Champagne toasts! Fireworks! Parties! The Sunshine State rings in the New Year in a big way, from the white sands of Perdido Key to the bright lights of Miami Beach. Here's where and how to discover some of the events in your neck of the sandbar.
Flora-Bama's Annual New Year's Eve Bash – This establishment, located smack-dab on the beach of Perdido Key, is legendary for its exuberant parties, so you’ll want to hang on to your hat for its New Year’s celebration, complete with live music on three stages, food, party favors, and a midnight champagne toast. This event always sells out, so make sure to buy your tickets early.
Where: Perdido Key
Panama City Beach 2021 New Year's Eve Beach Ball Drop- Panama City Beach may be best known for fun in the sun, but one of Northwest Florida’s most exciting annual events happens after dark: The New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop. Enjoy not one but two ways to welcome in the New Year. The streets of Pier Park are closed off to traffic as thousands of revelers enjoy free live music, entertainment, fireworks, and good cheer.
For those too excited to wait until midnight, or for those fans of New Year’s Eve who want to conduct the countdown twice, there are separate Beach Ball Drops at both 8 p.m. and midnight. On the way to midnight, bands perform for the gathering crowd, anticipating the countdown to 2022 when a huge, glowing beach ball is lowered to signal the start of the New Year, and another great fireworks display.
Where: Pier Park, Panama City Beach
Web: Visit Panama City Beach New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Beach Blast Off – A spectacular fireworks show, live music, a kids’ zone, and abundant food and drink combine to make this New Year’s event the most popular in St. Augustine. The festivities run from 4 to 10 p.m., with the fireworks slated for 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. Tickets are available for Kids’ Zone activities as well as food and drink purchases.
Where: St. Augustine Beach Pier Park
New Year’s Eve Shrimp Drop-- A ball-drop is so yesterday. Amelia Island ups the ante by dropping a giant, illuminated shrimp. This free, family-friendly event boasts vendors, food, kids’ games, live music, dancing, fireworks and much more.
Where: Centre Street, Fernandina Beach
Countdown Seaside: A New Year's Eve Celebration –Seaside invites you to usher in 2022 under the stars in their annual New Year’s celebration, kicking off at 9 p.m. in the Seaside Amphitheater and continuing after the fireworks at midnight. Bring a blanket or chairs and get prepared to ooh and aw at the fireworks over the Gulf of Mexico.
Where: Seaside Amphitheater
Noon Year's Eve at LuLu's Destin –Ring in the New Year at high noon with a Beach Ball Drop at LuLu’s, when hundreds of colorful beach balls descend on the soft sands of LuLu’s Beach. This fun-filled day, starting at 10 a.m., is perfect your little ones, with crafts, kid safe fireworks (bubble wrap) and a kids’ magic show. Face Painting, balloon animals, Captain Davy & His Pirate Crew, and an inflatable slide round out the pint-sized excitement.
Where: LuLu’s, Destin
Ring in The New Year in Jacksonville – Downtown Jacksonville goes all out for the New Year with a bash offering fireworks, live music, food trucks, craft vendors, and family fun, all next to the beautiful St. Johns River.
Where: Downtown Jacksonville
New Year's Eve at SeaWorld Orlando – Ring in 2022 SeaWorld style with festive entertainment and a bold fireworks display that celebrates our connection to the ocean, sea life and the world we share. You can enjoy the fireworks from a variety of physically distanced viewing areas around the park.
Where: SeaWorld Orlando
Web: New Year's Eve at SeaWorld Orlando
Legoland Florida Kid's New Year's Party – Legoland offers a brick-tacular way for your little ones to welcome 2022, including a spectacular Nightly New Year's Eve Fireworks show that will be filling up the skies December 26-31.
Where: Legoland Florida Resort, Winter Haven
New Year’s Eve in Daytona Beach – Ring in 2022 with the 15th Annual New Year's Eve on Main Street (A1A to Peninsula). Starting at 6 p.m., it promises live music, five stages, festival food, and a Ball Drop and fireworks at midnight. Or opt for the Hard Rockers and High Rollers - New Year's Eve 2022 bash, which promises a DJ inside as well as live band outside, a champagne countdown and fireworks over the ocean at midnight. Check out the link below for more offerings.
Where: Various locations, Daytona Beach
Web: Here are more area offerings.
Light It Up Clearwater!– This annual, toes-in-the-sand event features midnight fireworks. Kick back on the beach, nosh at a local restaurant, and enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Gulf while you countdown to 2020.
Where: Clearwater Beach
New Year’s Eve in Tampa – A fireworks cruise and a NOON year's gala are just two of the ways you can greet the arrival of 2022 in the Big Guava. Check out these options:
· Smoke on the water – Snag a front row seat for Downtown Tampa’s fireworks on this New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise. The one-hour cruise includes champagne and party favors. All ages are welcome, but you must be 21+ with valid ID to drink. piratewatertaxi.com/new-years-eve-fireworks
· Everyone loves a parade –Outback Bowl Parade celebrates Tampa Bay's oldest bowl game in the heart of its historic Latin Quarter, Ybor City, showcasing floats, over a dozen marching bands, and the teams from Outback Bowl contenders University of Iowa and Mississippi State University. Afterward, it’s all-aboard the TECO Historic Streetcar to head downtown and keep the celebration going with fireworks along the Tampa Riverwalk. outbackbowl.com
· And there’s more – Check out more Tampa area New Year’s fun here: www.visittampabay.com/tampa-events/holidays/
New Year’s Eve at Fishermen’s Village – Your whole gang’s invited to this free New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks Display which runs from 6 p.m. through midnight.
Where: Fishermen’s Village, Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda
Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown – This free street festival is touted as the premiere New Year’s celebration in South Florida. This year's event will be virtual and aired across the country.
Where: Downtown Fort Lauderdale
New Year’s Fireworks in Naples –The beach provides the backdrop for this fabulous firework extravaganza over the Gulf of Mexico, blasting off from Naples Pier. Looking for the best place to view it? Watch from the water; most area boat sightseeing tours offer this special experience. If you’re going to stay on the shore, taxis, limos, and ride share services are highly recommended.
Where: Naples Pier, 137 12th Avenue South, Naples
Clevelander South Beach NYE 2022: A Night in Tokyo – The iconic Clevelander with its rooftop bar boasts the best party in South Beach, and you’re invited to the bash. This New Year's Eve, unleash your senses and drift to the best party on the beach to experience inventive cocktails, mind-blowing entertainment, and your favorite Japanese indulgences such as sushi, cherry blossoms and Geishas.
Where: 1020 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Fort Myers Beach New Year’s Eve and Town Birthday –Help celebrate the birthday of the Town of Fort Myers Beach and New Year’s Eve at Time Square, nestled against the Gulf of Mexico. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. and include free cupcakes, which will be handed out at noon as well as live music. A ball drop marks midnight, followed by fireworks off of the pier.
Where: Times Square, Fort Myers Beach
Web: New Year’s Eve and Town Birthday
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