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Hillsborough New Year's celebrations

Noon Year's Eve: Count down to noon with Radio Disney and celebrate the New Year with the entire family where kids get to blow noisemakers, wear hats and toast in the Noon Year with juice, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. There will be games, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and displays. Included with regular zoo admission, $20.95 for adults, $18.95 for seniors, $15.95 for ages 3 to 11, free for ages 2 and younger. Call (813) 935-8552.

Noon Year's Eve pizza party: Parents, before you go out on the town, enjoy the "noon" year with your child at a kids-only party with pizza, drinks and party favors, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jump! Zone Center, 12402 Race Track Road. Admission is $10 for ages 2 and older, $5 for 1-year-olds, and free for infants and parents. Call (813) 925-1010.

Project 2011 at Fly Bar: Party features music by Will Erickson and DJ's "the Soft Rock Renegades," with drink specials all night long, from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. at 1202 N Franklin St. Call (813) 275-5000.

Outback Bowl Parade: This fun, family and fan-friendly event features a pep rally with the University of Florida and Penn State bands, floats, 20 marching bands and school mascots, 5:30 p.m. on Seventh Avenue and N 15th Street in Ybor City. Free.

Gala: Radio personality JoMama Johnson of 95.7 the Beat hosts an upscale New Year's Eve party with entertainment by Shawn Brown, Nate Najar, Theo Valentine, Tony Janflone Jr., Tom Patton, Pat Barbara, Lonza Bartlett and Dre Lewis, from 6 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. at Embassy Suites Tampa, 3705 Spectrum Blvd. $85, includes dinner entree. $100 VIP, includes two dinner entrees per person and admission to four rooms with catered food and drinks. Benefits the American Cancer Society and Gulf Coast Oncology Foundation. Call (813) 924-8943.

"Mystical Memories": Relive the '50s and '60s with all your favorites from the Mystics including Hushabye. Then move on to the '70s with Rick Larrimore & the Blondes Band paying homage to Rod Stewart and Jack Berios as Neil Diamond, 6 p.m. at Red Rose Dining Room, 2011 N Wheeler St., Plant City. $299 per couple. Includes a filet mignon and lobster tail dinner, party favors and a 1 a.m. breakfast buffet. Call (813) 759-1888.

"Tonight's the Night": Ring in the New Year with tributes to Rod Stewart and Neil Diamond alongside performances by P.J. Leary & the Las Vegas Sounds, Ken Brady of the Casinos and Destiny, 6 p.m. at Red Rose Ballroom, 2011 N Wheeler St., Plant City. $269 per couple. Includes a gourmet dinner buffet and a 1 a.m. breakfast buffet. Call (813) 752-3141.

Aja Wiregrass celebration: This 21-and-older upscale party rocks until 3:30 a.m. with a premium open bar, midnight champagne toast, party favors and dancing to mixed house/'80s/rock/top 40 by DJ Lesage, from 7 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. at 28330 Paseo Drive, Suite 190, Wesley Chapel. Admission is $50 for women and $100 for men. Call (813) 994-0002.

Dallas Bull: An 18-and-older party with a balloon drop for cash prizes, champagne toast, hip-hop and country line dancing, free top-shelf liquor, soda or water, 7 p.m. at 3322 U.S. 301. $40 for ages 21 and older; $20 for ages 18 to 20. Visit dallas

New Year's on the Farm: The 11-acre horse farm invites you to ring in the New Year with a relaxing evening of food, fellowship and music featuring Patsy D, Mike Holmes and Friends, and A2J Bluegrass, 7 p.m. at 7818 Lithia Pinecrest Road. Free. Call (813) 967-3046.

WMNF party and 1980 tribute: Bands will do tribute performances covering Bob Marley and the Wailers, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Squeeze, Joy Division, the Ramones, Gary Numan, XTC and the Cure, 7 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. Includes champagne toast, party favors and a breakfast buffet. $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Visit

Tommy Blaze: Known for the syndicated sketch show, The Newz, and his role doling out advice about relationships, Tommy Blaze will perform at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. The early show includes a champagne toast, mock countdown and party favors. The later show includes party favors, champagne toast, open bar, music, dancing after the show and continental breakfast buffet. $11 for the early show; $58 for the late show. Call (813) 960-1197.

Pete Correale: Laughing at his own life, Correale's brand of reality-based humor has earned him a strong following. He'll perform at 7:30 and 10 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. The early show includes a full buffet. The late show includes a cheese plate or dessert of mixed berries and whipped cream, party favors, champagne toast and a broadcast of the Times Square ball drop. Call (813) 864-4000.

Crowbar: If you want to get out to celebrate New Year's Eve but don't want to fork out a ton of dough, here's a party that's free. Dance to live music by the Marksmen, Her Name is Victory and Tailgunner Joe and the Earls of Slander, 8 p.m. at 1812 N 17th St. Visit

Bar Louie: The party kicks off with a DJ and dancing before the champagne toast at midnight, with full menu until 11:30 p.m. Table reservations are $25 to $100 with party favors and champagne toast, 8 p.m. at Bar Louie, 2223 N West Shore Blvd. No. B202. Call (813) 874-1919.

