COVID-19 has likely changed the traditional “plans” for many this holiday season, however, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of events to ring in the New Year with a bang.

Take a look at these seven events taking place throughout Central Florida along with virtual additions this New Year’s Eve!

Virtual Worship & Prayer Celebration

A virtual event open to Americans and Canadians alike, this faith-oriented celebration hosted by Youth Alive Ministries is held on Dec. 31, 2020, at 7 p.m. PT, 8 p.m. MT, 10 p.m. EST and  11 p.m. AT.  The event boasts live artists, worship teams, pastors, and special guests from around the world.

Get your tickets here!

 

New Year’s Eve A5 Tasting Dinner

The Feather & Quill cocktail restaurant, located at 4757 The Grove in Windermere, is inviting a select few hungry locals to partake in a six-course socially-distanced holiday feast on December 31. The menu will feature A5 Waygu beef paired with a selection of Japanese whiskies.

Tickets start at $175, but they’re well worth the price.  Email victoria@fqwindermere.com to grab them before they’re gone!

A Virtual Presentation of “The Nutcracker”

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Who doesn’t remember the holiday classic “The Nutcracker”? Well, now the beloved Tchaikovsky ballet is coming to your Youtube feed from December 24 to January 2. Now you can enjoy the antics of the wily
Rat King and the dashing Nutcracker – all from the comfort of your couch!

Featuring dancers from the New York City ballet and hosted by Bardavon Presents, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and New Paltz Ballet Theatre, “The Nutcracker” is fun the whole family can enjoy. See the show here!

New Year’s Eve Weekend Craft Event

A weekend-long virtual crafting session for the creative-minded quarantiners! Follow along with the many scheduled workshops using your own materials, or order a premade craft kit provided by the hosts, Margie Lewis and Virtual Croppers. Enjoy scrapbooking, painting, stamping, and more from December 31 to January 2.

Join the event for free here!

New Year’s Eve at Lake Catherine

Ring in the new year at Lake Catherine Farms’ fourth annual New Year’s Eve bash, featuring local musician Rob Nichols. The party will boast such attractions as a synthetic ice-skating rink, an escape room, and plenty of libations. The music and drinks will keep you dancing late into the night. Join in the champagne toast to the new year when the clock strikes midnight!

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Buy your tickets here, starting at $10 per person.

A New Year’s ‘80s Night

A wild night of bold eyeshadow and regrettable hairdos is being brought to you on December 31 by La Boucherie
USA
and Orlando Music Syndicate. While costumes aren’t
required for entry, they’re highly encouraged. This night of throwbacks will bring you back to the glory of high-school prom – permed hair, shoulder pads, poof skirts in every shade of neon. Complete with a surf-and-turf dinner,
specialty drinks, and a live DJ spinning tracks straight from the ‘80s, this is a night you won’t want to miss – or forget.

Reservations are highly recommended. Call
(407) 930-1708 to book a reservation!

New Year’s Virtual 5K Run

Ready to show off your COVID-19 workout gains and compete against runners from all across the country? This event, hosted by Chicago Sport and Social Club, invites participants to independently run a distance of five kilometers between December 26 and January 4 and then virtually measure their time and distance against other competitors online. Every participant receives a medal, pullover, runner’s buff, and personalized bib.

Register here and go running into the New Year!

Planning Responsibly

It’s always necessary to plan a safe trip back home if you’re going out. There is a range of cab services available in the central Florida area at your disposal should you require an alternative way to get home. However you choose to spend your New Year’s Eve, remember to make safety a priority.

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Uber & Lyft

Uber and Lyft work very similarly. Both are applications available on Android and iPhone. With these apps, users can hail a driver in their area for a flat rate by entering their current address and their destination. Usually, drivers in the area will work late into the night on holidays to ensure customers will have a safe way to get home, however, wait times and prices can vary depending on how many drivers are available.

Taxi Orlando Cab Service

This large arsenal of cars will be out in full force on New Year’s Eve to transport the straggling celebrants of Winter Garden and Windermere safely to their destinations. When you’re ready to head home at the end of the night, call 321-732-8266 with your pick-up and drop-off destinations ready to ensure the fastest service.