Families can farewell 2017 in style at Parramatta’s New Year’s Eve twilight picnic celebration in the spacious Parramatta Park, with roving performances, live music, kids activities, yummy food stalls and fireworks across five exciting precincts. This is one of Sydney’s largest New Year’s Eve celebrations and a fantastic relaxed family friendly event.
This guide covers what’s on offer, key info and helpful tips plus how to get to and from Parramatta’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Five Family-Friendly Areas at Parramatta’s New Year’s Eve Celebration
Starting at 4pm, there is a program of free activities and entertainment before the spectacular fireworks at 9pm. The celebrations are spread across the southern end of Parramatta Park and divided into five areas. And remember, there is also the great Domain Creek Playground, near the Westmead entrance, for the kids to enjoy.
Note: There will be accessible viewing areas in both the Crescent and the Fairground. Limited accessible parking is also available via registration by contacting Beth on 02 9806 5696 or [email protected].
The Fairground will offer families with young kids a great selection of amusement rides, snacks (think donuts, milkshakes and fresh lemonade) and roving entertainment. Plus on stage, you can catch the hilarious Tim Maddren (formerly of Hi-5), be amazed by acrobatics from the Snors Travelling Circus and sing along with The Trolls!
Program for the Fairground Stage
- 6pm – 6.20pm: The Snors Travelling Circus
- 6.25pm – 6.55pm: Mr Snot Bottom
- 7pm – 7.20pm: The Snors Travelling Circus
- 7.25pm – 7.55pm: Tim Maddren
- 8pm – 8.30pm: The Trolls Show
- 8.35pm – 8.55pm: Sophia Dalisay, Liana Kahwaji & Ilisavani Cava
2The Picnic Lawns
This chill out zone is perfect for grabbing a bite to eat, watching the Fairground and Crescent stage programs from the big screens and settling in for a great view of the fireworks. The huge range of food on offer includes slow cooked bbq from 2 Smoking barrels, ice cream sandwiches from crowd favourite Stroop Bros and gozleme and middle eastern street foods. Keep an eye out for the colourful and fun roaming entertainment as well.
3Carnival on the Green
Find a spot on the rolling lawns, take a spin on the amusement rides, learn how to hula hoop, have your face painted and meet some colourful roving entertainment along the way.
This area has one of the best views in the Park for the fireworks spectacular. And it is right next to the Food Village.
Take a break and grab a delicious meal, tasty snack or refreshing drink from the food village. Featuring a range of tasty snack and dinner options from Korean BBQ and Chinese dumplings, to spicy Indian and Spanish paella, plus ice cream and much more! Plus be entertained by an awesome selection of roving performers.
The Crescent’s natural amphitheatre will provide the perfect space for families to spread out their picnic rug and enjoy an evening of entertainment under the stars singing along to classic tunes from the golden era of swing music. Unlike last year, all performances for kids will be in the Fairground, or via the screen in the Picnic Lawn.
Program for the Crescent Stage
- 6pm: MC Frank Bennett and Welcome to Country
- 6.15pm – 9pm: Frank Bennett, Grant Galea and Catherine Hunter with the Frank Bennett Orchestra
Key Information and Tips for Parramatta’s New Year’s Eve Celebration
- It is strongly recommended to take public transport. There will be significant traffic delays around Parramatta Park and in Parramatta CBD due to road closures. We parked at the Hunter Street carpark last year and it took us ages to leave. Bike Valet Parking will also be available.
- Entertainment on the two stages starts at 6pm and the fireworks start at 9pm. The live performances for kids are at the Fairground, or via screens at the Picnic Lawns. We arrived at 5pm last year and it didn’t start to fill up until about 7pm.
- To avoid long queues, it is best to buy food from the many food trucks throughout the event before 6:30pm. After that it can be a 30min wait. Otherwise you can bring your own picnic dinner.
- Toilets are located either side of the Food Village, next to the Crescent stage, and next to the Fairground. Each area has an accessible toilet.
- ID wristbands for children will be available at the five information booth’s located throughout the event.
- Bring your own bottles and refill throughout the evening at the free drinking water taps, supplied by Sydney Water.
- There are three ATMs in the park – opposite the information booth in the Fairground, at the top of the hill in the Picnic Lawns and next to the food outlets in the Carnival on the Green.
- There will be first aid tents located next to the Crescent Stage, the Fairground Stage, and next to the Info Booth in the Carnival on the Green.
- Shade tents/domes and other similar structures are not permitted at the event.
- The ticket booths for the amusement rides close at 9pm. All rides close at 10pm.
- This is a glass free event.
- Take a selfie with the awesome selection of roving performers, including Spinjoy hoola hoopists, Empress Stiltdance Solar Bugs, Sax Summit, Captain Sure & Diver Maybe, Penny Farthing unicycle and juggling, and Up, Up and Away.
Getting to Parramatta’s New Year’s Eve Celebration
Parramatta Park is an easy walk from train stations and multi-level carparks. The Park will be closed to all vehicles from 1pm on Sunday 31 December 2017. There will be no parking inside the Park. It is strongly recommended to take public transport to the event. There will be significant traffic delays around the Park and in Parramatta CBD due to road closures. And getting home will take a long time if you park within Parramatta CBD.
Parramatta Park is about a 5min walk from Westmead train station and about a 15min walk from Parramatta transport interchange. To help plan your trip, visit the Transport Info website.
Bike Valet Parking will be available from 4pm to 9.30pm at the George St Gatehouse. Please ensure you dismount and walk your bike through heavy crowd areas and within the Park.
If you do need to drive, take advantage of the FREE parking for up to four hours or pay a $10 flat rate for 4+ hours across the five multi-story parking stations in Parramatta CBD on NYE. Keep in mind that there will be lots of road closures and your trip home may be long.
- Hunter Street Car Park – closest carpark to the event but there will be delays in leaving. (exit only between 8pm – 10pm)
- Eat Street Car Park – entry via Erby Place. This car park is about a 400m walk down George Street to the event.
- City Centre Car Park – entry via George Street. This car park is about a 400m walk down George Street to the event.
- Parramatta Station Car Park – entry via Wentworth Street
- Riverbank Car Park – entry via Phillip Street, Dirrabarri lane
Paid parking is also available at Westfield Parramatta.