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Kid Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Orlando – at Noon and Later

Ask any parent what they’re hoping to do on New Year’s Eve and the answer will rarely include letting the kids stay up until midnight. Thankfully, there are lots of spots in Orlando that offer family friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations. The tradition has grown in popularity in recent years because, let’s face it, Mom and Dad deserve to ring in 2024 without tired, crying little ones running around in their pajamas.

Read on for our list of the best New Year’s at Noon countdowns for children in the area. And we’re including other New Year’s Events for kids in Orlando besides ones that take place at noon.

It’s also lots of fun to enjoy the best Christmas light displays in Orlando, even on New Year’s Eve.

Noon Year’s Eve at Seminole County Library

Held on the day before New Year’s Eve (Saturday, December 30), this event is geared for kids age 3 to 7 but appropriate for the entire family. Enjoy a party at the library with dance music, New Year’s crafts and games, and other special activities leading up to a confetti-and-bubbles countdown at noon. No registration is required for this event.

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Find it: Noon Year’s Eve at the Northwest Branch Library (Lake Mary), 580 Green Way Boulevard, Lake Mary, (407)665-1640

Winter Wonderland Market

December 15, 16, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 – 5-9pm
December 31, 7pm – midnight
JW Marriott, Grande Lakes (Located on the Valencia Lawn)
Discover the bliss of the holiday season at the Winter Wonderland Market. Stroll amongst European-inspired cottages featuring holiday delicacies, tasty beverages, and local artisan crafts.

Bubble Waffle and Ice Cream at Winter Wonderland Market at Grande Lakes Orlando
Bubble Waffle and Ice Cream at Grande Lakes Orlando image by Dani Meyering

There is no ticket required, and self-parking can be validated when you make a purchase at one of the charming cottages. A free train ride goes around the perimeter of the festive lawn, plus there are yard games and crafts for kids.

Winter Wonderland Market at Grande Lakes Orlando image by Dani Meyering

Kid’s New Year’s Eve at Legoland Florida

At Legoland Florida, there are special fireworks daily from December 26 through 31. Park admission is required, and parents and kids will find special activities throughout the theme park celebrating the season. In fact, we LOVE the Holidays at LEGOLAND!

And on New Year’s Eve itself there will be the Annual Giant Brick Drop and Fireworks Extravaganza starting at 8:00 p.m.

LEGOLAND Florida Entrance during Holiday Season - image by Dani Meyering
LEGOLAND Florida Entrance during Holiday Season image by Dani Meyering

It’s an added bonus to the already delightful Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida – which we love!

Find it: Kid’s New Year’s Eve at Legoland Florida, 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, (888)690-5346

Moo Year’s Eve Party at Millie Moos

Kid’s play place and café Millie Moos will host its annual Moo Year’s Eve party on December 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In previous years, the event has included everything from snow flurries to a dance party. There’s also a noon balloon drop to welcome 2024. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online.

Find it: Moo Year’s Eve Party at Millie Moos, 4085 LB McLeod Road, Suite E, Orlando, (407)373-4533

Jazzberry Jammin’ Noon Year’s Eve

Families can ring in the New Year during the afternoon with Colorful family fun! All activities are included in general admission.

*DJ dance party from 12:00pm – 4:00pm with DJ Sarah Masters
*Mid-day countdowns at 1:00pm & 3:00pm with a streamer launch to ring in the New Year
*Character Appearance by Sunny the Crayon
*Special crafts & coloring pages available all day

Find it: Jazzberry Jammin’ Noon Year’s Eve, 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809

Noon Year’s Eve at Orlando Science Center

Tick-Tock, the clock is about to strike noon! Why stay up late past your bedtime when you can ring in the afternoon with your friends at the Science Center? 

Join OSC as they celebrate the new year with hands-on activities, live programming, and more from 11am – 4pm. Complete your experience by catching a Dinos In Lights Holiday Show, and visiting traveling exhibit Backyard Adventures!

Find It: Noon Year’s Eve at Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St. Orlando, FL 32803

Kid’s New Year’s Eve Party at Uno Pizzeria and Grill Winter Garden

While this starts a bit after noon, it’s a fun event for hungry families.

From 4 p.m. through 8 p.m., grab a meal at Uno’s Pizzeria and Grill in Winter Garden then stay for the early NYE festivities. There’s a ginger ale toast, party swag, and kids coloring activities, as well as two countdowns and balloon drops at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Call (407)877-6510 to make a reservation.

