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How to Spend the Best New Year’s Eve in Gainesville, FL

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Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean the party has to end. In fact, it’s only the beginning! If you’re still unsure of your plans for the new year, you’ve landed on the right page. In this blog, we’ll tell you all about the magic of New Year’s Eve in Gainesville, FL, and all the wonderful things you can do in our city. Between lavish dinners at elegant downtown restaurants, live music, and lots of relaxing indulgences, you’re sure to kick off the new year in style!

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Here’s What Your New Year’s Eve in Gainesville, FL, Can Look Like

Start With a Lavish Dinner

It’s your last meal of the year, so why pass on the chance to make it unforgettable? Whether you are a true foodie or just want to treat yourself for once, Gainesville is filled with fantastic restaurants you will love. A lot of the local spots organize special New Year’s Eve cocktail bashe, like Embers of Florida, one of the most romantic places in town, Social at Midtown, or even Cypress & Grove Brewing Company. Note that most of them require a reservation, so don’t wait until the last minute to purchase your tickets! 

Note: A lot of restaurants can close down on NYE, so before you make any plans, just make sure they’re open and always book a table. 

Cheers to the New Year at a Downtown Bar! 

Start the evening at Depot Park for a fun lawn party — we recommend you bring chairs and cozy blankets so you can enjoy the dance party on the hill. The evening continues with a spectacular fireworks show called “Sparks in the Park” at 6:30 p.m. Once it’s done, head over to Bo Diddley Plaza for the Downtown Countdown! It’s known to have live music by popular local bands (usually starting at 9 p.m.) as well as accessories like noisemakers and confetti to welcome the new year.

Ring in the New Year at Sweetwater Branch Inn

Patio Chairs with floral pillows and a bottle of beer in betweenNow that you know how wonderful your New Year’s Eve in Gainesville can be, it’s time to find you the coziest place to stay. Sweetwater Branch Inn isn’t ranked one of the top B&Bs in downtown for nothing. As soon as you walk through the door, you’ll feel a sense of peace you rarely experience back home. Get ready to unwind in an elegant and cozy atmosphere in our splendid Victorian complex. We offer a variety of accommodations varying in styles and sizes. So, no matter if you come with your entire family, sweetheart, or friends, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. On top of the quality of our service and hospitality, our location is also convenient for your New Year’s Eve getaway. Indeed, we’re far away enough from the hustle and bustle to provide an optimum relaxing experience, yet close enough to walk within a few minutes to the heart of the city! Did we mention the mouth-watering breakfast we offer to our guests in the morning? It’s so delicious we don’t want to spoil the surprise for you — you’ll just have to come and try it yourself! 

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