The St. Pete New Year’s Eve Guide

Where will you watch the ball drop? From rooftop parties to white sand celebrations, here are the key events happening in St. Pete on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) you can’t miss:


light-up-the-night-largeLight Up The Night at Pinot’s Palette
Celebrate the New Year with this glamorous party scene! Royal blue tones and shimmering, metallic gold give this piece a real touch of class, while fun circles and confetti bring out your whimsical side. Happy New Year! The even runs from noon-3pm. Tickets are $45 per painter. Pinot’s Palette, 1572 Central Avenue.


First Night St. Pete
First Night St. Petersburg’s 24th Annual New Year’s Eve celebration of the Arts. A family-friendly event featuring live music, entertainment, drama, dance, games, art, fireworks and more! Enjoy a musical petting zoo, a poetry celebration at Studio@620 and a New Year’s Salsa at Museum of Fine Arts. Click HERE for a full rundown of events. The festivities begin at 4pm and run through midnight. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children (6-12), Children 5 and under can attend the events for free. Day of tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children (6-12) and children 5 and under enjoy the events for free.

New Year’s Eve Takes Flight at Loews Don CeSar
It’s New Year’s Eve at Loews Don CeSar Hotel where your imagination will return you to the Golden Age of travel. Experience the flavors of Havana, the revelry of New Orleans and immerse yourself in the glamour of Mumbai’s Bollywood without ever leaving St. Pete Beach. Enjoy an in-flight premium open bar, action stations, hors d’oeuvres and delectable desserts throughout the entire 5th Floor of the classic Pink Palace! Dance to the sounds of Blonde Ambition, who will keep you on your feet providing a little something for everyone playing hours of top 40, pop, rock, country and cross-over Latin music hits along with our top dance DJs. Event runs from 9pm-1am. Tickets are $199 per person. After 4pm on Dec. 30 and day of purchase at the gate, tickets are $229 per person. Loews Don CeSar, 3400 Gulf Boulevard.

The Laser Comedy Show at Unscripted Theatre
Before you ring in the New Year, see the show Chicago can’t stop talking about. Chris Fair brings his incredible improv talents to the Burg for the Laser Comedy Show, a glow in the dark etch-a-sketch show that illustrates an improvised story. Shows at 11am and 2pm. Tickets are $10 online, $15 at the door OR two tickets from $25. Unscripted Theatre, 14 18th Street South.

The Witch’s New Year’s Eve Private Party
Join the Ale and the Witch as they close out 2016 with their traditional house party here at the bar. Only 60 seats are sold and the ticket enables full access to all items at the bar. Event runs from 8pm-1am. Tickets are $66 and are available for purchase at The Ale and The Witch, 111 2nd Avenue Northeast.

Toast by the Coast New Year’s Eve Party at TradeWinds
TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach hosts their annual gala in the Grand Ballroom, featuring an open bar, an extensive gourmet hors d’oeuvres buffet, and dancing to live music from Motel Funk, on NYE. The event runs from 9pm-1am. Click HERE for more details. TradeWinds, 5500 Gulf Boulevard.

New Year’s Eve Havana Nights at The Canopy
Join The Canopy for the hottest New Year’s Eve party in the Burg. Enjoy two floors of open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner buffet, live band in the grand ballroom, DJ on the rooftop and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $182.65 in advance, $195 at the door if available. The Canopy at The Birchwood, 340 Beach Drive Northeast.

Swingin’ in the New Year at St. Pete Coliseum
All-ages welcome to dance to the music of Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88’s Band. The event will feature a balloon drop, party favors and noisemakers, chocolates, prize giveaways and a cash bar. PLUS a vintage fashion photo shoot and contest, so dress accordingly! Doors open to the event at 7:30pm, with a swing dance lesson from 8-9pm. The party continues until 1am. Tickets are $30. St. Pete Coliseum, 535 4th Avenue North.

Taste of Bavaria NYE Party at Hofbrauhaus
Welcome in 2017 with a taste of Bavaria. The event will feature live German music a balloon drop and a champagne toast. All visitors who orders from all three of the special NYE courses will receive a free bottle of champagne with two Hofbrauhaus flutes with NYE full course meals, midnight balloon drop and champagne toast. Click HERE to make your reservation or call 727.898.3333. Hofbrauhaus, 123 4th Street South.

DAYA at Jannus Live
High-energy dance party for anyone 18+, Oh and it’s “All You Can Responsibly Drink” for the 21 and older crowd. Music by DJ T-Quest, DJ Knex, and a special performance by DAYA. Gates open at 8pm. $20 for 18+, $30 for 21+ with all you can responsibly drink. Click here to purchase. Jannus Live, 200 1st Avenue North.

Gatsby Gala at Mastry’s Brewing
Mastry’s Brewing Co on St. Pete Beach hosts a 1920’s-style evening featuring a new Berliner beer release called “Bubbly,” tapas, photo booth, and DJ. Free entry from 7pm-1am. Parking on-site is limited; additional parking can be found at the community center one block behind the brewery. Mastry’s Brewing, 7701 Blind Pass Road.

Marchand’s New Year’s Eve Party at The Vinoy
Ring in the New Year in delicious style at The Vinoy. Marchand’s Bar and Grill will offer special hors d’ oeuvres from 8-8:30pm. Food stations will be open from 8:45-10pm. Food options include: seafood raw bar, beef tenderloin, herb crusted lamb, butter champagne poached lobster and Frisee and Napa cabbage. The dessert station opens at 11pm, featuring dark chocolate chambord truffles, black forest cupcakes, bourbon old fashioned bon bons, drunken cherry tartlets, passion fruit custard, broken vanilla macaroons and more. Click HERE for a full menu. $150 per person. Black tie optional. Call 727.824.8072 for reservations. The Vinoy, 501 5th Avenue North.

NYE at the 360 Rooftop Lounge at Kimpton Hotel Zamora
Start the year from the top at the 360° Rooftop with unrivaled views of St. Pete Beach and the city’s fireworks display. The event includes an open well bar, decadent desserts and a champagne buffet. Located on the top level of Hotel Zamora, guests will enjoy food and drink specials beginning at 4pm. The Boogie Nights rooftop celebration featuring music by The Hunks of Funk begins at 9pm. $175 all inclusive, in advance online. $250 at the door. 360 Rooftop at Kimpton Hotel Zamora, 3701 Gulf Boulevard.


Don’t drink and drive! Make use of SPRides downtown. You can also reach Florida Free Rides at 727.512.4765. Along with Uber and Lyft, local cab companies are also here to help keep the roads a safer during the festive night:

Yellow Cab St. Pete: (727) 328-8685
Blue Star Cab: (727) 327-4104
Bats Taxi: (727) 367-3702
Checker Cab: (727) 595-7433
Florida Taxi Inc: (727) 896-5008
Independent Taxi Serices: (727) 327-3444
Pronto Cab: (727) 823-3995
St. Pete Taxi Inc: (727) 797-2222
United Taxi: (727) 535-0000