The year 2021 came and went, and now it's almost time to ring in 2022. What better place to celebrate than Greater Fort Lauderdale? From beachside hotel soirées to downtown parties, there are plenty of festive events happening across town where you can kick off the New Year in style with family and friends.
And, in the new year, wake up refreshed at a beautiful hotel or resort in Greater Fort Lauderdale and ready to continue celebrating at our restaurants, spas, attractions, shops, beaches, and more! Perhaps, even start on those New Year's resolutions.
Here are some ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve and the New Year in Greater Fort Lauderdale.
If you want to kick off 2022 at a restaurant, hotel, or nightclub party, you may need to reserve a spot in advance.
The Riverside Hotel on Las Olas Boulevard plans to host a New Year’s Eve celebration on its Skyline Terrace, which overlooks the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway, as well as million-dollar homes and the Atlantic Ocean. The party starts at 8 p.m., and ticket holders will enjoy an open bar and food, DJ entertainment, party favors, and more.
Over at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, reserve a spot at the champagne-filled soirée featuring hors d’oeuvres, a five-course dinner, live music, child-friendly activities, and a buffet for kids. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and if you arrive early, you can enjoy a champagne special at the Atlas Bar.
The party of the year - to end the year - returns to W Fort Lauderdale on New Year's Eve with the GLOW UP technicolor celebration. This vivacious affair features a bold and energetic blend of live music, artists and fashion to ring in the New Year in style. The spectacular soiree starts at 9:30 p.m. in the Living Room.
Blue Martini at the Galleria at Fort Lauderdale mall is ringing the New Year in style with live entertainment, plenty of bubbly, and, of course, martinis. Doors open at 7 p.m. Opt between general admission or a table package when making a reservation.
It’s always a great night with The Goodnicks, and it will only be amplified in a 2-part concert at Las Olas Oceanside Park to usher in the New Year. Whether you join in early from 6:30 – 9:30 for the Goodnicks family-friendly concert, the pre-countdown party with DJ Spin Hype from 9:30 – 11, or the The Goodnicks final late night set from 11 – 12:30 am, complete with laser light show and ball drop feed on the Jumbo Screen, it's hard to beat this oceanside celebration to usher in 2022.
The family-friendly City of Fort Lauderdale | Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown provides an entire evening of free entertainment culminating with the illuminated Anchor Drop at midnight. The action gets underway at SW 2nd Street and SW 5th Avenue across from Museum of Discovery and Science and along the New River with family activities from 4:30 to 8:30, including a Kids Countdown at 7 p.m. Dance the night away to live music starting at 5:45 p.m. and lasting through the evening. The big Anchor Drop happens at midnight.
Dance under the stars at The Wharf along the New River starting at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The open-air venue’s celebration will include live music, fun cocktails, and a selection of food vendors. Although reservations are encouraged, walk-ups are welcome.
Backyard in Fort Lauderdale plans to have drinks and music, and at midnight, a balloon drop. Other nightlife spots in Fort Lauderdale hosting New Year’s Eve parties with drinks and music include The Wilder, Roxanne’s Liquor Bar + Kitchen, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, Rhythm & Vine, and Rooftop @1WLO, among others.
And if you want to ring in the New Year on the water (GFL-style), join Blue Moon Outdoor Adventures for a guided tour on your watercraft of choice: a stand-up paddleboard or a single or tandem kayak.
For a Gatsby-themed party, buy a ticket to the New Year’s Eve celebration at Déjà Blue restaurant in Parkland and enjoy dinner, a champagne bar, live entertainment, a themed photo booth, a cigar and vape lounge, and more.
In Pompano Beach, enjoy a sit-down three-course meal at Oceanic before the party starts with live DJ music.
When you wake up in the morning in your guest room or suite, you’ll want to start the new year off right. Whether or not you’ve made resolutions, there are various ways to seize the new year here.
If your goal is to live more in the present moment, why not try mindful eating at a brunch spot for starters? Hit up Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale to find an array of restaurants serving up brunch and bottomless cocktails. For an under-the-sea brunch experience on Sunday, reserve a table at B Ocean Resort’s Wreck Bar in Fort Lauderdale. Everyone in your family will love the mermaids swimming in the aquarium as you enjoy brunch.
From there, explore the miles of pristine beaches from Hallandale to Deerfield Beach if you’re looking to reconnect with nature. Hollywood Beach is home to the famous Broadwalk, a walkable path parallel to the beach, featuring countless hotels, restaurants, and bars. Both Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and Pompano Beach are scuba diving and snorkeling hot spots, but if you prefer a more leisurely activity, like fishing, there’s that too.
Charter a boat or rent a jet ski for water fun in January on the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale. While the water may be cooler this time of year, the weather is still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors. Another way to explore the waterways is on a hop-on, hop-off Water Taxi tour.
Make relaxation a priority in 2022 by enjoying a spa day. The rooftop PURE Spa at Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale offers à la carte and package options. So does St. Somewhere Spa at Margaritaville Beach Resort in Hollywood.
If you’d like to get fit and healthier this year, squeezing in a workout on vacation doesn’t have to feel like working out. At least, not at The LOOP on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. The green space hosts various workout classes, including yoga, throughout the week. And if you're aiming to eat a little healthier, even on vacation, purchase local produce at area farmers markets and cook a delicious meal back at your vacation rental.
If your aim for 2022 is to have more fun, our area is home to plenty of attractions perfect for the entire family.
Rally your family and explore nature on an airboat ride in the Everglades or at a local park featuring hiking trails, furry critters, and more, like Flamingo Gardens in Davie. Other fun attractions include museums and performing arts centers.
For adult-friendly fun, you want to take in as much of the local dining and nightlife scene to start the new year off right. From food halls like Sistrunk Marketplace to open-air entertainment venues like The Wharf, both in Fort Lauderdale, you will want to go out every night of your trip. Add a trip to a speakeasy, like Mama Hank’s Speakeasy + Kitchen, or a rooftop bar, such as Sparrow at The Dalmar.
However you plan to celebrate New Year’s Eve and the days that follow, make 2022 a memorable year by starting it in Greater Fort Lauderdale.