New Year’s Eve: Tampa Bay area parties, fireworks, cruises to ring in 2016

There are plenty of parties, events and fireworks to go to in Tampa Bay area to ring in the New Year. Pick one or hit them all!

  • Light Up Tampa Bay: New Year’s Eve Celebration at Channelside Plaza – The party at 8 p.m. with a DJ, drink specials, etc. The ball drop and fireworks go off at midnight. Get the details
  • Noon Year’s Eve at the Lowry Park Zoo – family-friendly daytime celebration with games, crafts, live entertainment and more. Starts at 10 a.m. Get details
  • Join Busch Gardens for an awesome New Year’s Eve celebration with thrill rides, live music throughout the park and fireworks at Gwazi Field until 1 a.m. Get details
  • New Year’s Eve fireworks cruises with Yacht StarShip Dining Cruises. The cruise boards at 10 p.m., departs at 10:30. Get details
  • The Rooftop Eve ‘Midnight in the Garden’ is back! Join the most elegant cocktail party in town 10 stories high. Get details
  • New Year’s AquaEve at the Florida Aquarium. Enjoy fantastic live music, complimentary food, beer and wine along with a champagne toast and an amazing fireworks display at midnight. Get details
  • New Year’s Eve party at Pier 22 in Bradenton with buffet feasts, champagne fountains, a masquerade ball, a photo booth and more. Get details
  • Light Up Clearwater – midnight fireworks on Clearwater Beach on New Year’s eve. Get details
  • 23rd Annual New year’s Eve – First Night St Petersburg with music, lights, dance, fire, bubbles, stories, creative fun, fireworks and much more! Starts at 4 p.m. Get details 
  • Sarasota Marina Jacks celebration featuring live music and special menus in all areas or enjoy the Marina Jacks celebration cruise. Get details
  • Sarasota Pineapple Drop – music, dancing, favorite DJs starting at 3 p.m. near Five Points. Get details provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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