NEW YEAR'S EVE HOT SPOTS
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.
Celebrate the New Year in style at The Breakers’ elegant Fantasy Ball 2012. The belle of Palm Beach’s New Year’s festivities, the black-tie (the only way to ring in 2012) gala transforms the Ponce de Leon Ballroom for an evening of dancing, dining and merrymaking.
From 7:30 – 9p.m., the Fantasy Ball reception welcomes guests with sips and bites. The party gets going at 9 p.m., with a four-course dinner, drinks, music from Powerhouse and live entertainment from Zanadu. The Champagne will flow at midnight, toasting the beginning of 2012, while a breakfast buffet (12:30 a.m.) will help stem the bubbly-induced hangovers. Tickets cost $330 per person for hotel guests and club members ($375 for visitors). 1 S. County Rd., Palm Beach, 888-273-2537
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 party ($150 per person) kicks off at 8:30 p.m. with an hour-long cocktail reception, followed by a four-course meal, music and dancing led by DJ Kenny Mondo, a Champagne toast at the stroke of midnight, and a breakfast buffet.
The Royal Room Cabaret welcomes 2012 with fine dining and a bit of musical flair. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. with cocktail hour, four-course meal, and a cabaret performance by Mary Wilson. After the show, enjoy music and dancing with DJ Kenny Mondo, Champagne toast and the breakfast buffet. Tickets cost $350 per person.
For a black tie affair, head to The Colony’s Pavilion and celebrate with the Michael Rose Orchestra. Starting at 8 p.m., guests will enjoy cocktail hour with open bar, four-course meal, and dancing to the Michael Rose Orchestra. Ring in 2012 with the Champagne toast at midnight and enjoy the hearty breakfast buffet. Tickets cost $200 per person.155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach, 561-655-5430
The South Florida Science Museum is celebrating New Year’s Eve a night early. The popular Friday Nights at the Museum takes on a decidedly celebratory twist December 30 the whole family can enjoy. Children of all ages will enjoy ‘bubbly’ beverages, make pretzel wands to wish for a Happy New Year, create New Year themed arts and crafts, peer in on Jupiter and the Milky Way’s New Year’s celebrations in the observatory, even learn a little frog anatomy with a frog dissection. The child-friendly event starts at 6 p.m. and runs till 10 p.m. and is free with museum admission. 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach, 561-832-1988
Palm Beach County’sonly 'First Night' celebration, downtown Delray Beach’s New Year’s party is like none other. The family-friendly event stretches from the Tennis Center all the way to East Seventh Avenue, with activities dotting Atlantic Avenue along the way. Children activities like the bubble emporium, climbing wall, skate park, toddler play area, gaming tent, and the 100-Foot Christmas Tree and skating rink give the festival a carnival-like atmosphere, while area restaurants and bars offer adults a chance to unwind on their own. The People’s Procession is an all-access parade, where revelers are encouraged to join in as the procession makes its way from Veterans Park to Old School Square at 6 p.m. The evening will have live entertainment from local bands and DJs, fireworks, a giant puppet display, fireworks and two finales, one at 9 p.m. for the kiddies, another at midnight for the older folks, with ping pong ball drops. Tickets: $15 each, Downtown Delray Beach
Play in the snow as 2012 rolls around. CityPlace has an evening the whole family can enjoy. With scheduled snowfalls set for every hour starting at 6:30 p.m., ice skating and the holiday train running until 10 p.m., and the Raquel Williams band playing the Plaza stage from 9 p.m-12:30 a.m., kids and adults alike will be partying it up.
Not to be outdone, the venues in CityPlace will have their doors open to ring in the New Year with a little holiday cheer:
- B.B. King’s Blues Club will have a live performance by the B.B. King All Star Band. Tickets are limited in quantity, with New Year’s Eve specials, including reserved seating ($100 at the door, $80 in advance), which includes a three-course meal, Champagne toast and party favors, and general admission ($60 at the door, $40 in advance) which includes Champagne toast and limited seating. 561-420-8600
- Improv Comedy Club will have a special performance by comedy’s most prolific big man, Ralphie May at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. 561-833-1812
- Taverna Opa will celebrate 2012 Greek style, with a three-course meal, belly dancing, DJ and open bar all night ($100 per person). 561-820-0002
- Carlos ’n Charlies is hosting a Mexican fiesta to ring in 2012. At $95 per person, revelers will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, prix-fixe dinner and open bar, as well as live entertainment. 561-346-4081
Come celebrate the New Year’s Eve in downtown West Palm Beach for the Clematis Countdown as restaurants and bars open their doors for an evening of revelry. The celebration will include a 20-minute fireworks display at midnight, visible from Clematis Street and the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront. Here are a few hot spots to check out as downtown celebrates into the wee hours:
- Gratify will host a New Year’s Eve party ($60 per person) starting at 10 p.m. with food, open bar, Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight.125 Datura St., 561-833-5300
- Feelgood's and Lost Weekend are kicking off 2012 with two parties in one. Dance to pop down at Feelgood's, while a ‘90s prom party’ kicks it up at Lost Weekend. Cover is $20 and will include cocktail reception from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., Champagne toast at midnight and one of the best balloon drops you’ll ever see. 219 Clematis St., 561-833-6500
- Escape the crowds and enjoy an evening for two at Pistache French Bistro. Pistache will be hosting a French-style dinner featuring an amuse bouche, scallop mousseline ‘soufflé,’ pan-seared veal tenderloin medallions, grilled marinated colossal shrimp, and more, as well as a bottle of Champagne Gosset for the midnight countdown (per two guests). $145 per guest. 101 N. Clematis St., 561-833-5090
- Roxy's Pub will host a rooftop New Year’s Eve party, the perfect place to view the fireworks. To party like a VIP, private cabana rentals are available for $600, which includes cover for six, a bottle of Three Olives Vodka and a bottle of Champagne. 309 Clematis St., 561-296-7699
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, fire shows, fortunetellers and party favors.
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:
- Dirty Martini is making 2012 shaken and stirred. From 7-9 p.m., enjoy a buffet style dinner, complimentary martini and Champagne toast at midnight ($30 per person). The party continues until 3 a.m. with DJs keeping the music flowing. 561-799-1115
- Celebrate the last few moments of 2011 with Cabo Flats. Starting at 7 p.m. and running through to the waxing hours of 2012, the tequila will flow and the Champagne will runneth over at the Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Bash.561-624-0024
- RA Sushi’s Remix Party looks to celebrate New Year’s Eve a day later, letting all those ‘in the biz’ a chance to party like its 2011, even if they were working on those waning moments of 2011. From 8 p.m. to close, patrons can enjoy a plethora of specials on sushi, appetizers, tapas and sips. 561-340-2112
Abacoa Town Center will be party rockin' to bring in 2012.
- Check out Jumby Bay for their New Year's Eve GLITTER BALL. With DJ JP spinning all your hit favorites all night, No Cover and a Champagne toast at midnight to ring in the new year. You best be Sparkling, Blinging or Glittering when you walk in! 561-630-2030
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Have a Safe & Happy New Year!