Can you believe that it is almost the end of the year? First, we have Christmas on the 25th December, but then it isn't long before we are all asking each other what we will be doing for New Years! Do you have any plans yet? Then why not get ahead of the game and book you and your friends into a New Year's Eve celebration, so you can relax and know that you have your New Year's party celebrations sorted!
Of course there are the fabulous fireworks and free entertainment in the Civic which happens every year (and the best part is that it is all FREE!), however if you are looking for something away from the crowds - and maybe a little different - then check out these 5 options below. Book in early and then relax...your work here is done!
1/ The National Arboretum will be the place to be this NYE, as they host a fun and elegant evening Summer in Paris, which will be held between 7:30pm and 1am. There will be canapés and bubbles on arrival, a 3-course dinner and beverage package, live entertainment, a champagne tower, photo booth and more. Spend the evening in France! See here for details. Cost: $190 per person, includes all food and beverages
2/ The Hellenic Club in Woden will be celebrating with live music from Canberra's favourite cover band - Hit Parade! Entry is FREE for members and their guests. If you aren't a member, see details here - with membership costing just $10 a year. The party will be held in the Triton Lounge, starting at 9pm. If you plan on visiting one of the restaurants in the club beforehand, call to book your table. See here for details. Cost: Free
3/ Canberra Southern Cross Cruises will be running two cruises to catch both the 9pm and midnight fireworks! The earlier cruise will depart at 6:30pm for a cruise of the lake and to get into position for the 9pm firework extravaganza, and the second cruise will depart at 10:30pm to enjoy the midnight show. Both cruises include delicious food on board. See here for details. Cost: 9pm cruise - Adult $120, Child $50. Midnight cruise: Adult $120.
Watch the fireworks from the comfort of the MV Southern Cross cruise boat. Image: MV Southern Cross Facebook
4/ Molly is a dark and moody cocktail bar which can be found by a set of coordinates (35°16'44.5"S 149°07'42.0"E), which leads you to a wooden door in Odgers Lane, in the Civic. If you decide to find it this New Year's Eve, you will step back into the 1920s in New Orleans as soon as you walk in the door. The Brass Knuckle Brass Band will be playing the tunes and you will receive a complimentary 'World's Fastest Ramos' cocktail on arrival. Say cheers to the New Year with two sets of New Orleans-inspired jazz and funk live on stage from 9.30pm. Although walk-in guests are accepted, if there is enough room, bookings are recommended for this New Orleans-style celebration in the city. See here for details. Cost: $35 per person, inclusive of cocktail on arrival and entertainment.
5/ The Basement in Belconnen will be hosting a NYE for every '70's 80's and '90's fan in Canberra! There will be 2 stages, 8 acts, 11 sets, free bubbly at midnight and a whole lot of fun to be had! Enjoy flashback moments from Spandau Ballet, Tears for Fears, Blondie, Nirvana, Queen and much more! See here for details. Cost: $25 per person (plus booking fee) or $40 at the door.
If you have kids, then why not go to the free family concert in the Civic, or simply pack a picnic and find a spot by Lake Burley Griffin with the best view of the 9pm family fireworks. Although al lot of people expect the New Year's Eve fireworks to be let off on Lake Burley Griffin each year, they actually fire off from City Hill, behind the free concert in Civic Square. If you sit on the opposite side of the lake to the city, with a direct view to the end of Commonwealth Bridge, then you can't miss it! See here for fireworks and event details.
These are just some of the ideas of how to spend New Year's Eve in Canberra, with many more events and celebrations sure to be advertised. Check back with Canberra Weekendnotes for more ideas closer to the day.
So what are you waiting for? Start planning now for the biggest night of the year! 🎉
Image: Original image of City Hill from Wikapedia (Photo credit: Wade Johanson from Canberra. Aerial view of City Hill and the Vernon Circle)