Say ‘goodbye’ to 2016 and welcome 2017 with open arms at some of Melbourne’s best festivities, parties, dinners, events – and of course, fireworks – for New Year’s Eve.
We’ve collated a list of events (most of them free and family-friendly!) so you can properly plan how you will welcome the New Year in the world’s most liveable city!
Boxing Day Sales – Melbourne CBD
Preparing for an early night this Christmas to ensure you’re ready to tackle Melbourne’s best sales this Boxing Day?
The biggest and best day of the shopping year is fast approaching, and there’s no better place to snap up some seriously good bargains than Melbourne’s CBD.
Goods are priced to move, so when we say discounts, we mean it! Last year, Aussies smashed records, spending $2.3 billion dollars on Boxing Day. Major department stores throw open their doors from 5am and the sales last throughout most of January.
And what are people buying at the Boxing Day sales? Pretty much anything and everything, from clothes and shoes to sporting goods and electrical items, and everything in between. Hey – you’ve just spent a month buying gifts for others, now it’s time to treat yourself!
Melbourne’s Boxing Day Test
The Boxing Day Test kicks off our summer of cricket. Cheer on as Australia takes on Pakistan at the MCG from the 26th– 30th December.
The season doesn’t stop there, though: the 2nd One Day International is on Sunday 15th January 2017 (Australia vs. Pakistan) while the KFC Twenty20 International is on mid-February (Australia vs. Sri Lanka).
It’s a jam-packed summer of cricket – where some 60-odd thousand make their way to the MCG on Boxing Day, so make sure you book your parking in advance with Le Garage!
New Year’s Eve in Melbourne – free events
Enjoy free entertainment and stick around for the kid-friendly fireworks at 9pm. Young and old alike will also love the special screening of the terrific animated film Zootopia. Yarra Park is located within Melbourne’s Sports and Entertainment Precinct. It’s located immediately east of the MCG and is a short walk from Le Garage’s secure Flinders Street Parking.
Don’t forget to pre-book your parking for New Year’s Eve: not only will you enjoy a great saving, but you will also avoid the stress of finding a parking spot on Melbourne’s busiest night of the year.
From 9pm-11pm enjoy the best music of 2016, then from 11pm-1am, DJ MzRikz takes over the decks. Take a step back from the crowds and enjoy the midnight fireworks from a slightly further vantage point at Treasury Gardens.
Located on Spring Street opposite Collins Street, Treasury Gardens is a short, 5-minute stroll from Le Garage.
These are two of several live, family-friendly sites organised and run by the City of Melbourne. Please note that these live sites are alcohol-free zones.
Fed Square’s FREE New Year’s Eve Celebrations
Fed Square has organised a true motley crew of events this New Year’s!
Bust out your best dancing shoes, prepare the vocal cords, and get ready to sing and dance your way into 2017! A variety of entertainment and music – including Latin, salsa, funk, and hip-hop – will fill Fed Square from 8pm.
Fed Square’s New Year’s celebrations are all about colour, vibrancy, music, and joy!
Oh, and did we mention Melbourne-based salsa band Quarter Street will begin the New Year’s countdown with a rendition of Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” – we bet you won’t be able to resist a boogie and sing-along to that!
Why not do something truly unique for New Year’s Eve in Melbourne?
From 8:30pm to 10pm, enjoy a twilight sightseeing cruise along the Yarra River. This family-friendly event provides the perfect vantage point for the early 9pm fireworks. Bookings are essential!
Melbourne NYE Fireworks
Melbourne’s NYE fireworks are a free event attracting upwards of 700,000 visitors each and every year.
The two firework displays, at 9pm and the exact stroke of midnight, can be viewed from almost anywhere across the entire city. As long as you can see the skyline, you’ll be able to see the fireworks!
New Year’s Accommodation Melbourne
It’s New Year’s Eve – start the year right! Take advantage of the summer weather, the time off work, and the excitement that a bigger and better year is just around the corner by planning a “staycation” for New Year’s Eve in Melbourne.
There’s a ton of luxury and budget hotels in the east end of Melbourne’s CBD, each no more than a few minutes from Le Garage.
New Year’s Eve Dinners in Melbourne CBD
If you’re planning an overnight stay in the city, why not also consider a fun and festive dinner?
Suiting all budgets, palates, and moods, you’re sure to find the right dining experience. A few highlights from some of our favourites include:
- 3-course dinner
- Old School jazz and swing music
- Glass of champagne on arrival
- Live entertainment
- 3-course meal
- Cocktail on arrival
- Just a short stroll to the fireworks
- Enjoy the magic and mystery of a decadent masquerade ball
- 15 types of beer and cider
- 4 levels of entertainment
- The ultimate New Year’s party
- Feeling lavish? Indulge in a sumptuous and distinctively French six-course meal
- Enjoy a glass of Pommery to start and Sauternes to finish
- Courses include foie gras, duck breast, and fromage de Meaux
- Finish with a lemon Madeleine
Something A Little More Low Key, Please
For those of you who still want to do that something special on New Year’s Eve, but aren’t super keen for a late or hectic night, high tea has got to be the perfect option.
High Tea at The Langham
The Langham’s Melba Restaurant is offering two separate sessions for dinner this New Year’s Eve.
The first begins at 5pm and ends by 8pm, leaving you free to do whatever you want for the rest of the night (whether that’s explore the city, view the fireworks, or go home to bed – hey, we’re not judging!)
The second dining session is a 9pm dinner, which includes live entertainment and a delectable menu. Enjoy the midnight fireworks from this terrific vantage point. This event concludes at 1am.
Melbourne’s Park Hyatt
“Traditional afternoon tea with a twist” is how Melbourne’s Park Hyatt describes its Festive Afternoon Tea sessions. For the whole month of December from 2:30pm to 5pm enjoy a delightful afternoon session at the Park Hyatt.
radii restaurant and bar is also offering a family dinner from 5pm-7pm on New Year’s Eve, or a FEED ME dinner from 8pm-11pm. More information on both these events can be found on Hyatt website.
Happy New Year!
No matter how you choose to spend New Year’s Eve in Melbourne, we hope you have a safe, fun, and exciting time with friends and family.
If you’re planning a night out in the CBD, remember that Le Garage’s parking – located right in the heart of Melbourne – offers great discounts when you book online in advance. Click here to view our rates, and book online here. Happy New Year!