How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay

As we get ready to close out another great year, we’re taking a look at some of the best ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2021 and New Year’s Day 2022 across Clearwater, St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay area.

Looking for family friendly fun? A night out? Something to do from your home? We’ve got you covered. Check out our list of things to do for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day below.

 

Things to Do for New Year’s Eve 2021

See our picks for the best things to do indoors and outdoors for New Year’s Eve 2021 in Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay. Events are listed by time and date.

Please note: Events details are subject to change, so be sure to visit each event website for more information.

 

New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks at Busch Gardens Tampa, FL

Date and Time: Friday, December 31, 2021 through Saturday, January 1, 2022 (park hours)

Location: Busch Gardens Tampa, 10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL

Admission: Included in Busch Gardens theme park admission

Event Details: Ring in the New Year at Busch Gardens Tampa, featuring holiday fun for the whole family. Check out festive displays, rides and entertainment throughout the day and a fireworks show at midnight that will wow the whole family. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit the Busch Gardens Tampa website.

Website: https://buschgardens.com/tampa/

 

 

New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown at Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa, FL

Date and Time: Friday, December 31, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL

Admission: Included with Glazer Children’s Museum admission

Event Details: Celebrate the New Year at the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa, featuring New Year’s countdowns, family play projects and socially distant celebrations. The perk? You can celebrate as a family by day and still have time for evening festivities. Visit the Glazer Children’s Museum website for more details about the downtown countdown.

Website: https://glazermuseum.org/event/downtown-countdown-3

 

 

 

First Night St. Pete for New Year’s Eve in St. Petersburg, FL

Date and Time: Friday, December 31, 2021 beginning at 4 p.m. (showcases vary)

Location: First Night St Petersburg, 100 2nd Ave N #150, St. Petersburg, FL

Admission: $12/adult and $5/child; $100 for VIP passes

Event Details: First Night St. Pete is the largest family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts in Florida. Celebrating its 29th year, First Night St. Pete brings the arts to unexpected places in a collaboration with local venues, artists and performers in and around downtown St. Petersburg. Each venue showcases a variety of artistic mediums, and the firework displays will take place at 8 p.m. and midnight near the Pier, all made possible by the City of St. Petersburg. Check the First Night St. Pete website for the 2022 NYE schedule and to purchase buttons, tickets or VIP passes.

Website: https://www.firstnightstpete.com

 

 

 

Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade in Ybor City, FL

Date and Time: Friday, December 31, 2021 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Parade runs along 7th Avenue in Ybor City

Admission: Free

Event Details: This year’s Outback Bowl parade will stroll the streets of eclectic Ybor City, featuring a pep rally, floats, cheerleaders and a battle of the bands from both Outback Bowl competing universities, Arkansas and Penn State. This free, family-friendly event is expected to have a high turnout, so arrive early. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs along 7th Avenue. Visit the Outback Bowl website for event details.

Website: https://www.outbackbowl.com/events

 

 

 

New Year’s Eve at the Showtime Speedway Track in Clearwater/Pinellas Park, FL

Date and Time: Friday, December 31, 2021 beginning at 6 p.m.

Location: Showtime Speedway Pinellas Park, 4398 126th Ave N, Clearwater, FL

Admission: Varies

Event Details: Race into the New Year at the Showtime Speedway Pinellas Park. Drivers will compete in a School Bus Figure 8s Race, and guests can watch and stay for the New Year’s Eve firework display at midnight. (Drivers must register in advance and are eligible for prizes.) Visit the Showtime Speedway Pinellas Park website for more details.

Website: http://showtimespeedway.us

 

 

 

New Year’s Eve Kiss at the Dog Bar in St. Petersburg, FL

Date and Time: Friday, December 31, 2021 at 7 p.m. through Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 1 a.m.

Location: The Dog Bar, 2300 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL

Admission: Free with Dog Bar membership; $5 one-time day pass

Event Details: What better way to ring in the New Year than a sweet kiss from your best furry friend? Celebrate the NYE evening at the Dog Bar, featuring food trucks until 10 p.m., a champagne toast at midnight, and a “Ball Drop” with a bucket of toy balls tossed into the yard for the pups. (The Dog Bar is a private off-leash dog park and sports bar in St. Pete. If this is your first visit to Dog Bar, please register online. All patrons must be 21 & up.)

Website: https://dogbarstpete.com/events/events-calendar/

 

 

 

New Year’s Eve Party at Sips Wine Bar in Safety Harbor, FL

Date and Time: Friday, December 31, 2021 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Location: Sips Wine Bar, 327 Main St, Safety Harbor, FL

Admission: $99 plus tax per ticket

Event Details: Drink and dance the night away at Sips Wine Bar as we say goodbye to 2021 and welcome in 2022. Attendees will enjoy a full dinner buffet, dessert station, late night brunch buffet, champagne for a New Year’s Toast, a photobooth, NYE favors and more. Click here for more details.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/sips-wine-bar/new-years-eve-party/304971238296468/

 

 

 

New Year’s Eve Riverfront Concert & Fireworks at Armature Works in Tampa, FL

Date and Time: Friday, December 31, 2021 at 8 p.m. through Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 12 a.m.

