Updated: Jan 20
As we say goodbye to 2019 and the previous rollercoaster of a decade, here are some local festivities to help you and yours ring in 2020 the South Walton way. Due to high demand, it’s best to book transportation ahead of time and make sure everyone in your family has the GoVetted app on their phones for safe, on-demand rides home.
NEW YEAR'S EVE FAMILY BALL DROP
| The Hub - Tuesday, Dec. 31st - 7-7:30 PM
The Hub 30A
GoVetted’s official transportation partner, The Hub, has fun on the lawn planned for an early New Year’s Eve countdown. Their beach ball drop is a must-see for the kids, and happens at 7pm. College football bowl games will also be playing on the Jumbotron throughout the day.
7000 East County Highway 30A, Watersound Beach, FL 32461
NEW YEAR'S EVE 2020 CELEBRATION
| Cuvee 30A - Tuesday, Dec. 31st - 5 PM
12805 U.S. 98 D101, Inlet Beach, FL 32461
NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER
| Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House - Tues. Dec. 31st - 4PM
Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House
Join in for dinner before you watch the Fireworks in Baytowne to start the new year! Call the restaurant for reservations 850-347-5060.
140 Fisherman's Cove, Sandestin, FL 32550
NEW YEAR"S EVE DINNER
| Edward's Fine Food & Wine - Tues. Dec. 31st - 5 PM
Edward's Food & Wine
Chef Josh Smith of Edward’s in Rosemary Beach has put together an incredible menu for New Year’s Eve 2019. The five-course menu features options for all palates. Reservations can be made by calling 850-231-8550 and are highly recommended. There will be live music by Jarret Kinder; 9 pm -12:30 am (American Idol and The Voice Alumni) Shelbi Z, Janelle Frost and Band.
66 Main Street, Rosemary Beach, FL 32461
NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER
| Havana Beach Bar & Grill - Tues. Dec. 31st - 5 PM to 11PM
Havana Beach Bar & Grill
Celebrate your last meal of 2019 at Havana Beach Bar & Grill with a special 3-course menu. (Note: Regular menu will not be available). Enjoy live entertainment and champagne service. Reservations required: 850-588-2882.
63 Main Street, Rosemary Beach, FL 32461
GATSBY NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY
| Farm & Fire Southern Pizza - Tues. Dec. 31st - 8 PM
Farm & Fire Southern Pizza
Come on, old sport, to Farm & Fire and ring in 2020 in style. Tickets are $75 and include dinner, a champagne toast at midnight, a photo booth and more. DJ Brian gets the party started and promises to keep the dance floor packed all night. Epic photo booth will capture those swanky moments you want to hold on to forever. Roaring 20s attire or black tie optional. Cash bar. Look for the green light across the bay. Tickets are available for purchase online.
24200 US-331, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
| Village of Baytowne Wharf - Tues. Dec. 31st - 6 PM
Village at Baytowne Wharf
You don’t want to miss The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s end-of-the-year celebration! Enjoy the family-friendly evening from 6-8 pm with face painting, children’s activities, and LIVE music on the Baytowne LIVE stage, finishing off with a fireworks display at 8 pm. Ring in the New Year with an evening to remember, with TWO breathtaking fireworks displays at 8 pm & midnight. Dance the night away with LIVE music until 1 am, featured on the Events Plaza Stage.
9100 Baytowne Blvd., Miramar Beach, FL 32550
NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER BY CHEF CAMILLE WITHALL
| George's at Alys Beach - Tues. Dec. 31st - 6 PM
George's at Alys Beach
George’s at Alys Beach is currently taking reservations for a New Year’s Eve four-course dinner at the popular restaurant. There are four seatings that night, but they will book fast. The menu, created by Chef Camille Withall, features diverse first and second course options and main dishes including a seafood bowl, Wagyu filet, lamb rack and roasted half poulet. Your last meal of the year will be divine if you have it at George’s.
