Where to spend New Year's Eve
Tens of thousands of Brisbane residents will continue the celebratory season tonight with parties, BBQs and soirees to ring in 2013.
Some will stay close to home; others will brave the big crowds in the usual party precincts of South Bank, the CBD, Fortitude Valley and Caxton Street.
The common resolution will be to have a great night, and to set the ball rolling on a positive new year.
As usual, South Bank will be the centre of Brisbane's New Year's Eve celebrations, with tens of thousands of people expected to pack the parklands and surrounding areas for fireworks displays at 8:30pm and midnight. Get there early to bag the choice viewing spots. Early comers to the Riverside Green and the Cultural Forecourt will enjoy live music between 2pm and 7pm. No alcohol is allowed at the event, and bags will be searched at entry checkpoints from 1pm. (www.visitsouthbank.com.au/NYE)
The Brisbane New Year's Eve Ball at the RNA Showgrounds is well-known for its crazy themes - this year is a Heroes/Villains formal, so get your Wonder Woman, Buffy, Bruce Wayne or Spiderman costumes ready. Tickets are $145, and the event runs from 7:30pm to 1am. (www.ballevents.org.au)
Most bars will be celebrating; some have special deals such as The Normanby's NYE Mirror Ball, which costs $79 for a four hour food and beverage package between 8pm and midnight. (www.thenormanby.com.au)
Limes Hotel in Fortitude Valley has a six hour NYE package for $195 per person, 8pm to 2am. (www.limeshotel.com.au).
StageDoor Dinner Theatre at Bowen Hills will ring in the New Year with hits from the '50s, '60s and '70s in a night themed Rock Down the Clock. $90 gets you the show, a 3-course meal and champagne. (www.stagedoordinnertheatre.com.au)
New Year's Eve at the Woodford Folk Festival is always a popular night. At 11:30pm, the entire village stops for the traditional 3 minutes of silence, to allow candlelit reflection on the year that's almost over and the new one about to begin. Performers rocking NYE include Band of Frequencies, Swamp Thing, Sticky Fingers and The Hoochers. (www.woodfordfolkfestival.com)