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New Year’s Eve Events & Parties in Tampa

All the best New Year’s Eve events going on in the city.

The year may be coming to an end, but the fun is only just beginning down here in Tampa, Florida. One thing this city knows how to do is party, especially on New Year’s Eve. If you’re planning a trip down to Tampa for the holidays, or even if you already live here, you may be wondering where to go on New Year’s Eve for a good time, and I think I can help with that. 

As a Florida native, I’ve spent a lot of time in Tampa Bay visiting the many restaurants and bars in the area, and I always end up finding some really incredible places to eat and drink. Now, I’ve gone and done the same thing, except this time I went searching for places to party on New Year’s Eve in Tampa. 

people holding champagne glasses and sparklers on new year's eve in tampa bay

I found everything from fireworks shows, parades, even Busch Gardens amusement park is getting in on the fun and hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration. There’s no end to the fun on New Year’s in Tampa, but if you want to know where it starts, just keep on reading down below. 


Best Tampa NYE Events


Outback Bowl & New Year’s Eve Parade

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Eclectic Ybor City is the site of this festive celebration featuring the Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade and a pep rally by the college marching bands & cheerleaders.  The parade will feature floats and about fifteen marching bands from around the country!  Be there early.  The Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs along 7th Avenue.  This is a free event.


Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers

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Watch the hometown hockey team and back-to-back Stanley Cup champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning, take on the New York Rangers at Raymon James Stadium on New Year’s Eve!


New Year’s Eve Celebration at Busch Gardens

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Join Busch Gardens on Dec. 31 for fun during the day or a New Year’s Eve Celebration at night! From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. celebrate your favorite thrill rides, animal encounters, and more throughout the day on New Year’s Eve. From 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. experience Christmas Town favorites including the Three Kings Journey show, millions of holiday lights, and more.


Armature Works New Year’s Eve 2021

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Armature Works’ annual NYE celebration typically features a riverfront concert plus views of the best daytime and nighttime fireworks display in the city with downtown Tampa in the background. 


Downtown Countdown at Glazer Children’s Museum

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Ring in the New Year at the Glazer Children’s Museum with countdowns, family play projects, and socially distant celebrations throughout the day. You can celebrate as a family by day and still have time for evening festivities. Downtown Countdown is included with museum admission.


First Night St. Pete

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First Night St Petersburg is our area’s only family-friendly New Year’s Eve, Community Celebration of the Arts, and each year we ring in the New Year with music, dance, aerial arts, silent disco, fire, bubble stompin’, sea creature puppets, aerial art, creative fun, fireworks a scavenger hunt and so much more! This year, we are coming back live and in-person in downtown St Petersburg!


New Year’s Eve Dinner at Steelbach

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$85 per person gets you an unbelievably decadent four-course meal with an optional wine pairing addition for only $35! Treat yourself to an unforgettable New Year’s Eve dinner here at Steelbach in Tampa. 


Midnight Mask-erade at Bizou Brasserie

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This year will mark Bizzou Brasserie’s 6th Annual NYE celebration. Expect live entertainment, indoor and outdoor bars, a Champagne fountain, Times Square ball drop viewing, and more.


New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl at Whiskey Exchange

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New Year’s Eve is undoubtedly the BIGGEST PARTY of the year and deciding where you and your friends will ring in the new year is a tough decision. So TopShelfCrawls.com has put together the premier list of bars and nightclubs for you to celebrate!


NYElectric 2022 at JW Marriott Tampa Water Street

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If you’re looking for the ultimate New Year’s Eve experience in Tampa Bay; there’s nothing better than NYElectric 2022 at the JW Marriott in Downtown Tampa, Florida.

This mega hotel has a massive ballroom that will host the best and biggest New Year’s Eve countdown in Tampa this year! Plus this New Year’s Eve will be the hotel’s first-ever NYE party; so you should know it will be more than memorable!!


NYE Celebration at Publix Aprons Cooking School of Citrus Park

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Time to kick back, raise a glass, and celebrate the coming of a new year!

This is a demonstration-style cooking class. Sit back, relax, and let our chefs do the cooking. Enjoy all of our delicious menu items and ask questions as we walk you through each recipe. Wine is provided at most evening classes, but you must be 21 years of age or older to drink alcoholic beverages. Drink responsibly. 


New Year’s Eve Firework Cruise

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Ring in 2022 in style with Yacht StarShip! Celebrate New Year’s Eve on Yacht StarShip and count down to midnight as you cruise the waterways of Tampa. Dine on gourmet food, sip on delicious cocktails and dance the night away under the stars. The New Year’s Eve celebration cruise includes an open premium bar and food stations. Cruises also include a Champagne toast at midnight for guests to ring in 2022 as you watch the fireworks blasting all around!


NYE Celebration at The Rusty Pelican

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Ring in the New Year on Friday, December 31st from 4:30 PM to 11:00 PM with Spectacular Views, Decadent Delights, and a Champagne Toast! Featuring appetizers and desserts for the table to share and a plated entree for each guest to select from.


Light It Up New Year’s Eve at Clearwater Beach

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Welcome to Light It Up Clearwater! Clearwater Beach’s Annual Fireworks Celebration. Come and join us on New Year’s Eve, relax with your toes in the sand, watch one of our world-famous sunsets, grab a bite to eat and then ring in the New Year with Fireworks at midnight!  All compliments of the AMPLIFY Clearwater and its wonderful sponsors.  Named as one of the Top Five kid-friendly places to ring in the New Year, by U.S. News Travel, it’s sure to be a celebration the whole family will enjoy!


The Biggest New Years Eve Party in Central Florida

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Over 6000 people will be attending this party on New Year’s Eve at The Cuban Club. With 3 areas to party in, 40+ VIP areas, 10+ DJs, and a 4-hour top-shelf open bar leading up to a midnight fireworks show, it’s no surprise why this is one of the best NYE parties in Tampa Bay.   


Grand Glow Bubbles and Bourbon NYE

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This event will feature live entertainment from Tampa Bay’s own, The Black Honkeys.

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.

Our Bubbles and Bourbon Bars will offer a full range of beverage selections, Our Grand Food Stations will offer a variety of small bites. This event will be outdoors


NYE FAQs

Will parking be available?

Depending on the venue, yes. Some places even offer a valet service! Check the event details for more information on parking.

Is there a dress code?

Some restaurants and bars require pants or a jacket, but it’s best to check ahead with any establishment you plan to visit. 

Will there be hotel accommodations? 

Yes! Several hotels around the city will be hosting events for the holiday.

Will there be food at the NYE parties?

Depending on the venue, yes. Many restaurants and bars will be offering limited NYE menus. 

Do I need a ticket?

Many events will require a pre-purchased ticket, but some, like the Outback Bowl Parade and various fireworks shows, are free to the public. 

Final Thoughts

New Year’s Eve in Tampa Bay is always a treat. The whole city comes to life at night and there’s a party on every corner, so to speak. You definitely don’t want to miss out on all the exciting activities happening on New Year’s Eve, and now you won’t have to. Just follow my Tampa New Year’s Eve guide and you’ll know exactly where the fun is at.

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Written by Rocco Smith

Rocco is from Sanibel Island, Florida, and a recent graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in Editing, Writing, and Media. With seven years’ experience in the restaurant industry as a cook, server, bartender, and more, he is deeply passionate about intertwining his fondness for food with his love of language.