Location: Armature Works, 1910 North Ola Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602

Admission: Free and open to the public. Pre-Sale VIP pricing is on sale now, starting at $100 per ticket. Prices will increase as the event gets closer.

Event Details: Attend Armature Work’s 4th Annual New Year’s Eve celebration, featuring family-friendly activities, a riverfront concert and fireworks display over the Hillsborough River at midnight. Festivities will kick off at 8 p.m. with live music on the Riverfront Stage.

VIP tickets are 21 and up and include:

  • Complimentary specialty cocktail & champagne toast at midnight
  • Private bar
  • Prime viewing for NYE entertainment & fireworks display
  • Party favors & photo ops throughout the night
  • Private bathrooms

Satellite bars will also be available for easy ordering access, in addition to the 18 food and drink options within Armature Works. Click here for more details and to purchase VIP tickets.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-riverfront-concert-fireworks-at-armature-works-tickets-222071350387

 

 

 

Grand Glow Bubbles & Bourbon New Year’s Eve at Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach in Clearwater, FL

Date and Time: Friday, December 31, 2021 at 9 p.m. through Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 12:30 a.m.

Location: Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, 100 Coronado Dr, Clearwater, FL

Admission: $50-$1,000 per ticket

Event Details: Welcome 2022 in “grand” style with bubbles and bourbon on the pool deck at Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach. This New Year’s Eve event will feature live entertainment from Tampa Bay’s own, The Black Honkeys, and offer a bubbles and bourbon bar with a full range of beverage selections and food stations. You can create your own experience through a variety of ticket options, bundle your admission with discounted food and drink tickets, or purchase individual tickets at the door. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grand-glow-bubbles-bourbon-nye-tickets-182044920257

 

 

 

Toast by the Coast New Year’s Eve Party at TradeWinds in St. Pete Beach, FL

Date and Time: Friday, December 31, 2021 at 8 p.m. through Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 1 a.m.

Location: TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL

Admission: $186.92 per ticket (adults 21 and over only)

Event Details: Ring in the New Year at the TradeWinds Island Resort, featuring includes live music, a photobooth, full liquor open bar and an all-you-can-eat chef’s carvery and pasta bar, hors d’oeuvres, coffee and dessert table. At midnight, guests say hello to 2022 with a glass of champagne and a balloon drop. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/toast-by-the-coast-new-years-eve-party-tickets-209398064247

 

 

 

A Sparkling New Year at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa in Safety Harbor, FL

Date and Time: Friday, December 31, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. through Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 1 a.m.

Location: Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL

Admission: $249 per ticket (includes tax and gratuity)

Event Details: Celebrate your New Year’s Eve with sparkle at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa. Tickets include welcome champagne, hors d’oeuvres, a plated dinner of surf & turf lobster and filet mignon, a gourmet dessert bar, a two-hour open bar (8:30-10:30 p.m.), live band, champagne toast at midnight, photos, NYE party favors and more. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.

Website: www.tinyurl.com/NYE2022ASparklingNewYear

 

 

 

Shephard’s Rock The New Year Party 2022 in Clearwater Beach, FL

Date and Time: Friday, December 31, 2021 at 8 p.m. through Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 2:30 a.m.

Location: Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL

Admission: $38-45 per ticket

Event Details: Join the largest New Year’s Party on the gulf at Shephard’s Rock the New Year’s Party 2022, featuring fireworks, DJs, bands and more. Tickets get you access to Shepard’s Soak Pool Lounge, Salt Tequila Bar and Tap Room, The Wave Nightclub and Tiki Beach at Shepard’s Beach Resort. Click here for more details or to purchase tickets.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shephards-rock-the-new-year-party-2022-tickets-210176482517

 

 

 

New Year’s Eve and Day Crafts for Kids on Pinterest or YouTube

Details: If you’re hoping to stay home this New Year’s holiday with your family and children, find all kinds of inspiration on this Pinterest board. There’s tons of activities and crafts to keep them occupied, from instructions on making New Year’s Eve party poppers and countdown clocks to recipes for festive treats, interactive games and more.

Price: Prices vary by activity or craft

Website: Visit Pinterest—here’s a sample board for inspiration—or YouTube to watch videos like this one below!

 

 

 

Other Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve from Home

Hesitant of celebrating New Year’s Eve out and about? If you’d prefer to stay home this holiday, it doesn’t have to be a boring evening. We’ve borrowed these 11 ideas to celebrate from home from Delish.com—check them out below!

