Destin's New Years Eve Guide

Savannah Vasquez
The Village at Baytowne Wharf will have a slew of events New Years Eve for revelers young and old.

It’s nearly time for the annual countdown, a time to look back on the year that was and welcome in the new year and all the hope it brings. There are several places in Destin that offer the perfect place to ring in the new year whether it be with family, friends, significant other or rocking it solo, there is fun to be had this new year’s eve!

LuLu’s Noon Year’s Eve

The Lulu’s Noon Year’s Eve event specializes to the kids who may not be awake when the actual New Year bells chime. The fun begins at 10 a.m. Dec. 31, on LuLu’s sandy beach behind the restaurant where there will be a sandcastle building contest, arts and crafts, inflatable bounce houses, and face painting. Live music will be provided by a kid-friendly band, Kathleen Rees & Pelican212.

The featured event is the big countdown to Noon with kid-safe “fireworks” and a huge beach ball drop to top it off.

LuLu’s is located in Destin at the foot of the Mid Bay Bridge, next to Legendary Marina.

For more on the Noon Year’s Eve celebration call 710-5858.

Baytowne Countdown

Live music, family activities and two, count them, two fireworks shows will help kick off the new year at Baytowne Warf.

The fun begins at 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve with the band the Good Lookings and kids activities from 6-8 p.m. in the village.

“We will have kids activities at the Baytowne Live stage including a stilt walker, free face painting and Abrakadoodle doing a little craft,” said Meg Dudenhoefer. “Baytowne on ice will still be open and our village merchants and restaurants will also be featuring specials and special menus throughout the night.”

The skies will light up at 8 p.m. so families can enjoy an early New Years celebration and at 8:15 p.m. local musician Steve Moakler will take the stage.

When the clock strikes 10 p.m. revelers must be 21 and older to continue the celebrating or be accompanied by a legal guardian. The band Native Run will grace the stage at 10 p.m. followed by Jersey, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band at 11:30 p.m. with an encore until 1 a.m.

The countdown begins just before midnight with a second fireworks display to officially ring in the New Year.

Sandestin Beach Resort is offering a 30 percent-off special New Years Eve rate for accomodations. Call (800) 622-11038 for more information.

A Grande Event

The HarborWalk Village at the Emerald Grande will be a happening place New Years Eve with three distinctive venues and several activities to choose from.

“We have five different events,” said Jamie Hall. “We have Cocktails and Countdown, the Grand Gala in the ballroom and two fireworks shows and street parties and of course the ball drop.”

The festivities begin at 6 p.m. with a family friendly street party featuring street performers, fire spinners, stilt walkers, a live band and many other fun activities.

“Everything that happens in the village is free and open to the public,” added Hall.

The first fireworks show will begin at 8 p.m. and signal in the second party of the night geared more towards adults 21 years and older.

From 8 p.m. to midnight the streets of HarborWalk Village will be the place to be as live entertainment continues and the big illuminated ball drop and fireworks finale welcomes in the New Year at midnight.

Cocktails and Countdown

Cocktails and Countdown is a lustrous New Year’s Eve party with fancy food, cocktails and dance music provided by DJ Vladi. This exclusive celebration will be held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Emerald Grande’s new cocktail lounge 10 on the Harbor.

Enjoy the midnight countdown with a great view of the fireworks display over the water and raise your glass as the ball drops over the Destin Harbor and fireworks light up the sky to welcome in 2016.

Limited tickets available, $30 per person + tax and gratuity. For more information call 424-0622.

Grande Gala

This high-end formal dinner event will take place in the Emerald Grande Ballroom and is sure to dazzle that special someone in your life.

The sophisticated evening begins with a chef selected menu, followed by live music by Cool Rayz and of course dancing. This elegant New Years extravaganza does not have to end at midnight as the Emerald Grande is offering special stay and play rate in the hotel.

Tickets are $99 per person for the Gala and doors open at 7 p.m. with dinner served at 8 p.m.

Call 424-0622 to book a seat at the Gala or call (866) 604-4993 to make room accommodations.