Places to go on New Year's Eve in Tampa Bay

Where will you ring in 2013 tonight? What, you don't know? Here are some last-minute options, though some of the big parties might be sold out. Call first. And we have many more New Year's events to choose from at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

Fireworks

Channelside Lights Up the Bay

The 10th annual party in the Channelside district begins at 4 p.m. with live music and DJs in the courtyard, dancing and fireworks set off simultaneously to the ball drop in New York. The fireworks can be viewed from Channelside Bay Plaza, Florida Aquarium, Cotanchobee Park, Harbour Island and more. Free. (813) 223-4250.

First Night St. Petersburg

It's the 20th year for St. Petersburg's annual alcohol-free event with two sets of fireworks to accommodate early bedtimes for kids. The first will be at 9 p.m. and the second at midnight. Starting at 5 p.m. ,there will be music, a tribute to the late artist Bill "Woo" Correira with tropical-fish-themed lanterns, giant games of Twister and musical chairs, banyan tree climbing and a pint-sized DJ. It's free to wander around, but you need a button to participate in activities and enter venues. Organizers also point out that the buttons help fund the annual event, which relies heavily on volunteers. $10. Straub Park in St. Petersburg. (727) 823-8906.

Jackson's New Year's Eve Bash

The nightclub will have multiple indoor and outdoor areas of music and entertainment, and its very own fireworks show in addition to a view of the Channelside fireworks show, with party favors, a champagne toast and cash bar. VIP includes special admission and access to VIP tables and cabanas. $25-$125. Jackson's Bistro Bar and Sushi, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. (813) 277-0112. 9 p.m.

Parties

Masquerade 2012 at Hogan's Beach

It's the grand opening of Hulk Hogan's new 20,000-square-foot restaurant, Hogan's Beach, at the Best Western Bay Harbor hotel on the Courtney Campbell Parkway. With live music, champagne toast and party favors, $10. Dancing with four-course dinner, $125 per couple. 7700 Courtney Campbell Parkway, Tampa. (813) 281-8900.

Aqua-Eve

Splash into the new year at this 21-and-older only party inside the aquarium with food, beer and wine, a champagne toast and fireworks viewing. Cocktail attire required. $110. Florida Aquarium, Tampa. (813) 273-4000. 9 p.m.

Rooftop Eve

The elegant night includes complimentary spirits, wine, beer, champagne, desserts, live music and DJ dancing. Guests are encouraged to wear a mask and keep their identity hidden until the "midnight reveal." Complimentary shuttle service is available beginning at 6:30 p.m. between Embassy Suites, Ceviche, Timpano Chophouse and the party. Hyde Park Village Parking Garage, 1610 W Swann Ave., Tampa. $175. Dinner packages sold out. therooftopeve.com. 9 p.m.

New Year's Hard Rockin' Eve Party

You can celebrate New Year's Eve twice in one night at this party followed by the West Coast Toast, which is a separate ticket ($20-$30). DJ Baby Anne will be spinning alongside Tampa DJs, including Knex, Chris Craze and Tony Puccio. Performances by I.C.E. Dance Girls. 21 and older only. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Tampa. (813) 627-7625. Free entry for 21 and older at 10 p.m.

Q Year's Eve Dance Party

Ring in the New Year with the Hunks of Funk. The Mahaffey Theater lobby transforms into a funky dance party, with complimentary champagne toast and a view of St. Petersburg's fireworks display. $35/$75. Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7832. 9 p.m.

Push

View downtown St. Petersburg's fireworks from the rooftop deck, with house DJs Revkev and Kristijan. $25. Push Ultra Lounge, St. Petersburg. (727) 871-7874. 9 p.m.

New Year's Eve in Dunedin

Two venues join for one big New Year's Eve party with dancing to live music by the Black Honkeys and DJs Gus and Truth, champagne toast at midnight, party favors and a prize-filled balloon drop. $15. Chic-A-Boom Room, 319 Main St, Dunedin. (727) 736-0206. 8 p.m.

Blue Martini New Blue Year

The hotspot's annual formal New Year's Eve party takes on a Roaring '20s theme and includes flappers, dancing, live entertainment and some surprises. $40 (seating not included). Blue Martini, Bay Street at International Plaza, 2223 NW Shore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 873-2583. 8 p.m.

Shephard's

Three huge parties under one roof with an open premium bar, dancing to two live bands and two DJs, champagne toast at midnight, party favors and Las Vegas-style gaming tables. $79 and up. Shephard's Beach Resort, Clearwater. (727) 441-6875. 9 p.m.

Tampa Convention Center Toast

The two-floor party area overlooks the bay and a view of Channelside fireworks. Depending on the ticket level you choose, the night includes three rooms of music by 15 DJs, viewing the ball drop in Times Square, party favors, a $2,500 balloon drop and top-shelf open bar. $20-$100. Tampa Convention Center, Tampa. (813) 274-8511. 9 p.m.

Concerts

The Bright Light Social Hour

One of Austin's hottest next big things with a sometimes funky, sometimes psychedelic, always sweaty-good live rock show, at 8 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, Ybor City. $23.50. (813) 247-2555.

Jannus Live's Silent Disco

Partiers will strap on a pair of wireless headphones at Jannus Live's "silent" New Year's Eve event. Remove the headset and the effect gets Zombie-like — hundreds of people singing and shuffling to no sound. Seem strange? In a case where noise restrictions would otherwise limit the event time, it makes perfect sense. Jannus Live, St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 565-0551. 8 p.m.

El DeBarge

Clearwater club the Sage will host singer El DeBarge, the charismatic frontman who led R&B sibling group DeBarge on hits like Rhythm of the Night in the '80s. This is a dress-to-impress event starting at 9 p.m. at 22 N Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. $45 and up. (727) 253-4779 or (727) 417-5590.

Family events

Noon Year's Eve at the Zoo

Count down to noon with Radio Disney to celebrate the New Year with the entire family. Activities include games, arts and crafts, and live entertainment. Kids get to blow noisemakers, wear hats and toast in the Noon Year with juice. Included with zoo admission. $23.95, $21.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Glazer Museum Noon Year's Eve

Kids probably won't make it until midnight, so the museum wants them to be able to celebrate by making hats and noise makers for hourly parties beginning at noon. Included with admission. $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, under 1 free. Glazer Children's Museum, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Not going out?

Here are some highlights from TV tonight:

NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly: The two-hour special runs from 10-11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. from Times Square in New York City.

New Year's Rockin' Eve Celebrates Dick Clark: Fergie and Jenny McCarthy host a two-hour tribute to Dick Clark starting at 8 p.m. on ABC. Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve follows at 10 p.m. with host Ryan Seacrest. Features headliner Taylor Swift performing in Times Square along with Carly Rae Jepsen and Neon Trees.

All American New Year: Hosts Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer ring in 2013 from Times Square starting at 11 p.m. on Fox. Features performances from Pat Benatar, Sarah Brightman and the cast of A Million Dollar Quartet.

Places to go on New Year's Eve in Tampa Bay 12/31/12 [Last modified: Monday, December 31, 2012 7:19am]

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