Canberrans sure know how to ring in the new decade with a bang. If you’re too caught up in Christmas shopping to think about where your New Year’s plans will take you, we’ve got you covered with a list of unforgettable events around the Capital.
New Year’s Eve in the City
Say goodbye to 2019 in the most iconic way to Canberra. Celebrate the year that was and ring in the New Year with music, food and fireworks in Civic Square. With something for everyone, New Year’s in the City will feature family entertainment, pop-up performers and a variety of local food offerings. The family Civic Square Concert will run from 6pm to midnight. World-class fireworks displays will light up Canberra skies in the city at 9pm and midnight at this alcohol-free and glass-free event.
Civic Square – Canberra City | Free | From 6pm
Ginger Catering – Summer in Paris
Ginger Catering at the National Arboretum Canberra are hosting an elegant event at one of Canberra’s most iconic venues. Expect canapés and a fabulous champagne tower on arrival, followed by a three-course sit down dinner prepared by Executive Chef Janet Jeffs and their award-winning team. The drinks will be flowing all evening with a fabulous beverage package featuring premium local wines. Dress to impress!
National Arboretum | National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Dr, Molonglo Valley | 7.30pm – 1am | $190pp | Book now
Bring in the New Year with a little razzle n’ dazzle at QT. Ascend to the best seat in the house on the exclusive 15th floor where you can peak views of the city fireworks with bubbles in hand. The QT Lounge will be open to the public with drink specials and bar menu available for first in best dressed.
Make it a staycation – locals can enjoy a special rate of $175 per couple for accommodation with parking, buffet breakfast for two and access to the 15th-floor QT Lounge with views for a fireworks toast.
Set yourself up for a good night with Italian wine, authentic food and great company. Suitable for families or couples, ring in the New Year in Italian-style. The party kicks off with a live DJ and a glass of Ferrari Brut on arrival in Kingston’s East Hotel. Enjoy a delicious 5-course sharing style set menu.
East Hotel | 69 Canberra Ave, Kingston | 8pm – 1am | $120pp | Book now
Canberra Rex Hotel
Take your NYE to the rooftop with an Under the Stars Soiree at The Howling Moon or the Swan and King speakeasy.
Canberra’s first rooftop bar with panoramic city views, The Howling Moon will be home to all the glitz and glamour. Offering two packages, the Glow Package includes VIP seating, table service, a beverage package, entertainment and champagne by the bottle at midnight.
At Swag & King, indulge in the Ritzy Package, with champagne on arrival, grazing tables, roaming canapes, a magician for a bit of magic, jazz trio and a champagne tower at midnight.
Canberra Rex Hotel | 150 Northborne Ave, Braddon | 7pm – late | From $130pp | Bookings 6248 5311 | canberrarexhotel.com.au
Mr.Moose is back with a huge NYE Party with lights, drinks flowing and the cash cannons will be lit up to say thanks for an amazing 2019! Kick off the year with a bit more cash in pocket – when the clock strikes Midnight Mr.Moose will push the button on a $2000 cash drop onto the dance floor PLUS another $1000 around the bar area! Another $1000 will drop at 1am so everyone starts their New Year with a win.
Mooseheads Pub & Nightclub | 105 London Cct Canberra City | From 9pm | Cover charge at the door
Old Canberra Inn – Space Disco
Kick off the New Year in the most galactic way. Dress is your best Space Diva, Alien, Disco Astronaut or Starboy outfit. Canberra House Social are going to take you on a mind warping musical journey from 3pm before you return to your rooms at the Old Canberra Inn. Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters and other cosmic cocktails will be available to ignite your rockets and best dressed prizes will be awarded. Gather your best glittering galactic garb and get ready to go super nova!
Old Canberra Inn | 195 Mouat St, Lyneham ACT | From 3pm | Free entry
The Braddon hotspot will be offering the the pumping vibes with fun drinks and live entertainment. The Advocates will be swooning the audience from 7-10pm, followed by DJ’s til close. Book a table fast – limited seats available.
Hopscotch Bar | 5 Lonsdale St, Braddon | From 7pm | Book now
The next day?
If you had a quiet one and are feeling fresh on New Year’s Day, our vineyard friends from Contentious Character are hosting a January 1st New Year’s Day lunch in the vines with all-day long entertainment. Escape Canberra for the day to the stunning hills of Wamboin, just 30km east of the Capital for a day spent around good company, artisan produce and unique wines. There will be live country music to set the scene for a relaxed day. Bring your loved one, catch up with your friendship group for a big annual get together, or get the kiddies and doggo out of the house for an awesome day outdoors.
Contentious Character | 810 Norton Road Wamboin | 11am – 5pm | Book Now
Home to award winning steaks and Canberra’s favourite beer range, The Duxton is open on New Year’s Day and offering live entertainment from 3-6pm. Recover from a big night with a late brunch, soaking up the sun on the rooftop, kicking on with cocktails or tucking into their delicious bistro menu.
The Duxton | Cnr Sargood & MacPherson Sts, O’Connor | From 7.30am | Book now