Light Up the Lake, Council’s iconic New Year’s Eve celebration, returns with the very best entertainment for families to ring in the New Year close to home.
From top notch international cuisine to a dedicated carnival zone with fun rides and show bags, live performances and spectacular firework displays at 9pm and midnight – Liverpool’s lakeside celebration is the place to be on New Year’s Eve.
This year Council has partnered with Seven News to treat attendees to an immersive multimedia journey back in time as we rewind to the most iconic moments from the 1970s up to now.
A different decade will be showcased each hour with a video recap of significant news events and pop culture trends, before launching into live performances inspired by the music and fashion of each era, proudly performed by talent based locally and from across greater Sydney.
Gates at the all-ages celebration will open at 5pm, with entertainment inspired by decades-gone-by commencing at 7pm.
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Council has partnered with Seven News to treat attendees to an immersive multimedia journey back in time as we rewind to the most iconic moments from the 1970s up to now, with live entertainment bringing you the best hits and inspired sounds of each era. The evening's entertainment includes:
7pm – Gang of Brothers – Best of the 70s
Gang of Brothers delivers an upbeat, energetic trip through the best hits in Soul, Motown, Hip Hop, RnB and other all-time favourites with their own groovy twist.
8pm – Hyjinx – Best of the 80s
With their outstanding vocals, quirky humour and electrifying presence, Hyjinx brings the party wherever they go. They’ll be pumping out 80s beats that’ll get you into the groove to dance with somebody.
9pm – Family fireworks spectacular
9.10pm – Throwback – Best of the 90s
Be teleported to the ultimate 90s summer block party as Throwback bring the biggest jams and smash hits so you can party like its 1999.
10pm – Gang of Brothers – Best of the 00s
Gang of Brothers return to the stage, with a bopping performance that’s a flashback to the top hits of the noughties.
11pm – Electric Vixen – Best of the 2010s
The vocal stylings of Emily Hanks and Imogen Spong, the soaring sax lines of Cassy Greaves and the drumming prowess of Ned Wu will have you on your feet all the way into the new year. With their unique signature mashups, Electric Vixen are sure to help you ring in the New Year with a bang.
Midnight – Mega fireworks – Happy New Year!
There will also be a dedicated carnival zone with fun rides for people of all ages to enjoy, with Japanese-born DJ Naiki - who's supported international acts such as Naughty by Nature, Black Eyed Peas and Fat Man Scoop - spinning awesome hits to bring the zone to life.
Watch out for well-loved characters such as Nemo and Dora the Explorer in inflatable form. Traditional rides such as the cup and saucer and carnival games add a touch of nostalgia alongside show bags and popular carnival nibbles. For older kids and teens, zorb balls will entertain for hours.
In addition to being able to bring along your own picnic hampers, there will be a feast of food available to purchase at Light Up the Lake.
The best of the West and greater Sydney will be dishing up fantastic internationally-inspired festival bites and nostalgic carnival treats to suit everyone's tastebuds.
Food stalls include:
- Best Soft Serve Ice Cream (V, GF)
- Dairy Extraordinary (V, GF, H)
- Dapto Dogs (V)
- Duo Duo Ice Cream (V)
- Dutch Poffertjes House (V)
- El Taco Loco (V, VG, GF)
- Fluffy Crunch (V, GF)
- Gloria Jeans Chipping Norton (V)
- It's Lit (V, VG)
- Lemon Rose (V)
- Mobile Slushie (V)
- Mr Kernal (V)
- Mumma Le's Vietnamese Kitchen (V)
- Potato Corner (V)
- Rangers Texas BBQ
- Souvlaki on the Run (V)
- Turkish Gozleme (V)
- Wheely Gourmet (V)
A number of food vendors cater to people with specific dietary requirements, with vegetarian (V), vegan (VG), gluten free (GF) and halal (H) options available.
Bus 903 is a short loop route from Liverpool Station via Moorebank to Chipping Norton Public School, close to where shuttle buses regularly depart from Chipping Norton Community Centre (P1) to the event entrance. Alternatively, it's less than ten minutes' walk from the closest bus stop. Plan your trip ahead of time. The last 903 bus will depart Liverpool Station at 7.05pm.
There will be dedicated parking spaces for up to 1,000 cars at Chipping Norton Community Centre (P1) and Heron Park (P2) on Riverside Drive. The map below indicates car park access and road closures in effect on the night of the event.
