Once you hit a certain age and especially once you've had kids, New Years Eve plans change pretty dramatically. Long gone are the days of hitting your local bar or nightclub, spending way too much cash and not being able to get home due to lack of public transport.
If you ask me, New Years Eve with the family is the better and the much cheaper option so we've put together five of Brisbane's best, family friendly New Years Eve events for those of you looking for last minute plans.
Forshore Fireworks, Woody Point, Redcliffe An awesome family firework event is coming to the Northside! This New Year, Families magazine is teaming up with The Belvedere Restaurant and Hotel to bring you a community firework event perfect for every member of the family. As well as the firework display itself, there will also be rides, live entertainment, food vans, markets and giant games for kids to get stuck into. The perfect way to spend New Year!
When & Where? The Belvedere Restaurant and Hotel, Woodcliffe Crescent, Woody Point, Redcliffe QLD 4019.
Entertainment and rides start from 4pm onwards with the fireworks due to start at 8.15pm.
Cost: This is a free family event however there will be additional costs for rides, activities and food purchase. This event is due to be a busy one so it's best to get there as early as possible for good viewing.
New Years Eve at Lakeside, Victoria Point Why not head over to the Bayside this New Year to celebrate with family and friends on the water! The Lakeside shopping centre in Victoria Point will be hosting a big Summer Bash to celebrate the end of the year with an awesome high street market with over 60 stalls, live entertainment and heaps of great eats on offer. As well as this, the night will end with a family firework display taking place over the lake. Surely one not to be missed!
When & Where? Lakeside Shopping Centre, Victoria Point, Brisbane 4165. Markets and entertainment kick off at 5pm with the firework show starting at 9pm.
Cost: This is a free family event however there will be additional costs for activities and food purchase.
New Years Eve Fireworks Spectacular, Southbank Brisbane's most famous New Year event. If the City is easily accessible for you then this would definitely be the recommendation and the perfect way to welcome 2017. Family friendly movies will begin on the forecourt from 12.30pm, running right through to the last showing at 6.30pm so there's no excuse to not get a good seat!
The Asian Street Food tour of Brisbane will introduce you to a variety of delicious Asian food, including Chinese, Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese and Filipino.
As well as this there will be heaps of live performances, food trucks, activities and so much more to see and do. You can also choose to watch the earlier fireworks display for those younger audiences or stay on until midnight for the main event.
When & Where? Clem Jones Promenade, South Bank Parklands, South Bank, Queensland 4101. Movies start from 12.30pm, live performances from 3pm-8pm and food vans from 11am until the late. The earlier firework display begins at 8.30pm with the latter kicking off at midnight.
Cost: This is a free family event.
New Years Eve Fireworks, Manly Harbour Village Another great event to attend this New Years is the annual firework display at Manly Harbour Village which takes place over the boat harbour. This year they are also taking a leaf out of Southbank's book and hosting two seperate displays, one at an earlier time for families and another at midnight for those wishing to have a later night and fully ring in the New Year.
Make sure to bring your picnic blankets, grab some take out from the local eateries and enjoy the show!
When and Where? Manly Harbour, Manly QLD 4179. Earlier firework display begins at 9pm with a later show at Midnight.
Cost: This is a free family event.
New Years Eve Fireworks and Entertainment, Ipswich Another great option for families this year is to head on over to Ipswich for their free family New Year event featuring kids rides, face painting and food stalls as well as lots of family friendly live entertainment. If you have any Paw Patrol fans in the family then look no further as some of your favourite characters will be popping up to say hello before the fireworks kick off in the evening.
When and where? North Ipswich Reserve, 43 The Terrace, North Ipswich. The event runs from 5.00pm to 9.30pm.
Cost? This is a free family event however there will be additional costs for rides, activities and food purchase.
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