New Year's Eve by the Sea

New Year’s Eve by the Sea

If you thought summer on the Emerald Coast was great, just wait until you experience ringing in the New Year. From family-friendly countdowns to all-night dance parties, the Emerald Coast offers something for every reveler. Below are the top six ways to welcome 2020 by the sea.

New Year’s Eve – 5 Parties on the Harbor
 Tuesday, December 31, 2019

7 p.m. to Midnight 

FREE admission

Why go to one New Year’s Eve party when you can have five? New Year’s at HarborWalk Village also offers two fireworks displays; one at 8 p.m. and another at midnight after a ball drop countdown. The party starts on the main stage at 7 p.m. with Flash Flood and The Resolutions. At 10 p.m., head to the following places for further festivities:

Harry T’s Lighthouse // Karaoke the Night Away
Coyote Ugly Saloon- Destin // Party Like It’s 1999
Jackacuda’s Seafood & Sushi // Neon & Retro DJ Dance Party
Margaritaville, Destin // Masquerade Party
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AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar New Years Celebration

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.
FREE Cover

Ring in the new decade at AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar! Live music by Jason Tyler Findley, DJ Charles, Black Eyed Blonde (Club Bimini Stage), and Yeah, Probably (On the Jumbotron Stage) party favors, and a FREE champagne toast!

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Seaside Countdown
 Tuesday, December 31, 2019
 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. 



Countdown Seaside is perfect for families or those who just prefer to be in bed by midnight. That’s because the fireworks happen at 9 p.m. instead of midnight. Live music starts at 5 p.m. with The Brevet, Preachervan, and The Prescriptions. You can enjoy face painting, crafts and street performers followed by fireworks over the Gulf. Bring your blankets or chairs to the amphitheater in the square and enjoy an exciting night under the stars in Seaside.

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SunQuest Cruise

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

$150 per person

What better way to welcome 2020 than aboard a 125’ yacht? Better hurry – this cruise sells out every year. The evening includes a five-course dinner, dancing with live entertainment, party favors, a midnight champagne toast, and the best view of Baytowne’s midnight fireworks show. You’ll enjoy chef-inspired dishes such as Korean pork belly with kimchi, shrimp and crab gumbo, and pistachio crusted grouper. The cruise begins at 8 p.m. with check-in at 7 p.m. The Solaris Yacht is located at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort at the Baytowne Marina. Special parking is available for New Year’s Eve. Guests must be 21 and up. Tickets are $150 per person, and you can reserve a window table for an additional $75.

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Baytowne Countdown
 December 31, 2019

6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s end-of-the-year celebration offers something for everyone. Family-friendly event’s kick off at 6 p.m. with face painting, kid’s activities, and live music on the Baytowne LIVE stage, followed by a fireworks display at 8 p.m. You can call it a night then or keep the party going with live music on the Events Plaza Stage until 1 a.m. – the latest celebration in the area. A second fireworks display at midnight is the perfect way to say goodbye to 2019.

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Lulu’s Noon Year’s Eve
 December 31, 2019

10 a.m. to Noon

Why should adults have all the fun on New Year’s? Lulu’s offers a mid-day celebration with nonstop kid-friendly activities such as a sandcastle building contest, arts and crafts, inflatables, face painting, and live music on Lulu’s beach. The countdown at noon includes kid-safe “fireworks” and a huge beach ball drop. LuLu’s is located in Destin at the foot of the Mid Bay Bridge, next to Legendary Marina. For more information call 850-710-5858.

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