A hub of seemingly endless theme parks, restaurants, and shopping, Orlando is a tourist’s dream come true. tucked within this vast city, however, also sit restaurants, comedy clubs, and theaters perfect for a quiet New Year’s Eve. If you aren’t up for fighting crowds and staying out late at Orlando’s theme parks, restaurants, and bars, opt for a more relaxed spot to ring in 2018. Check out this list of unique New Year’s Eve options in Orlando to find the perfect activity for you.
Where to go in Orlando for a chill NYE
Ringing in 2018 with kids might not be your favorite way to celebrate the New Year—unless that celebration happens long before the clock strikes midnight. Legoland hosts a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve bash all day on December 31, which means you can enjoy some festivities without keeping the kids out too late. The Lego brick drop and fireworks ring in the new year at 8pm.
When: Dec 31
Where: 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL
Enjoy dinner and a show at the Orlando Improv. Comedian Preacher Lawson headlines the show, performing twice that evening. Before the 7pm show, enjoy a 3-course dinner from a prix fixe menu. You’ll dine on a wedge salad, your choice of entree, such as New York strip steak or blackened salmon, and assorted desserts. Then take in a comedy show before ringing in 2018.
When: Dec 31, 7pm and 11pm
Where: 9101 International Dr
Get home before the ball drops by checking out the early show at Capone’s Dinner and Show. This family-friendly dinner theater offers a holiday show on New Year’s Eve, complete with festive music and holiday-themed costumes. With your ticket, you’ll enjoy access to a full dinner buffet and unlimited drinks. This show encourages audience interaction and features a comedic element, so get ready to laugh—and participate.
When: Dec 31, 5pm and 9pm
Where: 4740 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee
Skip the hustle and bustle of New Year’s Eve and instead watch it from above. Hop aboard the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, a 400-foot-tall observation wheel that offers unforgettable views of Central Florida. The Eye stays open a little later on New Year’s Eve for those revelers who want to watch fireworks across the region from the comfort of its air-conditioned capsules.
When: Dec 31, 10am – 1am
Where: 8401 International Dr
Revelers might take over the streets of downtown Orlando on New Year’s Eve, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a quiet spot to relax. See a movie at the Cobb Plaza Cinema Café, located in the heart of downtown Orlando. Comfortable, theater-style seating, reserved seating, and digital surround sound are just some of the features of this theater. Check out Cobbster’s Kitchen and Bar inside, where you can grab a drink or bite to eat to complete your quiet New Year’s Eve outing.
When: Dec 31, various
Where: 155 S Orange Ave
Let’s face it: fighting crowds at restaurants and bars on New Year’s Eve can result in some major frustration. Skip the hectic restaurants and enjoy your favorite food from the comfort of home. With Uber Eats, get your favorite meals delivered to your doorstep. Enjoy casual fare like Tijuana Flats or something from Hawkers Asian Street Fare. Whatever you choose, you’ll probably be glad you didn’t have to fight traffic for a festive holiday meal.
Enjoy a low-key evening this New Year’s Eve at these spots in Orlando.