Tampa Bay New Year’s Eve: Ring in the New Year in Tampa Bay

On New Year’s Eve, thousands are expected to turn out in New York City’s Times Square to watch the ball drop at 11:59 p.m. and ring in 2019. Of course, this being New York, the temperatures are expected to drop below freezing on that night, which may be why millions more will opt to watch the ball drop live on television instead, from the comfort of their warm homes.

On the other hand, if you live in Tampa Bay, you’ve got the best of both worlds. Tampa Bay New Year’s Eve offers much to the residents of the bay area.

Tampa is increasingly developing a reputation for being a happening place on New Year’s Eve, with a host of locations hosting parties and celebrations that give people a spectacular opportunity to ring in the new year in style.

And unlike New York, people attending outdoor parties won’t need to bundle up. According to data from Weather Trends, the projected forecast for Tampa Bay on Dec. 31 will be a high of 72 and a low of 51. Compared to the Big Apple, that’s downright tropical.

Even more importantly, the Tampa Bay area will offer multiple options for welcoming in 2019 – and the reasons to celebrate extend beyond a new year starting. Tampa Bay is coming off a strong performance in 2018, becoming one of the top-performing Florida metros this year, fueled by strong population and job growth.  And that’s helped to give Tampa Bay a very healthy and vibrant real estate market throughout the entire year.

So as New Year’s Eve gets closer, area residents have a lot of great reasons to be celebrating and partying over their good fortunes.

What’s Happening at Tampa Bay New Year’s Eve?

 Tampa Bay New Year's Eve

If you live in Tampa Bay or plan to be vacationing there, there’s no point in staying home or in your hotel room, slumped in front of the television set. There’s far too much going on that night for anyone to stay indoors.

With Florida’s legendary mild winters making this one of the most enjoyable states to visit around the holidays, Tampa Bay has big plans for welcoming in the new year – everything from fireworks extravaganzas to rooftop parties, fancy dinners, midnight cruises and more.

In fact, Tampa has been ranked as one of the best places in Florida to celebrate New Year’s Eve, according to a survey by WalletHub, which just released its rankings for parties on Dec. 31. Using a data set that considered everything from the legality of fireworks to average prices of New Year’s Eve party tickets to weather forecasts for December 31, the website determined that Tampa was among the Top 25 cities nationally, while ranking No. 4 in the affordability category.

And the city is doing its best to give people plenty of options for how they want to have fun.

Aloft Down Tampa has an all-inclusive event during its 5th annual NYE 2019 Premiere, where guests can watch the ball drop live from Times Square on an immense LED screen, while also enjoying a riverside laser light show. This event will also feature live performances by Aloft’s mermaids, along with a top shelf open bar and gourmet appetizers and hors d’oeuvres served by Miguelito’s Taqueria Y Tequila, and two dance floors with DJ’s.

Friends of the Riverwalk and the City of Tampa are planning for the city’s annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display, and there will be a New Year’s Eve Countdown Party at The Sail, the waterside patio bar offering cocktails and bites in a chill, dog-friendly atmosphere. Located right outside the Convention Center, the fun starts at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 as people are invited to “SAIL into 2018” as they ring in the new year with a complimentary midnight champagne toast, music with DJ Andy Scott, some of Tampa Bay’s best food trucks, and those spectacular waterfront views.

Also in downtown, the Florida Aquarium has a Splash In The New Year celebration starting at 9 p.m., with entertainment, complimentary food, beer and wine, and with a perfect view of the New Year’s fireworks show.

One of Tampa’s best-known tourism attractions, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, is inviting the public to ring in the new year as well; the theme park will stay open until 1 a.m.

Then there’s the Rooftop Eve at the Fort Brooke Parking Structure, starting at 9 p.m., with a party in the heart of downtown Tampa for a night of music and fun and a front-row seat to the enormous fireworks show that rings in the new year.

As if that isn’t enough fun to take advantage of, the people celebrating on New Year’s Eve can also look forward to the expectation for a very good 2019 in Tampa Bay.

Why Is 2019 Expected to be a Good Year in Tampa?

 Tampa Bay New Year's Eve

Tampa Bay ended the year in great shape, particularly when it comes to the economy and the housing market, which both performed exceedingly well in 2018. Home prices in the third quarter of 2018 continued the trend of year-over-year gains since the third quarter of 2015. According to Florida Realtors, the median price of a single-family home rose by 4.9 percent in September compared to the third quarter of 2017.

Also in the third quarter, sales of single-family homes rose 4.4 percent from the same quarter a year earlier. Tampa also ranks 6th in loan applications from those ready to move.

The region’s strengths owe a lot to the healthy economy, with the unemployment rate in Tampa falling to just 2.9% – below the national average. That kind of strong job growth has made the city a magnet for newcomers, helped by the fact that Tampa has a thriving downtown that offers plenty in the way of nightlife, museums, cultural attractions and a great restaurant scene.

Realtor.com has analyzed migration trends to find the metropolitan areas gaining the most new residents.  Their research indicates that when the recession was going on, Americans went to the nation’s biggest cities in search of jobs.

But in the years since, the economy started rebounding, housing costs soared so high in big cities like Los Angeles and New York that a newer trend formed: people began to relocate to more affordable destinations.

That means more people moving to the South, to cities where taxes are low and housing costs are reasonable. Realtor.com found that with good paying jobs in medical sciences and technology fields, real estate prices that are still affordable, and tropical year-round weather, a growing number of transplants are coming from the Northeast to 10 metros, including Tampa, Orlando, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Charlotte, N.C.

That city’s economic growth has brought more people to the city looking for new job opportunities, and they’ve arrived at a time when the inventory of homes on the market have been low – the same trend that other metro areas around the country have been experiencing. That’s why top home builders like Domain Homes are constructing new homes in some of Tampa Bay’s more desirable neighborhoods, giving prospective homebuyers more options as they settle into the area.

The expectation is that both Tampa’s strong economy and vibrant housing market will remain on solid footing in the new year – and that truly is a great reason to celebrate.


Not only should you enjoy Tampa Bay New Year’s Eve extravaganzas this year, but you should also consider moving to one of the most vibrant and growing cities in the area, with a good, durable housing market and strong economic growth; not only will you find jobs here, you’ll also find the home you’ve been looking for.

Tampa Bay has a winning combination right now: a strong economy creating new jobs, including in professional fields like healthcare and life sciences; more commercial development in downtown Tampa that’s transforming older, run down commercial sectors into brand-new, job-creating business developments; and a housing market where the housing stock is far more affordable than in other coastal metros.

No wonder the local population keeps expanding and more people keep moving here looking for work, and the opportunity to enjoy all that Tampa Bay has to offer.

Because of the influx of new home buyers, home builders like Domain Homes have been constructing new homes to meet the demand.

Domain Homes procures older houses in some of the city’s most appealing neighborhoods, replacing them with brand new, move-in ready homes.  

Domain Homes constructs houses in established neighborhoods like South Tampa, West Tampa, St. Petersburg, as well as other locations in the bay area. These locations have top-rated school districts, are near downtown, and offer many jobs.

Contact Domain Homes today at 813-580-8111 to learn more about the homes we have available today in the Tampa Bay area.


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