Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events in Lakeland, Tampa + Orlando

New Years Eve with Family Lakeland Tampa Orlando

Wondering where you can ring in 2022 with the kids? Looking for places to go for New Year’s Eve in Florida with your family?

Whether you celebrate at 12pm or 12am, we’re here to help you send 2021 out with a bang!

Many attraction closures and event postponements have been announced beginning September 27 due to Hurricane Ian. We are editing our calendar and articles if we receive notice of event changes, but please be sure to check directly with organizers to confirm any events or activities through October 9. A link is provided at the bottom of every event on our calendar and in all articles.

We’ve rounded up a list of family-friendly New Year’s Eve events in Lakeland, Winter Haven, and across Central Florida. If you’re not ready to let the kids stay up until midnight {because we all know we’ll regret it the next day!} there are still opportunities to celebrate the New Year earlier in the day at kid-friendly New Year’s Eve events.  And if you’re staying home, we’ve got you covered with times and channels to catch New Year’s Eve specials on TV.

We are asked every year – there are no fireworks in Lakeland, Florida on New Year’s Eve. {If you know of any let us know – we’d love the scoop!}

Please check directly with event organizers for specific dates, current ticket prices, advance registration, and any last-minute changes. While we do our best to provide accurate information, we include an outside link so you can verify the details for all events and activities.

2021 Lakeland New Year’s Eve Family Events

Things to do with Kids for New Year’s Eve

You can use our list of things to do over the Winter Break to find a fun family activity to enjoy on December 31 or January 1! We’ve also got info on fun things to do in Tampa and holiday activities in Orlando that have great day trip ideas.

The RP Funding Center in Lakeland is not hosting Holiday Ice Skating this year, which for many years was our go-to activity on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. Check out our list of ice skating rinks in Tampa & Orlando, including Lakeland Ice Arena right here in Lakeland!

Tampa New Year’s Events for Kids

Downtown Countdown at Glazer Children’s Museum

December 31, 2021 from 10am – 3pm
Ring in the New Year at the Glazer Children’s Museum with countdowns, family play projects, and socially-distant celebrations throughout the day. You can celebrate as a family by day and still have time for evening festivities. Downtown Countdown is included with museum admission. Please note that the museum will be closing at 3pm on December 31. Visit glazermuseum.org.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Busch Gardens

December 31, 2021
Join Busch Gardens on Dec. 31 for unforgettable fun during the day OR an awesome New Year’s Eve Celebration at night!
Get ready to ring in the New Year with thrilling rides, Christmas Town surprises, amazing animals, fireworks, and much more! All activities included with park admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration for Kids at Armature Works Tampa

December 31, 2021 from 10am – 3pm
This family friendly event kicks off at 10:00am on the Armature Works South Lawn + Pier and will feature a countdown to noon and daytime fireworks display on the Hillsborough River, live music and entertainment, inflatable slides, roaming entertainment & photo ops, sweet treat vendors and more. This family-friendly event is free to attend and open to the public. Come dance and celebrate the New Year a bit early with Armature Works Tampa.

Noon Year’s Eve at Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park

December 31, 2021 from 10am – 4pm
Ring in the New Year with the whole family as the Zoo transforms into a giant New Year’s party! The Wallaroo section of the park will feature a DJ dance party, contests, giveaways and special appearances by Manny T. and Flora Panther in their party gear! Activities included with zoo admission. Details at zootampa.org.

Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade in Ybor City

December 31, 2021 at 5:30pm
Eclectic Ybor City is the site of this festive celebration featuring the Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade and a pep rally. The parade will feature floats and marching bands including the two college bands! The Pep Rally features a battle of the bands and cheerleaders from both universities. The Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs along 7th Avenue. FREE! More details at www.outbackbowl.com.

Noon Year’s Eve at The Grove in Wesley Chapel

December 31, 2021 from 9am – 3pm
The Grove in Wesley Chapel is an outdoor shopping center that is hosting a huge New Year’s Eve celebration for kids and families. The event will feature kids games and activities, entertainment, daytime fireworks, a confetti blast, dance party, and more. Visit The Grove website for prices and advance tickets. {We think admission is free if you RSVP in advance, but details are not clear. It also says adults are $20 and kids 17 and under are free as long as they are accompanied by an adult}.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks in the Tampa Bay Area

**THERE IS NOT A FIREWORKS SHOW IN LAKELAND FOR NEW YEARS EVE**
We are working to get this list of fireworks shows updated for NYE 2021.

NYE Fireworks at Armature Works

December 31, 2021 from 8pm – midnight
Armature Works is hosting its fourth annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display and live concert to ring in 2022! This outdoor event will feature a riverfront concert and fireworks display over the Hillsborough River. Festivities kick off at 8pm with live music on the Riverfront Stage. Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display that will light up the downtown skyline at midnight. This event is free and open to the public and will feature an exclusive, elevated VIP experience with limited tickets available. Details at armatureworks.com.

First Night St. Petersburg

December 31, 2021
First Night St Petersburg is a family friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration of the Arts in Florida with over 10 performance venues that are cheerfully filled with music, interactive art exhibits, dance, literary works, crafting and more, plus fireworks! Details at firstnightstpete.com. 

Light it Up Clearwater Beach

December 31, 2021 at midnight
Fireworks are shot off Sand Key at midnight and will be visible along all of Clearwater Beach. FREE. Find out more about parking and paid events (boat cruise, 21+ parties, etc) at lightitupclearwater.com.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Grove – Fireworks in Wesley Chapel

December 31, 2021 from 9pm – 1:30am
Ring in 2022 at The Grove’s second annual New Year’s Eve celebration! Featuring a live concert and Wesley Chapel’s largest fireworks display at midnight. Taking place outdoors at The Grove Theater Bistro & Entertainment. VIP tickets are available for ages 21+. General Admission experience is family-friendly, and all attendees must have a ticket to enter the event. General Admission prices start at $15 for ages 16 & under, $39 for ages 17+. Visit The Grove Website for more information.

Orlando New Year’s Events for Kids

Spending New Year’s Eve in Orlando with family? These local favorites are all kid-friendly New Year’s Eve events..

New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld Orlando

December 31, 2021
On December 31, celebrate New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld Orlando. Vibrant fireworks will fill the night sky and festive entertainment will take place throughout the park, including interactive DJ stations, craft beers and delectable bites. Tickets and more info at seaworld.com.

December 31, 2021 from 10am – 6pm
Families can ring in the New Year with Colorful fun at Crayola Experience. Special crafts, DJ dance party, special mid-day countdowns and more. Join Crayola for a Family Friendly New Year’s Eve in Orlando.

Staying Home for New Year’s Eve

I’ll be the first to admit that our New Year’s Eve celebrations changed a bit once we had kids! And I’ll also admit that I’m now perfectly content to stay home on New Year’s with my family, champagne and party poppers in my own living room.

If you’re staying home on NYE, you can still enjoy New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square and around the world.

Here are the TV Specials for December 31, 2021:

  • Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest – 8pm – 2am on ABC
  • New Year’s Eve Live, hosted by Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen – 8pm – 12:30am on CNN
  • Fox’s New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast 2022 – 8pm – 1:30am on FOX
  • NBC New Year’s Eve Special – 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. on NBC

HAPPY NEW YEAR and CHEERS to 2022!!

Christmas Events + Holiday Activities

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events + Holiday Activities to find more things to do including Neighborhood Christmas Light Displays, FREE Christmas Events, Santa Photos, Christmas Parades, and more.