If any UCF students are looking for a place to ring in 2016, look no further.

Orlando was ranked the No. 1 place to celebrate on New Year's Eve, according to a study by WalletHub.

Orlando received an overall score of 78.28, beating Miami by 14 points and Los Angeles by almost 30 points. The study considered 17 factors including average wine prices, the price of three-star hotels, nightlife and restaurant options and the quality of luxury shopping.

Orlando ranked No. 1 in the number of nightlife options, the number of restaurants per capita, and in the legality of fireworks. It ranked No. 4 in luxury shopping, No. 5 in the number of music venues per capita, No. 7 in average price of a New Year's Eve party tickets and the number of New Year's Eve performances and galas per capital, No. 29 in average wine price and No. 53 in walkability.

Orlando wasn't the only Florida city to appear in the top 100 places to celebrate New Year's Eve. Tampa ranked No. 13, Miami ranked No. 17, Jacksonville ranked No. 36 and St. Petersburg ranked No. 69. Hialeah was the last Florida city on the list, coming in at No. 97.

If Orlando isn't an option this year, here are the top 20 places to party on New Year's according to the study:

1. Orlando, FL

2. San Francisco, CA

3. Atlanta, GA

4. San Diego, CA

5. Scottsdale, AZ

6. Minneapolis, MN

7. Portland, OR

8. Cincinnati, OH

9. Las Vegas, NV

10. Honolulu, HI

11. Seattle, WA

12. Boston, MA

13. Tampa, FL

14. Washington, DC

15. Denver, CO

16. Pittsburgh, PA

17. Miami, FL

18. Sacramento, CA

19. New Orleans, LA

20. St. Louis, MO


Alissa Smith is the News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @thealissasmith or email her at

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