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35 ways to celebrate New Year's Eve around Tampa Bay

Published:   |   Updated: December 27, 2013 at 04:58 PM

You don't have to ring in 2014 with Ryan Seacrest on ABC's “New Year's Rockin' Eve” — unless you want to. Any number of parties and celebrations (some family friendly) are happening around the Bay area. Here's a selection:

Aqua-Eve: Celebrate New Year's Eve with a splash at the Florida Aquarium with live music, complimentary food, beer and wine (cash bar available), a champagne toast and a fireworks show at midnight; 9 p.m. Tuesday; $100 to $110; The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa; (813) 273-4000 and www.flaquarium.org

Outback Bowl Parade: The holiday season in Ybor City closes out with the Outback Bowl parade down Seventh Avenue from 20th Street to 14th Street; 5:30 p.m. Tuesday; free; (813) 874-2695 and www.outbackbowl.com

Swingin' in the New Year: Celebration features the 18-piece Tom Kats Big Band and includes dancing, a balloon drop, midnight countdown, a fashion shoot, party favors and vintage attire (encouraged); 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; $25 to $30; St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg; (727) 669-7830 and www.tampabayswing.com

Jannus Live New Year Celebration: Dance in 2014 with hip-hop, house and Top 40 music provided by guest DJs from 93.3 FLZ; 7 p.m,; $25 (unlimited drinks), no cover after 9 p.m. Tuesday; 200 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg; (727) 637-2949

New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise: The YachtStarShip cruise offers an open bar, gourmet food, a DJ, party favors, dancing on the promenade deck, a champagne toast at midnight and a view of the fireworks at Channelside (21 and older only); 10 p.m. Tuesday; $159.95 plus tax, port fee and gratuity; 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa; (813) 223-7999

Rooftop-Eve: Celebrate the New Year on the top level of the parking garage overlooking Hyde Park Village at the Cabaret En Rouge New Year's Eve Party which includes complimentary spirits and live music by Lovestruck Robot; 9 p.m. Tuesday; $175; 1610 Swann Ave., Tampa; (813) 251-0500 and www .therooftopeve.com

Light Up Tampa Bay: The annual event is free and open to the public starting at 5 p.m. Only the first 3,000 people will receive wristbands to access the wharf for the fireworks show. Live music and entertainment included; 5 p.m. Tuesday; free; Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa; (813) 223-4250 and www.channelsidebayplaza.com

Busch Gardens Fireworks: The park, which opens at 9 a.m., will remain open until 1 a.m. with a fireworks show at midnight. The rides will remain open all night long, and live music will be performed by local and not-so-local bands; 9 a.m. Tuesday; regular cost of admission; Busch Gardens, 10165 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa; (888) 800-5447 and www.buschgardens.com

First Night St. Petersburg: A giant celebration of visual and performing arts, with dance and live music, including jazz, bluegrass and opera; 4 p.m. Tuesday; $10 adult, $5 children; Downtown St. Petersburg; (727) 823-8906 and www.firstnightsatpete.com

Jackson's Bistro: Great food and a waterfront room and dining patio for the fireworks show; 10 p.m. Tuesday; 601 S. Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa; (813) 277-0112 and www.jacksonsbistro.com

B.B. King: Spend New Year's Eve with legendary blues guitarist B.B. King as he and Lucille welcome in 2014; Shaun Hopper will open; 9 p.m. Tuesday; $86 to $150; Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater; (727) 791-7400 and www.rutheckerdhall.com

Chic a Boom in Dunedin: Five bars, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight and live music by the Black Honkeys; 8 p.m. Tuesday; $15; Chic a Boom room and the Blur Nightclub, 319 Main St., downtown Dunedin; (727) 736-0206 and www.kellyschicaboom.com

Shephards New Year's Eve: Great view of the Clearwater Beach fireworks display along with a huge Jumbotron displaying the ball drop live from New York City; 8 p.m. Tuesday; Shephards Beach Resort, 619 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach; (941) 727-2789

Hyde Park Cafe Presents New Year's Eve: Hats, noisemakers, party decorations and a live video feed from New York City's Times Square; 9 p.m. Tuesday; $10; Hyde Park Cafe, 1806 W. Platt St., Tampa; (813) 254-2233

“Downton Abbey” New Year: Join WEDU and the Straz Center for live music and dancing, a “Downton Abbey”-themed menu, a champagne toast at midnight and a sneak peek of the new season of “Downton Abbey: 1920's attire is encouraged; 7 p.m. Tuesday; $150; Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa; (813) 229-7827 and www.strazcenter.org

Pop the Cork: One of three New Year's Eve parties scheduled for the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, the event, hosted by Karina Smirnoff of TV's “Dancing With the Stars,” includes drink tickets, complimentary champagne toast at midnight, appetizers, live entertainment and free admission into the “West Coast Toast,” (a separate party that runs from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. at the Hard Rock Café); 9 p.m. Tuesday; $85 to $95; Seminole Hard Rock Café is located off Interstate 4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue about 10 minutes east of Tampa (5223 North Orient Road); 1-800-937-0010 and www.seminolehardrocktampa.com

Rockin' New Year's Eve Poolside Party: The third party at the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa will offer entertainment courtesy of Coo Coo Ca Choo and includes a cash bar, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and a cash bar; 9 p.m. Tuesday, $35; Seminole Hard Rock Café is located off Interstate 4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue about 10 minutes east of Tampa; 1-800-937-0010 and www.seminole hardrocktampa.com

