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30 can’t-miss New Year’s parties around Greater Orlando

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

We can’t believe it either, but 2017 is just around the corner. Greater Orlando has many options for celebrating the new year in style, including these standouts—ranging from all-ages fun for the whole family to parties that will have Mom and Dad hiring a sitter.

Church Street New Year’s Eve Party: Perfect for parents who are celebrating without kids, this event includes several participating bars and fireworks. Downtown Orlando, (407) 649-4270

Countdown to Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party: Legoland Florida is throwing a true New Year’s “block” party for kids and parents alike. Winter Haven, (877) 350-5346

Disney Countdown to Midnight: Celebrate at the California Grill atop the Contemporary Resort with food, live music, libations and a sky-high view. Walt Disney World, (407) 939-5277

DRIP’s New Year’s Eve Experience: DRIP’s paint parties are unique in their own right, and even more so when they welcome a new year. International Drive, (347) 855-3747

Epcot New Year’s Celebration: Party around the World Pavilion with live DJs and two showings of the Illuminations fireworks display. Walt Disney World, (407) 824-4321

EVE at Universal CityWalk: This event will include live performances, a gourmet buffet, a champagne toast and six party zones. Universal Orlando, (407) 224-4233

ICEBAR Orlando New Year’s Masquerade Ball: Reserved seating and open-bar packages are available at this adults-only event. International Drive, (407) 426-7555

I-Drive 360’s New Year’s Eve Block Party Celebration: Featuring a live DJ, fireworks and a light show, plus special Florida-resident discounts. International Drive, (407) 601-7907

James Bond New Year’s Eve Party: Guests 21 and up are invited to channel their inner James Bond or Bond Girl at the Enzian Theater’s annual bash. Maitland, (407) 629-0054

New Year’s Eve at The Abbey: Complimentary champagne will be served all night, and the iconic ball drop will be televised on a giant screen. Downtown Orlando, (407) 704-6103

New Year’s Eve at B.B. King’s Blues Club: Various dinner packages can be had at this blues-powered musical welcome to 2017. Pointe Orlando, (407) 370-4550

New Year’s Eve at Capa: This Four Seasons restaurant is offering two different prix-fixe meals, plus a rooftop view of Disney’s fireworks and an after-party. Lake Buena Vista, (407) 313-7777

New Year’s at The Chef’s Table at the Edgewater: This award-winning eatery celebrates with a four-course tasting menu and champagne. Winter Garden, (407) 230-4837

New Year’s at Funky Monkey Bistro & Bar: Get funky with live performances and an all-you-can-eat, prix-fixe menu. Pointe Orlando, (407) 418-9463

New Year’s Eve at Wall Street Plaza: Celebrate in the heart of downtown at one of the city’s biggest and best New Year’s block parties. Downtown Orlando, (407) 849-0471

New Year’s Eve Bash: Balls will roll instead of drop at Boardwalk Bowl’s annual celebration, which includes various packages and price points. Union Park, (407) 384-0003

New Year’s Eve Chef’s Dinner: The Osprey Tavern rolls out a five-course meal and champagne toast, plus live entertainment. Baldwin Park, (407) 960-7700

New Year’s Eve Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks: Magic Kingdom guests can ring in 2017 with some of Disney’s best fireworks of the year. Walt Disney World, (407) 939-3463

New Year’s Eve Gala at the Alfond Inn: Experience live music, an open bar, chef-attended dining stations, and more at this Rollins College-operated hotel. Winter Park, (407) 998-8090

New Year’s Eve Gala at Bull & Bear: Guests and visitors to the Waldorf Astoria Orlando can dine on a prix-fixe menu and bottomless champagne. Lake Buena Vista, (407) 597-5500

New Year’s Eve: Mead, Meat & Mayhem: Get your geek on with Cloak & Blaster’s Viking-themed party, including spiced mead and mulled wine. Waterford Lakes, (407) 674-7435

New Year’s Eve Party on the Piazza: Countdown under the Harbor Piazza’s twinkling lights at Universal’s Loews Portofino Bay. Universal Studios, (407) 503-1000

New Year’s Eve with Tom Segura: Offering an optional dinner package, the Orlando Improv will welcome 2017 with comedian Tom Segura. Pointe Orlando, (407) 480-5233

NYE at Caribe Royale: This resort is offering New Year’s eats at Tropicale and The Venetian Room, plus dancing, live music and a champagne toast. Lake Buena Vista, (407) 238-8000

NYE at Deep Blu Seafood Grille: A five-course, prix-fixe dinner awaits revelers, and the party continues at Wyndham Grand Orlando’s adjacent Bar 1521. Lake Buena Vista, (407) 390-2300

Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar New Year’s Eve Festivities: Welcome 2017 with music, drink specials, food and no cover charge. Dr. Phillips, (407) 226-0550

Rock ‘Til the Drop 2017 New Year’s Eve Party: Featuring live music, food, dancing and fun for the whole family (all ages welcome) at Hard Rock Live. Universal Orlando, (407) 351-5483

Sam & Bubbe’s Bar New Year’s Eve Party: Rosen Centre’s event includes Times Square coverage and a complimentary champagne toast. International Drive, (866) 996-9939

Taverna Opa Goes Live New Year’s Eve Celebration: Attendees can enjoy performances plus a five-course meal, open bar and champagne toast. Pointe Orlando, (407) 351-8660

Zeta Bar Bubble Lounge: Hilton Bonnet Creek’s Zeta Bar & Sushi Lounge becomes the Bubble Lounge, plus fireworks and restaurant specials. Lake Buena Vista, (407) 597-3600