Top 6 Gulf Shores New Year’s Celebrations

Eva Faircloth - December 02, 2019

For travelers looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve in Gulf Shores, we’ve got good news for you. We’ve collected the best Gulf Shores New Year’s parties—as well as nearby celebrations along the coast—including kid-friendly occasions and adult-centered extravaganzas to usher in 2020.

Welcome the new decade Gulf Coast style with these festive Gulf Shores New Year’s events!

New Year’s Eve for the Family

Kids Confetti Drop

Youngsters will have a blast at this kid-friendly event with tons of activities like face painting, camel rides, a bouncy house, a surf simulator, and much more! The countdown starts just before noon and when 12 o’clock strikes, the air will fill with colorful confetti. After the Kids Confetti Drop, stick around for the Reelin’ in the New Year celebration.

When: 10 am to 3 pm

Where: The Wharf in Orange Beach

Admission:  Free; various kids activities from $5-$10

woman celebrating new years and holding sparkler

Noon Year’s Eve at Lulu’s

Kids and adults alike will have tons of fun at Lulu’s Noon Year’s Eve in Gulf Shores. This exciting event will include tons of kid-friendly activities including face painting, live music, and a colorful beach ball drop! Welcome 2020 a little earlier this year with this family-friendly New Year’s Eve event in Gulf Shores.

When: 10 am to 3 pm

Where: Lulu’s in Gulf Shores

Admission: Free

Ice Skating Rink at The Wharf

Celebrate the new year with an evening of ice skating. The ice skating rink at The Wharf provides a classic winter activity next to the Gulf. Take the family to the rink for a day of skating or enjoy a romantic skate with your SO to celebrate the new year. The price of admission is $10 and includes skate rentals.

Where: The Wharf

Admission: $10 per person; includes skate rentals

new years eve fireworks in the night sky

Reelin’ in the New Year at The Wharf

Live bands, a surf simulator, face painting, and fireworks at midnight; that’s what you can expect at this year’s Reelin’ in the New Year at The Wharf. The New Year’s Eve Street Party kicks things off at 5 pm with kid-friendly activities including a rock wall, mechanical bull, and a trampoline jumpee. Live music includes the Travis Clark Band and the Jason Jones Band with the tunes starting at 7 pm. All of the fun leads up to the marlin drop and fireworks at midnight!

When: 5 pm – 12 am

Where: The Wharf

Admission: Free; various kids activities from $5-$10

New Year’s for Adults

Flora-Bama’s New Year’s Eve Bash

New year, same exciting Flora-Bama new year’s celebration. Take a short drive from Gulf Shores to Pensacola, Florida for the famous Flora-Bama’s New Year’s Eve Bash, featuring live music on three stages, mouthwatering food, party favors, and champagne. Advance tickets are $40 for ages 21 and up and includes an all you can eat dinner buffet from 6 pm to 11 pm, a breakfast buffet from 12 am to 2 am, party favors, and a free champagne split at midnight. You won’t want to miss this!

When: 6 pm – 2 am

Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar

Admission: $40 for advance tickets ages 21 and up

Contact: (850) 492-0611

clinging glasses of champagne

Flora-Bama Polar Bear Dip

Dress in your best new year’s attire and take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico once high noon strikes on January 1st for the Flora-Bama Polar Bear Dip! Fully submerge beneath the waves and receive a free draft beer and a new year’s lunch at Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar.

When: Noon, January 1st, 2020

Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar

Admission: Free

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