Every New Year's Eve, the excitement builds as the night sky comes to life with thousands of exploding fireworks, popping and cascading over the city streets. Canberra's New Year's Eve fireworks tradition is a highlight each year (see details here), however, some people prefer to avoid the crowds and try somewhere different to ring in the New Year. Whether you are looking for a quiet dinner, a loud rock band or even a traditional bush dance, see the following 20 events for some ideas to get you celebrating New Year's Eve - your way.
Why not glam up and enjoy a night on the town on the eve of 2018 - you only get to do it once!
New Years Eve at Canberra Casino. Image: Canberra Casino website
New Year's Eve - Hot Vegas Nightswill be held at the Canberra Casino, starting from 9pm. This fun and glamorous event has FREE entry, free bubbly for the countdown, DJ Benjamin Reeves, Hot Vegas Nights Showgirl performances, prizes and much more. See here for details.
New Year's Eve at Lucky's will be held at the Lucky's Speakeasy bar inside the QT Hotel, a short walk from the NewActon precinct. Enjoy a decadent 2 hour drinks package and entertainment for $99 per person. See here for details. New Year's Eve in The QT Lounge, also inside the QT Hotel above, is a black tie New Years Eve event with views to the fireworks and an opulent beverage and canapes package, for $195 per person. See here for details.
Creatures of the Night is presented by Ginger Catering and held at the National Arboretum, for $190 per person. Enjoy spectacular views, canapes and cocktails on arrival, a 3 course sit down dinner, live music, DJ and a dramatic 'Rocky Horror' theme! Go dressed up as your favourite character or in the theme of the night. See here for details.
Palace Cinemas in the NewActon Precinct will be having a New Years Eve preview showing of The Shape of Water, with a glass of La Gioiosa 'Il Fiore' Prosecco on arrival. See here for details. Monaro Folk Societywill be having a New Year's Eve Dance at the Yarralumla Woolshed to ring in the new year. You don't need any experience or even a partner, just turn up and learn how to folk dance! The cost is $24, with student's half price. See here for details. Glamour & Grunge NYE fun - with Tammy Paks is a hilarious night at the Polit Bar in Manuka, with tickets costing $15 - $20. The night includes a glass French bubbles, nibbles, dance music on request and Tammy Paks as Hostess Extraordinaire! See here for details.
Shananigans' New Year's Eve Party at The Basement in Belconnen is a night of 90's music with 16 amazing live bands on 2 stages. Tickets cost $28.47 (inclusive of booking fee). See here for details.
Cube nightclub in the city will be having a night of circus fun under The Cube Big Top with face painting, circus acts, roving clowns, jelly shots on entry, 2 DJ's and a performance by the Subsdance Dance Studio. Tickets cost $25. This party will keep going to dawn and beyond. See here for details.
Academy nightclub will also release their details soon! See here for details.
Canberra Southern Cross Cruises will be hosting two evening cruises to view the 9pm and midnight fireworks. The first cruise leaves at 6:30pm and guests can enjoy a 4 course meal and views of the 9pm firework display for $95 per person. The second cruise leaves at 10:30pm and guests can enjoy a hot and cold canapes and beverage package, as well as the midnight fireworks, for $100 per person. See here for details.
Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club restaurant in Yarralumla will be having a 5 course meal and beverage package, as well as live entertainment Jetson 5, for $150 per person. See here for details.
Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden will be having a 3 course meal and live entertainment The Old 45s, for $90 per person. See here for details.
Vikings Club Lanyon will be having a New Year's Eve Party with Vince Gelonese and a dinner at the Red Rock Bistro, for $25.90 per meal (members price). See here for details. Hellenic Club Wodenwill be having a huge night of entertainment with the Siren Simply Divinyls - New Year's Eve tribute show, starting from 9pm. Listen to hits such as Boys in Town, Pleasure and Pain, I Touch Myself, Good Die Young and many more. Tickets cost $30 up to 30th December and $45 on the night. See here for details.
Enjoy a New Year's Eve cruise on the MV Southern Cross. Image: Canberra Southern Cross Club Facebook
Banana Leaf Restaurant in the centre of the city will be hosting a New Year's Eve Dinner with a delicious 3-course choice a la carte dinner for $95 per person. There will be 2 sittings before the 9pm and midnight fireworks. See here for details.
Hyatt Hotel Canberra in Yarralumla will celebrate New Year with two options to choose from - a lavish Dinner Buffet in the rose garden before live music in The Tea Lounge for $$220 per person, or a Dinner Buffet and a 3 hour drinks package in the Promenade Lounge for $160 per person. See here for details.
Pod Food in Pialligo have two New Year's Eve dinner options to choose from. If you would like an early night, enjoy a 3-course menu for $80 per person and finish your evening at 7:30pm. For those who are happy to stay up later, start your evening at 8pm and enjoy champagne on arrival and a 5-course meal for $140 per person. See here for details.
Hotel Kurrajong in Barton will be celebrating New Year's Eve at the Chifley's Bar & Grill with canapes on arrival, a 3 course dinner, a 3 hour drinks package and live music for $130 per person. See here for details.
Redsalt Restaurant at the Crowne Plaza will be having a smorgasbord of fresh seafood, tender roasts, gourmet salads and decadent desserts between 6pm - 10pm, for $120 per adult. This is ideal for those who would like to enjoy a delicious meal before the fireworks - or have an early night! See here for details.
Enjoy the "clink" of the champagne glass at midnight and HAPPY NEW YEAR!