The fireworks are cancelled, but there’s still a lot you can do on NYE

Dominic Giannini 30 December 2020 35
Fireworks in Covic

The fireworks display in the city has been cancelled for New Year’s Eve. Photo: File.

Canberra’s iconic New Year’s Eve fireworks have been cancelled for the second year in a row because of disasters, but this year Canberrans will be able to welcome in the new year across three nights in the city.

New Year’s Eve across the City will create a celebratory atmosphere at a number of popular locations for three nights between 29 and 31 December including Northbourne Avenue in the City, Lonsdale Street in Braddon, Lathlain Street in Belconnen, Anketell Street in Tuggeranong, Bradley Street in Woden and Hibberson Street in Gungahlin.

Local performers and musicians will provide street entertainment between 5:30 pm and 9:30 pm each night while festive light displays and food will add to the atmosphere.

Light shows will also illuminate iconic Canberran attractions like Telstra Tower, Questacon, the Royal Australian Mint, the Belconnen Arts Centre, Canberra Times Fountain and the National Carillion from 9:00 pm to midnight each night.

Partygoers and families are being encouraged to support local businesses and book ahead so they don’t miss out on their favourite restaurants to see out 2020.

Dining out

Street eats, live music and light shows are helping Canberrans stay festive while welcoming in the new year. Photo: Supplied.

If you are heading out this holiday season, make sure you download and use the Check In CBR app to help keep our community COVID-safe and stay home if you are unwell.

Plan your New Year’s Eve feasting celebrations at Events ACT.

The full list of musicians and where they are playing can be found below.


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35 Responses to The fireworks are cancelled, but there’s still a lot you can do on NYE
Ant Hony Ant Hony 8:46 pm 31 Dec 20

They have spent about $200 at Tuggeranong, haven’t even bothered to fix the clock tower 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻

Acton Acton 3:49 pm 29 Dec 20

You voted for the Nanny State Greens, so you get the Nanny State Greens. If it’s fun, ban it. If it’s loud, ban it. If it might spread a sniffle, ban it. Chief Nanny has decided what is best for you.

Chantelle Kennedy Chantelle Kennedy 6:45 pm 28 Dec 20

What a joke!

Julian Henry Julian Henry 4:40 pm 28 Dec 20

We must be getting an enormous cache of crackers...last year's were cancelled due to smoke and fire danger, straya days were cancelled, didn't see any on the queens B'day....can't wait for the next one. Should be huge!

    James Ballard James Ballard 9:03 pm 28 Dec 20

    There'll be an unmarked blue Toyota sedan parked in Fyshwick next week. All fireworks for sale for the right price. ;)

nealg nealg 10:49 am 28 Dec 20

In the long term fireworks could go the way of all polluting substances and be eventually banned. An interesting scientific paper released in July 2020 (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7330945/) shows data for pollution to the environment and health consequences from fireworks. The addition of lead to fireworks, up to 40,000ppm in one case is disturbing. Yet people here get worried about lead in paint at schools but not in fireworks. The paper concludes with, “Our research has demonstrated that fireworks particulate emissions are more toxic in vitro than typical urban particulate matter”.

Stephanie Manche Stephanie Manche 10:25 am 28 Dec 20

So there is a break out in Sydney not Canberra but Canberra cancels and Sydney still goes ahead....? 🤔

    Bri Travalos Bri Travalos 10:05 pm 28 Dec 20

    Stephanie Manche Sydney is going ahead with no crowds

    Stephanie Manche Stephanie Manche 9:51 am 29 Dec 20

    Bri Travalos oh okay thanks I was going to say that makes no sense at all 😅

Hayden Cochrane Hayden Cochrane 8:48 am 28 Dec 20

Kate Tindal-Clarke no fireworks?

Samuel Gordon-Stewart Samuel Gordon-Stewart 7:27 am 28 Dec 20

I don’t normally advocate for people to stay at home, but if ever there was a time for it, New Year’s Eve is it. A completely pointless and arbitrary celebration. It will be very nice to not have my sleep interrupted by expensive explosions.

Nelly Nelson Nelly Nelson 6:53 am 28 Dec 20

How about belconnen? Look at the distance between city and Braddon

Jaidyn Farmer Jaidyn Farmer 1:16 am 28 Dec 20

Brittany O'Connor just as we were talking about it

Jannah Fahiz Jannah Fahiz 12:11 am 28 Dec 20

Fireworks are super bad for our environment and wildlife anyway. Not to mention people's pets go crazy and can trigger PTSD panics in people who faught in wars.

Deborah Jane Deborah Jane 11:12 pm 27 Dec 20

Canberra Times Fountain? Never heard of it

Lidia Cacciotti Lidia Cacciotti 11:06 pm 27 Dec 20

They won’t have fireworks but allow thousands of people in COC for Boxing Day sales 🤔

Kimmy Hunter Kimmy Hunter 10:03 pm 27 Dec 20

Pfft we get fireworks in most suburbs every night .. just check the notice board groups lol

Nigel Fullerton Nigel Fullerton 9:35 pm 27 Dec 20

Fireworks are just the same repetitive waste of money every year anyway. Good riddance.

Natasha Venables Natasha Venables 8:59 pm 27 Dec 20

Come to south side! Great fireworks at Calwell!🤣

Sanjaya Suzuran Sanjaya Suzuran 8:54 pm 27 Dec 20

Having a big spike in Covid cases, Sydney is still doing New Year’s Eve firework and here having 0 confirmed cases, the fireworks are cancelled. 😳😳

    Jorge Gatica Jorge Gatica 9:00 pm 28 Dec 20

    Sanjaya Suzuran it’s called a better normal

Lexy Margi Lexy Margi 8:53 pm 27 Dec 20

Scott Friedewald so people can still gather together and listen to music and eat but they won't do the fireworks?? How does that work? How would fireworks make any difference?

Kriso Hadskini Kriso Hadskini 8:34 pm 27 Dec 20

I dont get it, how is this different numbers wise to ppl gathering for fireworks?

Sally Morgan Sally Morgan 6:08 pm 27 Dec 20

??? and by putting all these events across the city , there is still going to be a lot people ...

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