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Family Friendly New Years Eve Melbourne

 

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If you haven’t made plans yet for New Year’s Eve and the kids are asking to go out and see the fireworks, make a family night of it as there are a few options around for New Years Eve Melbourne.

The first is the Footscray Family Festival in Footscray Park, which looks like a lot of fun.

The City of Maribyrnong is helping families see 2013 go out with a bang this year, as they prepare to host their first ever New Year’s Eve Celebration and fireworks spectacular in Footscray Park on Tuesday, 31st December.

 Thousands of families are anticipated to attend the alcohol free event, taking place between 6:30pm – 10:30pm with the fireworks spectacular taking place at the family friendly time of 9:30pm.

Children can try their luck in sideshow alley with a range of carnival games and activities including a jumping castle. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic rug and sample a range of meal options from popular food trucks operating in the west.

Foti International, made world famous for their Sydney Harbour displays, has been engaged by the City of Maribyrnong to create an unforgettable fireworks show to celebrate the New Year, with some surprises along the way.

Emceed by comedian Justine Hamilton, the event has a range of activities on offer to keep the whole family entertained, with the Main Stage featuring performances by The ReChords and Swing Patrol, Vika and Linda Bull, Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and ABBA tribute band, Bjorn Again.

Footscray Park, which boasts the most intact Edwardian period public garden, will sparkle with the historical trees covered in a magical light installation, created by local designer Moonmother Productions.

What: The City of Maribyrnong’s first ever New Year’s Eve Celebration and fireworks spectacular helping families see 2013 go out with a bang. The event, emceed by comedian Justine Hamilton, will include local food trucks, carnival games and performances by The ReChords and Swing Patrol, Vika and Linda Bull, Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and ABBA tribute band, Bjorn Again

When: Tuesday 31 December, 6:30pm – 10:30pm with the fireworks spectacular taking place at the family friendly time of 9:30pm

Where: Footscray Park (off Princes Hwy), Footscray

Visit: www.festivalcity.com.au

 City of Melbourne

Tuesday 31st of December from 6pm to 1am.

The City of Melbourne presents an annual New Year’s Eve fireworks spectacular and free entertainment in the city.

Come into the city and celebrate the dawning of the New Year at Melbourne’s largest free public celebration!

Melbourne fireworks | 9.30pm & Midnight

There will be two spectacular fireworks displays at 9.30pm and midnight.

Time and Locations

9:30PM

–> City of Melbourne Family Festival – Yarra Park – Jolimont & Richmond Station
–> City of Maribyrnong Family Festival – Footscray Park – Footscray Station

MIDNIGHT

–> Kings Domain – Flinders Street Station*
–> Treasury Gardens – Parliament Station*
–> Flagstaff Gardens – Flagstaff Station*
–> Docklands – Southern Cross Station*

Midnight Live Sites

Enjoy free music from some of Melbourne’s best DJs, and a large multi-media entertainment ‘nest’, complete with music, visuals and pyrotechnic effects. At midnight, the spectacular fireworks will light up the city skyline in a dazzling display of colour and light.

Vantage Points
Anywhere you can see the skyline you can see the fireworks.
From a balcony, a park, the beach, home or further afield.

Live Television Broadcast: Channel Seven
Live Soundtrack Simulcast: 99.7 FM

Create your own experience

If you can see the skyline, then you will be able to see the fireworks. From anywhere you can view the Melbourne city skyline, you can witness the fireworks display. The rooftops will be launching sites of a dazzling display, and there are plenty of prime vantage points across the city and beyond where you can see the magic.

Live Broadcast

Official fireworks soundtrack is simulcast live on 99.7FM.

Staying at home? 

There’s no need to miss out – you can watch the full celebration with live broadcast on Channel 7. Beginning at 11pm, enjoy a 2013 retrospective, countdown and a great view of this New Year’s Eves great attraction.

Pet Safety

Visit caring for your pets during fireworks for tips on reducing the chances of your pet getting distressed this New Year’s Eve.

Plan ahead

Large crowds are expected at this year’s New Year’s Eve events, so it pays to plan ahead. If you are planning to come in to the CBD, major delays should be anticipated.

NYE is a major event – expect delays

The best way to travel to and from the New Year’s Eve celebrations is by public transport. Due to large crowds, delays should be anticipated. To plan your journey, visit the Public Transport Victoria website, call 1800 800 007 (open all night on New Year’s Eve).

* Stations | Please note that all city loop stations including Flagstaff and Parliament stations will close at 11.45pm. After the midnight fireworks patrons are advised to walk to Southern Cross Station or Flinders Street Station where services will be operating all night.

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