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Luis Santana  |   Times (1/1/2015 Tampa, FL)   DJ Magic Mike performs on stage for a crowd of thousands at Jackson's Bistro annual New Years Eve celebration in Tampa.[Photo Luis Santana | Times]


Luis Santana | Times (1/1/2015 Tampa, FL) DJ Magic Mike performs on stage for a crowd of thousands at Jackson's Bistro annual New Years Eve celebration in Tampa.[Photo Luis Santana | Times]

New Year's Eve @ Jackson's: One of Tampa Bay's best-known celebrations includes indoor and outdoor party areas, a professional fireworks show, party favors, balloon drop, entertainment and a champagne toast. The party ends at 3 a.m. 9 p.m., Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. $25 general, $55 VIP, $129 VIP Plus. (813) 277-0112.

Noon Year's Eve: Count down to noon and celebrate the New Year with the entire family. Activities include games, arts and crafts and live entertainment. Included with regular zoo admission. 9:30 a.m., Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $29.95, $27.95 seniors, $22.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. (813) 935-8552.

First Night St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg rings in the New Year with this family oriented celebration of the arts that includes music, art and entertainment at more than 25 venues. It's free to wander around, but you need a button to participate in activities and enter venues. 4 p.m., Straub Park (Center), at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. $10, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free (advance); $15, $10 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free (day of). (727) 823-8906.

SOJA New Year's Eve Party: Ring in the New Year with the reggae-rock band. Collie Buddz open. 7:30 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $40-$75. (727) 565-0550;

Donna the Buffalo: Since 1989 the five-piece band has been performing original roots music infused with elements of Cajun, rock, folk, reggae and country. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $35-$40. (813) 971-0666.

Salute to Vienna: A New Year's Concert: The 19th annual tradition features Strauss waltzes, polkas and operetta performed by the Strauss Symphony of America, accompanied by professional ballroom and ballet dancers. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$100. (727) 791-7400.

Motown Downtown: Celebrate New Year's Eve Motown style with live music by the Sounds of Soul, open bar, appetizers, exclusive canopy access and rooftop fireworks viewing. 8 p.m., The Birchwood, 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $185. (727) 896-1080.

Freekbass and The Bump Assembly: Get funky this New Year's Eve as the band stops in Dunedin during their tour in support of the album, Cincinnati. 9 p.m., Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band: One of the founding members and drummer of the Allman Brothers Band performs with his new group featuring bassist Berry Oakley, Jr., son of the original Allman Brothers bass player; blues guitarist Damon Fowler; guitar slinger and his son Vaylor Trucks; and keyboardist Bruce Katz. 9 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $49.50-$75. (727) 791-7400.

GTA: Thirty push-ups and a shot of tequila each is all the preparation Julio Mejia and Matt Toth need to turn from laid-back, 24-year-olds into the DJ and production duo. Vincent joins in, on the New Year's Eve party. 10 p.m., Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 873-8368.

Diamonds Are Forever: Tampa NYE: Dress to kill for this 007/James Bond themed chic party with a red carpet entry, professional photographers, themed drinks, appetizers, DJ dancing, party favors and a liquor infused midnight snack. 10:07 p.m., Hilton Hotel Downtown Tampa, 211 N Tampa St., Tampa. $55. (813) 447-8538.


College Football Playoffs, 4 p.m., ESPN. Are you ready for some football? Year 2 of the college playoffs unfolds today with the semifinal matchups. Top-seeded Clemson takes on No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, then No. 2 Alabama meets No. 3 Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl (8 p.m., ESPN).


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