Bendigo venues are preparing for a busy night on Thursday, as people get ready to see out a tumultuous year and celebrate the beginning of 2021.
A number of pubs and bars in the city's CBD are hosting special events that have proved popular enough to sell out.
Among them is one of Bendigo's newest venues, Piano Bar, where revellers will be entertained by Mark Nunis, Bec O'Sullivan and drag queen Polly Filla.
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Piano Bar co-owner Aaron Skinner said tickets to the event were snapped up about a week and a half ago.
"It has sold out, which is great," Mr Skinner said, adding the team was "really excited".
In fact, Bendigo was the first of Piano Bar's four venues - the others being in Ballarat, Geelong and Colac - to sell out, despite it being the newest addition.
Mr Skinner said he expected tickets to sell out, but not as quickly as they were.
"It's a sign people want to get out and about, and celebrate that 2020 is finally ending," he said, adding that he would see out the year in Bendigo.
Over at the Metropolitan Hotel, manager Henry See said tickets to a party to be held on the pub's balcony had also all gone.
The pub, along with stablemate venues including Tonic Bar, is also hosting a street party in Bull Street.
Mr See said he expected the party to be "pretty good" and while he anticipated a similar number of people to be out and about come tonight, he thought they would likely leave to go home earlier.
It was a trend among patrons recently, he said, with people opting to finish their nights up at home.
While licensed venues are looking ahead to a typically busy night, Rosalind Park - usually a hive of activity as people await the two rounds of fireworks - will be somewhat quieter this year.
There are no fireworks and no public events in Bendigo to mark the turn of the year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Police have warned people against putting on their own pyrotechnics display or risk copping hefty fines and even imprisonment.
It is a crime for anyone other than a licensed pyrotechnician to use or possess fireworks, which are classed as explosives.
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"Fireworks are dangerous, unpredictable and volatile items that can result in fires, including grassfires and bushfires, as well as cause property damage, serious burns and even death," Fire Rescue Victoria deputy commissioner for fire safety Michelle Young said.
Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius said there would be a strong police presence across the state on New Year's Eve.
"Everyone needs to be aware of their own personal responsibility to look after themselves and others this New Year's Eve. We know excessive drinking and use of illicit drugs can lead to devastating consequences including violent crime, serious assault, anti-social behaviour and road trauma," Mr Cornelius said.
Operation Roadwise, which targets drivers who are speeding, distracted, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, continues into January.
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