Ring in 2022 on the Emerald Coast in Festive Fashion

From carriage rides, New Year's Eve dinners to $15,000 penthouse parties, these hot spots will make for memorable celebrations
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
Horse-drawn carriage rides are a novel way to ring in the New Year

Ready to say goodbye to 2021? Ring in the new year in festive fashion at one of the many hot spots along the Emerald Coast. Here are just a few fun happenings we heard about this holiday season. Check out our Calendar for even more. 

Grand Christmas Carriage Rides

Carriage Ride 2019

Enjoy a free carriage ride in Grand Boulevard

Come celebrate the season with a stroll through Grand Boulevard Town Center in Miramar Beach to revel in the festival of lights. Head over to Grand Park to enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides or have your photo taken with the Elf on the Shelf. The magic continues with strolling carolers from the Emerald Coast Theatre Company as well as holiday crafts for the little ones. Remember to grab a cup of hot chocolate or hot cider under the sparkle of the Grand Boulevard Christmas tree before perusing the Boulevard for the perfect gift for that special someone. Events are complimentary to the public, presented as part of the Coastal Culture Calendar of Events made possible by the Grand Boulevard Arts & Entertainment Program.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides,

Crafts for the Little Ones and Hot Beverages in Grand Park

Friday, Dec. 31, and Saturday, Jan. 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 


New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Pescado and The Courtyard at Pescado

Pescado Dinner

Guests drink in cocktails and the view at Pescado

Pescado • Seafood Grill and Rooftop Bar in Rosemary Beach overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. Pescado’s “In the Midnight Hour New Year’s Eve Celebration” is sure to be the best way to round out 2021. Enjoy an exclusive menu and dance the night away with live music by Max McCann Band from 6 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Guests will countdown and toast to the new year at midnight. Tickets are $250 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are only available for parties of eight or less. Restaurant dining by reservation only. A la carte menu will be available at the bar only from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pescado will open to all dining guests (with reservations) at 10 p.m. for drinks, dancing and celebration. Call (850) 213-4600 to secure your space.

The Courtyard at Pescado, a garden courtyard and lounge, offers small bites, craft cocktails and an extensive wine list. It is located under Pescado • Seafood Grill and Rooftop Bar in Rosemary Beach. The Courtyard at Pescado will also host a New Year’s Eve Celebration from 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, custom cocktails, live music by Rockers For Life from 8 p.m., and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets (purchased in advance) are $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Food is included, plus one drink token per guest, then a cash bar. Email pescadoinfo@thelcrg.com to reserve your place. Tickets will be available to purchase at the door for $85 per person plus tax and gratuity. Access to the main Pescado will not be granted for ticket holders due to restaurant capacity.


$15,000 New Year’s Eve Experience at Hotel Effie

Hotel Effie Pool

Party on the Hotel Effie pooldeck

Looking for an over-the-top celebration? Hotel Effie in Sandestin has a $15,000 New Year’s Eve Experience, which gives guests the chance to throw the ultimate New Year’s celebration with a total of six guests, right from the comfort of the hotel’s extravagant Presidential Suite. 

The Ultimate Pre-Party – The Presidential Suite will have a personal bartender in-suite throughout the evening, serving a collection of high-end champagnes such as Ace of Spades, Veuve, and Dom Perignon. As the music pumps through your private suite, the culinary team will deliver a spread of hot and cold tapas prepared by Hotel Effie’s culinary team, led by Chef Hugh Acheson. Cheers with your loved ones on the suite’s private balcony to the shimmering views of fireworks at the Village at Baytowne Wharf. 

A Fine-Dining Feast at Ovide – This package also includes dinner at Ovide, Hotel Effie’s signature restaurant led by chef Hugh Acheson, for an indulgent New Year’s Eve dinner featuring an all-you-can-eat seafood raw bar, gourmet entrées, a spread of decadent sweets at the dessert buffet, and the quintessential champagne toast.

A Rooftop Party Steps From Your Door  – At 10 p.m., you and six friends can enjoy the exclusive New Year’s Eve party at the Ara Rooftop Pool and Lounge. Along with a  live DJ, this party features a heated pool, photo booth, party favors, and views of the fireworks. 

A Divine Start to Your New Year’s Day  – To help you fight off any post-party hangovers, a private Bloody Mary cocktail station will be delivered right to the room, prepped with vodka, savory tomato juice, fresh lemons, and all the savory sauces and trimmings. Then, leisure downstairs to a New Year’s Day brunch for two and enjoy live Jazz music, mimosa flights, and more. Follow up the meal with a choice of two services at Hotel Effie’s luxurious Spa Lilliana to leave feeling revived, refreshed and ready for a new year.

Other package amenities include complimentary valet parking, New Year’s Eve welcome amenities, four custom Hotel Effie blankets as parting gifts and late checkout.

For more information, call (833) 873-3343 or visit hoteleffie.com


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