Orlando ranked No. 1 New Year’s Eve city in the US

Orlando ranked No. 1 New Year’s Eve city in the US
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Are you ready to usher in 2024 in style? Look no further than Orlando, FL – the ultimate destination for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration, according to a recent study by WalletHub. Boasting the top spot overall, Orlando stands out for its exceptional food and entertainment offerings, making it an ideal choice for revelers seeking a memorable experience without breaking the bank.

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“Orlando, FL is the best city for ringing in the new year – and it’s also one of the most frequently visited during the holiday,” notes WalletHub. Whether you’re envisioning a holiday experience at a magical destination like Disney World or opting for a cozy celebration at home or in a hotel, Orlando has you covered. The city clinches the top position for its vibrant nightlife options and an abundance of affordable restaurants with 4.5+ star ratings, ensuring you can savor both a festive atmosphere and a delectable meal before bidding farewell to 2023.

And let’s not forget the dazzling fireworks displays that light up the Orlando sky. With some of the longest fireworks shows in the country and the freedom for enthusiasts to set up their own displays, Orlando promises a spectacular visual feast as you welcome the new year.

To help you plan your New Year’s Eve festivities, here’s a roundup of some fantastic events happening around town on December 31, 2023:

  1. Old Town New Year’s Eve Celebration, Kissimmee
    • When: 1 p.m. Sunday
    • Concert: Starts at 7 p.m.
    • What to expect: Family-friendly atmosphere, music, car show, fireworks
    • Cost: Free
    • More info
  2. ICON Park, Orlando
    • When: 8 p.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. Saturday
    • Cost: Free
    • What to expect: Light show, live DJ, specialty drinks
    • More info
  3. Asian Lantern Festival at Central Florida Zoo, Sanford
    • When: 5:30 p.m. Sunday
    • Cost: About $20/person
    • More info
  4. Thornton Park Block Party, Orlando
    • When: 8:30 p.m. Sunday to 2 a.m. Monday
    • What to expect: Concerts, music, food
    • Tickets: Start at $20
    • More info
  5. The Castle Irish Pub, Orlando
    • When: 11 a.m. Sunday to 2 a.m. Monday
    • Cost: Free
  6. University CityWalk, Orlando
    • What to expect: Live band, DJ
    • Cost: No cover, but parking charge applies
  7. Winter Wonderland Market, JW Marriott, Orlando
    • What to expect: Holiday food, drinks, crafts, kids’ activities
    • Cost: Free
    • More info
  8. Alfond Inn, Winter Park
    • When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday to 1:30 a.m. Monday
    • What to expect: Live music, ball drop, champagne, dancing
    • Cost: $75+
    • More info
  9. Park Avenue Tavern, Winter Park
    • What to expect: New Year’s Eve brunch and dinner
    • Cost: $70/person
    • More info
  10. Boxi Park, Lake Nona
    • When: 9 p.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. Monday
    • What to expect: Live music, champagne toast, party favors
    • Cost: Starts at $25
    • More info

Additionally, here’s a list of fireworks shows happening in Orlando to add that extra sparkle to your New Year’s Eve:

Get ready for an extraordinary New Year’s Eve celebration in Orlando, where the magic never stops!


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