Ring in the New Year in Ocala/Marion County

Celebrating the New Year is a tradition across the globe and here in Ocala/Marion County, there are many ways to join in the local festivities. From a fun-filled day and night in Downtown Ocala to a special new year's even dinner, you can celebrate with family or leave the kids at home. Here are some fun events to help you say so long to 2023!

historic downtown ocala marion sign under a tree covered in holiday lights

OCALA FIRST NIGHT - NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION

Date: 12/31/23
Location: Various Locations Throughout Downtown Ocala
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tickets: $15

Join us in Downtown Ocala for a Family-Friendly New Year's Eve! Access 10+ locations throughout the evening from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM with the purchase of an event button.
Activities, performances and exhibits take place around Tuscawilla Park and Historic Downtown Ocala.

A light tunnel, interactive games, food trucks, and a chalk walk are just some of the New Year's attractions at this event. New Year's activity stations will be situated throughout these First Night event locations: Magnolia Art Xchange, Tuscawilla Park, Ocala Historic Downtown Square, IHMC, and Citizen's Circle.

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SWING IN THE NEW YEAR

Date: 12/30/23
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Reilly Arts Center
500 NE 9th Street, Ocala, FL 34470

Twist and jive with lively tunes during New Year's Weekend. Becky Baby and Swing Theory, a central Florida-based band, will be transforming the Reilly Arts Center into a 1940s-themed party. Capture dancing memories with plenty of photo opportunities, and sip on refreshing cocktails. Visitors can attend the pre-social dance lesson, learning swing movements and techniques from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.



THE OPRY BAND'S NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

Date: 12/31/2023
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Orange Blossom Opry
16439 SE 138th Terrace, Weirsdale, FL 32195

Join The Opry Band at the Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale for a New Year’s Eve celebration full of party favors, punch, beer and wine, and a lot of dancing! For more information, please click here.

close-up of someone playing guitar at the Orange Blossom Opry

SPECIAL NYE DINNERS

From a five-course meal to a champagne toast on the beach, there are plenty of exciting dinners for you to enjoy while ringing in the new year. Ocala is home to a variety of restaurants and bars that are offering themed dining experiences and celebrations for New Year's Eve. Enjoy a pri-fixe dinner at restaurant like Stirrups, discovering scrumptious dishes and a champagne toast on New Year's Eve. Stirrups will also feature a New Year's Day brunch with mouthwatering buffet options.


Looking for more ways to celebrate New Year's Eve in Ocala and Marion County? Look through our events calendar and find upcoming festivities around this special winter holiday. With average high temperatures ranging from 71°F to 73°F during the holiday season, Ocala sets the scene for the perfect outdoor adventures before and after your New Year's celebrations. For more kid-friendly activities, discover our recommendations on the best things to do as a family in Ocala.

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