First Night Celebration Caps Area New Year's Festivities

Pool party, masquerade ball help St. Pete/Clearwater ring in 2011 in style

Thursday, December 30, 2010

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (December 30, 2010) - Every year thousands of residents pack downtown St. Petersburg for the First Night celebration. And as the song goes, they'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne---but there won't be any alcohol in that cup. 

That's because the annual event is an alcohol-free affair ideal for families looking to ring in the New Year.

American Idol finalist---and St. Pete native---Michael Lynche headlines an impressive list of performers set to appear at this year's event. Aimed to enhance the area's already rich cultural background, First Night features an assortment of family-oriented musical acts, dramatic performances, dances and games along St. Pete's sparkling bayfront. 

Kids will love the firework displays---scheduled for 9 p.m. and Midnight---that burst and boom over Tampa Bay, illuminating palm-flanked views of yachts moored in Florida's largest municipal marina.

Admission to Florida's largest First Night celebration is just $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-12. For more information, visit http://www.firstnightstpete.com/.

Below is a sampling of some other New Year's Eve events to be found in the St. Pete/Clearwater area:

Kids ages 5-12 can celebrate at Great Explorations! Children's Museum with a Bop'n Rock'n New Year Sleepover from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. Join the Great Explorations! staff for a fun-filled night of games, activities, crafts and prizes. Don't forget a sleeping bag and come hungry---they'll be serving an evening snack and light breakfast. Admission is $50 per child. For more information, visit http://www.greatex.org/. 

Dance into 2011 with a lesson and live music from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Gulfport Casino. Party favors, snacks and a champagne toast will be served. The cost for the evening is $25. For more information, visit http://www.mygulfport.us/events/newyear2011.pdf. 

St. Pete's Coliseum will host a swing dance party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dance the night away before a Midnight countdown and balloon drop. Cash bar will be available. Tickets are $29. For more information, visit http://www.tampabayswing.com/. 

Rock in the New Year at St. Pete Beach's Tradewinds Island Grand, with the classic southern rock hits of The Greg Billings Band. Enjoy an extensive gourmet hors d'oeuvres buffet and full open bar as you dance the night away. At Midnight they'll have noisemakers and champagne as the balloon drops. For more information, visit http://www.justletgo.com/.

Party by the pool at St. Pete Beach's Postcard Inn. The festivities start at 8 p.m., followed by a champagne toast at Midnight and a dessert bar at 12:30 a.m. Tuxedos and heels aren't necessary---flip flops are just fine. For more information, visit http://www.PostcardInn.com/. 

Shephard's Beach Resort on Clearwater Beach will feature two New Year's Eve party packages with an open bar, two bands, two DJs, Vegas-style gaming tables, champagne toast and more. For more information, visit http://www.Shephards.com/.

Break out your favorite mask and ring in 2011 with a Masquerade Ball at The Venue in Clearwater. Enjoy party favors, champagne toast, musical entertainment, $1,000 balloon drop and more. For more information, visit http://www.thevenueclub.com/index.php?option=com_eventlist&Itemid=42&fun...

Spend New Year's Eve in Dunedin at the Chic-A-Boom Room in delightful downtown. Enjoy live music by the Black Honkeys and DJ's Gus and Luis, a champagne toast at midnight and a mini-buffet. For more information, visit http://www.kellyschicaboom.com/. 

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Contact: Public Relations Manager Josh Hall: Josh@VisitSPC.com
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