THOSE still deciding on a way to celebrate the new year in the region tonight are in luck, with a plethora of events on offer.
Revellers are set to descend on Bendigo’s CBD to get a good view of the City of Greater Bendigo council’s 15-minute firework display at midnight.
Venues such as the Shamrock, GPO, the All Seasons hotel, Bendigo Club, Pugg Mahones and the Wine Bank all have spaces left for set dinners.
Castlemaine is also preparing to see in the new year in style, with a family-friendly evening at the Camp Reserve organised.
Fireworks for the children will be on display at 9:30pm, with a repeat show at midnight.
For those who want to dance the night away, Castlemaine’s Theatre Royale is holding a disco with an all-star dance band.
Chewton’s Red Hill hotel is also hosting bands, and offering pizza and drinks at their premises, while Hepburn Springs’ The Palais is holding a masquerade party.
Bendigo police’s Senior Sergeant Troy Hargadon said they would be out in force in the city to ensure people celebrate safely.
“As with other years, a large amount of planning has gone into ensuring the safety of the public and make sure it’s a family-friendly night,” he said. “We will have a large police contingency patrolling all areas of the CBD.”
WHAT'S ON TONIGHT IN THE REGION
The White Horse Hotel, Eaglehawk – Band Itchy playing from 9pm; spit-roast lamb, pork and chicken with salads, $25 per head.
The Bendigo Club, Strathdale – Hollywood-themed two-course meal, champagne and beer on arrival, dress up as your favourite Hollywood star, $30 per head.
The Shamrock Hotel – Victorian wine room four-course dinner with matched wines, $90 per head.
The Wine Bank – five-course degustation with matched wines, $95 per head with wines, $65 without. Starts at 6.30pm.
GPO Bendigo – balcony room all you can eat gourmet tapas finger food, $95 per head.
Puggs Mahone – downstairs: live band; upstairs: gourmet finger food and seafood, $20 per head.
Star Bar – numerous DJs.
HuHa – complimentary drink on arrival, open from 8.30pm.
The Black Swan – Band The Switch playing from 11pm, open from 7pm.
Bendigo RSL – band The Decades from 8pm.
Gold Dust Lounge – jazz and blues band Mim and the Colin Band.
All Seasons – DJ Music Factory, light supper, glass of champagne, $35 per head, from 7.30pm.
Theatre Royale – disco and band, cocktail on arrival and supper, $35 per head, from 8pm.
The Palais – Masquerade Ball, $35 pre-sale, $40 on the door, from 8pm.
Red Hill Hotel – bands and mobile pizza, $20 per head, from 8pm.
Royal Hotel – masquerade and moustache party, pizza and finger food, $10 per head, from 9pm.
Empire State Hotel – country and western band, from 8.30pm.