Melburnians celebrated the New Year with hope and optimism after a year that most would prefer to forget. Celebrations were held at pre-purchased ticketed events around the city with new COVID-19 precautions implemented at 5 pm.
Although we celebrated with fewer crowds allowed into establishments, and numbers limited to 15 at home, our New Year’s celebrations were welcomed by all. COVID-19 wasn’t going to dampen the spirits of those wanting to embrace the New Year 2021.
Melbourne celebrated true to form with our city all lit up again and fun was still to be had in the new COVID-19 norm. Restaurants and Alfresco dining, private dinner parties, DJ events, and picnics being the popular choice.
New Year Celebration Highlights
NYE with John Course at The Timber Yard – John played an exclusive 5 hour set with special guest Zoe Badwi.
NYE with DJ Perri Lee – Always ready to perform DJ Perri Lee delighted guests at Melbourne’s Cecconi’s on Flinders Lane.
NYE at Evergreen Crown Melbourne – A four-course dinner with matching wines crafted by Crown’s world-class chefs was all class with Piper-Heidsieck champagne the choice to toast the New Year.
NYE at Entrecote South Yarra – ‘One night in Paris’, was the theme for the soiree that was enjoyed by many at South Yarra’s popular French Dining Restaurant with Champagne House Maison Mumm free-flowing throughout the night.
NYE at RIVA St Kilda – One of the biggest parties in Melbs was held at RIVA with Bonnie Anderson and DJ Chloe Wilson bringing the vibes to those dancing into the early hours of the morning.
NYE with TOGETHER – TOGETHER celebrated Together at Last at The Deck, Prince Rooftop presented by Bae Juice with entertainment provided by DJ Manny.
NYE at Port Melbourne Yacht Club – provided DJs, dancing, and fun by the bay with everyone asked to be a part of the night by dressing in WHITE.
NYE at Brighton Beach – Natasha Weber, resident astrologer for Body and Soul Magazine, and her partner Andrew enjoyed a quieter New Year celebrating with a beachside picnic and enjoying the warm evening and seaside view.
NYE at Village Belle Hotel – The Belle said goodbye to 2020 in style providing bottomless spritzers, sparkling wine, and beer with a delicious grazing table and an unforgettable performance by Melbourne singer Bonnie Anderson.
Most of Melbourne celebrated NYE with smaller celebrations amongst family and friends, welcoming the warm summer night. COVID-19 continues to loom over Australia and the rest of the world and 2020 has challenged us in many ways, like never before. As we embrace the changes and redirect ourselves to a brighter year, we take with us resilience and the knowledge of what matters most in life; and for me, that is the people. Wishing everyone a wonderful 2021!
Written by Melinda Sullivan
In association with HRPR – Helen Reizer