The New Year Awaits!


Join LJ Schooners Dockside Restaurant & Oyster Bar for the New Year’s Eve Dinner Special —Crab Cake, Filet Mignon, Roasted Potatoes and Veggies with complimentary glass of Champagne! Dinner will be served from 5–10 p.m. DJ Diamond Dan will be entertaining from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. at the Oyster Bar. Reservations suggested. 850-897-6400. Bluewater Bay Marina Complex. 290 Yacht Club Dr.

The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s New Year’s celebration—Baytowne Countdown—happens Fri., Dec. 31, 6 p.m.-1 a.m.—Fireworks at 8 p.m. & midnight. From 6-8 p.m.—face painting, kids’ activities and LIVE music 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. 21 & over after 10 p.m.

Ring in the New Year on the Destin Harbor at HarborWalk Village! Enjoy an early performance by Flash Flood at 7 p.m. on the main stage and an 8 p.m. fireworks show! Atlanta’s hottest party band, the A-Town A-List, hits the stage at 9 p.m. The night ends with midnight fireworks and Ball Drop!

The Fish Out of Water restaurant is hosting a New Year’s Eve multicourse dinner celebration from 6 p.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31. Ring in 2022 with a delicious meal, champagne and a night full of wonderful memories. Visit for more information. 34 Goldenrod Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 534-5050.

For those too excited to wait until midnight, or for those fans of New Year’s Eve who want to conduct a countdown twice, there are separate Beach Ball Drops at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, 8 p.m. and midnight. Live music throughout till midnight and a great fireworks display both times.

Plunge into the Gulf at The Boardwalk’s 6th Annual Pelican Plunge! Sat, Jan. 1, 2022 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Plunge ticket $22 at 100% of proceeds directly support the children of The Emerald Coast Foundation. The Boardwalk, Okaloosa Island; 1450 Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast; Fort Walton Beach.

Baytowne on Ice continues as a favorite holiday tradition! The Ice rink is open through February 6. Hours vary daily. $13 for 90-minute skate; $3 skate rentals. Rent the rink for private functions. Call 850-428- 2736 or visit

This year’s free 5th annual Troon Goon Christmas Lightshow combines classic Christmas songs with modern versions. The hi-tech light animations dance to the music and feature the house, mega-tree, arches and other standalone features for an unlimited amount of pixel combinations. The 30-minute show starts every hour and half-hour and runs nightly through Jan 6, 2022, from 6-9:30 p.m. View from your vehicle while listening on your car stereo at 101.3 FM. Visit for additional information. 1074 Troon Dr. E. Niceville, Bluewater Bay area.

You still have time for Season 14 of Geek Lights on the Corner, a 30-minute light show on the corner of Bluewater Blvd. and Antiqua Way in Bluewater Bay. Animatronic trains, toys and synchronized lights run every 30 minutes starting at 6 p.m., last show at 9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 10:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Christmas Eve through Jan. 6.
You can park along Bluewater Bay. If you bring a big car load, drop off guests to not disturb those already at the show. The show can be canceled in bad weather. Check Facebook for daily updates. All donations benefit CALM. 201 Antiqua Way, Niceville