Elder Park, Adelaide
Adelaide City Council’s free New Year’s Eve event is going to be the biggest party in town! All your party needs are covered with live music, fabulous food, children’s entertainment and of course, spectacular fireworks.
This year for the first time, the event will include a family fairground on the western side of King William Road, with fun activities for kids and adults. There will be a kid’s street theatre stage program, an array of food stalls offering a global cuisine and roving entertainers. A variety of beverages will be available for purchase from one of the three Beer Gardens.
Fireworks will be at 9pm and Midnight.
Gates open at 6pm.
New Year’s Eve at the Bay! Light Up the Night
The Glenelg foreshore will come alive with free live entertainment, free children’s activities and fireworks. This year, Timomatic will be headlining a pumping, free, all-ages concert alongside Ripley, The Cast and MC/DJ Jaki J! Watch fireworks burst into the night sky above the jetty at 9.30pm and midnight to synchronised music by Nova 91.9.
Parking is hassle-free at Harbour Town with the free RAA Park and Ride shuttle (running every 20 mins).
Fireworks will be at 9.30pm & Midnight
Adelaide Oval, North Adelaide – T20 Cricket
New Year’s Eve T20 cricket returns to the Adelaide Oval when the Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers in an end-of-year party! Fireworks and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
Pack a picnic and enjoy family-friendly fireworks off the Brighton Jetty at 9.30pm. Last year saw 10,000 people gather to watch the display! Brighton Jetty will be closed from 3pm until around 10pm.
This year will be the 19th annual Normanville New Year’s Eve Pageant. The Pageant starts at 7.30pm followed by Fireworks at 9.45pm. There will be music, amusements and food.
Semaphore Summer Carnival from 11am. Enjoy some beachside fun on the foreshore with thrill rides, dodgem cars, bungey trampolines, water balls, temporary tattoos, sideshow games and much more.
This year for the first time there will be two Fireworks displays – one at 9.30pm and at Midnight.
Streaky Bay Foreshore Lawns (Opposite Hotel), Alfred Terrace, Streaky Bay from 8.00pm | The fireworks takes place on the Streaky Bay Jetty which is a natural amphitheatre and lasts for approximately 20 minutes as soon as it gets dark. There is another short display at midnight. This is a family evening and to date is has been the biggest fireworks display on New Years Eve outside of Adelaide. Come along and bring a picnic tea to enjoy on the foreshore lawns. Free Event.
Go to Victor Harbor for the biggest night of the year, with plenty of family-friendly entertainment. Each year, the Victor Harbor New Year’s Eve celebrations attract more than 10,000 spectators enjoying the festivities around Warland Reserve, and over 30,000 locals, families and visitors relaxing along the Victor Harbor foreshore to watch the spectacular fireworks displays.
Go along and join in the fun family entertainment with FREE face painting and a FREE petting zoo and FREE bubble mania by Mr. Oopy, along with performances by Lindi Jane from Snap’s Kakadu Club; followed by live performances by The Scarabs and Acoustic Highway.
Victor Harbor’s New Year’s Eve Celebrations are presented by Rivergum Homes and start at 7:30pm, on Warland Reserve in Victor Harbor.
Enjoy the kids’ early fireworks at 9:45pm, followed by a midnight fireworks spectacular!
New Years Eve Train to Victor Harbor
If you would like to celebrate the new year in Victor Harbor and enjoy the fireworks display at midnight without worrying about taking the car, you can catch the New Year’s Eve Special.
The New Years Eve Special operates between Goolwa and Victor Harbor. Leave the car in Goolwa, and avoid the traffic woes in Victor Harbor. The train returns to Goolwa after the New Years fireworks at 12.30am. Tickets are available at south-coast stations on the day. See the SteamRanger website for ticket prices.
The Copper Coast New Year’s Eve Celebrations is an annual family friendly “alcohol free” event held on the corner of Jetty Rd & Chatfield Terrce from 6.00pm and features a variety of sideshow amusements, food stalls and other fun activities.
Play & Go Review
Some people are concerned about taking children out to New Years Eve events, that there may be drunken revellers out in force. Here is our view which is from our own personal experience only, and comments from friends.
A few years ago our family went to Glenelg for New Years Eve for the first time with friends (all children aged between 4 and 13). We got there early, before 6pm and was pleasantly surprised how quiet it was. I expected Jetty Road to be chaotic with people everywhere, yet it was quiet and closed from traffic. The grassy areas in front of the stage and along the foreshore had plenty of space still and the beach was not crowded at all. The kids had a lovely play on the beach; we enjoyed fish & chips and watched some of the entertainment. Glow sticks kept the kids busy as it got dark and everyone enjoyed the fireworks at 9.45pm. It did get busier and more crowded with people by the time the fireworks started and as it got later, more of the revellers came out. Therefore I would suggest that if you want to avoid any drunken crowds, go early, have fun and leave straight after the early fireworks with the kids.
Friends who went along to Semaphore last year with kids said they had a wonderful time at the carnival rides and beach, and picnicked on the grassy area. Other friends reported a great time with their families at Elder Park.
If you are having a party at home with friends and/or family then these things are always a hit:
♥ Glow sticks are a must for the kids from $2 cheap shops (Browse in and Save have tubes of 50 for $5) as well as sparklers and poppers.
♥ Lots of balloons on a trampoline is a favourite with our kids.
♥ Water balloons if it’s warm.
♥ Getting the good old Slip n Slide out is always fun.
♥ If you have little ones, turn your clocks forward a few hours so you can do the ‘midnight’ countdown a few hours earlier.
♥ Open up those boxes of chocolates you received for Christmas to share on New Years Eve – it’s a great way to use up some or all of these treats.
♥ We also love this idea of a ‘Year End Interview’ with the kids by Hands On: as we grow. Ask the kids some questions about their favourite things right now, as a keepsake. You could get them to write it down or video them. Get the free printable here.
However you decide to celebrate the start of the New Year have a wonderful time!
We hope 2017 brings good health, happiness, fun times and special moments to treasure.
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