With the holiday season coming to a close, finding the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve is a must! There are plenty of spots around Pensacola to celebrate the New Year, whether you’re looking for a raucous party or a fireworks show for the whole family.
No matter where you choose to go, our Pensacola personal injury lawyers wish you a safe, happy New Year. Here are a few of our favorite spots to watch the clock strike midnight:
1. Skopelos at New World
The Skopelos Grand Ballroom will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Bash, and you won’t want to miss it! This party will feature an all-night premium open bar, live music, a DJ, a midnight champagne toast and a midnight breakfast buffet. The party is 21+.
Tickets start at $95, with free parking on-site and in nearby lots. Your ticket can also be used to get 25% off all entrees at Skopelos before the party starts at 9 p.m. Be sure to get your tickets early; the price jumps to $125 at the door.
2. Kazoo’s Rockin’ Eve
Kazoo’s Rockin’ Eve Pelican Drop is one of the best traditions in Pensacola. You and your family can head downtown, where a massive pelican will descend from a 100-foot platform. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Blue Wahoos Stadium, and the illuminated 14-foot tall pelican touches down at 8 p.m.
The event is free, and features live music, family-friendly games, fireworks and concessions. For families with small children, this event is one you won’t want to skip!
3. Deluna Winery
If you’re looking to celebrate the new year but don’t want to do so on a Monday, head over to Deluna Winery on December 29th for the Fifth Annual Gatsby Girls Speakeasy Ball. There will be an open bar, a champagne tasting room, access to the bootlegger man cave and, perhaps best of all, a macaroni and cheese bar!
Attire is black tie/1920s. Tickets start at $50, and a portion of all proceeds will be donated to Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Center. Be sure to get your tickets early — the price increases at midnight on Dec. 28! This event is 21+.
4. Flora-Bama Lounge
Want to get crazy this year? Flora-Bama Lounge is going to get wild! Their New Year’s Eve Bash will be treat you to an all-you-can-eat buffet, free breakfast sandwiches after midnight, a champagne toast, a koozie and other party favors, plus live must on three different stages.
Tickets start of $45 for advanced tickets for those 21+, and $50 for advanced tickets for those 18-20 years old. Be sure to get your tickets early — this event is sure to sell out quick!
5. Lucy’s in the Square
If you want to celebrate New Year’s, but don’t want to stay out all night on a Monday (or you just want to pregame), head over to Lucy’s in the Square for Champagne All Day. You can get your own tableside champagne bar, which includes a bottle of champagne, different juice options and fresh fruits.
Tickets are $25, and the event runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Be prepared to wait a while; this event is one that’s going to bring everyone to the Square!
6. Celebrating at Home
Of course, you can always throw a party at home for New Year’s Eve. If you do, follow these safety tips to make sure you and your guests stay safe:
- Avoid guns. It’s common to shoot off guns to celebrate the New Year. But shooting a bullet into the air can be deadly; after all, that bullet has to come down. Plus, if you and your guests have been drinking, handling a gun for any reason is a bad idea.
- Remember, fireworks are illegal. In Florida, you have to get a specific permit to use any kind of explosive fireworks. You can use sparklers, worms and other small fireworks, but for anything else, just look toward Pensacola Beach at midnight to see a dazzling show.
- Watch for overconsumption. As the party continues, some of your guests may start overdrinking. Be on the lookout for overconsumption, and be ready to act. Make sure your guests are eating food and drinking water, and don’t hesitate to call 911 if you think someone has alcohol poisoning.
- Make sure your guests get home safely. Make it known upfront that no one will be allowed to have their keys if they’re intoxicated. That way, your guests know to make other arrangements to get home. You could also allow your guests to stay the night to make sure they don’t drive drunk.
Have a Safe, Fun New Year’s, Courtesy of Our Pensacola Personal Injury Lawyers
Whether you live in Pensacola or are just visiting, we hope you have a fantastic, safe New Year’s celebration! If you get injured this holiday season by someone else’s actions or negligence, remember that you have legal options.
At Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon, our Pensacola personal injury attorneys are here to help you. Call us at any time or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation. We’re always here to take your call — even on New Year’s Eve.