  • Dress up.
  • Make a festive cocktail.
  • Host a video call with loved ones.
  • Watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
  • Have an appetizer cook-off.
  • Plan a virtual toast with your friends.
  • Watch movies all night long.
  • Have a dance party.
  • Make a charcuterie board.
  • Make a decadent dessert.
  • Pop confetti at midnight.

Visit Delish.com for more information on how to celebrate New Year’s Eve from home.

 

 

 

Things to Do for New Year’s Day 2022

See our picks for the best things to do indoors and outdoors for New Year’s Day 2022 in Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay. Events are listed by time and date.

Please note: Events details are subject to change, so be sure to visit each event website for more information.

 

 

Take a Trip to the St. Petersburg and Clearwater Area Beaches in Florida

Date and Time: Any time

Location: Anywhere along the Gulf Coast — we recommend Clearwater or St. Pete Beaches

Admission: Free; most places charge for parking

Details: Did you know that St. Pete was named the #1 beach in the U.S. for 2021 by Tripadvisor’s community of travelers? That’s right! Our Air Care community is lucky enough to have warm weather, sunny skies and sandy beaches right in our backyard. So, if you’re looking for something to do this New Year’s Day holiday, consider taking a trip to St. Pete Beach or Clearwater Beach for your “best beach day ever.”

See why our beaches are loved by locals and tourists alike, and learn more about what the Gulf Coast of Florida has to offer on the Visit St. Pete/Clearwater website or by watching the video below.

Website: https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/things-to-do/beaches

 

 

 

Annual Diva Angels (Tampa Bay Chapter) Annual New Year’s Day Ride

Date and Time: Saturday, January 1, 2022 from 7 to 11 a.m.

Location: 5301 34th St S, St. Petersburg, FL

Admission: Free (must bring your own ride/motorized bike)

Event Details: Join the Tampa Bay area Diva Angels as they ride and ring in the New Year on Saturday, January 1. Bikers will ride south, meet the Diva Angels Gulfport chapter for lunch, and visit the newly relaunched Manatee viewing area and TECO Big Ben Power Plant. Learn more about the Diva Angels Tampa Bay Chapter, and click here for event details.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/5301-34th-st-s-st-petersburg-fl-33711-4519-united-states/diva-angels-annual-new-years-day-ride/1335611283563527/

 

 

 

Annual New Year’s Day 5K At Caddy’s in Indian Shores, FL 

Date and Time: Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 8 a.m.

Location: Caddy’s, 20025 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores, FL

Admission: Ticket prices vary

Event Details: Join the Caddy’s crew on Saturday, January 1, 2022 for the “New Year’s Day Kick Off 5K” on the beautiful, sandy beaches of Indian Shores. Each 5K participant will choose a one-of-a-kind finisher’s medal and race along other participants in the Tampa Bay area. Space is limited, and day-of race registration is unavailable. Visit click here for more details.

Website: https://www.raceplace.com/events/107921/the-annual-new-year-s-day-beach-5k-at-caddys-pub-indian-shores

 

 

 

2022 Outback Bowl New Year’s Day Game in Tampa, FL

Date: Saturday, January 1, 2022

Time: Kick-off at 12 p.m. ET

Location: Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33607 or televised

Admission: Ticket prices vary

Event Details: This year’s Outback Bowl will showcase college football’s best teams from the SEC and Big Ten Conference, Arkansas and Penn State. Watch these talented players go head-to-head in their first ever meeting in the Outback Bowl 2022. Be sure to arrive early for the pre-game bowl bash and pre-game show and enjoy the halftime show, featuring more than 1,500 local high band performers. Visit the Outback Bowl website for event details.

Website: https://www.outbackbowl.com/events

 

 

 

Watch the Rose Parade (Pasadena, CA) from Home

Date and Time: Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 8 a.m. PST

Location: Caddy’s, 20025 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores, FL

Admission: Ticket prices vary

Event Details: For millions of people around the world, the Rose Parade is a New Year’s Day tradition. The Rose Parade travels 5 ½ miles down Colorado Blvd in Pasadena, California, and features beautiful floral-decorated floats, bands, equestrian units, and more. Visit the Rose Parade website for more details and a list of broadcasters/channels to view.

Website: https://www.raceplace.com/events/107921/the-annual-new-year-s-day-beach-5k-at-caddys-pub-indian-shores

 

 

 

About Air Care, Your Clearwater AC Professionals

If you’re planning to stay home for the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day holidays, you’re not alone. After Christmas, you need time to recoup from the holiday hustle and bustle, and there are plenty ways to relax and celebrate from the comfort of your home.

For many, “home improvement” tops their New Year’s resolutions list, and that’s where our professionals at Air Care are here to help. Our technicians are licensed and trained to take care of your AC maintenance, repair or replacement needs this winter and all-year-long. Read our home improvement gift ideas for the holiday season, or contact Air Care today to get started.

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We proudly service Pinellas, western Hillsborough and southern Pasco counties. Contact Air Care today for HVAC service.