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. First Night St. Petersburg Celebration

St. Petersburg rings in the New Year with music, lights, dance, fire, bubbles, stories and fireworks at its annual celebration of the arts at multiple venues. There will be fireworks on the hour from 8-11 p.m. and then Fireworks Across the Bay at midnight. There will also be the Pier Aquarium Labyrinth at First Night and the kick-off to the St. Pete Waterfront Centennial Celebration with Discover History in the Parks. Participants can pick up a treasure map and locate five historic landmarks in North and South Straub parks. At the Pier, there will also be face painting (nominal charge), hat making and live performances. Buttons are available at Northeast Shopping Center Publix; The Pier; St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, 100 Second Ave. N; Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave.; Florida Craftsmen, 501 Central Ave.; Interior Motives Gallery, 1110 Central Ave.; and many Starbucks locations throughout St. Petersburg. 5 p.m.-midnight. Downtown St. Petersburg. In advance, buttons are $10 adults, $5 children; online and day of the event, $12 adults, $6 children. (727) 823-8906.

. Noon Year's Eve at the Zoo

Countdown to noon with Radio Disney. Activities include games, arts and crafts, live entertainment and displays. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $19.95, $17.95 seniors, $14.95 ages 3-11. (813) 935-8552.

. Noon Year's Eve at Great Explorations

Kids can celebrate the New Year at this party designed for ages 3-10. Activities include arts and crafts, a DJ dance party, ball drop and sparkling apple juice toast. Held in conjunction with the Wizard of Oz exhibit. Party included with museum admission. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Great Explorations, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $9; 1 and younger free; $8 seniors. (727) 821-8992.

. Noon Year's Party at the PinkCricket Center for Arts Education

A daytime New Year's Eve party geared for children in kindergarten to fifth grades with make-and-take noisemakers and hats, face painting, brunch treats and a countdown and balloon drop with an apple juice toast. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with before care available 7:30-9 a.m. $5 adults, $10 children, $2 before care. PinkCricket Center for Arts Education, 534 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7465.

. New Year's Eve Skate

Families can celebrate the New Year together at this skate to a countdown of the best songs of 2009, a special Michael Jackson tribute, games, prizes, contests and party favors. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $12 which includes skate rental. Mention the St. Petersburg Times or tbt* and get $2 off. USA Skateplex. 5313 E Busch Blvd., Tampa. (813) 989-2100.


. New Year's Eve Concert and Celebration

A party with music by the Platters, Drifters, Ralph Allocco and Second Wind and P.J. Leary and the Las Vegas Sounds with dinner, dancing, party favors, champagne toast and hot breakfast. Keep it safe and add on a room stay. 6 p.m. Ballroom at Red Rose Inn, 2011 N Wheeler St., Plant City. $249 per couple. (813) 752-3141.

. WMNF's Tribute to 1979

So what if some of these performers may not have been around in 1979, that won't stop them from singing the hits of that year. That's the year that started with the Bee Gees at No. 1 with Too Much Heaven and ended with Rupert Holmes' earworm Escape (The Pina Colada Song). This musical bash features Jeremy Gloff, the Vodkanauts, Talk to Mark, Sons of Hippies and more. 7 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $25 advance, $35 at the door. (813) 238-8001.


. New Year's Eve Parade & Band Blast

Ybor City is the site of this festive celebration featuring the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation New Year's Eve Parade and a pep rally by the marching bands and cheerleaders whose teams will participate in the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl. The parade will feature floats and 20 marching bands and runs along Seventh Avenue. No coolers, glass containers or open alcohol allowed. 5:30 p.m. Ybor City. Free. (813) 874-2695.

Theme Parks/Attractions

. Aqua-Eve

The Florida Aquarium's "Splash" into the New Year with live music, complimentary food, beer, wine, champagne toast and fireworks viewing over Channelside at midnight. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $90 advance, $100 Dec. 22 and after. (813) 273-4000.

. New Year's Eve at Busch Gardens

The park stays open later to welcome in 2010 with fireworks. 9 a.m.-1 a.m. $69.95, $59.95 ages 3-9. New "Pick Two" ticket, $79.95, details and Florida resident and advance discounts online. Included with daily park admission or a passport membership. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Toll free 1-888-800-5447.

. Cirque New Year

The cast of Cirque du Soleil La Nouba bend and tumble in two performances with special holiday finales, a gift for each guest and drink specials. 6 and 9 p.m. West Side at Downtown Disney, 1780 Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. $83-$149 10 and older, $73-$126 ages 3-9. (407) 939-7719.

. New Year's Eve with The Temptations and The Four Tops

Groove to the sounds of The Temptations and The Four Tops and hang out for the streetwide celebration with live entertainment and DJs in CityWalk's hottest clubs. Includes all-night admission to CityWalk clubs, all-you-can-eat gourmet cuisine and the midnight champagne toast. 8 p.m. Universal CityWalk at Universal Studios, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando. $119.99 plus tax if purchased by Dec. 27. From Dec. 28-31, the price increases to $129.99 plus tax per person. (407) 224-2691.


. Mad Hatter's New Year's Eve Gala

Benefits the Children's Home. 7:30 p.m. Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $100. Tickets to Wonderland not included.(813) 864-1532.

Classic and Classy

. Dance Into 2010

Put on your dancing shoes and swing into 2010, first with a dance lesson with Carol Baker from 8-8:30 p.m. and then to the music of the Caliente Band through 12:30 a.m. There will be party favors, snacks, prizes and a champagne toast. 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. $15 (advance reservations suggestions). (727) 893-1070.

. New Year's Eve Party, Blue Parrot

Welcome 2010 with live music by Baker Bruce Band, a "Most Creative New Year's Hat" contest, buffet dinner, champagne toast and more. 8 p.m. Blue Parrot, 85 Corey Circle, St. Pete Beach. $25. (727) 368-9619.

. Swingin' in the New Year 2010

Swing dance the night away in this celebration for all ages. There will be a midnight countdown and balloon drop. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $15-$22 (service charges may apply); cash bar. (727) 892-5202.;

. Rockin' in the Midnight Hour

The resort's formal attire New Year's Eve party with dancing to live music by Greg Billings Band, a dance contest, champagne toast, party favors, hors d'oeuvres buffet, dessert and open bar. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Tradewinds Island Grand Beach Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $125; $99 resort guests. (727) 363-2258.

This list has been changed to reflect the following correction: Admission for the Florida Aquarium's Aqua-Eve is $90 advance, $100 Dec. 22 and after. General admission prices for the aquarium incorrectly appeared in today's Weekend section.

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Where to see fireworks

•Downtown St. Petersburg: First Night St. Petersburg promises the most elaborate fireworks display in the event's 17-year history. Starting at 8 p.m., fireworks will shoot off every hour on the hour until the midnight finale. They'll be launched from Spa Beach, by the Pier. (727) 823-8906;

• Channelside: Look up at 12 a.m. to catch fireworks choreographed to music, courtesy of the Downtown Tampa Attractions Association. The show will launch from a barge in the Garrison Channel, between Channelside and the Florida Aquarium. (813) 471-1531;

• Harbour Island: As usual, Jackson's Bistro in Tampa will treat its guests to a waterfront fireworks display. If you're in the area at midnight, you should have a clear view of the show. (813) 265-1234;

Pick a New Year's Eve party or event 12/16/09 [Last modified: Friday, December 18, 2009 1:56pm]
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