A beachy way to ring in the New Year

If your holiday down time allows you to travel to a destination to celebrate the New Year, take a look at the Orange Beach and Gulf Shores area! Perfect for couples, families and even those traveling solo, the Alabama Gulf Coast offers entertainment, a superb culinary scene and plenty of lodging options.

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The Wharf
Reeling in the New Year at The Wharf is an annual street party event taking place on Main Street. It’s FREE to the public and features LIVE music throughout the evening along with games and activities for everyone in the family.

The family can participate in awesome activities at The Wharf’s Winter Wonderland such as the REAL ice skating rink located in Palm Plaza. The large ice skating rink is the cornerstone for all of the family-friendly holiday season activities. Skate from 10 a.m. to midnight (cost is $10 for a two-hour session or $12 for a two-hour session and Ferris Wheel ticket).

If you are a family with smaller children, you are in luck! Children have the opportunity to participate in fun activities just for them: face painting, bouncy houses and so much more on the Eve starting at 5 p.m. Ride a mechanical bull or the gyro machine and get into the spirit of the season with Holiday SPECTRA playing at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. each evening.

Opening Act for Reeling in the New Year is local favorite 4 Barrel Funk from Mobile, Alabama. Come party to the familiar tunes from Motown, top 40 hits, classic rock and more. Dee Jay Silver (who recently toured with Brad Paisley’s 2014 Country Nation World Tour) is the Headlining Act and is a well-known, top-touring DJ/remixer/producer featuring a unique brand of party rock and country style of music mixing. Performing from 10 p.m. until midnight, Dee Jay Silver will countdown to 2015 with the “Marlin Drop” at midnight!

There is also an option to upgrade your experience with VIP tickets to the Jim Beam Kentucky Fire VIP Club for $90. This gives guests access to a comfortable lounge area with club seating located in the Palms, hors d’oeuvres, adult beverages (wine, beer and mixed liquor4), party favors and more! Purchase your tickets at ticketmaster.com or The Wharf Box Office. VIP tickets give you the best views of the midnight fireworks and to see all activities along Main Street.

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Flora-Bama New Year’s Eve Bash
The Flora-Bama is a really happening place on New Year’s Eve! This well-known lounge offers LIVE music on three stages, lots of food, party favors and champagne to help you ring in the New Year the Flora-Bama way!

Pricing:
$35 in advance up to December 30th.
$40 at the door or gift shop on December 31st for ages 21 & up.
$50 at the door for ages 18-20.
$10 at the door for ages 18-20 who purchased an advance ticket at $35.

Ticket Includes: All you can eat buffet from 7pm until 12pm, free breakfast sandwiches out of the gift shop bar starting at 12:30am, free champagne, party favors and live music on three stages.

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Also, enjoy the Flora-Bama official New Year’s Polar Bear Dip celebration by taking a dip into the Gulf of Mexico at high noon! Dress up or just show up and delight in the traditional New Year’s Day culinary feast of black-eyed peas, cornbread, ham and more!

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NYE Hangout Peace Out
The Hangout is one of the most lively places on the beach for fun, festivals and music venues. From local favorites to world renown bands, this place always rocks in the new year. This year’s event is from 9 p.m. on the eve (December 31) to 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day and features Kristy Lee & Dirt Road Revival, The Mulligan Brothers with special guests The Hussy Hicks. Enjoy a midnight buffet, a champagne toast and a balloon drop!

Tickets are $35 in advance and $50 for VIP (limited quantity for VIP). VIP guests have a private, no wait bar with appetizers and drink specials, meet and greet with the performers…all in your very own VIP lounge. Special lodging deals are available, just visit the web site below for more information.

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LuLu’s Gulf Shores
Lucy Buffett’s fabulous restaurant on the marina not only serves fresh seafood every day, but also knows how to celebrate! The folks at LuLu’s have a NOON Year’s Eve party starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 31st and it is packed full of family-friendly activities like a sandcastle building contest, arts & crafts, LIVE music, zoo animals, face painting and more! Did I mention delicious food…yep, there’s that! And, to count it down to NOON, LuLu’s celebrates with kid-friendly fireworks and a HUGE beach ball drop. Kathleen Rees and Pelican212 are the scheduled entertainers (a kids-based band from Nashville). . .and your family is sure to enjoy this fun-filled family celebration!

For ideas and deals on lodging, area restaurants and other important details, visit www.gulfshores.com.

The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area has so much to offer in terms of New Year’s Eve celebrations. There is something for absolutely everyone, so come join the fun and excitement of ringing in the New Year on Alabama’s Gulf Coast!

If you go…
The Wharf

4830 Main Street
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 224-1000
www.alwharf.com

Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Drive
Perdido Key, AL 32507
Alabama (251) 980-5118
Florida (850) 492-0611
http://www.florabama.com

The Hangout
101 East Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 948-3030
www.thehangout.com

LuLu’s
200 East 25th Ave
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 967-LULU (5858)
www.lulubuffetts.com

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