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Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Orlando – Part One

Events — By Kristen Manieri on December 29, 2010 at 3:23 am

Yippee! Another year slowly comes to a close making it time to say “see ya later 2010… hello 2011.” New Year’s Eve lets us celebrate the year ahead with the hopes that 2011 will be easier, better, and more fun (at least, that’s what I’m hoping for).

Why not kick it off with an outrageously fun night in Orlando. There are hundreds of ways to ring in 2011… here are a few of my favorites:

PARTIES

Photo courtesy of The Enzian

Ember
Ember in downtown Orlando is hosting a New Year’s Eve party with no cover at the door. The party will feature two DJs spinning music in separate areas, bottle service at all tables and 50 lbs of confetti released at midnight.

Enzian
Enzian presents a “Dress to Kill: A James Bond New Year’s Party”  themed to the James Bond film series. The evening will feature Bond-themed drink specials, a live DJ and an outdoor screening of the movie, “Thunderball.” General admission tickets are $25 and V.I.P. tables are $150 per couple.

Howl at the Moon
This New Year’s Eve party will have several packages offering everything from midnight champagne toasts to gourmet buffets and open bar.

Icebar Orlando
Head to the New Year’s 2011 ICE BALL for the Polar Bear Package which includes admission into Fire Lounge, Icebar, thermal capes and gloves, entertainment, midnight buffet, champagne toast at midnight and a photo keychain for $40 per person. For an extra $35, upgrade to the open bar package.

Church Street
Church Street  will be blocked off for its 10th Annual New Year’s Eve Street Party featuring admission to five Church Street bars as well as the outdoor street party, a huge video wall, confetti cannons, fireworks and the traditional Orange Drop above Church Street. The festivities start at 8 pm. Admission ranges from $39-$99 with different all-you-can-drink packages.

The Improv Orlando
The Improv Orlando presents Comedy Central’s Dan Cummins for a New Year’s Eve show. $3o per person includes admission, a split of champagne & dance party.

Photo courtesy of Rix Lounge

Rix Lounge at Disney Coronado Resort
Countdown Package includes: 1 bottle of champagne, 1 appetizer, 2 dessert shots, and party favors for just $45 per couple.

DINNERS

New Year’s Eve Dinner at NORMAN’S
Celebrate New Year’s Eve gourmet style at NORMAN’S at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes. This swanky restaurant will be offering a three-course prix fixe menu at its first seating (5:30 p.m) and a five-course prix fixe menu at its second seating (9pm). Second seating guests will be treated to champagne and fireworks at midnight.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Vineyard Grill
The Vineyard Grill, also at the Ritz, will feature a special prix fixe four-course menu created by The Ritz-Carlton Culinary Team as well as live entertainment. The Ritz-Carlton will also be hosting a New Year’s Eve Celebration in its lobby from 8pm – 2pm. The event will include live entertainment, a tapas buffet, party favors, and a fireworks display and champagne toast at midnight.

New Year’s Lobster Luau at the Ritz-Carlton
Celebrate the new year poolside where chefs will be grilling lobster and hula dancers and fire dancers will be providing the night’s entertainment.

Ritz Kids “Buggy New Year’s Eve”
Ritz Kids will be hosting children ages 5-12 from 6pm – 1pm while mom and dad enjoy their evening elsewhere in the palatial hotel complex. The night will include a dinner buffet filled with fun food, themed activities, a Gatorland show, face painting, caricatures and midnight fireworks.

Bull and Bear Prime Steakhouse at Waldorf Astoria Orlando has planned “A Trip to the Past, Present and Future,” beginning at 8pm. This will be a five-course menu featuring dishes from different time eras. The price is $150 per adult and $60 for children ages 12 and under. Jacket and tie required (black-tie preferred).

The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort will host a special New Year’s Eve dinner party package featuring appetizers, sirloin, rotisserie chicken, barbeque salmon, rack of lamb, roasted pork loin, salads, sides and pasta, plus desserts and movies in the lobby from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.  Also included are hats, whistles, party pops, Universal characters, face painter, balloon twister, DJ and a midnight balloon drop. The price is $85 for adults and $30 for children ages 3-12.

CRAVE
A special night of food, music and dancing plus a champagne toast at midnight. The Chef has prepared a special New Year’s menu for $99/couple that includes four courses and available wine pairings.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve Dance Party at Samba Room
Salsa the night away at Samba Room on Sand Lake Road. Only $25.00 per person

New Year’s Eve at Timpano
Head to Timpano Italian Chophouse on Sand Lake Rd. for New Year’s Eve with 3 great packages starting at $55 per person.

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