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By Bronte Stevenson
December 18, 2018
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Five Ways to Spend New Year's Eve in Wellington

An inventive list of the happenings in Wellington for New Years Eve.
By Bronte Stevenson
December 18, 2018
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The new year is fast approaching and there is a question on most people's lips: What is there to do for New Year's Eve around Wellington? For those still yet to plan their transition into 2019, there's no need to fret — Wellington is hosting an inventive list of happenings.

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WATCH MIDNIGHT FIREWORKS AT FRANK KITTS LAGOON

Farewell the year down at Frank Kitts lagoon and welcome 2019 with a bang, music and food trucks. This family-friendly event is suitable for all ages. The Richter City Rebels, New Zealand's first New Orleans brass band, will be entertaining until 10pm. The Cut Outs will follow, and will make it impossible to not get up and dance toward the new year. With food trucks on hand, the event is one not to be missed. Kids who may find it difficult to stay up until midnight can enjoy an early countdown at 9pm. The evening will end at midnight with an array of fireworks lighting up the night sky to ensure the year ahead will be just as dazzling. One final perk: the event is free.

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ENJOY A CELEBRATORY DINNER AT ST JOHNS BAR & EATERY

Bring in the new year in on a plate with a delectable meal from St Johns Bar & Eatery. Perfectly perched on the waterfront, the eatery is guaranteed to put on a show with a view and mouthwatering flavours. The celebratory evening consists of a three-course dinner and a complimentary glass of bubbles or beer on arrival. The evening will run from 7-10pm. Since the eatery is only a stone's throw away, Frank Kitts lagoon may be an ideal spot to let the festivities continue. Get your hands on tickets for $82. All ages welcome.

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TRY SWING DANCING AT ARO VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTRE

Aro Valley Community Centre welcomes all to try their feet at swing dancing into the new year. Live music by Lauren Armstrong & The Trad Stompers and breathtaking swing dancing will be swaying into the heart of Aro Valley from 8.30pm-12.30am. Sugarfoot Stomp are a collective of passionate people that support Wellington talent and can show off a move or two. Take this upbeat opportunity to try an offbeat version of New Year's Eve with complimentary bubbles and nibbles. Tickets are $59.

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CATCH LOCAL ACTS AT A MULTI-STAGE PARTY

One Year Closer is a multi-stage party taking over Valhalla this December 31. Listen to local talent and rave the year away. The R18 event will be presenting acts such as Church of Goya, Mother Dearest, Zozo, Clay Louis, Toymota, Toss3r, DJ F**k Cops, Leda and more. Taking place from 8pm-3am, tickets are on sale for $40.

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KICKSTART YOUR RESOLUTIONS AT A STRETCHING SESSION

If stretching the mind, body and soul is more appetising, then look no further than Space Yoga Studio. The event is for practicing mindfulness that will therefore awaken the body with each yoga pose. Allow the closing of the year to be a celebration of a healthy body and mind and as a result, restore oneself for the new year rush. Lana and Radha will be guiding through traditional and current practices of yoga and mindfulness. Meditation, yoga, reflection and stillness will bring clarity and above all, make for a great start to new year's resolutions. Early bird tickets are on sale for $425 through the Space Yoga website.

Published on December 18, 2018 by Bronte Stevenson

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