The TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and New Year's Eve

December 9, 2022
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With pristine beaches, breathtaking natural beauty, world-class resorts, eclectic dining options, shops galore, 99 holes of golf and so much more, Amelia Island is the perfect game day headquarters for players and fans of the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. Even if your team isn't playing, book a stay and make a New Year's weekend out of it. The excitement of watching a college game in person is second to none and is a great day out for everyone.

The following night, ring in the new year in whatever way suits you... family-friendly, luxurious, or rocking out. Whatever you like, we've got you covered!

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl  

Each year in early December, the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl announces two of the best teams in college football for an epic match-up in the Sunshine State. On Friday, December 30 at 3:30pm, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame will take on the Gamecocks of South Carolina in this gridiron classic held at Bill Gay Grounds at TIAA Bank Field.

Since we're an easy 40 minutes from the stadium, you can pair up game day excitement with great north Florida weather and still be back to the island in time for a fabulous dinner and nightcap. 

New Year's Eve

There's nothing better than ending an old year and welcoming in a new one. Luckily, Amelia Island has no shortage of New Year's Eve celebrations to choose from. Below are the highlights to begin planning. The rest can be found here

New Year's Eve Black & White Gala - Ring in the New Year in style with the Fourteenth Annual New Year’s Eve Gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Dine on lavish food buffets, chef’s stations of seafood, sushi, seared scallops, lobster, lamb loin and an array of scrumptious desserts. Dance the night away to live music while enjoying an open bar and a Champagne toast with midnight fireworks. Even better if you purchase an overnight room package and start the New Year off right. Festivities begin at 9pm. The gala is $335 per guest, service charge included. 21 and older only. Reserve tickets on Eventbrite.

New Year's Eve Shrimp Drop - Light Up Amelia and The City of Fernandina Beach host a unique, family-friendly New Year's celebration at the Downtown Waterfront. Ring in the new year in conjunction with the Greenwich Mean Time stroke of midnight (7PM.) Enjoy a DJ with amplified music, holiday food, drink and party favors all leading up to the dropping of the LED-lighted shrimp followed by fireworks! Marina Parking Lot B. 5:00pm - 8:00pm.  

New Year's Eve in Paris with the Les DeMerle Band - Swing into 2023 with the jazzy sounds of Les DeMerle and his band. Held at Story & Song Center for Arts & Culture, the band will perform classic hits like I Love Paris, C’est Si Bon, Lady Marmalade, La Vie En Rose and more. The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band featuring Bonnie Eisele will have your feet tappin’ and hands clappin’ as they put on a spectacular show to ring in the New Year! $75 includes Dinner & a toast. Purchase tickets here or call 904-601-2118. 5pm - 7pm. 

SOUNDWAVEZ New Year's Rockin Eve at the Palace Saloon - Get your New Year's groove on at the oldest bar in the state of Florida. The Palace Saloon welcomes Soundwavez, the ultimate party band, for your listening and dancing pleasure to rock in the new year. 8pm - 12:15am.


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Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike.