Celebrate New Year's Eve in Miami

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By: Patricia Azze

There’s no better place to celebrate the close of 2021 and the beginning of a fresh new year than in sunny, beautiful Greater Miami & Miami Beach. Winter in Miami is perfect for outdoor celebrations and, of course, there are parties a-plenty to suit your style to welcome 2022.

As always on New Year’s Eve, many people will be out and about, parking can be challenging, and public transportation and ride sharing is encouraged. Here’s a primer on tackling Public Transportation. You can also use Uber or Lyft ride sharing services on New Year’s Eve, though you should expect to pay more due to demand.

Unless otherwise indicated, all events listed below will take place on December 31, 2021.

Dreamland New Year’s Celebration in Miami Beach

December 30, 2021 – January 1, 2022

Out Magazine is calling it “Queerchella,” and if that sounds like your kind of New Year’s Eve celebration, be sure to book now for Dreamland NYE, a three-day New Year’s experience you’ll find only in Miami Beach. This LGBTQ+ event is headlined by pop diva Kim Petras and features performances by Sofi Tukker, Purple Disco Machine, Todrick Hall and others. Pollen, the event organizer, recommends booking the full experience with a stay at Clevelander South Beach, the host hotel. All events are open-air, and activities include daytime wellness sessions, pool parties and evening celebrations.

New Year’s Eve with Dojacat and Special Guest Alesso at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach

The iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach knows how to throw a party in style, and that certainly holds true for its New Year’s Eve bash. This year’s celebration features Doja Cat and special guest Alesso in concert poolside, just steps away from the ocean. Whether you spring for a reserved table, opt for a Premium Admission-Open Bar Ticket or enjoy the Family Experience Area at La Cote featuring a buffet and a sectioned-off area to ensure a safe, “all ages” experience, you’ll be celebrating the New Year at one of Miami Beach’s most historic and stylish hotels.

Capital One Orange Bowl College Playoff Football Semifinal

The Orange Bowl Football Game is an annual tradition in Miami. This year, the celebration of college football takes place on New Year’s Eve and is one of the semifinal games. The #2 Michigan Wolverines take on the #3 Georgia Bulldogs at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens for the right to go to the championship game. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

W Hotel Miami New Year's Eve Party

This year’s party at W Hotel Miami in Downtown Miami is themed “Kiss it Good-Bye!” At this chic rooftop event (cocktail attire, black tie encouraged), you can expect a four-hour premium open bar, top local DJs, and some of the most stunning views in all of Miami, including an amazing fireworks display set against the sparkling city skyline. Upgrade your experience with one of several VIP packages.

NYE Cruise on Poseidon Ferry

Count down to midnight aboard Poseidon Ferry, where you and your party will enjoy a cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres, a DJ, dancing on the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay and a champagne toast at midnight. From 9 p.m. - 12:30 a.m., you’ll cruise the waters, enjoying a spectacular view of the fireworks displays across Miami. The cruise departs from the Hyatt Regency Miami in Downtown Miami, and tickets are $149 per person.

Cuba Under the Stars Musical & Dinner Show at Miami International Mall

Looking for a unique, only-in-Miami way to celebrate the final hours of 2021? The Cuba Under the Stars Musical & Dinner Show at Miami International Mall in Doral is an exciting way to gather with family and friends for New Year’s Eve in Miami. This outdoor musical theater performance will showcase a grand orchestra and renowned Cuban actors and dancers, including Grammy Award winners. Reserve your table for two, four or six people, and enjoy the performance as well as a three-course dinner and cocktail reception before the show. Children are welcome, but attendees should be aware that loud music will be played throughout the performance so it may not be suitable for young children. The event ends at 11 p.m. so you can be back home, in your hotel room, or at another party to count down for the New Year.

Cheers to You, 2022! New Year's Eve at The Wharf Miami!

The Wharf is Downtown Miami’s go-to waterfront, outdoor party pad, so where better to toast to 2022 than “Cheers To You, 2022! New Year’s Eve at The Wharf Miami”? Doors open at 6 p.m. and the party will go on until late (estimated 3 a.m.) at this popular place along the Miami River. Enjoy live music, cocktails, food by The Chicken Spot, Sake Room, Spris Artisan Pizza and La Santa Taqueria. Tickets and table reservations are limited, so reserve now. Walk-ups may be welcome on New Year’s Eve, depending on capacity. This party is strictly 21+.

New Year's Eve Fireworks Paddle and Dinner at Virginia Key Outdoor Center

If you’re looking for something laid-back and unique for your New Year’s Eve in Miami, look no further than the New Year's Eve Fireworks Paddle and Dinner at the beautiful Virginia Key Outdoor Center, located on Virginia Key between the mainland and Key Biscayne. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with music, food and drinks. At 10:30 p.m., you’ll kayak or paddleboard out into Biscayne Bay with fellow revelers. Expect to see fireworks in all directions, including the shows in Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne and Fisher Island. (Note that the route is sheltered and away from boat traffic, and that guests who don’t want to paddle can still participate and watch the fireworks from the shore.) Dessert will be served after the fireworks.

Amara at Paraiso New Year’s Eve Sunset or Moonlight Dinner

Enjoy a wonderful New Year’s Eve meal at Amara at Paraiso by making a reservation for either its Sunset and a Moonlight Dinner overlooking Biscayne Bay. This multi-course culinary event, brought to you by James Beard Award-wining chef Michael Schwartz, will showcase bold Latin American flavors and coastal ingredients, and offers options for a first seating at sunset and a second seating to dine by moonlight. You may also inquire about an upgrade to a waterfront table.

Ode to Joy A New Year's Celebration

Orchestra Miami celebrates the end the year with an unforgettable free beachfront concert for the whole family. Ode to Joy highlights include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony led by artistic director Elaine Rinaldi, world-renowned soloists, a 60-voice choir and Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco. With VIP packages available, this incredible evening will be capped off with a spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks show!

For more ways to celebrate the New Year, visit our calendar of events.

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