Planning for New Year’s Eve? Ideas Have Arrived

by December 15, 2011 • 3 comments

Christmas is right around the corner, which means that 2012 is looming near as well!  If you aren’t sure how to spend the last moments of 2011 maybe you’ll find some inspiration in these events!

Pier Park’s 4th Annual Beach Ball Drop

Say farewell to 2011 and hello to 2012 at Pier Park with a family-friendly celebration that includes balloon artists, stilt walkers, and the release of over 7,000 beach balls.  The countdown to midnight will involve the lowering of a 800-pound beach ball and fireworks to celebrate the start of 2012.

Festivities are set to begin at 5:30pm on December 31st, 2011 with the beach ball release being scheduled for 7:00pm.

Visit previous articles to get a feel for the event:

Beach Ball Drop 2010

Pictures from 2010

A Video of 2008’s Event

3rd Annual Countdown to Seaside! A New Year’s Eve Celebration

Seaside’s festivities begin at 7pm on December 31st, 2011 and will continue into the wee hours of 2012.  The event is a family-friendly party with live entertainment, kids’ art projects, street performers, and a firework display over the Gulf of Mexico.  Performances will include Kyle Lamonica at 7pm, The David Mayfield Parade at 8:15pm, and at 10pm Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers will take the stage.  Midnight will be greeted with an amazing firework display.

From 7pm-11pm, Abrakadoodle will be offering free unique art projects for children.  These projects will include noisemakers and time capsules!  There will also be face painters to help get everyone in the festive spirit!

SHINE- A NYE Celebration in Paradise, at the Holiday Inn

The Holiday Inn is partnering with Give Kid’s The World Foundation for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration.  A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will help a family with a child, whose medical bills and conditions would have prevented them from enjoying their time together, make amazing memories.

They have special prices for a room, dinner, party, breakfast, and drink tickets- all including a late checkout time!  Please visit them online to see the different packages and pricing available for New Year’s Eve.  Have fun celebrating a new year for a great cause!

Make sure to have fun, because “how you start the year, is how you spend the year!”

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1 Cathy December 15, 2011 at 11:09 am

7,000 Inflatable Beach Balls……. WOW!!! Now that is a party full of fun I would love to attend! Unique and different to the ones we have gone to in the past. Very fitting to the area & colorful. Can’t wait to see some photos of this.
Merry Christmas!


2 Jason Koertge December 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Hi Cathy!

This will be the third year they’ve done this. It’s been amazing each year.

Here are some of the photos from last year.


3 Kacyn Goranson December 16, 2011 at 10:04 am

Also, there are tons of pictures and a video in the links above for the Beach Ball Drop. Hope you are able to come from Tennessee to see it in person one year!