Shuttle buses will run regularly from Chipping Norton Community Centre; Heron Park; and Liverpool and Warwick Farm stations.
Is this an 18+ event?
Light Up the Lake is a free all-ages event.
Is Light Up the Lake free?
Yes, Light Up the Lake is free. For safety reasons, people will be refused entry once the site reaches capacity of 10,000 people.
Where can I get tickets?
You do not need to get tickets. The event is free, however we encourage you to arrive from gate open time at 5pm to avoid missing out once the site reaches capacity.
What time can I get there?
Gates open at 5pm, with performances commencing at 7pm. The event finishes just after the midnight firework display.
Is there parking for Light Up the Lake? / How do I get there?
There will be dedicated parking spaces for up to 1,000 cars at Chipping Norton Community Centre and Heron Park on Riverside Drive, with shuttle buses running to the event gate from 4pm until 10:30pm, or if the event site has reached maximum capacity.
Attendees can also use our shuttle bus service to Warwick Farm and Liverpool stations, where there is additional parking and post-event traffic queues can be avoided.
Is there disabled access / parking at this event?
Accessible parking is located at Chipping Norton Community Centre, with an accessible shuttle bus transporting patrons to the event. A Mobility Parking Scheme permit will need to be displayed on your vehicle.
An accessible shuttle bus will also be available for those being picked up from Warwick Farm Station, which is wheelchair accessible and features lifts and ample parking.
Will I be searched upon entry?
Security bag checks will be enforced upon entry to the event. Please check our ‘prohibited items’ list below to ensure you are aware of what not to bring to Light Up the Lake.
For safety reasons, Council staff, event crew and security reserve the right to check your bags upon entry and during the event, and will confiscate any prohibited items.
Can I bring my own food?
Yes, however there will be plenty of tasty food options that cater for every dietary requirement.
Are there vegan / vegetarian / gluten free options?
There will be plenty of food options that cater for every dietary requirement.
Can I smoke at Light Up the Lake?
Smoking, including by way of electronic cigarettes or vaporisers, is not permitted inside the event site.
Can I bring in chairs / BBQs / shade structures?
For safety reasons, you are unable to bring your own chairs / barbeque or shade structure.
What items are prohibited?
Items prohibited at Light Up the Lake include:
- Illicit substances of any kind;
- Glassware or breakable containers;
- Chairs, barbeques or shade structures;
- Weapons of any kind, including any item that can be used as a projectile;
- Knives or Scissors;
- Fireworks, sparklers or flares;
- Laser pointers;
- Drones or any other remote-controlled device;
- Bicycles, Scooters, Skateboards or skates;
- Animals (excluding service animals);
- Large items including eskies, bags;
- Cameras and recording devices for commercial use (unless approved by Council); and
- Other items deemed by security, police or event coordinators as having potential to cause injury or public nuisance.
Can I bring my pet?
For the safety of pets – particularly when it comes to loud noise from rides, entertainment and fireworks – animals are not permitted on the event grounds.
Can I take photos / film on the night?
Photos can be taken for personal use. Professional photography (including the use of tripods for safety reasons) will not be permitted on the night without prior consent from Liverpool City Council’s Communications team. Contact Ryan Auberson-Walsh, Liverpool City Council Communications Officer, if you have any queries – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there ATMs on site?
There will be multiple ATMs located on site. Many of the stallholders will also have EFTPOS facilities.
Are rides free?
Rides cost between $2 and $5 each.
Will there be fireworks?
There will be fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight.
What happens if it rains?
The show must go on! If weather conditions become extreme and pose risk to attendees, performers and crew, the event may be cancelled. Notification will be provided via Council’s social media channels.
Media are requested to contact Ryan Auberson-Walsh, Liverpool City Council Communications Officer, to receive accreditation to photograph, film or run interviews at the event – email@example.com.
Can I apply to be a stallholder?
Stallholder applications have closed, but if you are interested in future events with Council, including Light Up the Lake, please submit your expression of interest here.
Who can I contact if I have any further questions?
You can drop a line to the Events team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With firework displays expected on New Year's Eve, it's important to prepare if you have pets.
Where possible, keep your animals indoors in a safe, secure and comfortable environment; close all blinds or curtains; and ensure they are wearing their ID tags. Horses should be secured to posts. If your pet has a severe phobia of fireworks and storms, it's wise to consider staying at home.
Visit the RSPCA NSW website for more tips.