MORE than 15,000 people are expected to gather around Wollongong City’s forshore from 5pm on Monday December 31 to see in 2013.
The family-friendly, alcohol free New Year Eve event includes live music from the City of Wollongong Brass Band and jazz group The Cats O’ Plenty, amusement rides and a wide selection of food stands. There’ll also be face-painting, show bags and stalls selling a range of glow-in-the-dark knickknacks.
The highlight of the night is a spectacular fireworks display at 9.30pm. The fireworks are sponsored by Bulli-based manufacturing company Vesuvius Australia.
Before the fireworks, there’ll be a special laser show that’ll be focused on and around the old lighthouse at Belmore Basin.
Wollongong City Council’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are always a highlight for Illawarra families. Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.
“Our New Year’s Eve event offers a little something for everyone – great food, rides and live entertainment, as well as the chance to come and support the local basketball team who are doing the city proud at the moment. Factor in some top fireworks and that you can be home in time to watch Sydney’s midnight fireworks on television and it’s the perfect night out I think,’’ Cr Bradbery said.
Members of the Wollongong Hawks will drop into the festivities to sign autographs and meet fans following their match against the Melbourne Tigers at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre. Tip-off is at 6.30pm.
The amusement rides in Lang Park will also be open on New Year’s Day.