New Year’s Eve is a great time of year. Fireworks, celebrations, drinking and spending time with family and friends are all part and parcel with the Australian way of celebration. New Year’s Eve is no different. Melbourne happens to be home to many ways to ring in the New Year. Wth so many options to choose from, it can be hard to settle on what you want to spend your time doing this NYE.
To help to offset this most enjoyable of difficult decisions, we have put together a list of fantastic ways to spend NYE in Melbourne. Hopefully, it helps you welcome the New Year with as much zeal and excitement as possible.
The dockland fireworks are a long-standing tradition in Melbourne for the ideal midnight experience. Millions of dollars worth of fireworks are painstakingly set up in Docklands every year to set off a beautiful display at 9pm for the younger children who are unable to stay awake until midnight.
At which point, the main display sets off, bathing the city in bright lights and explosive entertainment for all to see. Watching the action unfold from Docklands itself is breathtaking, and the only thing you’ll need to bring is earplugs to defend your hearing from the loud noises.
Bar hopping as a pastime on NYE can be a great way to stay out for longer, and doesn’t necessarily need to cost an arm and a leg. Bars tend to be expensive for cocktails and spirits, so sticking to beer and cider will save you a bit of money.
The city has many bars to experience on NYE, and a ten dollar pint of cider at each bar of the 10 you can visit in a night will set you back less than the entry fee to some of the middle-range NYE parties around. You can even hire one of the many serviced apartments in Melbourne to alleviate the need to ride a fully packed train home later on that night.
Family celebrations are taking place all over the city on New Years, and if your family is the kind to crack open a bottle of champagne and end the year in each other’s company then there is very little that can top those NYE plans. Spending time with loved ones is always great, and unlike parties and bars, there is no stress of strangers present, so you know you can relax and really celebrate fully.
House parties, on the other hand, are great for making new friends and drinking entirely too much in a bid to start the new year completely free of inhibitions. House parties have long been a staple of the younger generation of people, as bars are usually far too expensive and clubs are too loud to talk in properly.
If your friends aren’t throwing a house party for NYE, consider loading one up yourself and have everyone over to your home to celebrate the end of 2017.
Close-knit neighborhoods are known to have block parties on occasion, and one of these occasions is often New Year’s Eve. A block party involves every house on a block. There is often music playing from every house and neighbors socializing in the streets. More often than not, a good block party will take place in a cul-de-sac, or a street that has only one entrance or exit, to prevent disruptions by through-traffic.
Promise Land Carnivale
Promise Land Carnivale is returning once again to put on one of the best New Year’s Eve parties Melbourne has ever seen. This year’s theme is South America, and the Brazilian dancers will put on a show you won’t ever forget. While there is an entry fee for this event, the New Year’s spirit will be in abundance, so the cost might well be worth it.
Finally, watching the TV broadcast can be good fun too. This is a great option if you prefer having a quiet one at home to going out on the town. Recapping important events across the year and listening to fun banter between the hosts is always a good time, no matter what.
With these suggestions, your New Year’s Eve can start with style and finish with a bang, just like every good year should.