The 12 Days of New Years: Plan-Ahead Party Guide, Days 10-11

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The NYE event planning series is drawing to a close as the holiday fast approaches, but we have a few more events to bring to you yet. Today's include dazzling fireworks and belly laughs.

Fireworks at Channelside

See the Channelside fireworks display for free at midnight from the Channelside courtyard, sipping a drink at any of the Channelside area bars (Margarita Mama’s, Wet Willies, Bennigans, Hooters), or while celebrating with the fishies at Aqua Eve. You can also reserve a spot aboard the Yacht Star Ship Cruise and view the pyrotechnics from the deck while enjoying an open bar, food, live entertainment, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. New Year’s Eve Celebration Cruise, Wed., Dec. 31, 10 p.m. boarding, 10:30 p.m. departure, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa, $99.95 per person, 813-223-7999,

Laugh In 2009 with Carl Labove

Ring in the New Year with former Sam Kinison co-hort and current veteran comedian Carl Labove. In addition to a set of stand-up, admission includes an all-you-can-drink open bar, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight, post-show music and dancing, and a complimentary continental breakfast buffet. Wed., Dec. 3110:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, $60 in advance/$65 day of show, 813-960-1197,

For info about other NYE events taking place across the Bay area, click here.

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