New Year's Eve Plans
New Year’s Eve Fireworks
7:30 p.m., Naples Pier.
Third Street South New Year’s Eve Celebration
Third Street South celebrates the New Year with music and snow before and after the fireworks at the Naples Pier at 7:30 p.m. C.W. Colt with special guest Eric Bratton perform in front of Tony's Off Third and Roll & Tumble perform in front of Gattle's from 6-9 p.m. Complimentary party hats and favors at the concierge. www.thirdstreetsouth.com.
GALAS, BALLS, BLACK TIE EVENTS
Casino Gala at the Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples hosts a casino-themed New Year’s Eve Gala. Event includes a four-course menu, dessert buffet and entertainment by the Kid Brothers. There will also be a midnight balloon drop at The Bella Vista Lounge. (239) 598-3300
Hilton Naples New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
Brazilian show 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. The package includes an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a gourmet plated dinner, Brazilian Carnivale show, music and dancing all evening, hats, noisemakers and champagne toast at midnight. $195 per person. www.hiltonnaples.com.
Hyatt Coconut Point New Year’s Eve Party
Overnight accommodations, live music, champagne toast, deluxe dessert bar, balloon drop. $99 without room. www.coconutpoint.hyatt.com.
Philharmonic New Year’s Eve Gala
The Naples Philharmonic presents Big Band Bash featuring conductor Jack Everly and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra with special guests Broadway singer Judy McLane, clarinetist Jon Manasse and the Capitol Quartet saxophone ensemble. The buffet reception begins at 7 p.m., followed by the performance at 8 p.m. $79. www.thephil.org.
Opera Naples New Year’s Eve Ball
Opera Naples hosts a masked ball fundraiser at the Naples Grande Beach Resort featuring cocktails, dinner, an opera performance and dancing. $300; cocktail hour begins at 8 p.m. www.operanaples.com.
BARS, NIGHT CLUBS, COMEDY CLUBS
Sway Lounge, Naples
Ring in 2009–Platinum style at the ultra-chic party modeled after the Vanity Fair Oscar party held every year at Morton’s. Party begins at 9 p.m. and lasts until 5:30 a.m. $30 in advance, $50 at the door; includes complimentary champagne toast and noisemakers. Two balls will drop—at midnight and 2:30 a.m. www.swaynaples.com.
New Year’s Eve Party at King Richard’s Family Fun Park, Naples
Starts at 10 a.m. Watch the balloon drop at noon and celebrate with sparkling juice and fun fetti. An unlimited ride wristband will also be on sale for $10 until noon. www.kingrichardspark.net.
RESTAURANTS (offering special dinners)
Flemings – Naples
Truluck’s – Naples
M Waterfront Grille – Naples
Chops City Grill- Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero
Absinthe—Naples. Offering regular dinner menu, complimentary champagne and noise makers with a DJ.
SeaSalt— Although dinner is sold out, the bar will feature Norman Love chocolate and wine pairings.
Downtown Countdown, Fort Myers
The 13th annual event starts at 7:30 p.m. with live entertainment at three locations and a ball-drop at midnight. Retail shops and restaurants will remain open during the evening. Admission is free. www.fortmyers.org.
GALAS, BALLS AND BLACK TIE
Dolce Vita Restaurant New Year’s Eve Gala, Sanibel Island
The event includes a five-course dinner, band, dancing, champagne toast, party favors. Seating only….the table is yours all night! The restaurant is decorated for a true New Year’s celebration. $235 per person. Reservations required, (239) 472-5555.
Gulf Coast Symphony New Year’s Eve Gala and Concert
Ring in the New Year at a black-tie event starting at 7 p.m. with a multi-course dinner, party treats, entertainment and a champagne toast after the Gulf Coast Symphony concert, which starts at 9 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. www.bbmannpah.com. Tickets range from $35 for the concert and champagne toast to $125 for the concert, gala and full- package dinner.
Singing in the Rain–New Year’s Eve performance
9 p.m., Broadway Palm Theater, Fort Myers. $100. www.broadwaypalm.com. Opening night of the show, which runs through Feb. 14, 2009. Starring Don Lockwood, Kathy Seldon and Cosmo Brown. Songs include Good Mornin’, Make ‘Em Laugh, Fit as a Fiddle and Singin’ in the Rain.
