Celebrate the New Year!

PARRAMATTA will welcome the new year with a bang.

Residents and visitors to this year’s fireworks display will welcome 2013 with an action-packed New Year’s Eve party on the Parramatta River foreshore.

Last year up to 20,000 people turned up to cheer in 2012, and the lord mayor of Parramatta, John Chedid, said this year they were expecting up to 25,000 people to attend the night.

“Parramatta’s New Year’s Eve event is perfect for those who don’t want the hassle of travelling into Sydney,” Cr Chedid said.

“There will be loads of family-friendly entertainment with activities for children, early fireworks, a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere and an easier journey home.”

There will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family, including roaming street performers, rides and a variety of delicious foods.

Attendees will have the opportunity to watch jet- skis and skiers in a choreographed performance on the river featuring fireworks and flares.

Cr Chedid said the fireworks display for Parramatta’s New Year’s Eve event is always unique and impressive.

“This year we’ve got an incredible show featuring fireworks right along the river as well as fireworks mounted on the jet-skis, which will be synchronised with music and lighting,” he said.

“The high aerial fireworks combined with the

fireworks shot from the jet-skis lets you be very close to the action and see the whole sky

come alive with colour all at the same time –

an exciting way to celebrate New Year’s the Parramatta way.”

There will be entertainment throughout the evening, with live music from cover bands Phonic and Superstitious.

The children won’t be forgotten: The Amazing Drumming Monkeys show will ensure kids can party as well.

Bring your picnic basket and blanket and arrive early to ensure you get a good spot for live entertainment and fireworks watching.

The celebrations will start at 6pm on Monday, December 31.

Details: Parramatta City Council, phone: 8839 3311, website: parracity.nsw.gov.au.

CELEBRATE the end of 2012 and welcome in 2013 in style.

Here are a few suggestions as to how you may wish to spend the evening:

■ Wentworthville Leagues Club

Welcome in the new year at a dinner at the Starlight Room at Wenty Leagues with a sumptuous three-course meal and dance the night away with the tribute band Abbalanche.

Details: 8868 9200.

■ Club Merrylands

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Club Merrylands with Groovology.

The band plays a variety of music including top 40 hits, pop, blues, jazz, R’n’B, disco, funk and rock’n’roll.

Prices start at $25 for members and $30 for guests.

Prices includes a meal.

Details: 9637 9099.

■ Guildford Rugby League Football Club

Sing in the new year with karaoke at Guildford Leagues.

Karaoke is from 9pm to 1am.

Details: 9780 1333.

■ Merrylands RSL

Dance in the new year with tribute band, ABBAs Back.

Hear all your favourite ABBA songs.

Tickets cost $22 for members and $27 for guests.

Details: 8868 7777.

■ Parramatta Leagues Club

Celebrate the new year at the NYE Party at the Firehouse in Parramatta Leagues Club.

Free entry and live entertainment on the night.

Details: 8833 0702.

■ Smithfield RSL

The band the Rhythm Cats will bring in the new year with their catchy beats.

They will perform from 8.30pm for a free show.

Details: 9604 4411.

■ Blacktown Workers Club

See in 2013 with Jade Hurley performing the classics from Buddy Holly, Elvis, Jim Reeves and Johnny Cash and more.

Tickets cost $45 for members and $50 for visitors.

Details: 9830 0600.

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