And just like that, it’s the end of 2022. When it comes to celebrations, it’s no secret that New Year’s Eve is one of the most popular. With sparkling décor, extravagant parties and fireworks as far as the eye can see, New Year’s Eve is always an amazing time. Thankfully, St. Augustine, Florida is just as fond of New Year’s Eve as the rest of us. Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in St. Augustine.
Nights of Lights
It may not always be possible to spend a New Year’s Eve evening under the stars, but in St. Augustine, you can spend them under the lights. The annual Nights of Lights tradition make the perfect addition to your New Year’s Eve celebration. With millions of sparkling white lights covering the city, there’s no better sight! So, whether you’re taking a stroll through town, hopping on a city boat tour or a horse-drawn carriage, the festival of lights is a fantastic way to say goodbye to 2022!
Light Up The Night! Beach Fireworks
It wouldn’t be a true New Year’s Eve in St. Augustine, Florida without a display of fireworks on the water. Head over to St. Augustine Beach for one of the most magical fireworks displays you’ve ever seen. Light Up The Night! is great for families, friends or even a relaxing date night, all you need to bring is a blanket to enjoy this show.
Brazilian Carnival Celebration at Embassy Suite’s
Every year, Embassy Suite’s St. Augustine puts on a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration and this year is no exception. This year’s theme is Brazilian Carnival where guests are invited to dress their very best as they enjoy the party of the year! This event includes an open bar, food vendors, live entertainment, party favors, private viewing of the “Light Up the Nights” beach fireworks, dancing in the grand ballroom and much more as you wait for the clock to strike midnight.
Vernardos Circus at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Looking for a way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in St. Augustine that’s perfect for the whole family? You’re in luck! The St. Augustine Amphitheatre welcomes back the Venardos Circus, a world-class circus act transformed into a Broadway Musical. This family-friendly event will feature circus favorites, as well as Broadway musical-style performances created by former Ringling Bros. performers.
New Year’s Eve Gala at The Lightner
Ring in the New Year at The Lightner Museum’s 75th Anniversary New Year’s Eve Gala! This two-part event includes dinner and cocktail reception from 7pm-9pm and Countdown Party from 10:00pm–12:30am. The dinner and cocktail reception includes an open bar, seated dinner catered by Chef’s Garden, live music by the Alberto Cebollero Trio and admission to the Countdown Party, where guests will gather in the historic Alcazar casino for hors d’oeuvres, live music by local performer, Ramona + The Riot, midnight champagne toast and balloon drop. It’s time to ring in the new year in style!
A Classical Performance – Die Fledermaus
If you’re looking for a classic way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in St. Augustine, Florida, it’s time to head over to Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College for an exquisite performance of Die Fledermaus presented by the First Coast Opera. This fully-staged production features the orchestra of Johann Strauss Jr’s classic 19th Century Viennese Operetta, as well as a complimentary champagne toast at intermission.
Hair of The Dog
When it comes to recovering from New Year’s Eve celebrations, there’s only one answer – brunch! Thankfully, St. Augustine, Florida is full of delicious restaurants ready and waiting to provide you with the ultimate hangover cure so you can celebrate the first day of 2023. Here are some of our favorite brunch spots in town:
Uptown Swinery is known for their locally-sourced Southern comfort dishes with a twist. If you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, dive into a plate of their Cannoli Pancakes or French Toast, but if you prefer a savory breakfast, you can’t go wrong with their Biscuits & Gravy or Fried Chicken and Johnny Cakes. With over six mimosa flavors to choose from, you’ll be recovered in no time!
Sunday Gathering Table is the perfect place to sit back and relax as you watch the city come to life. Grab a seat on their front patio for plenty of fresh air and enjoy an array of brunch favorites, including homemade sourdough bread, breakfast sandwiches, eggs benedict and shakshuka, there’s something for everyone at this local eatery.
The Ice Plant serves up a unique brunch menu alongside specialty crafted cocktails and drinks so you can get back on your feet. Choose from classics like breakfast sandwiches, eggs benedict and old’ fashioned burgers or go for something you’ve never had before like their delectable pineapple upside down pancakes, fried chicken & hoecakes, and much more. There’s no better place to spend the first day of 2023!
Stay Local This New Year
In need of a place to stay after a night out on the town? Head over to The Local – St. Augustine! Conveniently located on Anastasia Island, just minutes from St. Augustine Beach and Downtown St. Augustine, our newly-renovated rooms and digital check-in are ready and waiting to greet you.