Looking for the perfect place to celebrate the New Year? Here is a short list of some of the go-to places for midnight revelries and Champagne toasts.
“Everybody dance now!”
Stop pretending you never heard the C+C Music Factory classic "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)," it was the offical anthem of 1990 afterall. Celebrate like it’s the 90s at the Boca Raton Resort & Club’s Rock the Block New Year’s Eve party. Join Freedom Williams of C+C Music Factory, The Sugarhill Gang (“Rappers Paradise”), the Shane Duncan Band and Michaela Paige at The Club for a blast from the past as you celebrate the future.
Festivities begin at 8:30 p.m., with a little something for everyone, regardless of age:
- A kids’ carnival area will take over the Mizner Lawn with bounce houses, bungee jump stations, carnival games and tons of sugary foods. And though the temps have been downright temperate this fall/winter, the Pink Rink ice-skating rink will be open for those wanting to strap on some blades.
- Adults will find solace at Savor the Sidewalk, a stretch of food offerings to tantalize any palate, while the Fountain of Schmooze—a beer, wine and cocktail garden—will certainly be the busiest spot of the evening.
- As for the musical lineup, The Sugarhill Gang will be headlining, followed by Freedoms, Michaela Paige (a Voice Top 12 finalist) and The Shane Duncan Band (a country/rock group debuting their first album). As the clock approaches midnight, interactive musical performers Circ X and Drum Café will lead the New Year’s Eve Parade, followed by a midnight fireworks display.
- Admission costs $120 for adults, $75 for teens (ages 13-17) and $50 for children (ages 5-12). For those arriving late, 10:30 p.m., admission rates are discounted.
For a more exclusive evening, the Waldorf Astoria Spa Garden & Pool will transform into a casino-style soiree for the V.I.Pink Experience. Doors open at 9 p.m. with casino gaming tables, an exclusive performance by Circ X and Drum Café, specialty cocktail selections and private lounge areas. At 11 p.m., VIPers can join the Pink Party for the parade and fireworks.
- Admission for the V.I.Pink Experience costs $225.
- Space is limited and RSVPs are suggested. Call 561-447-3071 to reserve your New Year’s Eve party spot.
- For more information, visit bocaresort.com.
This one’s a blast from the past. Boxelder, that reggae/rock outfit out of Jupiter from the late 90s is back, and they’ll be headlining at Guanabanas New Year’s Eve festivities along with Brett Staska and Root Shakedown. This will be one heck of a north county surf rat party with no cover and the best atmosphere around.
Enjoy the finer things in life as you welcome the New Year at The Colony Hotel with three parties scheduled on December 31.
The Polo Steakhouse & Seafood kicks off at 8:30 p.m. with an hour-long cocktail reception, followed by a four-course meal, music and dancing led by the Tommy Mitchell Trio, a Champagne toast at the stroke of midnight, and a breakfast buffet.
Tickets cost $250 per person.
The Royal Room Cabaret will welcome 2014 with fine dining and a dash of Broadway musical flair. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour, four-course meal, and a cabaret performance by Tommy Tune. After the show, enjoy music and dancing with the Tommy Mitchell Trio, a Champagne toast and breakfast buffet.
Admission cost $350 per person.
For a get-up and move type of affair, the Colony’s Pavilion Ballroom Gala is bringing the musical likings of Norm Kurbrin and DJ Kenny Mondo all the way through 2014. Enjoy an open bar, four-course meal, midnight Champagne toast, breakfast buffet and dancing the night away from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Admission costs $150 per person.
- Space is limited; call 561-655-5430 to RSVP.
Palm Beach County’s only 'First Night' celebration, downtown Delray Beach’s New Year’s party is like none other. The largest family-friendly New Year’s event in the county starts early (4 p.m.), and stretches from the Tennis Center all the way to the train tracks, with activities dotting Atlantic Avenue along the way.
A true kid-friendly New Year’s Eve bash, activities for the wee-ones include arts and crafts stations, including a caricaturist; high-octane activities like sumo wrestling, a rock wall, life-size bowling, an inflatable obstacle course, giant twister, bounce houses, mini-golf and a toddler play center; dance parties and live performances. Three main events mark the first night: the People’s Procession and two firework finale displays:
- The People’s Procession is an all-access parade, where revelers are encouraged to join in as the procession makes its way from the 400-block to Old School Square at 6:30 p.m., the unofficial kick-start of the evening’s festivities.
- For New Year’s partiers, both young and old, there will be two fireworks displays to assure all bedtimes will be met. But prior to the double grand finales, Spanish guitarist and vocalist Ghaleb will serenade revelers as the fuses are lit. The fireworks displays will be lit on the western edge of the festivities, so the best seating for the pyrotechnics will be the Tennis Center.
Live entertainment includes performances by Mike Mineo and Girlfriend Material at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts Pavilion Stage (7-11 p.m.); the acclaimed puppet theater company Marionetas de la Esquina at the Crest Theatre (6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.); dance performances by Loud Live at the Tennis Center (8:30, 9:30. 10:30 and 11:15 p.m.); and DJ Al Johnson’s Dancing in the Street dance party at Atlantic and 4th from 6:30-11 p.m.
- Tickets cost $10 prior to December 30; $15 the day of. To purchase, call 561-279-1380 ext. 108.
- Delray Beach’s First Night runs 4 p.m. to midnight.
- For more information, visit visitdelraybeach.org.
Downtown at the Gardens will be rocking New Year’s Eve from 11a.m. until the wee hours of January 1.
The kid-friendly Noon Year's Eve will start the festivities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at the carousel, kids will enjoy free carousel rides, games, face painting and a noon-time countdown, complete with party favors, noise makers and all the glittered, goofy hats a kid could want.
Come 9 p.m., adults will ring in the new as the Downtown Countdown gets underway. Running till 12:30 a.m., Downtown at the Gardens’ Centre Court gets popping with Pee Wee Lewis and the Hues, specialty shows and entertainment, party favors, culminating with a balloon drop at midnight.
Not to be outdone, Downtown at the Gardens’ bars and restaurants look to ring in the New Year with a few festivities of their own. Here is a sampling:
- Celebrate the last few moments of 2013 with Cabo Flats. Starting at 4 p.m. and running through to the waxing hours of 2014, the tequila will flow and the Champagne will runneth over at the New Year’s Eve Fiesta. 561-624-0024
- RA Sushi is flavoring NYE with a little rock flair. Starting at 7 p.m., partiers will enjoy sushi and drink specials, and a DJ spinning well into 2014. 561-340-2112
- Dirty Martini is celebrating NYE with a community style party. For $30, guests can fill-up at a buffet, sip on a complimentary martini and cheers the New Year at the complimentary midnight toast. The Kinected will bring some live entertainment followed by DJ Chris Parker spinning till 3 a.m. The party begins at 7 p.m. and continues to the wee hours. 561-799-1115