No matter your personality, there’s a way to ring in the New Year that stays true to you.
For those who can’t miss the party
There are plenty of parties throughout Central Florida, but you won’t want to miss THE party right here in Lakeland.
Join the rest of Lakeland at Haus 820 as they throw their second annual New Year’s Eve Party on Monday, December 31. This year’s theme encompasses the spirit of the event: “Experience a Kaleidoscope of Our City.”
Haus 820’s NYE experience features DJ Cory Barron, full bar (beer provided by Brew Hub), food trucks, photo booth, balloon drop with a champagne toast, and a trolley service running from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Beginning at 6 p.m., the night kicks off with complimentary trolley service for a special New Year’s Eve transit route, creating a giant, connected pub crawl through Dixieland and downtown Lakeland. Partners offering exclusive discounts to Haus 820 guests from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. include Cob & Pen, Nineteen61, Red Door, Swan Brewing, Tsunami Sushi, Taco Bus, Pita Pit, and Palace Pizza.
The NYE Party at Haus 820 begins at 10 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m., with trolley service available until 3 a.m. With your event wristband, you’ll receive access to the trolleys, which will connect from the downtown and Dixieland route to Haus 820, so you can arrive as the party starts at 10 p.m.
Haus 820 has partnered with Brew Hub to provide guests with local brews, and Cob & Pen will provide full-bar service. All party guests will receive one free drink on the Haus as well as a complimentary midnight champagne toast and balloon drop sponsored by the Lakeland Magic. All guests also will receive a free ticket to the first Lakeland Magic game of 2019.
Pre-sale general admission tickets start at $45, and VIP tickets (which include unlimited drinks at Haus 820) are $110. Reserve your ticket today at haus820nye.com. Must be 21+ to attend.
For The Homebody
There’s no shame in wanting to stay home on New Year’s Eve. Although society might say that New Year’s Eve must be a huge party, you can make the night whatever you want it to be. Invite over a smaller group of friends and bring the party home for a festive yet chill night away from the crowds.
Host a Dinner Party
Maybe even consider making it a potluck. Because the restaurants will be packed, and we’re all burnt out from slaving away in the kitchen after all that holiday cooking. Consider asking guests to bring a dish they’d like to share. This guarantees variety — and means less of a mess for you as well.
It seems almost customary to have bottles of champagne on hand to pop for the midnight toast. However, providing drinks for a party can be pricey and add up fast. If you’re hosting, consider asking guests to bring their own booze. You’ll provide mixers and glasses. It’s the perfect compromise to be sure everyone has their favorite drink in hand.
Create a Soundtrack for Your Soiree
Even though you’re bringing the party home, there’s no need to skimp out on some good tunes. Create a group playlist and encourage your friends to send you over their top songs from 2018, and queue up a playlist that has everyone looking back over this past year with fondness.
For Those Who Won’t Make it to Midnight
Whether you’re a part of a family with a few little ones or you’re just simply not the night owl, New Year’s Eve festivities don’t have to be exclusively reserved for those who witness the ball drop at the stroke of midnight. You can still party it up and make it to bed at a reasonable time this New Year’s, too.
Hold a Mock Countdown
Who said you had to ring in the New Year at midnight? Try ringing in the “Noon” Year by holding your celebration while the sun is still up. Create your own countdown, pop some bubbly (sparkling juice is considered in such category), and switch up things by ringing in the New Year once the clock strikes noon.
Create a Time Capsule
The perfect way to reflect on all your family experienced this past year. Create a time capsule filled with memorabilia from your fondest 2018 memories, and store it somewhere where your future self can unpack it and then celebrate the past you.
Makeshift Ball Drop
For a festive activity that the whole family can be a part of, consider making a quick trip to the craft store and gather some materials to create your own custom ball to drop at whatever hour you decide!