Find it: Kid’s New Year’s Eve Party at Uno Pizzeria and Grill, 3167 Daniels Road, Winter Garden, (407)877-6510

Old Town’s New Year’s Eve Celebration


Stroll through the Old Town entertainment district for a family-friendly festivity including live music, entertainment, a car show, and a free fireworks finale at midnight. Event starts at 1pm with concert at 7pm.

Find it: Old Town’s New Year’s Eve Celebration, 5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL, 34746

New Year’s Eve Family Event at Boxi Park

Ring in 2024 a little early at Boxi Park with an all-ages party, a countdown, and a ball drop! Celebrate on December 31, 4pm – 8pm in Lake Nona.

Find it: New Year’s Eve Family Event at Boxi Park, 877 Tavistock Lakes Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32827

Drawn to Life presented by Cirque du Soleil and Disney

The family-friendly show tells the story of the love between a father and a daughter, drawing inspiration from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 100-year heritage of storytelling. The show shares joy as it celebrates iconic Disney stories and characters through innovative design, acrobatic performances, brilliant choreography, musical scores, and brand-new animation lovingly created by Disney Animation artists. Performances are at 1:30pm and 4pm.

Find it: Drawn to Life presented by Cirque du Soleil and Disney, 1478 Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Image of Finale Scene of Drawn to Life presented by Cirque du Soleil and Disney
Drawn to Life presented by Cirque du Soleil and Disney Image Credit Cirque du Soleil and Disney

Ring in the New Year EARLY at D&B

Enjoy unforgettable entertainment (Showtime 4:00pm), incredible bites worthy of being the last meal of the year, and Unlimited Video Game Play ALL night long.

Celebration Admission includes: Yummy appetizer banquet, unlimited soda, coffee, & tea, a $20 Power Card® with Unlimited Video Game Play, and a special Ginger Ale New Year’s Eve toast & video countdown.

Find it: Ring in the New Year EARLY at D&B, 8986 International Dr, Orlando FL 32819

The Outta Control Magic Comedy Holiday Dinner Show

Orlando’s longest-running dinner show at WonderWorks is getting a holiday makeover this season, bringing a little extra magic and joy to guests this December – including New Year’s Eve.

It’s a night of magic tricks, fun decorations, and enjoy an unlimited holiday feast. Dinner includes unlimited pizza, salad, dessert, beer, wine, and soda.

Special holiday-themed cocktails are available for purchase.

New Year’s Eve shows, 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Find it: Outta Control Magic Comedy Holiday Dinner Show, 9067 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Asian Lantern Festival – New Year’s Eve

The lantern festival will be held on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with entry times at both 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Families can stroll through dozens of larger-than-life, handcrafted lanterns around the Zoo, plus enjoy a DJ and an hourly countdown and celebration.

Prehistoric Animals Lanterns at 2023 Asian Lantern Festival Central Florida Zoo - image by Dani Meyering
2023 Asian Lantern Festival Central Florida Zoo image by Dani Meyering

Family four-pack tickets allow guests to take advantage of extra savings! 

Find it: Asian Lantern Festival – New Year’s Eve, 3755 W. Seminole Blvd., Sanford, FL 32771

New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld

SeaWorld Orlando is ready to ring in the New Year in style, with an unforgettable celebration that promises something for everyone! With four distinct Party Zones scattered throughout the Park, guests are invited to dance their way into 2024 to the beats of current hits, 80s classics, Latin rhythms, or family-friendly tunes.  

Join Count von Count and friends in Sesame Street Land™ for a lively New Year’s countdown several times throughout the night, adding a touch of whimsy and excitement that the whole family can enjoy. 

As the clock ticks down, prepare for a grand finale—the night sky over SeaWorld Orlando will come alive with a mesmerizing fireworks display, exclusive to this New Year’s Event. This dazzling spectacle will serve as a fitting conclusion to an evening filled with laughter, music, and the shared anticipation of new beginnings! 

Find it: New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, FL 32821 *Extended Park hours on New Year’s Eve until 1 AM 

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at Monkey Joe’s

Celebrate at Monkey Joe’s with discounted admission ($14.99 for ages 3-12, $5.99 for 2 & Under) and hourly giveaways! Special New Year’s Eve hours, 11am – 5pm.

Find it: Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at Monkey Joe’s, Winter Park and Pointe Orlando locations

Bonus Idea: Family New Year’s Eve Bash at Salty Sisters Cocoa Beach

Head to Salty Sisters Restaurant in Cocoa Beach for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration with dinner, drinks, dancing, and fun. From 4-9pm, you can enjoy doing a kid DJ, bounce house, fake champagne for the kids and real for adults, and an early countdown at 6pm.

Find it: Family New Year’s Eve Bash, 24 N Brevard Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

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