The Festival City: Sydney

From the renowned Sydney Festival to the film or writers festival, to the truly unique events such as Vivid Sydney, the City of Sydney offers a vibrant calendar of events granting it the sought after name of a ‘festival city’. With its plethora of events spanning the city all year round, one would be hard-pressed to find a time when a festival or special cultural event is not taking place in the city. Sydney also prides itself on its exciting and elaborate celebrations of national and international holidays such as Australia Day, Christmas and even the Chinese New Year festival.

2014-12-23_10-57-30However, without doubt one of the most extravagant celebrations on Sydney’s calendar is the esteemed New Year’s Eve fireworks display on Sydney Harbour. Far from just an isolated fireworks show, New Year’s Eve on Sydney Harbour brings together communities from all over the city and the world to celebrate life, this incredible city and everything we have. Sydney’s effervescent New Year’s Eve celebration cements its place as a global festival city.

The City of Sydney comes alive every New Year’s Eve, with millions of revellers packing the streets to celebrate the biggest event of the year. Though our city is increasingly gaining a reputation as the ‘New Year’s Eve Capital of the World’, organisers continue to pull out all the stops and create bigger and better fireworks displays. This year will likely see one of the biggest celebrations in the city’s history.

Over one and a half million spectators regularly attend many famous vantage points all over the city. There are celebrations on world-famous Botanical Gardens, in Balmain, across the suburbs of Northern Sydney and of course in the iconic areas of Darling Harbour and Circular Quay. The fireworks displays are split into a 9pm and a midnight session, providing families with children the chance to escape the post-midnight hordes.

Sydneysiders are known for putting in a lot of effort to gain a view of the incredible fireworks display. The spectacular show offers a unique visual feast to those in attendance: rich and vibrant colours light up the night sky, ringing in the bright New Year with a dazzling bang. All across the city, the best spots are staked out early in the morning (a factor which can sometimes limit one’s options).

Though the majority of the New Year’s Eve Festival plays out on the foreshore, the Harbour area is also a major focal point for on-water festivities. Being out in the harbour is a truly unforgettable experience, allowing visitors to experience things ‘up-close-and-personal’. With the fireworks exploding in the skies directly above you, while floating on Sydney Harbour’s stunning waterscape, nothing will get in the way of an unforgettable New Year’s Eve.

Ticketed events are a recommended option, as they allow guests to have an all-inclusive experience. The MV EPICURE I New Year’s Eve experience is a prime example of such a valuable ticketed event. The simple and elegant harbour cruise serves guests a sumptuous five-course dinner, all the while guaranteeing premium service from the dedicated staff. Champagne, wine, beer and on-sea entertainment are included with the ticket. And best of all, visitors are guaranteed exceptional harbour views.

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