Happy New Year's Train Party, Fort Myers
Seminole Gulf Railway's 19th New Year's Murder Mystery Dinner Train Party. $125 and include a five-course dinner and a complimentary New Year's toast. Check-in time is 7:30 p.m. and return time is 1 a.m. on New Year's Day 2009. www.semgulf.com.
BARS, NIGHTCLUBS, COMEDY CLUBS
New Year’s at Vapiano, Gulf Coast Town Center.
Vapiano, a European-style restaurant, offers live music on New Year’s Eve. A $100 cover charge includes drinks all night, lobster bisque and pasta, midnight champagne toast and coffee and pastries after midnight. (239) 454-1066
New Year’s at the Reserve: ’80s flashback
“Flash Back to the 1980s” New Year’s party will be held at the Reserve Cigar and Wine Bar in South Fort Myers. (239) 210-0300
Shiver Me Timbers New Year’s Celebration
The pirate-themed celebration benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Lee County and begins at Salty Sam’s Marina, Fort Myers Beach at 9 p.m. The ship sails at 11 p.m. $45 includes entry and entertainment aboard the ship. Cash bar, cocktail and pirate attire. www.themerakiagency.com/newyears.html.
The New Envie Lounge New Year’s Bash, downtown Fort Myers
Party begins at 9 p.m. and features Top 40 hits, live with radio station 105.5 FM. $25 covers entrance and open bar; $50 covers top-shelf open bar; $100 covers top-shelf open bar and a three-course wine dinner. Champagne toast at midnight. (239) 337-0909, www.enviedowntown.com.
Bar Louie’s Black and White Masquerade Ball, Gulf Coast Town Center
Party starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 2 a.m. with DJ KS1 from radio station 103.9 FM. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Group VIP packages range from $75 to 150 and include champagne, appetizers and more. (239) 432-0389, www.barlouieamerica.com/gulfcoast.html.
New Year’s Eve at City Tavern, Fort Myers
Party starts at 7 p.m., with live music from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cover charge includes open bar from 7 p.m. to midnight, appetizer buffet from 7-8 p.m., party favors, free champagne and live video from Times Square. Packages begin at $50 a person. There are also group packages that include hotel and transportation. (239) 226-1133.
New Year's Eve Celebration featuring Dom Irrera
Off the Hook Comedy Club, Marco Island. Award-winning comedian on Seinfeld and Everybody Loves Raymond. Dinners $20-$30. Show starts at 6:30 p.m., ages 18 and over. (239) 389-6900, www.offthehookcomedy.com.
Laugh In Comedy Café New Year’s celebration
Al Ernst, who has appeared on HBO's Stand Up, CBS' 60 Minutes and CNN, ABC and NBC networks, will entertain. Also appearing is Shawn Banks, known for witty observations and dead-on impressions. Shows at 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets range from $15-20. (239) 479-5233, www.laughincomedycafe.com.
The Edison Restaurant New Year’s Eve Party
Ring in the New Year Edison-style with Gina Birch from WINK radio broadcasting live. Times Square Count Down on the big screens. “Little Eddie & the Fat Fingers” in the Chandelier Bar. Complimentary admission includes hats, noisemakers and a champagne toast. Party begins at 8 p.m. and lasts until 2 a.m. (239) 936-9348, www.edisonfl.com.
New Year’s Eve Party at the Speakeasy Parrot Key on Fort Myers Beach
This Roaring ’20s party features a gangster menu, Charleston Dance contest, prizes for the best ’20s attire, trivia questions, hors d’oeuvres, a five-course menu, champagne toast and a souvenir photo. Entertainment by Fabulous Frank Torino. 6 p.m. to midnight. Reservations required, (239) 463-3257.
New Year’s Eve celebration features live Flamenco dancing all night with guest host Gloria Cabral-Jordan. Three course dinner, $55, or tapas menu offered from 5-10 p.m. Free champagne at midnight. (239) 437-8676, www.realbacchus.com.
Ellington’s Jazz Bar & Restaurant – Sanibel
Dine, dance and celebrate to the music of the Danny Sinoff Quartet. Five-course dinner and champagne toast is $175 per person, reservations required. (239) 337- 5299.
Cape Harbour’s Third Annual New Year’s Party
Music, food, drinks, fireworks, ball drop. Live music. Cape Coral. www.capeharbour.com.