As 2014 comes to a close, the Tampa Bay region has plenty of activities and events to usher in 2015. Whatever your style, there’s a way to celebrate the new year for everyone.
“First Night St. Petersburg” Family friendly event including music, light show, and firework shows (8 p.m. and midnight). Tickets range from $10-$15. Straub Park beginning at 4 p.m December 31. For more information call (727) 823-8906.
“Noon Year’s Eve” A countdown to noon including games, entertainment, and a juice toast. Tickets range from $19.95 to $24.95. Lowry Park Zoo beginning at 9:30 a.m. December 31. For more information visit www.lowryparkzoo.com
“Aqua-Eve” A 21 and over party with food, beer, and wine and a view of the Channelside fireworks at midnight. Tickets are $110. Florida Aquarium beginning at 9:00 p.m. December 31. For more information visit www.flaquarium.com
“Channelside Lights Up the Bay” The annual event includes live music and DJs, a ball drop, and fireworks at midnight. Admission is free. Channelside Bay Plaza beginning at 8:00 p.m. December 31. For more information visit www.channelsidebayplaza.com
“Outback Bowl and Parade” Marching bands, cheerleaders, and fans of Wisconsin and Auburn universities team up for a parade before the big game on Thursday. Parade marches down Ybor City’s Seventh Avenue beginning at 5:30 p.m. December 31. The Outback Bowl begins at 12:00 p.m. January 1 at Raymond James Stadium. Tickets range from $80-$170. For more information visit www.outbackbowl.com