The Drynk Soho: Ring in the New Year at this 21-and-older party with complimentary open bar, party favors, celebratory decor, a midnight champagne toast and dancing to open format music by DJ Deville, 8 p.m. at 302 S Howard Ave. $50 for women, $125 for men. Call (813) 251-5552.

Happy Blue Year 2011: The Blue Martini's annual formal New Year's Eve party includes dancing to music by the Knot and DJ Ku, hand-rolled sushi, appetizers, open bar, champagne toast at midnight, party favors, and pastries and coffee before you leave, from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Blue Martini, Bay Street at International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd. $40, $200 table for four. Call (813) 873-2583.

West Tampa dinner dance: Enjoy a catered meal by Pipo's cafe and dance in the New Year to classic songs by the Pieces band, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Tampa Letter Carriers Hall, 3003 W Cypress St. $75. BYOB welcome. Benefits the MacDonald Training Center, the Phil Grenchik Memorial Fund at Tampa Catholic High School and the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation. Call (813) 842-3563.

Fireworks at Channelside Bay Plaza: Downtown Tampa has its own countdown and ball drop, with a fireworks show at midnight, 9 p.m. at Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive. Free. Call (813) 223-4250.

Prana: Five levels to party on. Come glamorized and get ready to grab some cash in two $5,000 balloon drops, 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at 1619 E Seventh Ave. There will be hors d'oeuvres, a chocolate fountain, complimentary champagne toast at midnight and a continental breakfast at 2:45 a.m. Open to women ages 18 and older and men ages 21 and older. $30, $50 per couple. Visit

The Kennedy Boutique and Lounge: Get ready for the countdown to midnight with complimentary party favors and open bar for women from 10 to 11 p.m., party starts at 9 p.m. at 2408 W Kennedy Blvd. $15 for women ages 18 to 20, $10 men ages 21 and older, women 21 and older admitted free. Call (813) 254-3059.

Charity gala: A 21-and-older-only party with unlimited liquor/beer/wine, champagne toast at midnight, light hors d'oeuvres, DJ, dancing, broadcast of the ball drop, raffle, a photo booth and party favors, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Italian Club, 1731 E Seventh Ave. $85. Tickets not sold at the door. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics of Florida. Call (813) 248-3316 or visit

Lodge Bash: Balloon drop, DJs, party favors, go-go dancers, late-night food service, a champagne toast and an open bar for women from 9 to 10 p.m. make up this party, 9 p.m. at Lodge Restaurant and Bar, 516 S Howard Ave. $20 for men, $10 for women. Visit

New Year's in white: White attire is preferred at this party with a champagne toast, countdown to midnight, balloon drop, music by DJ/VJ Greg Anderson and a full production performance by Macaviti and Company after midnight, 9 p.m. at the Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave. $10 after 9:30 p.m. Call (813) 247-4663.

Black and white affair: A red carpet party for women ages 18 and older and men 21 and older, including a paparazzi entrance, party favors, champagne toast, midnight celebration with ball drop viewing, dancing, door prizes and drink specials, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Cheap, 309 S Howard Ave. $20 for women, $25 for men. Call (855) 235-2867.

Jackson's: One of Tampa Bay's best-known celebrations includes five party areas, fireworks, strolling entertainment, favors and photographers to capture the memorable occasion, 9 p.m. at 601 S Harbour Island Blvd. Prices range from $37.50 to $1,500. Call (813) 277-0112.

Rooftop eve: Enjoy a lavish evening overlooking Hyde Park Village with a red carpet stroll, champagne, elegant dining, a mixer and fireworks, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Old Hyde Park Village, 1622 W Snow Ave. $100. Part of the proceeds go to the Gasparilla Film Festival. Visit

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Masquerade Gala: Come dressed as your favorite Rocky Horror Picture Show character or in classic masquerade ball attire, 9:30 p.m. at Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N Dale Mabry Highway. The night starts with a viewing of the movie followed by a masquerade ball with music, dancing, a midnight balloon drop and a champagne toast. $10. Call (813) 963-0578.

Pool party: The pool deck at the Hard Rock will be hopping for this 21-and-older poolside party with go-go dancers, music, cash bar, free champagne toast and Times Square on TV, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 5223 N Orient Road. $30, $100 additional for chickee. Call (813) 627-7625.

Chelsea: There isn't a cover charge for this party with heavy hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast at midnight and music by Article 7, from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Chelsea Nightclub, 1502 N Florida Ave. Free. Call (813) 228-0139.

Fireworks and the Guess Who: Ring in the New Year with the Canadian favorites famous for songs American Woman, These Eyes and Share the Land, 10:30 p.m. at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave. There will be fireworks immediately after the performance at midnight. Included with admission to the park. Visit

Hillsborough New Year's celebrations 12/30/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 30, 2010 3:30am]
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