30 Castle Harbour Drive, Alys Beach, FL 32461
NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER
| Marlin Grill - Tues. Dec. 31st - 6 PM & 9 PM
Marlin Grill will celebrate 2020 with an elegant New Year’s Eve Dinner with two seatings at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Diners will enjoy a four-course dinner menu while surrounded by extravagant holiday décor throughout the restaurant. Reservations are required and the price for the 6 p.m. dinner is $109 per person while the 9 p.m. dinner is $129 per person. Call (850) 351-1990 to book.
9100 Baytowne Wharf Blvd. Suite B2, Baytowne Wharf, FL 32550
FOUR-COURSE NEW YEAR'S SPECIAL DINNER
| 723 Whickey Bravo - Tues. Dec. 31st - 5 PM to 10 PM
723 Whiskey Bravo
Enjoy a four-course prix fixe dinner for $119 complete with a complimentary glass of bubbles for a toast. Stop by the Photo Booth, then join in for a free cigar on The Roof where you’ll be able to see fireworks and views of 30-A.
3031 E County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Jazz Soirée and Dinner
| Pescado Seafood Grill & Rooftop Bar - Tues. Dec. 31st - 5 PM to 9 PM
Pescado Seafood Grill & Rooftop Bar
Ring in 2020 with a swanky jazz soirée and three-course dinner overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and toasting with friends. Enjoy live music on the rooftop by Jamah Terry from 9:00 – 12:30. Visit rooftop30a.com for info and to make a reservation.
74 Town Hall Road, Suite 4B, Rosemary Beach, FL 32413
NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORKS, DINNER & DANCING
| SunQuest Cruises - Tues. Dec. 31st - 8 PM
Ring in the new decade in true Emerald Coast style and on the water. SunQuest Cruises is hosting its annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Dinner and Dancing Cruise on the SOLARIS yacht. Guests will embark on a memorable evening that includes a five-course seated dinner, live entertainment, fireworks, party favors and champagne. All guests over the age of 21 are welcome to attend. Reservations required: www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 850-650-2519.
Baytowne Marina, Sandestin, FL 32550
NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
| AJ's Grayton Beach - Tues. Dec. 31st - 9 PM
723 Whiskey Bravo
63 Defuniak Street, Grayton Beach, FL 32459
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY/FORREST WILLIAMS BAND
| Old Florida Fish House - Tues. Dec. 31st - 9:30 PM
Old Florida Fish House
Bid adieu to 2019 with a New Year’s Eve Party with the Forrest Williams Band at 8pm. Get your tickets online!
5235 E Hwy 30A, Seagrove Beach, FL 32459
NEW YEAR'S DAY BRUNCH
| Watercolor Gathering Spot - Wed. Jan. 1st - 8 AM to 3 PM
Watercolor Gathering Spot
The Gathering Spot is providing the ideal post-NYE cure-all with a special New Year’s Day Brunch, featuring an array of food stations showcasing traditional Southern dishes. Hand-crafted Bloody Marys, mimosas and screwdrivers will also be available to keep the New Year’s festivities going, coupled with live music. Open to the public. $32 (taxes extra) per person. Reservations not needed.
34 Goldenrod Circle, Watercolor, FL 32459
FIRST DAY HIKE
| Topsail Hill Preserve State Park - Wed. Jan. 1st - 9 AM & 2 PM
TopSail Hill Preserve State Park
Start working on your new year’s health goals the right way with a rejuvenating hike! Wear weather-appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes, bring water bottle, hat and sunscreen. The program is free with paid park admission.
7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
SOWAL FIRE DISTRICT'S POLAR BEAR PLUNGE
| Ed Walline Regional Beach Access - Wed. Jan. 1st - 1 PM
South Walton Fire District's Polar Bear Plunge
Wake that body up at the South Walton Fire District‘s Polar Bear Plunge. Registration begins Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 11am at Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar. Come dressed in your wildest outfit for a chance at the Best Costume prize. Winners announced on the Shunk Gulley stage at 12:15pm. The plunge starts promptly at 1pm at Ed Walline Regional Beach Access across from Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach. For more info, click here.
4447 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
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