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Published December 8th 2017
Start the new year with a bang in the city centre
New Year's Eve is a much-anticipated evening in the Capital City. Each year there is the family friendly concert New Year's Eve in the City at 7pm, which is located in Civic Square, followed by a spectacular firework display at 9pm above. There is also a wide variety of food trucks to buy dinner, with options such as Indian street food Tikka Stand, Jacko's Pizza, Potato Swirls, Pure Gelato and Shotclock Espresso.
After this, the party-goers walk over to Garema Place for Bass in the Place - a night of DJs and dancing before the 12pm fireworks over the city. This all-ages party then continues until 1am, with Nightrider buses available out of the city so you don't need to worry about getting home. Once again, this year has a massive line-up, so all ages can enjoy the festivities in two central locations. So who will be the line-up for this year?
Kids will be excited to get into the city for the family-friendly concert at 7pm, which will be held in Civic Square in front of the Canberra Theatre. As well as family activities, the headlining act will be Art vs Science, an Aria-award winning, electronic dance band from Sydney, who are well-known on radio station Triple J. Get on your feet and have a dance!
Art vs Science will also be joined by local acts Brass Knuckle Brass Band and Canberra-born Harry Carman - who has been compared to James Bay, Passenger and Ed Sheeran. If you haven't heard of these artists before, see (or listen to) their YouTube video clips below...
Fireworks - 9pm and 12pm
As the entertainment for New Year's Eve is located in the centre of the city, the fireworks are designed to be viewed from each event. They will be shooting off from City Hill, which is located just behind the family concert in Civic Square. Around the city, many restaurants also have stunning views of the fireworks and Canberra Southern Cross Cruises have cruises to Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, to get views of City Hill and the fireworks. Many families sit on the other side of Lake Burley Griffin at Patrick White Lawns or on the lawns at the Canberra Yacht Club to look across the water to the fireworks over the city. Follow the crowds before 9pm and midnight to see where the locals set up camp ready!
View the fireworks from Civic Square, for the best views in town. Image: Events ACT Facebook
If you are looking for a safe, fun and free way to herald in the new year, then walk on over to Garema Place for a New Years Eve dance party which is glass-free and alcohol-free. Ember (of Ministry of Sound fame) will get the party started, along with Canberra's very own Blanke, DJ Clique and Peter Kiemann. See the ACT Events Facebook for updates and news before the night.
Ember will get the city of Canberra reverberating as the party moves into 2018 - listen to the YouTube clip below for a taste of what's to come...