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How to party like a pro this New Year’s Eve

If you can see the city skyline, you can see the midnight fireworks

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Forget Christmas: the party that everyone is looking forward to this December is New Year’s Eve. Between the fireworks, Champagne and dreams of fresh starts, there’s a lot to love about the last day of the year. And despite what you might think, you don’t need to gather in the heart of the city to enjoy the celebrations. Avoid the hustle and bustle this year – we know how to have a killer New Year’s Eve and still see the fireworks.

If you’re heading into the city (or you’re a city dweller) then consider booking yourself into a venue that’s throwing its own party for New Year’s Eve. From riverside soirées to glamorous parties on the city fringe, there are plenty of all-inclusive shindigs happening in Melbourne. With food, drinks and entertainment included, these parties are your ticket to a hassle-free night. Plus, Melbourne's NYE fireworks are designed to be seen across the city, so lots of events throwing events will have amazing views of the 14-tonne display. Check out What’s On Melbourne for details on the best NYE parties in the city.

Avoid the long haul home and make a night of it by booking a city hotel room or AirBnB in advance. After all, it’s been a long year and you work hard: treat yourself! Chuck on the fluffy white robes, order something ridiculous and bubbly from room service and watch the fireworks live on Seven – or from your balcony if you have scored a sweet view of the city skyline.

Low on dough? ‘Tis the season! DIY a fantastic New Year’s Eve by throwing a potluck dinner party at home and watch the live broadcast from 11pm. Hosting dinner for your nearest and dearest means you’ll be ringing in the new year with two of the best things in the world: friends and food. Stock up on fresh produce from Queen Victoria Market, get everyone to supply a dish and a bottle of bubbles and kick back without having to worry your way home.

Odds are it will be pretty warm on December 31 but that makes it perfect weather for a nighttime stroll to your local park for a picnic. There are lots of parks around Melbourne with primo views of the city skyline – remember if you can see the city skyline, you’ll be able to see the fireworks. 

Finally there’s the old faithful New Year’s Eve option – throwing a house party. There’s a reason people throw them year after year. Choose the people and the tunes, put the fireworks on the telly then shimmy your way into 2019.

For more information visit the City of Melbourne website.

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