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Cindy Stovall

 

There’s still more holiday to celebrate, so get out your party hats and find yourselves a great NYE event or maybe some fireworks to ring in 2023. We’ve got the best options for New Year’s celebrating and much more happening all over Tampa Bay – right here!

Thursday

Last Call – Snow Days Tampa Bay The Florida Aquarium, Tampa

Kids still out of school? It’s not too late to join in the week-long festivities at The Florida Aquarium on Channelside. Grab your gloves and celebrate with a number of hands-on snow activities. Given the weather of late, it’s not too far a stretch to imagine winter in Tampa Bay. Activities include Snow Maze, Snowball Toss, Winter Wonderland Dance party, and more. Now through December 30th Free for members and included with gen. admission. Tickets, hours, and more information here.

Just Opened – Hamilton Book, Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa

Lucky us. It’s pretty incredible to have the option of closing out 2022 with tickets to the biggest Broadway smash of all time – Hamilton. This iconic history lesson set to the now familiar score by Miranda tells the story of Alexander Hamilton and the founding of the US in a most modern way. I can promise you, it will be the most exciting history lesson you’ve ever had! Don’t throw away your shot to see it while it’s in town. Now through January 22nd. Tickets, schedules, showtimes, and more information here.

*Fun Fact: St. Petersburg native and Tony nominee (for Ain’t Too Proud), Ephram Sykes was part of the original Broadway ensemble of Hamilton.

Friday

Stardust Memories – The David Bowie Tribute Band
Hard Rock Cafe, Tampa

This wildly popular touring Bowie tribute band ends its 2022 schedule right there at the Hard Rock. I’ve had a number of recommendations for this, so I’m going with it! Make your requests and enjoy some of the world’s most iconic rock music. You might even grab some dinner and try your luck at some of the gaming in the casino. An evening at Hard Rock is the prefect way to wind down the outgoing 2022.
December 30th @9pm Tickets and more information here. 

Saturday – New Year’s Eve

 

Here are some great options for your NYE Saturday night celebrating:

New Year’s Eve on the Pier
Spa Beach Park, DTSP (Family/Fireworks)

One of the grandest traditions of New Year’s Eve fireworks displays happens right in downtown St. Pete at Spa Beach, over beautiful Tampa Bay. In the 30 years I have lived in this area, it’s been a go-to NYE activity. Ring in 2023 dancing on the lighted dance floor, complete with disco ball. There will be DJs, food trucks,  bars, and other vendors. Best of all, it’s FREE and open to the public. No tickets necessary
December 31st @8pm-1am More information here.

Enchanted Forest – New Year’s Eve at the Birchwood
Rooftop Lounge & Grand Ballroom, St. Pete
(Adult Event-Dressy)

If you want to see the Spa Beach fireworks over the Vinoy basin and Pier, but would like to add an elegant dinner event and party, The Birchwood has you covered. The ticket price includes cocktail reception, open bar, gourmet food stations, live band/DJ, midnight champagne toast, and a great rooftop view of DTSP fireworks.
December 31st @8pm  Tickets and more information here.

New Year’s Eve Party @The Club at Treasure Island
The Club at Treasure Island, TI (Adult Event – Dressy)

New Year’s Eve on the beach is always memorable. Here’s what you can look forward to at “The Club.” Ticket price includes a gourmet dinner (served 7:30-9:30), and live music by the amazing Ovation show band starting at 9 pm. Photo opportunities, party favors and a midnight champagne toast round out a great evening on the Gulf. Reservations are required Black tie is optional.
December 31st @7:30pm  Tickets and more information here.

New Year’s Eve at Holiday Lights in the Gardens
Florida Botanical Gardens, Largo (Family-Friendly)

If you’re looking for a perfect family outing on New Year’s Eve that won’t break the bank, look no further than a fun evening at the beautiful Florida Botanical Gardens. Over a million holiday lights are still up throughout the park during the special evening hours and there is a family-friendly NYE party at McKay Plaza from 6-9pm with games, activities and prizes. Suggested donation of $10. Tickets, schedules, and more information here.

P.S. – It’s also the last night to See the stellar Arts Annual Exhibit at The Gallery @Creative Pinellas  on the same campus with the gardens. Gallery closes at 8pm and is free to the public.

Havana Nights New Year’s Eve 2023
Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, Safety Harbor (Adult- Dressy)

Theme parties are a fun departure from the usual fare. Why not go the Havana this New Year’s Eve? The world-famous Safety Harbor Resort & Spa provides escape from our work-a-day world throughout the year, but on NYE, they raise the bar with a fantasy evening of champagne, gourmet buffet, open bar from 8-12, Live music from Orquesta Infinidad, Havana photo sessions, party favors, and many more surprises.
December 31st  Doors open at 7:30pm Tickets and more information here.

Amplify Clearwater’s Light It Up Clearwater – NYE Fireworks Celebration
Clearwater Beach (Family/Fireworks)

Named a Top Five kid-friendly place to ring in the New Year by U.S. News Travel, Clearwater Beach and Amplify Clearwater will light up the skies over the Gulf of Mexico at midnight to the delight of everyone within eyeshot. Watch a sunset, grab a bite, scrunch your toes in the sand and get ready to ring in 2023 on the beach. Sand Key Park will be closed as it is the launch zone, so the best views will be from the southern-most part of Clearwater beach.
December 31st Fireworks at midnight. More information here.

Other (very) notable New Year’s Eve Events around the Bay:

Starlight Majesty’s NYE Dinner Cruise, Clearwater Beach

Toast by the Coast NYE Party @ Tradewinds Island Resorts, St. Pete Beach

Grand Glow Atlantis Featuring The Black Honkeys – Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

Armature Works New Year’s Eve 2023, Tampa armatureworks.com

ReliaQuest Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade Ybor City

Hogmanay Party at Scottish Cultural Center, Dunedin

Sunday – New Year’s Day

Oystercatchers New Year’s Day Brunch
Grand Hyatt, Tampa

Fortunately for New Year's Eve revelers, New Year's Day falls on a Sunday this year, which means you can find a great brunch with some hair of the dog all over Tampa Bay. I'm going with an iconic and long standing Tampa Bay brunch mainstay - Oystercatchers.  Relax and recover with a beautiful waterfront view and enjoy delicious seafood, a superior raw bar, and all your favorite brunch items. Try something new, like Crab Florentine Benedict, or Nutella stuffed pancakes. All entrees come with a complimentary Bloody Mary or TWO complimentary Mimosas. Reservations suggested Sunday Brunch hours are 10:30-2pm Make reservations or get more information here.

Peace, Prosperity & Happiness to all in 2023

Cindy

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