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New Year's Eve in Sarasota 2021-2022

The epic pineapple drop and other fun events on Florida's Gulf Coast

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Last updated: by Olga Valchyshen
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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates (view the "External Resources" section below).

Sarasota, located on the western coast of Florida, south of Tampa Bay, is a paradise vacation destination with luxurious restaurants and beach-front hotels on Siesta Beach, praised for its pristine white sand. The city is also famous for its festive Pineapple Drop on New Year's Eve. Pineapple Drop occurs during the annual Downtown Sarasota Block Party that starts on December 31 at 1 pm and lasts until 1 am of the following day. The celebration usually begins with family-friendly activities such as amusement rides and games at 5 Points Park. Then follows the live music concert on the stage at Main St. & Lemon. The culmination of the holiday occurs during the countdown. After the Pineapple Drop, there is a spectacular firework display over Sarasota Bay. About 20,000 people take part in this block party every year.

Marina Jack, located at the Sarasota bayfront, is also known for its NYE celebration. Special menus, live entertainment, and the fireworks display at midnight lure the festive crowds to the area. Special holiday cruise options are available at the marina as well.

Selby Gardens is another must-see place during the holidays. The gardens usually host an extravagant black-tie gala event on New Year's Eve. Not to mention the marvelous illumination that consists of over two million lights. The Lights in Bloom open-air holiday light show welcomes visitors in Selby Gardens on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, from 6 to 9 pm.

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