE
It's that magical time of the year as the park transforms into a fabulous array of shimmering trees and dazzling (animal-shaped of course) lights that adorn every corner of this fantastic animal kingdom.
What else? Appearances by Santa (until December 23), animal presentations, arts & crafts and letters to Santa (limited spaces available), hot cocoa and cookies (fee), Snowman's River Boat Rides ($5 per person)
When?: Select nights from November 26 - December 30, 2021 - 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where?: Zoo Miami at 1 Zoo Boulevard, 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177
How Much?: TBA, last year $19.95 per adult and $17.95 per child age 3 - 12 plus tax (Members save $3),
With this 60-degree weather, what better way to warm up and get ready into the holiday spirit with family and friends than with
some Snow, Holiday Treats, Hot chocolate and much more while you can meet Santa Claus, Nix the Snowman and Sprinkle the Gingerbread Cookie
at a beautiful illuminated Forest.
Holiday treats, hay rides, paddleboat rides, Santa, pony rides, and many more activities for kids!
When?: Thursdays through Sundays November 26, 2021 - January 9, 2022
Where?: Pinto Farm at 14890 SW 216 Street, Miami, FL 33170
How Much?: $34.99, children under one free, includes paddle boat rides, tractor rides, pony rides, race track, petting zoo, hay maze, and of course you get to meet Santa.
The magic of "Vintage Florida" Historic Holiday Decor: Visitors can tour the historic houses at the Deering Estate as they come alive with holiday accents and decorations. As part of this year's Historic Holiday Decor, the magic of "Vintage Florida" comes to life with cherished holiday traditions that bring a feeling of warm nostalgia and a welcome respite from the modern world.
The Deering Estate has assembled a team of top designers that will once again transform the homes for the holiday season, led by its award-winning Designer-in-Residence, Alfredo Brito.
When? November 27, 2020 to January 8, 2021
How Much? Estate admission: Adults $15, Children (4 - 14) $7
Holiday Evening Strolls: Stroll the main grounds and the Historic Homes as they light up in the night. Enjoy the warmth of a campfire and showings of holiday films! Children can also bring their letters to Santa to drop off. Wrap up the night as Mrs. Claus arrives to read bedtime stories to the children from afar.
When? December 4 and 16, 2020 - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
How Much? Adults $15, Children (4 - 14) $7
Where? The Deering Estate at 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33157
Pinecrest Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland dotted by thousands of twinkling lights that go up, through and around the whimsical botanical landscape. This year they are adding a whole new section of sparkling holiday lights and a bigger than last year's holiday-themed maze in the gardens.
Eat yummy treats, have a signature Pinecrest Gardens cocktail and enjoy magical Story Time with Mrs. Claus. Stay tuned for Santa Claus special appearances.
On select evenings, admission includes a holiday concert performance in the historic Banyan Bowl.
When? December 10, 2021 - January 2, 2022 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where? Pinecrest Gardens at 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest, Florida 33156
How Much? $15 - $20
Garden of Lights is Flamingo Gardens' annual holiday event and a delight with self guided strolls through paths adorned with thousands of festive lights and decorations.
There are live performances on select nights.
Please note the narrated tram tour, animal exhibits, and Wray Home Museum close at 5pm.
When? Dec. 17-23 and 26-30, 2021, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, until 10:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays
Where?: Flamingo Gardens at 3750 S. Flamingo Rd, Davie, FL 33330
How Much?: General Admission $21.95 per person, children (3-11) $15.95, Admission after 5:00 pm TBA
King Mango Strut at the Grove - 2021 TO BE CONFIRMED
The King Mango Strut is the wackiest of the wackiest, it's a parade that was born as the antithesis of the
King Orange Bowl parade way back, when struters were rejected by King Orange for being too "irreverent" so they decided to start
their own King Mango parade, and irony of ironies, the King Orange Bowl Parade does not exist any more.
So what is it? It's a parade with a party atmosphere on a fun and laid back afternoon the last Sunday of the year.
The theme or rather themes of the parade are anything and everything that made the headlines this year, Mango style of course, meaning, it is a parody of the year's highlights all in the name of fun. Like for example? Everything and everybody is fair game, the TSA, the Pope, twinkies, the Royal Family, politicians, specially politicians ...
Who participates? Anybody can participate, as in, "be on the parade". This is not an over the top parade, the "floats" are not fancy structures or designs, it is all
very relaxed with hilarity and fun as the only requirement.
Is it ok for kids? Yes, the Pre-Mango Strut activities begin with the Little Miss Mango Pageant for kids 5 to 12, it is a VERY competitive pageant and all contestants are expected to win, the winners get to ride in the opening "float" of the parade!
So take part or just come to watch, bring a cooler, a folding chair, and be ready to spend the funniest and craziest time, check it out:
When?: Sunday December 26, 2021 - TBC, parade starts at 2:00 p.m., after-strut street party and dancing afterwards
Where?: Downtown Coconut Grove from Green Street to Coco Walk then back to Commodore Plaza
How Much?: Free!
Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert recreates the beauty of Vienna's golden era, led by a witty and charming conductor who is an expert in Viennese music, Salute to Vienna features a European cast of singers, ballroom dancers, and ballet that brings to life the music of Johann Strauss. Backed by the Strauss Symphony, the performance is rich with selections from beloved operettas, elegant dances, lively overtures, and the beautiful Blue Danube Waltz. Celebrate the start of the New Year with Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert!