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New Year’s Eve in Canberra 2018/19 | What’s happening on NYE

Where to party in Australia's capital on 31 December.

New Year's Eve brings the party to the streets in Canberra with a wealth of live entertainment and kid-friendly activities to regale the crowds.

If you're planning to be in the nation's capital for New Year's, you won't be short of fireworks with the city due to be dressed in light come the stroke of midnight.

Want to know the best spots to catch the action and ring in the new year? We've got the goss right here.

Where to watch the Canberra New Year’s Eve fireworks

  • Civic Square: For families, Civic Square was the place to be. Last year it boasted a family concert in an alcohol- and glass-free environment that started at 7:30pm until midnight. For this year the full program is still to be announced. Stay tune!
  • Lake Burley Griffin: For a vantage point away from the parties, anywhere on the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin made for a beautiful spot to witness the fireworks as they were launched over the lake. Commonwealth Park and Kings Park were just a couple of options to keep at front of mind.

Best New Year’s Eve dinner specials in Canberra

Restaurants across Canberra were celebrating the new year in style. Here are some of our top picks for 2018/2019:

  • Banana Leaf: The Sri Lankan restaurant moments from London Circuit is hosting a three-course à la carte dinner on New Year's Eve. It's priced at $95 per person and features two seatings, the first at 5:30pm for the 9pm fireworks and the second at 8:30pm for the midnight fireworks.
  • Redsalt: Housed within Crowne Plaza, Redsalt is celebrating with a buffet dinner featuring a generous array of seafood, roasts, desserts and salads. A selection of drinks is also included. Prices start at $120 per adult with children charged less depending on their age.

Best New Year’s Eve parties and events in Canberra

Clubs and parties were a big go-to this past new year's, and here's some of what was on offer. The list will be updated as this year's events are confirmed.

  • Lucy's Speakeasy: Self-proclaimed to be the hottest party in town, Lucy's Speakeasy is celebrating this year with a 5-hour drinks package, interactive marketplace menu and entertainment from 8pm–1am. $219 per person.
  • Glamour & Grunge @ Polit Bar: ’20s and ’00s come together for a fun night of glamour ('20s) and grunge ('00s). It's hosted by Tammy Paks who promises to "partake in her paganistic party rituals" and then some. Tickets from $15.
  • Circus Night @ Cube: This 14-hour marathon of a party is for those who like to go long, running from 9pm on New Year's Eve and calling it a night at 11am New Year's Day. Circus is the theme of the night and as such you should expect roaming clowns, face painting, balloon making and jelly shots… while stocks last!
  • Hot Vegas Nights @ Casino Canberra: Start your 2018 on a high by counting down the seconds with the high rollers at Casino Canberra. The venue is set to sizzle with free bubbly, performances and prizes. Oh, and did we mention, free entry?
  • Glamour and Grunge at Polit Bar: Do New Year's a bit different at Polit Bar, complete with tarot readings and more. Tickets from $15.

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Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at finder.com.au and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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