The 3am lock-out has been lifted for New Year’s Eve — and if you’re looking for somewhere to ring in 2007, JOSH ALSTON has the drum
HE twin cities is the place to be this New Year’s Eve. Everywhere you look, there will be celebrations for young, old and the young at heart. And there is plenty on offer for the families as well as the clubbers. Check it out. >> The will be playing their biggest home game of the year when they shape up against league leaders the Melbourne Tigers. Tip-off is 8pm and tickets will be available at the box office today from 9am-4.30pm and on the day from 10am-1pm as well as from 6pm up until tip-off. >> will run two separate fireworks displays on the night. The first will be the family show which launches from the breakwater beside Jupiters Casino at 7.30pm. The best place to watch will be on the water park end of The Strand, between Yotz and Tobruk Pool. The second display will launch at midnight from various points, including the breakwater and the Dean St car park, perfect for the town revellers. >> will be hosting a special family night at Riverway which includes fireworks at midnight, live entertainment, amusement rides, street theatre and magicians, a multicultural food court, licensed bar, night swimming and a skate park event. There will be plenty of public transport as well as car parking at the Weir School car park. >> will host the North’s biggest fireworks displays onsite. The Hollywood-themed celebrations start at 5pm and will continue well into the night. Everyone is encouraged to dress up as their favourite Hollywood star. The grand ballroom’s doors will swing open with free entry and partygoers will be entertained by seven-piece band Abbey Road. The Lobby Bar will also have free entry and the entertainment will be Duellin Pianos. Stu Harcourt will provide the entertainment on the gaming room floor and on the stroke of midnight confetti cannons will fire. >> Those who are keen to ring in the new year with a late night rodeo will want to head out to the Bulls and Barrels event at Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for children and are available on 4788 8322. Sunbuses will depart from the Transit Centre at 5.40pm, the mall at 5.45pm, Stockland at 6pm and Willows at 6.10pm. The buses cost $10 and return from the ground at 1am. On-site camping is available. >> will see in the New Year with free live entertainment including Arcadia and Atrium. There will be lots of prizes and giveaways. >> The is the place to go this year for live entertainment, with a host of bands and performers on hand to entertain the masses. The Garden Bar Carnival has entertainment kicking off from 2.30pm with local band Groove till 6.30pm. Totem Thieves follow at 6.30pm through to the early hours. Some of the other performances include the Woodenbong Fire Tribe who will be doing fire performances and Capoeira, a Brazilian sport company that combines dance-like movements, spectacular acrobatics, martial arts and music. The Licks (Kayt and Stephen Beattie) will be performing on the fire drum and percussion. Kool Kidz will come along to face paint, make balloons and fairy floss for all the big kids at heart. A magician will be wandering through the venue and Sera Jane is performing in the Steakhouse from 6.30pm. There will be two large balloon drops at midnight with prizes contained in some and new year well wishes in the others. The Loft Bar has a Hawaiian theme with free party packs for all revellers. DJ Churchy will provide the tunes so the patrons can dance the night away. The Seaview is open until 5am with no 3am lock out. >> Go glam at Studio 54 themed party. Doors open at 8pm and the party will rage right through to 5am with special events and surprises throughout the evening. >> The will host a disco inferno party featuring all the best disco tunes from the ’70s right through to today. Doors open at 8pm and entry is free.