New Year's Eve events across Central Florida

New Year's Eve events across Central Florida

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Whether it's an adult night at Universal CityWalk, a party in downtown Orlando or a stroll on the beach in Daytona, there are plenty of ways in Central Florida to say farewell to 2012 and hello to 2013.

The most popular celebration in Central Florida is the downtown Orlando street party, where, at the stroke of midnight, the famous orange ball will help ring in 2013. Fireworks, confetti cannons and access to all the popular Wall Street Plaza bars are included. The street party begins at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $39.

For those 21 and older, Universal Studios is hosting a concert and party headlined by REO Speedwagon at CityWalk. Cost is $144.99 for the celebration and access to seven nightclubs.

And the Greater Orlando Actors Theater in Winter Park is hosting a Las Vegas-style bash, with Vegas-style gaming (for fun) and a costume contest. The event starts at 9 p.m. and costs $20.

In Seminole County, Casselberry is hosting a New Year's Eve Gala at the German American Society. Music, food and champagne are included, and all ages welcome. Tickets are $50 for adults, $30 for youth and $10 for children.

In Volusia, why would you want to be in Times Square when you could be on the beautiful shores of world-famous Daytona Beach? More than 20,000 are expected to take part in the eighth annual new year's celebration on Main Street, where a glowing beach ball will help ring in 2013. The event is free.

In Osceola, the end of 2012 and the start of 2013 will be celebrated by a bright, giant lit cube that will drop in downtown Kissimmee at midnight. The street party will kick off at 6 tonight. The event is free.

In Brevard, the Hilton Melbourne Beach Hotel is hosting a "Speak Easy Party," with a costume contest, door prizes and a champagne toast. The party begins at 8 p.m.

And there's no excuse to drink and drive tonight, because AAA is offering a free towing service and ride home to those who have had too much to drink and can't drive. Call 855-2-TOW-2-GO (855-286-9246) for the service.

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