Miami is bocoming an ever bigger player in the new year's eve market, with the popuilar Florida city adding the excellent Pitbull's New Year Revolution party to their new year event calendar in an attempt to challenge the supremacy of the New York ball drop, and so far it seems to be going pretty well, especially as it was added to a range of NYE events that already included spectacular midnight fireworks over Biscayne Bay, the ever popular Fontainebleau at Miami Beach as well as several beach front parties that attract very large crowds.
Miami is now the focal point for new year's eve in Florida, and attracts huge crowds not just from the surrounding areas but all the whole country and even internationally as the winter sun only adds to the list of local attractions to make this top choice for your new year party. It isn't the only destination in the region though - if you're looking for other new year events in the Miami area, please also check out our Fort Lauderdale page.
Miami has a number of great events taking place on new year's eve, with a very popular event being the big midnight fireworks display over Biscayne Bay. The event here takes place at Lummus Park at 8th St and Ocean Drive in South Beach, with the whole street closed to traffic, and there will be live music and entertainment from 9pm-2am, with fireworks over the beach at midnight.
One of the biggest shows for live music on new year's eve for the last 2 years was hosted by Pitbull in Miami, performing live and hosting the Fox network's New Year's Eve Special in a show titled "Pitbull's New Year's Revolution" in Bayfront Park.
Last year tickets for early entry could be secured by attending the earlier Worldwide Food and Wine festival but as yet there's no sign of a repeat for this year - we'll update you if we hear anything.
Latest: The Worldwide NYE party does indeed return for new year 2018, a private ticketed event with a selection of gourmet food stations led by award winning chef Michelle Bernstein. This isn't cheap though, tickets start at $245. You can get your online here.
Get all the latest on the Pitbull New Year Revolution here:
The iconic Big Orange is a key part of the new year party at Bayfront Park, the dropping of which from the roof of the InterContinental Hotel is a highlight of the evening's events that includes Pitbull's big free show at the Bayfront Amphitheater leading to the big countdown and spectacular fireworks at midnight.
The waterfront areas draw huge crowds on NYE and each year there is a massive range of famous beach party events, including the big one at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, who have secured a massive coup for new year 2018 with Justin Bieber and Skrillex appearing live. This will sell out quickly, so secure your tickets here.
Another huge name seeing in the new year in Miami this NYE is Jennifer Lopez. J.Lo will be performing live at nightclub E11even. Latest: J.Lo has now been cancelled for this event, but they have acted quickly to find a suitable replacement . Nicki Minaj will be appearing instead.
Billy Joel will also be in the Miami area this new year's eve, playing live at the BB & T Arena in nearby Sunrise - this will sell out quickly, so get your tickets asap here.
Concept ID’s Five Star New Year’s Eve is another big feature for new year in Miami, the luxury event is entering it's 4th year with a whole week of special events running from Christmas right through to new year's day. The Five Star NYE event takes place from 10pm through to 5am on the MacArthur Causeway and is very much one for those with deep pockets! Get the whole event schedule and buy your tickets online here.
Away from the beach and into the city as well the Miami nightlife comes into it's own on New Years Eve like no other time as the city strives to cement it's reputation as the nation's party central. Top venues include Mansion, Cameo Nightclub, Mokai, Opium Nightclub, Kaffe Krystal, Wonderland, Tabu, Bongos Cuban Cafe, La Covacha and Club 50, and all of the big bars and clubs compete to hold the biggest and brightest new year party.
There are also big new year parties this year at the Biltmore Hotel, with a roaring 20's theme, DJ Robin Schulz at WET Pool at W South Beach, Basement Miami's NYE party and an Ibiza themed party at Wall Lounge at W South Beach. Get ticket details for all these events here.
Another option many people opt for is to take to the water and join one of the new year cruises on Biscayne Bay, a great way to do something a little different as well as securing yourself one of the best possible vantage points to watch the fireworks.
I really like the look of the gala events offered by Island Queen Cruises where you can spend the evening on an all-inclusive basis with premium bar and fabulous fine dining menu on one of their 3 luxury yacht, the Biscayne Lady, the Venetian Lady and the Floridian Princess. Another good option is the New Year's Eve Fireworks Gala cruise on The Musette Yacht, with live music and full buffet on climate-controlled decks.
There is also a New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise being offfered on board the Lady Windridge, a luxury cruise that includes dinner, premium open bar, party favors, DJ entertainment, stunning views of the Miami Fireworks Show and a champagne toast to 2018 at midnight!
For sports fans, new year's eve this year also sees The Orange Bowl college football game taking place at the city's Sun Life Stadium.
For eating options, many diners will head to one of the many beach-side restaurants, such as Los Parrilleros, Te con Te, Layali Miami Mediterranean Restaurant and Hookah Lounge, Positano Ristorante Italiano or the Ajiacos Grill Colombian Restaurant. Miami has a huge range of restaurants, with seafood an obvious speciality, but most cuisines are amply catered for - check out local restaurant listings and reviews here.
Places to watch live online, including live views over Biscayne Bay, as well as streams from Downtown Miami and South Beach:
You can find the live coverage of the Pitbull New Year Revolution as broadcast by Fox on our dedicated page:
Also see our live streaming online coverage from new year fireworks and parties around the world in our brand new Live Streaming section.
If you're planning on visiting Miami or Miami Beach over the New Year period, then be advised it is popular as many northerners head south for the warmer climate so it's well worth making your reservation as soon as you have your plans set - click here for the best Miami hotel deals.
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