Local 10's guide to New Year's Eve in South Florida

Published On: Dec 30 2012 05:30:33 PM EST
Updated On: Dec 31 2012 07:55:04 PM EST

In downtown Miami, preparations are coming to a close and the partying is about to begin.

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Whether you want to be serenaded by Drake at the Fontainebleau or "Ooh" and "Ah" over the fireworks in downtown Fort Lauderdale, South Florida offers several colorful ways to ring in 2013.

Local 10 has compiled a list of the most promising and popular events:

Miami-Dade

Miami Beach New Year's Eve Party

Fireworks celebration on the beach at midnight.

Cost: Free

Location: Ocean Drive and 8th Street, Miami Beach

For more information, call (305) 673-7400

Bayfront Park Amphitheater

Live performances by various bands, a countdown at midnight for the Big Orange drop, and a fireworks display for the whole family.

Cost: Free

Location: 301 North Biscayne Blvd., Miami

For more information, call (305) 358-7550

Mansion

One of Miami's most iconic nightclubs offers an open bar until midnight with ticket purchase.

Cost: $75 for ladies; $250 for men; VIP and table rates available

Location: 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

For more information, visit www.mansionmiami.com or call (305) 695-8411

The Catalina Hotel

Karina Smirnoff hosts a Studio 54 themed bash beginning at 8 p.m.

Cost: Tickets start at $95; $1,5000 for VIP Allstar Ultra Lounge package

Localtion: 1732 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

For more information, visit catalinahotel.com/nye2013.

Fontainebleau Hotel

Drake will perform his hits poolside while Calvin Harris will rock LIV nightclub.

Drake concert cost: $250 general admission

Calvin Harris at LIV cost: $375 general admission for women + $30 service charge; $475 general admission for men + $38 service charge

Location: 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

For more information, visit www.fontainebleau.com/web/fontainebleau_holidays/new_years

Nikki Beach

The annual Venetian Carnival event in the sand will feature a ball drop and fireworks display on the beach

Cost: $75 for general admission; All-access tickets and VIP tables available

For more information, visit http://www.nikkibeachmiami.com/event/venetian-carnival-years-eve/

InterContinental at Doral

This second annual New Year's bash includes live music, party favors, dinner, and a glass of champagne.

Cost: $95.99 for adults; OPen Premium Bar for $85 per couple; $39.95 for children ages 6-10

Location: InterContinental at Doral Miami, 2505 NW 87th Ave., Doral

For more information, call (305) 468-1400 Ext. 4318.

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Broward

Downtown Countdown

Take part in a street festival in Downtown Fort Lauderdale featuring games, bounce houses, contests, live performances and fireworks. The events begin at 4:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: SW 2nd Street between 2nd and 5th avenues, Fort Lauderdale

For more information, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/events/countdown

BB King

Jazz legend BB King performs at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.

Cost: $59.50 to $99.50

Location: 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale

For more information, call (954) 462-0222

New Year’s Eve 2013 Block Party

Live music, party favors and a champagne toast starting at 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: 101 Ocean, 101 E. Commercial Blvd. Oakland Park

For more information, call (954) 776-8101

The Great Gatsby Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

Live music and a champagne toast at midnight. Admission includes drinks and party favors.

Cost: $40-50

Location: Blue Martini at the Galleria Mall, 2432 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

For more information, call (954) 653-2583

Anything Goes New Year’s Eve

Live music and a drinks available beginning at 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Aruba Beach Café, 1 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

For more information, call (954) 776-0001

$60,000 Countdown Giveaway

Live music, champagne toasts, and $10,000 Free Play Giveaways beginning at 7 p.m.

Location: Twin Spires Tavern at Calder Casino & Race Course, 21001 NW 27th Avenue, Miami Gardens.

For more information, visit www.caldercasino.com.

"Celebration" with Kool and the Gang

Soul band rings in 2013 right with a blend of jazz, soul and funk beginning at 10:30 p.m.

Location: The Pavilion at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40th Street, Coconut Creek

For more information, including ticketing, call 954-977-6700.

Monroe

A dachshund walk in Key West and five unusual "drops" are set to highlight New Year's Eve celebrations in the Florida Keys Monday.

America's southernmost island just might go to the dogs at noon Monday, when about 200 short-legged, long-bodied canines and their owners stage the annual Key West Dachshund Walk. The procession -- with many canines in costume -- in the island city's historic Old Town is an informal, family-friendly prelude to the more exuberant antics likely to accompany 2013's midnight arrival.

Tens of thousands of human revelers are expected to throng Key West's historic district for four warmer-weather takeoffs on New York City's traditional Times Square ball drop.

At the Bourbon Street Pub complex, female impersonator Sushi is slated to "drop" in a super-sized red high heel. Crowds can also celebrate watching a gigantic manmade conch shell, the symbol of the Florida Keys, descend to the roof of Sloppy Joe's Bar; Ernest Hemingway's former hangout. In the island city's Historic Seaport, a pirate wench is to be lowered from the top of a tall ship's mast outside the Schooner Wharf Bar. And a new Key West New Year’s Eve celebration at the Ocean Key House is to feature a replica of a key lime wedge lowered into a larger-than-life margarita glass.

Activities elsewhere in the Florida Keys include the "drop" of a glittering 7.5-foot replica sailfish at the Postcard Inn in Islamorada and fireworks' display up and down the Florida Keys Overseas Highway.

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