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Ring in 2019 with these New Year’s Eve events in Tampa Bay area

Posted at 1:38 PM, Dec 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-31 03:40:52-05

TAMPA, Fla. — This year has flown by! Ring in 2019 with these New Year’s Eve events around Tampa Bay.

Monday, December 31:

Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade

When: 5:30 p.m.
Where: 7th Avenue, Ybor City
Cost: Free
Info: The Outback Bowl New Year's Eve Parade takes place in the Ybor City Historic District and features numerous floats and marching bands from Mississippi State and Iowa, along with more than a dozen high school bands from around the country. A pep rally takes place immediately following the parade which runs along 7th Avenue.

Light It Up Clearwater

When: 10 p.m. - 12:15 a.m.
Where: Pier 60, Clearwater Beach
Cost: Free
Info: Enjoy New Year's Eve with your toes in the sand! Light It Up Clearwater will feature a spectacular fireworks show on America's No. 1 Beach at midnight.

NYE Fireworks Cruise

When: 11:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Where: Pirate Water Taxi on the Tampa Riverwalk
Cost: Adult $49.95 | Children $39.95
Info: Ring in the New Year on the water with a front row seat on the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise! This 1-hour cruise includes champagne, party favors and prime viewing of Downtown Tampa’s fireworks. All ages welcome, but you must be 21+ with valid ID to drink. Book your tickets in advance to ensure availability!

Busch Gardens New Year’s Eve Celebration

When: Open until 1 a.m.
Where: Busch Gardens at 10165 McKinley Drive, Tampa
Cost: Click here for ticket information
Info: Jam out to music throughout the park and ring in the new year with a park-wide countdown and spectacular fireworks show in Gwazi Park. And with the park open until 1 a.m., you can make the first hour in 2019 a thrilling one! Gwazi Park opens for seating at 10 p.m. with a DJ and live music, followed by fireworks at midnight. Admission to the New Year's Eve Celebration is included with paid admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

First Night St. Petersburg

When: 7 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Where: North Straub Park in Downtown St. Pete
Cost: Advance: $12 Adults, $5 Children | After Dec. 30: $15 Adults, $10 Children
Info: First Night St Petersburg is a family-friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration of the Arts and this year they'll be ringing in the New Year with music, dance, aerial arts, fire, bubble stomp, puppets, aerial art, creative fun, fireworks, a scavenger hunt and so much more! Fireworks will take place at 8:00 p.m. and midnight.

New Year’s Eve Gala at Armature Works

When: 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Where: The Gathering at Armature Works
Cost: $185 Advance Tickets
Info: Everyone is a VIP at this New Year's Eve Party! Your ticket includes Top Shelf Open Bar, including liquor, beer, wine, and champagne all night long. Not to mention a live band, DJ entertainment, dancing, and a selection of late night hor d'oeuvres. Get your ticket to the newest & most glamorous New Year's Eve party now. Prices increase to $250 day-of (if still available) at the door.