The countdown to the new year is seriously underway. New Year is a magical time of the year where we can bid farewell to the 'old' at the stroke of midnight - Auld Lang Syne springs to mind - and welcome in the 'new' - new beginnings; new people; new adventures; new dreams and the creation of new memories!
Welcome the New Year in with a bang with three awesome celebrations in three different locations - and all on the Sunshine Coast.
🎉 1. NYE - Coolum 31 December to 1 January | 5.00pm to 9.00pm
New Year's Eve in Coolum this year is promising to be bigger and better than ever before with rides for the children; a sausage sizzle; fairy floss wizard; a jumping castle and even laughing clowns. Bring the family to Tickle Park for a spectacular fireworks display at 8.30pm. The New Year's Eve Coolum bash is presented by the Coolum Lions Club and supported by the Sunshine Coast Council. Please note there will be no firework displays in Coolum at midnight!
🎉 2. NYE - Mooloolaba 31 December to 1 January | 4.00pm to 12.15am The Esplanade, Mooloolaba
Sunshine Coast's biggest FREE New Year's Eve celebrations are in Mooloolaba - Image: Sunshine Coast Council to NYE Mooloolaba FB
NYE Mooloolaba is the Sunshine Coast region's biggest FREE celebration to welcome in the new year. In addition, NYE Mooloolaba is celebrating the culmination of a very special year - a year commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast. Gates open at 4.00pm at NYE Mooloolaba, with FREE family activities, roving street performers, inflatable rides and delicious food from local vendors, restaurants and cafes on the Esplanade.
From 5.00pm the Sea Stage has some awesome live entertainment lined up for the children with the kids' shows Despicable Me 3 and Kung Fu Panda 3 forming part of the NYE Mooloolaba celebrations. Lively DJ sets will keep everybody, young and old, dancing on the beach until midnight.
Family fun for all ages - Image: Pixabay CC0 Creative Commons
The fun and entertainment does not stop here. Two spectacular fireworks displays will light the skies at 8.30pm and again at midnight to celebrate the incoming New Year as well as being the 'final' event of the 50th Anniversary Naming of the Sunshine Coast.
Please note that the iconic NYE - Mooloolaba is a safe, secure, fully-fenced, alcohol and glass-free zone and intoxicated people will not be permitted entry. To reduce the impact on the environment, chemical glow sticks and glow products (which are not recyclable and contain liquid which is extremely harmful to the environment) will not be permitted into the event - battery-operated LED products will be acceptable.
Pet owners should ensure that pets are safe and secure as the amplified music and fireworks at NYE Mooloolaba could be distressing to pets.
Bring your family, bring your friends to celebrate New Year's Eve at Kings Beach in Caloundra. Heaps of FREE exciting activities are happening, including children's' rides, food stalls, music, dancing and fireworks.
Times and special entertainment that has been lined up:-
Snap! NYE Caloundra are actually showing Despicable Me 3 (PG) for their Twilight Movie, which is being screened from 7.15pm. Finish the night off with a spectacular fireworks display on Kings Beach foreshore at 9.30pm.
Great line-up of entertainment - Image: Caloundra NYE Celebrations FB page
According to those in the know, the NYE Caloundra event is the best family beach party on the Sunshine Coast (Mooloolaba might seriously want to contest this title) epitomising Caloundra as the family playground of South East Queensland. This alcohol-free zone event is proudly presented by Creative Events Inc, a not-for-profit organisation, and supported by the Sunshine Coast Council.
See the New Year in with a dazzling display of fireworks and fantastic family fun - why not bunny-hop from one event to the next to enjoy more than just one New Year's Eve celebration - it is, after all, a very special day of the year!
Happy New Year! Image: Pixabay CC0 Creative Commons