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New Year's Eve at South Bank

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Free festive fireworks, movies & other New Year celebrations

South Bank, befitting its status as the city's cultural hub is, as usual, the hot spot for Brisbane's New Year's eve revelry this year. From free movies and fireworks to food trucks and dining deals, the whole South Bank precinct will be brimming with fun New Year events and activities so you can choose the best way to ring out the old and ring in the new year.

Overview

There will be live music performances, courtesy of the City Sounds entertainment program, at music stages dotted throughout the Parklands and you can enjoy an array of street food from some of Brisbane's favourite food vendors. There is also a competition for all you photographers out there. Take a photo with friends or family at the BRISBANE sign for a chance to win one night's accommodation for up to four people at Mantra South Bank, a family pass to Medieval Power: Symbols & Splendour at Queensland Museum and a $300 dining gift voucher for Che Asado. Click here for all the details.

As usual, in the interests of patrons' safety and so families can fully enjoy the experience, some restrictions will be in place. You cannot bring the following items into South Bank on New Year's Eve: alcohol, glass, pets, bikes, scooters, metal cutlery, and drink bottles with broken seals (including bottles of water or soft drink).

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Below is your guide to what's happening for New Year's Eve at South Bank.

Free Family Movies

From 12.30pm you can watch not one, but five, specially selected family movies. Relax on your own patch of the Cultural Forecourt with a BYO picnic or something delicious from the selection of food trucks that will be on hand while you celebrate the end of 2015.

Here's the list of movies and their screening and running times:

12.30pm: Paddington (rated G) – 1hr 35mins
2.30pm: Cinderella (rated G) – 1hr 45mins
4.30pm: Home (Rated PG) – 1hr 34mins
6.30pm: Muppets Most Wanted (PG) – 1hr 52mins
8.45pm: Minions (PG) – 1hr 41mins

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NYE Fireworks

To cater for everyone 2 fireworks displays are scheduled for this New Year's Eve; one at 8.30pm for families so little ones can get home to bed, and the pièce de résistance at 12 midnight for hard-core party goers.

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Queensland Pops Orchestra: New Year's Eve Gala

If you'd rather bring in the new year with a pop than a bang then perhaps you'd prefer the Queensland Pops Orchestra's New Years Eve Gala Concert. This is a sold-out extravaganza every year so you'd better get in quickly while tickets are still available. Special guest singers will be Silvie Paladino and Jason-Barry Smith, with appearances by noted young violinist, Cherin Lee and Pipe Major Roddy MacDonald.

There will be 2 shows, one at 6pm and one at 9.30pm. Tickets range in price from $98 to $175 (plus a $6.20 transaction fee), and are available online here.

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Restaurants

South Bank is one of Brisbane's favourite dining precincts, with a host of different dining options and New Year's Eve has some special dining events. You can enjoy fabulous food and service with the added bonus of the beautiful riverside location with uninterrupted views of all the fireworks and fun.

Click on the links below for details and prices or to purchase tickets:

Southbank Beer Garden: Beer Garden Party

Cove Bar and Dining

South Bank Surf Club: New Year's Eve Beachfront BBQ

New Year's Eve Cocktail Party at Popolo

New Year's Eve at Stokehouse

The Fox Hotel: Hola Mexico - New Year's Eve

Platinum New Year's Eve at Rydges

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Why? Bring in the New Year with fun festivities
When: Free activities kick off at 12.30pm
Where: South Bank
Cost: Fireworks & movies are free. Prices vary for other activities.
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