There are as many New Years Eve Party’s on a December 31, 2011 as there are bars in Tampa Bay. Before you go crazy trying to find the best we have done the work for you. Here is our list of the 6 best New Year’s Eve Parties in Tampa Bay.
Lowry Park Zoo
This NYE party is perfect if you want to ring in the new year with young kids. Ring in the New Year family style at the annual “Noon” Year’s Eve daytime celebration hosted by the Zoo and Radio Disney AM 1380. The party begins when the Zoo opens with games, arts and crafts, live entertainment, educational displays and more. Families can ring in the New Year with noisemakers, hats and a juice toast as they watch a giant clock strike 12 p.m. NOON. Activities are included with Zoo admission. Saturday, December 31 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
New Year’s Eve at Bush Gardens
This is a safe New Year’s event for older teens. Ring in the new year safari-style at Busch Gardens’ one of a kind New Year’s Eve experience. Enjoy live music and fireworks at midnight and of course, roller coasters.
New Years Eve 2012 at the Tampa Convention Center
Tampa Bay NYE 2012 event will countdown the end of 2011 and bring in 2012 with a bang, this party will feature amazing Door prizes, Charity Casino, two drink tickets, Hors d’oeuvres and champagne toast at midnight for the general admission ticket holders. Optional open bar tickets are also available and VIP tickets include dinner, open bar, Champagne toast, valet parking and VIP entertainment.
First Night 2012 St Pete
Downtown St. Petersburg will ring in the New Year with music, lights, dance, fire, bubbles, stories, creative fun, fireworks and much more! First Night St. Petersburg celebrates its 18th Annual New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts from 5:00 p.m. to midnight at multiple venues in downtown St. Petersburg. Family oriented festivities with music stages, entertainment, drama, dance, games, art, fireworks and more. Here is the link to First Night’s schedule and event locations.
2012 Jackson’s New Year’s Eve Bash
This is a sizzling hot 20-something party. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Jackson’s in Tampa with a few thousand of your hottest friends. Jackson’s will have multiple rooms with different types of eclectic sounds to dance your booty into 2012. Jackson’s NYE party starts jamming at 9PM.
$25 for general admission.
$65 for VIP which includes:
VIP Admittance into the party
VIP access to both indoor club & outdoor patio parties
Including access to VIP Table & Cabana Areas
Midnight Firework Display
* Cash Bar
** Tapas menu available
Tampa Bay’s Classic Hits Station Q105 has put together the world’s largest NYE Concert Dance Party with Maxine Nightingale, Sister Sledge, Gloria Gaynor. The Mahaffey Theater is your ultimate NYE dance party headquarters with 2 cocktail parties, a concert, fireworks, a Disco Party in Studio Q plus, Champagne toast at midnight as you watch the Vinoy Basin fireworks display over the water. Doors open at 8pm for Disco Eve, concerts start at 9pm.
Tickets are: $75, $100, $125 & $150 for VIP and for a limited time you can buy one and get one free courtesy of Autoway Toyota…these are on the $75 and $100 tickets only.
VIP Tickets are in the first 5 rows. VIP tickets have exclusive access to Studio Q (the incredibly nice Foundation Room) with heavy Hors d’oeuvres , & 2 drink tickets. 1970′s disco attire strongly encouraged.
- Tampa’s Channelside Fireworks on New Year’s Eve (tampa.cbslocal.com)
- Maxine Nightingale, Sister Sledge and Gloria Gaynor at Mahaffey for New Years (tampa.cbslocal.com)