It seems like just yesterday that we were counting down to 2017 – now 2018 is almost here! With the holiday festivities in full swing, planning for New Year's Eve can tend to be the last thing on your mind. But never fear. We're here to help with highlights of some of the best events around the country. With a myriad of celebrations in sunny climates, you can always enjoy warmth, even in the middle of winter. Read on to find an event near you!
Palm Springs – 2018 Palm Springs New Year's Eve Countdown
Ring in the New Year from Southern California's hottest destination! Palm Springs has a history steeped in Hollywood royalty, with stars of years past choosing this desert paradise as their getaway destination. The city's glamorous roots carry on to its New Year's Eve Countdown at the Spa Resort Casino. A sprawling outdoor block party features live music, abundant food, and an array of activities to keep you occupied. At 10:30 p.m., the Plain White T's will begin an outdoor concert leading up to a fireworks show when the clock strikes midnight. There's no need for Times Square when you have Palm Springs!
Paso Robles – New Year's Eve Celebration
Wish Paso Robles a happy 125th birthday as a part of the city's New Year's Eve Celebration! The two events are coinciding for a spectacular evening of food, dancing, and fireworks. A Gala Fundraising Dinner kicks the evening off with a theme that takes the historic Paso Robles Inn back in time. Step outside and you'll discover a family-friendly festival in Downtown City Park, complete with horseshoes, bocce ball, bubble blowing, live music, and more, all under gently glowing lights. Stay until the countdown and stand in awe of the festive fireworks displayed over downtown Paso Robles!
Austin – Austin's New Year 2018
Texas' quirky capitol is known for its style, and Austin's New Year celebration reflects the community's love for music. Dozens of independent artists and local bands will be playing at this family-friendly event, which is free of alcohol and packed with food trucks, art exhibitions, and a Magic Forest for the youngsters. The event features free admission and begins at 3 p.m. at Vic Mathias Shores, culminating in a fireworks show about two hours before the New Year Countdown begins.
Dallas – Day 1 Dallas
Another spectacular event in the Lone Star State, Day 1 Dallas is family-friendly, packed with fun, and free to attend. Unlike other events, Day 1 Dallas takes place on January 1 at Fair Park to start your year the right way. Children's activities abound with bounce houses, face painting, magic tricks, and more. A variety of vendors will offer scrumptious eats and the event finishes at 7 p.m. with a dazzling fireworks show.
Tampa – Busch Gardens New Year's Eve Celebration
End 2017 with a high-thrills celebration at Busch Gardens! Tampa's signature amusement park is open on New Year's Eve to send off the year with screams, shouts, twists, and turns. Take a ride on your favorite coaster, hear music throughout the park, and count down to 2018 with a fireworks show to kick off the year with a bang. With the park open until 1:00 a.m., you can even begin the year with a wild start on your favorite ride!
Orlando – New Year's Eve at Walt Disney World Resort
Celebrate New Year's Eve at "The Most Magical Place on Earth!" Walt Disney World Resort hosts an expansive roster of events including special dinners at a myriad of restaurants, a dance party at Frontierland, and the famous Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks show over Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle.
If only the adults are celebrating, then Disney's Contemporary Resort is the place to be. The iconic attraction will feature a Pixar Party, a countdown and concert at California Grill, and a fireworks display just for the resort.
Phoenix – Flannel Ball
Break out your 90's wardrobe for Phoenix's favorite NYE event, the Flannel Ball. This distinct celebration takes place in the Roosevelt Row Arts District and focuses on a theme of adaptive reuse. Local artists transform historic homes, contemporary buildings, narrow alleyways, and more into an outdoor art exhibition. Live music sets the mood as you explore your way through a maze of food trucks, a vibrant beer garden, lawn games, a piñata drop, and a champagne toast for the New Year. As a bonus, you can save up to $10 when you purchase tickets ahead of event day!
Phoenix – Phoenix Symphony New Year's Eve Celebration
Looking for an elegant way to end the year? Savor a blend of contemporary and classical music performed by the Phoenix Symphony during a special New Year's Eve concert. This distinct event is led by guest conductor Stuart Chafetz and features a blend of Strauss waltzes, holiday classics, and Broadway favorites to bring class and style to the New Year. With show times at 4:30 and 7:00 p.m., you can attend the concert before attending other events during the evening!
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