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New Year’s Eve Celebration

Ring in the New Year in the Nation’s Oldest City

Imagine toasting to the New Year while bobbing along Matanzas River with a blanket of stars above you. Or, picture laying in the sand with your sweetheart and watching fireworks go off over the ocean. All this, and much more is possible in St. Augustine on New Year’s Eve. Let the famous Nights of Lights holiday display be your backdrop this year, while you ring in a New Year.

St. Augustine may not boast the same clubs that Miami has or even the same theme parks that Orlando has, but that doesn’t mean the Nation’s Oldest City doesn’t have plenty to offer on New Year’s Eve. In fact, if you want to ditch the long lines or crowded bars then St. Augustine is likely a perfect New Year’s Eve destination for you. Book your room at one of our historic bed and breakfasts – located in the Historic District – and read below to plan your perfect New Year’s Eve.

Celebrate at A Bar or Restaurant

Below you’ll find a list of establishments that celebrate New Year’s Eve each year! Grab your friend, sweetheart, or family to enjoy a toast at midnight with St. Augustine’s leading bars and restaurants.

Set Sail with Black Raven

The Black Raven is a local pirate ship that specializes in unique tours. This year, to welcome in 2020, they are hosting a New Year’s Eve party of “Piratical Proportions.” The party is adults only so those under 21 years of age will have to walk the plank. The Black Raven will depart from the downtown dock at 10:00 pm sharp, 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL 32084, setting sail on Matanzas River. Once aboard, enjoy interactive and live entertainment, views of iconic St. Augustine sites, contests paired with prizes, delicious party food, and complimentary party gear that will rock the boat.  Additionally, its well known that other boats sailing on the Matanzas River often set off fireworks that can be viewed from the Black Raven. Of course, prior to midnight bottles of champagne are popped in anticipation of a New Year’s toast!

Click here to book a ticket with the Black Raven

Watch Fireworks on the Beach

Each year, thousands of people gather at the St. Johns County Fishing Pier to watch fireworks go off over the Beach. The annual event is called the Beach Blast Off and it is in fact the southeast’s biggest and best New Year’s Eve celebration. Attendees can opt to set up a blanket or chairs on the beach, or meander about the two-blocks of vendors and live music. The event features live entertainment, food vendors, beer and wine, and even a kid zone!

Click here for more information on Beach Blast Off

Don’t forget to Lodge Local

Many of the best New Year’s Eve memories include a glass or two of champagne and sometimes a few more. That’s why staying at one of the bed and breakfasts in the Historic District is so ideal. This way, you don’t have to worry about planning arrangements for transportation. Since so many New Year’s Eve festivities are in the Historic District, guests can simply walk to and from their destination safely.

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