The City of Adelaide will this year present a different New Year’s Eve offering to celebrate the new year and say farewell to 2020. Instead of the large event in Elder Park, the experience will be spread throughout the city and North Adelaide, ensuring more areas of the city can be a part of the festivities.
City businesses will be supported to increase their outdoor seating areas on footpaths and roads and to host creative activities to bring the city to life on New Year’s Eve.
The much-loved midnight fireworks spectacle will go ahead, with pyrotechnics being set off from several locations around the CBD. There will not be a 9pm fireworks display this year.
The decision not to hold a public event in Elder Park followed ongoing consultation with SA Health and SAPOL and a detailed risk profile of the event in relation to COVID-19. As with many events nationally and internationally, the health and safety risks of holding a large public event have been carefully considered and are deemed too high.
Lord Mayor of Adelaide Sandy Verschoor said that the city would still be a great place to welcome in the new year.
“Our first priority is to keep our community safe. While it’s hard to predict what restrictions may be in place by the end of the year, it is expected that restrictions around social distancing and maximum square metre capacities will still be in place in late December 2020.
“We’ll be supporting our city businesses with extended outdoor dining areas, music, and the midnight fireworks will be visible from most areas of the city. After such a difficult year, I’m sure we’re all looking forward to an end-of-year celebration.
“We know how much the New Year’s Eve event along the Riverbank means to the people of Adelaide and while it will be a different New Year’s Eve in the city this year, we’ll still be able to enjoy celebrating the start of the new year and looking forward to a better 2021.”
Celebrating New Year’s Eve in the city or North Adelaide provides a perfect opportunity to explore the numerous small bars, enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants, shop at the Central Market and enjoy a picnic in the Park Lands or even make a night of it and stay in a hotel.
The City of Adelaide’s #MyAdelaide Staycation campaign provides a range of special offers designed to encourage locals to treat themselves and enjoy a holiday in their hometown while supporting the tourism and hospitality industries. The current campaign offers run until 30 November; keep an eye out for special December offers at cityofadelaide.com.au/staycation.
Stay tuned to City of Adelaide social media for updates on New Year’s Eve activities.