Celebrate New Year’s Eve in High Style or Casual Beachside on Florida’s Historic Coast
St. Augustine, Fla. – Ring in the New Year in St. Augustine, the Nation’s oldest city.
Whether you crave a casual family event at the beach or seek a sophisticated evening of dinner and dancing, you’ll find what you are looking for on Florida’s Historic Coast.
Flagler College New Year’s Eve Gala
Ring in the New Year at the former Hotel Ponce de Leon with an evening of historic elegance - dining and dancing the night away. The evening will begin at 8 p.m. with a cocktail hour in the Rotunda and portraits in the Flagler Room, followed by a plated dinner and dessert with open bar at 9:30 p.m. in the Ponce de Leon Dining Hall. Live music will be provided by Bay Kings Band throughout the celebration. The evening will conclude with a ceremonial balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight and dancing until 1 a.m. The attire is black tie. Tickets are $250 each. 74 King St., St. Augustine 904-826-8572 www.flagler.edu/newyearseveball
Beach Blast Off
This annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display and entertainment at the St. Augustine Beach Pier will ring in 2017. The event features a kids’ zone, face painting, rides, photo booth, rock climbing wall, food vendors and live entertainment. The event is from 4-10 p.m. with the fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach 904-669-5670 www.sabevents.com
New Year’s Eve Special Cruise by Florida Water Tours
These tours are a wonderful way to view the New Year’s fireworks over St. Augustine Beach. Tours depart at 6 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Admission is $59.99 per person, ages three and up. The tours depart from Camachee Cove Marina. 282 Yacht Club Dr., Dock A-19, St. Augustine 904-827-7728 floridawatertour.com
Nights of Lights
During Nights of Lights, St. Augustine glows with holiday magic - from the ground to the rooftops. Selected by National Geographic in 2011 and 2012 as one of the 10 best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Night of Lights features millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s oldest city. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting reflects the city’s 451-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories. Wander the charming historic district and take in the sparkle of the city as you celebrate the new year. www.floridashistoriccoast.com/nights-lights
Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida’s Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra, and 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches. For more information on events, activities, holiday getaway and vacation opportunities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com, become a fan on Facebook (Facebook.com/OfficialStAugustine) or call 1.800.653.2489.