New Year’s eve is a time for reflection and nostalgia, but above all, for celebration! Since we love a reason to party in Sanford, downtown merchants are planning some excellent New Year’s parties. But how do you know where to end up when the ball drops? I’ve rounded up the most happening places to be on New Year’s eve in downtown Sanford, so no matter your celebratory style, you’ll be in the perfect spot when it comes time for the toast.

So if on New Year’s Eve you want to…

Be surrounded by good friends and cheer

Buster’s Bistro

Even if the 31st is the first time you’ve walked in the door, the crew at Buster’s Bistro will never fail to make you feel right at home. Let them pick out your dream date Belgian beer, help yourself to a $10 buffet of home cooked food, and cuddle up by the fire in the beer garden as you kiss 2014 goodbye and enter the new year surrounded by great friends, old and new.


Dress up and feel elegant

Celery City Craft

If you want 2014 to go out in style, dust off your pearls and fedoras for Celery City Craft’s prohibition bash. With plenty of shuffle board and delicious craft beer to fuel your charleston, you can party like it’s 1925. This night of time travel and decadence is sure to be the swankiest party in town…the perfect place to see and be seen.

And another Great Gatsby 1920s Party:
Party at Fat Rat’s Lounge (410 S Sanford Ave) with a free champagne toast at midnight. Best dressed wins $50. With the speakeasy theme this recently reopened bar has going on, this 1920s party is bound to be fun!
7pm-2am. $5 cover.

Let loose and listen to awesome music

West End Trading Company

Start the new year with a bang at the West End Trading Company. Grab a drink and jam out while the Supervillains play the back room. Plenty of beer pong, dancing, and champagne with the chillest people in Sanford. It’s bound to be loud, fun, and one crazy party.


Drink local brews and get a little nostalgic

Wop’s Hops Brewing Company

Look out over the beautiful new Sanford Avenue streetscape while you sip a handcrafted beer in the Wop’s Hops beer garden. The twinkling lights at midnight will remind you of the amazing things that can be accomplished in one year and leave you optimistic for the year ahead.

Similar Event:
Celebrate New Years Eve at Ellen’s Wine Room (440 S Sanford Ave). All your favorite wines and beers available.
Musical entertainment provided by Chuck Culbertson on the guitar!
Mary will create Light Appetizers with 2 Midnight “Sparkling” Toasts for only $15. RSVP to Mary at 407-415-1349.

Eat some good food and dance

Shantell’s Café

Ring in the new year in proper southern style at Shantell’s. Chow down on black eyed peas, fried chicken, and collards, then dance through to the new year to a reggae steel drum band. If you think Shantell normally throws a good party, just you wait!

Similar Event:
Fiesta at La Sirena Gorda Cabana on 118 S. Palmetto. Music by the Holcom Brothers and Uncle Charles. Flare bartender and Martini Bar with specialty drinks. Full menu available plus free champagne toast at midnight. Call 407-391-3955 for more details or to make your reservation!


Enjoy the views and party on the river

St. John’s River Co. Party Cruise

Board the Barbara Lee this New Year’s Eve and party on the water! A unique way to celebrate the beginning of 2015, champagne toast included. There are 3 cruises offered: a lunch cruise, dinner/dance cruise and a party cruise.
Click here for more information!

Whatever your choice, if party, a laid back dinner with friends or your loved ones at home, we want to wish you a great start into a happy, healthy and successful new year 🙂