Skipper's Celebration: Along with music by Donna the Buffalo with Rebekah Pulley, the night includes party favors, a champagne toast and a breakfast buffet; $35 to $40; Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa; (813) 971-0666 and www.skipperssmokehouse.com

“Salute to Vienna”: Welcome 2104 with a cast of 75 musicians, singers and beautifully costumed dancers who will celebrate with the best Strauss waltzes, polkas and excerpts from “Die Fledermaus,” “The Merry Widow” and more; 8 p.m. Tuesday; $35 to $100; Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater; (727) 791-7400 and www.rutheckerdhall.com

Noon Year's Eve: A daytime celebration hosted by the Lowry Park Zoo and Radio Disney AM 1380, the day includes games, arts and crafts, live entertainment and a juice toast as the clock turns to noon; 9:30 a.m., Tuesday; Zoo admission; Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa; (813) 935-8552 and www.lowryparkzoo.com

Salute to Vienna: Welcome the New Year with the best waltzes, polkas and excerpts from “Waltz King,” Johann Strauss Jr.; 8 p.m. Tuesday; $35 and up; Richard B. Baumgardner Center at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater; (727) 791-4900 and www.rutheckerdhall.com

Saddlebrook New Year's Gala: A black-tie optional celebration that starts with a cocktail party at 8 p.m. and a gourmet dinner with an open bar (tableside), dancing and music; special package includes golf, tennis and spa; call for prices and options; 8 p.m. Tuesday; Saddlebrook Resort, 5700 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel; (813) 973-1111 and www.saddlebrook.com

Hot New Year's Eve: Hot 101.5's all-out party includes DJ's, go-go dancers, LED screens and a midnight toast in a waterfront setting; 9 p.m. Tuesday; $25 to $75; The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg; (727) 892-5767 and www.themahaffey.com

Rockin' in the Midnight Hour: Get ready for great food and drink along with fun on the dance floor as you swing to the music of the Greg Billings Band; includes champagne toast and noisemakers at midnight and two nights at the Tradewinds; 8 p.m. Tuesday; $295 to $379; Tradewinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach; (727) 363-2258

New Year's Eve Celebration Nine12 Ultra Lounge: 9 p.m. Tuesday; $15 to $40; Nine12 Ultra Lounge Downtown Tampa, 912 N. Franklin St., Tampa

Hogan's Beach Masquerade Party: Party includes video screen on the beach, live outdoor entertainment, tiki bars, a buffet, a free midnight toast and Hulk Hogan; 8 p.m. Tuesday; $40; Hogan's Beach, 7700 Courtney Campbell Parkway, Tampa; (813) 281-8900 and www.hogansbeachtampa.com

New Year's at the Twisted Martini: Ring in the New Year with D.A. Smith & The Soul Injectors. Enjoy dinner and cocktails as you dance the night away; 8:30 p.m. Tuesday; $15; Twisted Martini, 13563 Icot Blvd., Clearwater; (727) 754-9800

Marvelous Marvin's New Year's Eve Party: Presented by 106.3 FM Radio, the party includes party favors, hors d'oeuvres, dinner buffet and a champagne toast at midnight; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; $59.95; Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. Highway 19, Hudson; (727) 863-7949 and www.showpalace.net

New Year's Eve Dance at the Zendah Grotto-Hall: The celebration includes a DJ, a champagne toast, a midnight breakfast buffet, party favors, a raffle and music from the '40s up to today; 8 p.m. Tuesday; $30; 4450 West Ohio Ave., Tampa

Cinebistro New Year's Eve: Celebrate the '70s while enjoying good food and drink specials along with a big-screen countdown, complimentary champagne toast and prizes for the best-dressed couple; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; CineBistro at Hyde Park Village, 1609 Swann Ave., Tampa; (813) 514-8300

Bash By the Bay: Enjoy New Year's Eve on the waterfront patio or at the Barefoot Bar at the scenic Whiskey Joe's Bar and Grill at Rocky Point; 8 p.m. Tuesday; $20; Whiskey Joe's, 7720 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa; (813) 281-0770

Flashback to the Awesome '80s: Champagne toast at midnight, party favors, live music, live TV ball drop from New York City, dinner buffet and more; 9 p.m. Tuesday; $30 to $99 (includes buffet dinner); Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N. Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor; (727) 724-7725 ext. 7100 and www.safetyharbor spa.com

Funky News Year's Eve: Ring in the New Year with D.A. Smith & The Soul Injectors as you dance the night away at the hottest soul/funk/hip-hop party of the year; 8:30 p.m. Tuesday; $15; Twisted Martini, 13563 Icot Blvd., Clearwater; (727) 754-9800

New Blue Year: Live music by Tom Sartori, the party includes freshly rolled sushi, appetizers, an open bar, party favors and a champagne toast; 8 p.m. Tuesday; Call for ticket info; Blue Martini Lounge, 2223 West Shore Lounge, Tampa; (813) 873-2583 and www.bluemartinilounge.com

2014 Grand Ball: Head to the Floridan Hotel for the New Year's Eve Grand Ball with live entertainment from the Illuminations, Samba Dancers and multiple DJs, viewing of the Times Square ball drop with a live balloon drop, open bar and hors d'oeuvres; proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish; 9 p.m., $25 to Floridan Palace, 905 N. Florida Ave., Tampa; www.ticketfly.com and www.legacy.com

 

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