The promise of a new year looms bright and beautiful at the end of every winter holiday season, and when you’re tired of fighting the cold, the snow, and the icy sludge that makes driving difficult for your New Year’s celebration, why not take a chance on holiday escape to Fort Walton Beach? Offering sunny skies, balmy temperatures, and promising no ice, your celebration will be a warm and wonderful way to say farewell to the old year and welcome in the shiny new one! Our guide to New Years in Florida activities, ones that will be enjoyed even more when spent in our condos, is designed to ensure you don’t miss a single sparkling moment of the good times that can be had!
Starting the Evening Out Right
The best celebrations begin with the best meals, and in Destin it’s become a tradition to say farewell to the previous year with a Sunset and Fireworks Dinner Cruise aboard the Solaris! Offering five-course meals, live entertainment, and a fireworks finale that doubles your enjoyment of the colorful explosions as they reflect in the tranquil waters that surround you, tickets run about $150 per person and can be purchased at the Sunquest Cruises website or by calling 850-650-2519. This is one of the best places to celebrate New Years in Florida!
What’s New Years in Florida Without a Ball Drop?
The countdown that leads to the promise of a better year ahead of us has become a tradition that has grown in popularity since that first Times Square Ball Drop on December 31, 1907, and while you can watch it in comfort and style in your cozy condo from The Breakers, the final countdown is even more memorable when you witness our own Ball Drop at HarborWalk Village in Destin. Somehow, the cool night air, the scents of the sea, and the sounds of the Gulf combine to create an experience that is, in our humble opinion, even more magical than the big one in New York! A lot of people choose to spend their New Years in Florida for this reason!
An Entire Day of Magic and Memories
Celebrations never last long enough, ending far sooner than you want them to, but during your Fort Walton Beach vacation, you will find this is definitely not the case! Starting at 6 PM and lasting till 1 AM, the list of activities taking place in downtown Fort Walton Beach is practically endless. Starting with a fun run at 6 PM and culminating in a fireworks extravaganza at midnight, even the littlest members of your traveling family will have a ball. Face painting begins at 9 PM, allowing your children to expose their inner wild animals and butterfly princesses!
Make it a Harry Potter’s New Year in Fort Walton Beach
While The Ratchet Hatchet at 304 Perry Avenue SE in Fort Walton Beach is always a fun axe-throwing locale to enjoy year-round, they take a turn for the magical when New Year’s rolls around. On Friday, December 31, 2021, those who make their way this direction can participate in a Harry Potter themed New Year’s event that celebrates 20-years of Harry Potter movies as well as a grand welcome to 2022! The doors to this New Year’s Harry Potter event open at 4:00 pm and the fun will continue well into the small hours of the morning lasting until at least 4:00 am. If you show up early on, you’ll be privy to the fun sorting hat ceremony which kicks off at 6:00 pm. By 8:00 pm, everyone on-site will be dining in style with the house tournament starting promptly at 10:00 pm. Not to worry, you’ll definitely be celebrating the ball drop at midnight, but at 1:00 am raffle prizes will begin to be called off which range from go kart coolers and tequila assortments to gift bags, Nintendo Switch consoles and even a Play Station 5! Tickets are $100 per person and purchase includes access to an open bar all night and morning long.
Enjoy a Breakers of Fort Walton Beach New Year’s Experience
If you’re more excited to stay close to your home away from home as you ring in the New Year, booking a stay at The Breakers of Fort Walton Beach is a great choice. We proudly provide our guests with access to amazing and fun on-site amenities that make it easy to customize your holiday away from home from start to finish. During the day, take time to unwind and have some fun with your traveling crew by spending time on the shuffleboard courts. This is a great chance to indulge in the fresh air and make the most of some friendly competition while you’re at it. The Breakers of Fort Walton Beach also has an on-site pool for guests to enjoy who are looking to embrace the best of Florida living when they’re here over New Year’s. If you’ve spent your time out exploring Fort Walton Beach and you could use a restorative and relaxing moment or two as a follow-up, take time to unwind and warm up in our on-site sauna as well! From our fully equipped fitness center to the direct beach access we offer, you’ll find you can easily kick off the New Year in a way that’s just your style when you stay with us.
New Year’s Day in Our Cozy Escapes
When you roll out of bed the morning after all the craziness of the night before, the sun peeking into your condo will be the first sign that this new year is guaranteed to be the best ever. Take a morning, or an entire day, to appreciate the quiet beauty and tranquil peace of your Florida getaway and discover why choosing to stay with us was the best decision you made last year. Reserve your stay today in one of our beautiful New Year’s vacation rentals!