Top New Year’s destinations without big city price tags

Published on : Thursday, December 17, 2015

cheap ticketsDon’t let the high price of New Year’s Eve accommodations keep you from big city celebrations., a leading seller of discounted travel products, has identified the top ten destinations for ringing in 2016 and offers affordable nearby alternatives that let you stay close to the action without the hefty price tag. editors also scoured the nation to find some of the hottest (and cheapest) New Year’s Eve events in and around this year’s top cities to celebrate.



“High demand for big-city New Year’s celebrations usually means high prices when it comes to hotel accommodations, sometimes dissuading those on a budget from getting in on the fun,” said Brian Wolf, general manager of “This year, travelers looking to welcome the new year in style can celebrate without breaking the bank by staying just outside of the most popular destinations, shaving off a significant amount of their total travel costs.”



Instead of staying on the Las Vegas Strip – this year’s top New Year’s destination – savvy travelers can save on average 36 percent by staying West of The Strip, an area that boasts popular resorts and activities all its own. Those looking to bid a fond farewell to 2015 amidst the theme parks in Orlando can on average reduce accommodation costs by nearly 70 percent just by opting for a hotel in nearby Kissimmee.

Average Daily Hotel Price Alternate Destination Average Daily Hotel Price Average Savings
1 Las Vegas, Nev. (The Strip) $ 220 West Of Strip $ 141 36 %
2 New York, N.Y. (Times Square) $ 362 Midtown East $ 318 12 %
3 Orlando, Fla. $ 287 Kissimmee $ 88 69 %
4 Chicago, Ill. (Millennium Park) $ 181 The Loop $ 149 18 %
5 Atlanta, Ga. (Downtown) $ 186 Marietta $ 112 40 %
6 Miami, Fla. (Miami Beach) $ 315 Downtown Miami $ 211 33 %
7 San Diego, Calif. (Mission Bay) $ 182 Gaslamp Quarter $ 149 18 %
8 New Orleans, La. (French Quarter) $ 338 Central Business District $ 280 17 %
9 San Francisco, Calif. (Union Square) $ 232 Fisherman’s Wharf $ 215 7 %
10 Los Angeles, Calif. (Hollywood) $ 366 Beverly Hills $ 257 30 %




There’s no lack of things to do in the top destinations on New Year’s Eve, but so many options often make it difficult to choose. editors have done the legwork and found some of the hottest events in the top five destinations and also offer their cheap tips for activities that won’t break the bank. Whether you’re traveling to one of the top destinations or staying close to home, visit to search for tickets to events near you, and use promo code ‘HOLIDAY10’ to save 10 percent on eligible tickets.


Las Vegas: On-Strip/Off-Strip

Hot Spot: Superstar Bruno Mars croons in the New Year at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan for one night only.

Cheap Tip: For just $20 per person when you buy your tickets early, skate into 2016 at the Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan and snag a great view of the fireworks show.



New York City: Times Square/Midtown East

Hot Spot: Known for their incredible live performances, Phish welcomes 2016 at Madison Square Garden.

Cheap Tip: Opt for a lower-key, environmentally friendly (and free!) celebration by joining the 14th annual New Year’s Eve Bike Ride and Outdoor After Party hosted by environmental organization Time’s Up. Bikers and skaters meet at Washington Square Park and bike to the middle of Central Park to watch fireworks and dance the night away.


Orlando: Orlando/Kissimmee

Hot Spot: Mixing blues, funk, and soul, Southern rock group JJ Grey & Mofro headlines at the House of Blues.

Cheap Tip: Swing by the newly reimagined Disney Springs for a complimentary champagne toast with your reservation at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant. The pub will ring in both the Irish New Year at 7 p.m. EST and U.S. New Year at midnight EST.


Chicago: Millennium Park/The Loop

Hot Spot: Comedian and HBO star John Oliver bids a fond farewell to 2015 from the Chicago Theater.

Cheap Tip: Debuting this year, the massive (and free!) Chi-Town Rising outdoor celebration will feature live entertainment, fireworks and a countdown to 2016 along the Chicago River. Watch the “Chicago star” ascend 36 stories as the clock ticks closer and closer to midnight.


Atlanta: Downtown/Marietta

Hot Spot: New Year’s Eve isn’t strictly concerts and parties… The Florida State Seminoles take on the Houston Cougars at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome.

Cheap Tip: Skip the game, but not the celebration by checking out the free Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Parade presented by Lions Club International as it snakes throughout downtown Atlanta. Floats, classic cars, award-winning marching bands and more kick off the game day celebrations in the morning.


Source: Orbitz

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