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Published December 21st 2013
Changing Years
Top Things to do on New Year's Eve in Melbourne

The old year is nearly done and the new one is on the way. How to celebrate? Melbourne has a wealth of choices for partying in the New Year varying from the relaxed to the raging. From taking a picnic and admiring the fireworks to dressing up, dancing all night and cocktails at a rooftop bar, there's something for everyone's tastes.

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FIREWORKS

Should you have little ones that need to go to bed before midnight (or if you do) then the 9.30pm fireworks on New Years Eve might be the best choice. If you want to be up close there's a choice of Yarra Park and also Footscray Park. Both venues will also be offering live music and games and activities, see links above for full details.

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For the midnight fireworks see the City of Melbourne website for details on the "Midnight Live" sites around the city which also feature music and entertainment.

It's worth noting that anywhere you can see the city skyline from you can watch the fireworks. Popular spots include:

Yarra Boulevard, Kew
Ruckers Hill, Northcote
The Strand, Williamstown
Pipemakers Park, Maribyrnong
Footscray Community Arts Centre, Footscray
Green Point, Brighton Beach
Mount Dandenong
Mount Macedon

Also consider Melbourne's rooftop bars and beergardens for a great view of the fireworks.

COSTUME AND MASQUERADE

Love dressing up? How about Heaven and Hell at Campari House, NYE Masquerade Party at the Aer Bar or Heroes in Hollywood NYE at the Portland Hotel.



Then there's Cosparty where you can dress up as your favourite character from anything you like. This event promises to be the biggest Cosplay theme party of the year where Anime and Pop Culture fans will be treated to a fantastic New Year's Eve celebration featuring a set of themed DJ's, sponsors and industry artists.

PAWN THE PAST

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Image: Pawn & Co Facebook page


South Yarra is the home of Pawn & Co, a cool bar which is also functioning pawn shop. Everything is for sale here including the furniture, light fittings and glasses. The theme for their NYE party is 'Pawn the Past' which means if you bring along something to pawn such as antiques, golf clubs, paintings, anything worth pawning, and hand it in to the bar, you receive a free cocktail. Sounds like a good way to farewell the past. Of course it's possible you could leave with a new purchase for 2014.

Tickets can be purchased here

TRIBE NYE CACAO PARTY




TRIBE's New Year's Eve Raw Cacao Party begins with a sacred ceremony and includes music, dancers, fragrances, visual artists and chocolate of course. There's African Drumming, dance and acrobatic fire performances, body painting, temple dancers, DJs and more.

For full details see the Facebook page.

Tickets can be purchased here

Note that this is an acohol and drug-free event.

OUT OF TOWN

While Melbourne has a great range of New Years Eve events, the rest of Victoria will be celebrating too.

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Imatge: Stuart Miles / freedigitalphotos.net


The Echuca Racing Club has a family day out with horse racing, kids activities, boat display and live music.

Wangaratta, Mildura and Hamilton in the Grampians are all offering music and entertainment and well as fireworks for New Years Eve.
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Why? Celebrate the beginning of a new year
When: 31st December, 2013
Where: Various venues
Cost: Various according to activity, some free, some ticketed
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