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Ringing in 2014 in Central Florida

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There are hundreds of ways to ring in the New Year around Central Florida. You can spend hundreds of dollars, or spend nothing. You can go crazy and party with friends, or spend a quiet night with family. The possibilities are endless in this beautiful part of the country where you can even take a midnight stroll on the beach.

A majority of partygoers will make their way to downtown Orlando tonight. The NYE 2014 Bash is happening on Wall Street Plaza starting at 8 pm and rocking until 3 am. Tickets are $25 at the door. You can pay $100 for access to the VIP lounge, which includes an open bar and a 2 am breakfast buffet.

Church Street often hosts the largest crowd, and this year there are various prices and tickets you can purchase, that include all kinds of different locations and amenities. Visit for the details of this raucous celebration.

If you are looking to avoid the insanity of downtown Orlando, you may want to try some of the downtown events in the smaller surrounding cities. Winter Garden and Clermont offer many little gems in which you can toast in the New Year without as much traffic or as many crowds. Many of the bars in Winter Garden offer outdoor seating so you can take in the fresh air and glimpse a last look at the beautiful Christmas tree.

You could make your way to Old Town in Kissimmee, and listen to live music by Kenyon Lockry. Here you can make a champagne toast with fireworks and confetti at midnight. And if you are from up north and are nostalgic for a little snow this New Year’s Eve, you may wish to visit Celebration for their nightly snowfalls at 6, 7, 8, and 9 pm.

If you have refrained from partying too hard this New Year’s Eve, perhaps you would like to spend New Year’s Day with the kids at “Winter in the Park”. For $10 you can skate at the Holiday Ice Skating Rink at Central Park West Meadow, 150 North New York Avenue in Winter Park. The $10 fee includes skate rental, and all day access to the rink. Call 407.599.3203 for group discounts.


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