Celebrate New Years Eve 2021 in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & The Hunter

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What’s on for New Year’s Eve? Here’s some local NYE in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter to say good riddance to 2021 and celebrate New Year’s Eve with your friends and family. Here’s hoping 2022 is a much better year!


Newcastle will farewell 2021 with a spectacular return of New Year’s Eve celebrations to the Foreshore, with the much-loved family-friendly event to be capped off with a dazzling 9pm fireworks display. 

DJ sets, roving entertainers and amusement rides will deliver a fun, festive atmosphere throughout the harbourside precinct, which will come alive with a range of activities spread along Wharf Road.

To ensure attendees can adhere to social distancing requirements, the traditional New Year’s Eve main stage concert will not take place this year.  Instead, there will be a range of activities including Indigenous art workshops, amusement rides, food vendors and market stalls on offer for those heading to the Foreshore on New Year’s Eve, allowing people to spread themselves throughout the precinct from Lynch’s Hub through to The Station.   

For more information, visit City of Newcastle What’s On website.

Lake Macquarie

The 2021 Wangi New Year’s Eve fireworks are scheduled to go ahead this year. In past years, Wangi RSL have organised and coordinated the fireworks display with contributions by local sponsors.

This year, a new community organisation Wangi Community Fireworks Incorporated will be responsible for coordinating a fireworks display at the eastern end of Wangi Bay. The fireworks are scheduled to run at the family-friendly time of 9pm.


NYE in Maitland is a fun event for families. Thanks to the support from PRD Nationwide Hunter Valley, the Maitland riverfront is usually a hive of activity this New Year’s Eve as the city counts down the hours to 2022.

In 2021, Maitland City Council are extending the footprint of their New Year’s Eve celebrations to include the Riverside car park, the riverside and length of the river walk, RH Taylor Reserve, Lorn and Cathedral Street Carpark.

There are lots of free activities on offer for the whole family to enjoy in a Covid safe environment including free amusements, face painting, activities and a disco playing all the top hits from 2021.

Food, beverage and dessert stalls will be available to tantalise the taste buds of all attendees. Celebrations will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display that will light up the night sky at 9.00pm.

Status: At this stage, the event is scheduled to go ahead as normal. However, Maitland Events will continue to monitor and adhere to the advice regarding COVID-19. For more information, visit Maitland Events.

Cessnock / Hunter Valley

Ring in the new year at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular. Enjoy over 3 million Christmas lights display before enjoying a fireworks display (weather dependent) at 9pm. The fireworks are best viewed from the event area in the Garden. To purchase tickets for New Year’s Eve, you will need to purchase a Christmas Light ticket for December 31. Tickets can be purchased online.

Port Stephens

NYE 2021 To Be Confirmed

Usually to celebrate New Year’s Eve, there are loads of festivities planned for New Year’s Eve at d’Alboro Marinas Nelson Bay with live music, entertainment and a big finish with fireworks at 9pm. We’re still waiting to hear about what is planned for 2021 NYE by Port Stephens Council.

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