New Year's Eve Fireworks - Ring in the new year with island-wide celebrations. Enjoy a dazzling fireworks display Soundside at Portofino Boardwalk at 8 p.m. and over the Gulf of Mexico from the end of the Gulf Pier at midnight.
Polar Bear Plunge - The emerald waters of Santa Rosa Sound are filled with those hardy souls who wade, swim and scurry to the finish line. Heaping bowls of Black-eyed peas wait to warm them. New Year's Day. 2 p.m. at Paradise Bar & Grill.