BYRON: What to do in Byron Bay on Christmas & New Year

WOW DID THIS YEAR FLY! IT SEEMS JUST A MINUTE AGO WE WERE LIST-MAKING, CAREFULLY CRAFTING OUR FESTIVE MENUS, PLANNING CATCH-UPS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND WONDERING HOW WE CAN MAKE EACH WEEK NINE DAYS LONG IN THE LEAD UP TO CHRISTMAS.

It’s always crazy busy but it’s a time of year The Bower team absolutely loves.

Then before you know it it’s New Years Eve and let’s face it, it’s all about party, party, party, making a whole new set of resolutions (we’re not breaking any of them this year…) and pondering what a brand new year, in fact a brand new decade will deliver to us and our loved ones.

We’re hoping you’ll be spending some of the Christmas/New Year break with us in Byron, and to make life super easy while you’re here, we’ve curated the best places to go on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. There’s something for everyone from loved up couples to families and groups of your besties. 

Thank you 2019.  We can’t wait for 2020!

CHRISTMAS EVE

The Bangalow Christmas Eve Carnival is the place to be to see the main street of Bangalow transformed into a Christmas festival playground for locals and tourists alike. You’ll find lots of stalls of delicious foods, fun street performances, bands, face painting and so much more. It’s a kickback, magical and super friendly vibe and it’s a carnival for the whole family. Lots of the shops and cafes stay open for the night and the beautiful pub does too of course.

Time: 5 pm – 9 pm
Location: Main Street Bangalow
Entry: FREE


CHRISTMAS DAY

The Italian at The Pacific

The Italian, positioned directly opposite iconic Main Beach, is offering a 4-course lunch with just the right touch of festivities. We'd be ordering the Crispy Bangalow Pork Belly and the Snapper followed by a mouth-watering dessert duo, but that's just us! All the details are available here.

https://www.theitalianbyronbay.com/events-1

Loft Byron Bay

Christmas Day in Byron Bay should be about relaxation, delicious food and beautiful scenery. That says Loft where an incredible four-course menu will be served starting with a decadent seafood platter. You’ll celebrate in style with a premium beverage menu including a celebratory festive spritz on arrival. It’s the perfect venue for large groups, families with children or couples wanting to do something a little bit special.

https://loftbyronbay.com.au/christmas-day-lunch/

The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co

The Balcony Bar will be celebrating Christmas with an all-inclusive, scrumptious family feast, pretty much guaranteeing putting you into a festive-food coma!  That’s a whole lot of Christmas excess right there but as well you’ll enjoy a glass of Piper Heidsieck on arrival and an all inclusive beverage package. Book early to get on their iconic balcony to watch the passing parade below.

https://balcony.com.au/christmas-lunch/


Christmas Lunch at Balcony Byron Bay

NEW YEARS EVE

Locura: CUT COPY, DJS + COSMO RITMO TEAMO SUPREMO

What better way to celebrate the closure of another cycle around the sun than under the open stars on the balcony of Byron Bay’s number-one nightclub, Locura. It’ll be a night to remember, headlined by Cut Copy, whose instinct for electronic pop has ignited stadiums across the globe. They’ll be joined by DJ, producer, composer Jono Ma who’s spent the past year nurturing a new scene and unique sound within the walls of Locura. Gather your troops for a tantalising night on the Locura dance floor. Secure a spot, order your pre-sale tickets here:

http://tiny.cc/zajzfz

Family Friendly – Soul Street

Soul Street is the ultimate family-friendly event on New Year’s Eve.  The party in Byron Bay’s Jonson Street is free, fun, safe, community-driven and alcohol-free!  It becomes a car-free hub of activities with artisan stalls, food stalls, roving performers and buskers. There'll be face painter’s, numerous bands over four stages, circus performers, fire twirlers, drummers, lots of children’s activities and more. It truly is fun for the whole family. The Soul Street Market opens from 4pm to midnight too, providing a fabulous showcase of the creativity, lifestyle and talent in the region.

Balcony Bar & Oyster Co

Say goodbye to 2019 with friends, family or lovers perched above the hustle and bustle of the streets of Byron Bay.  Enjoy a decadent canape menu, a damn good cocktail on arrival and a glass of bubbles for the countdown to a new decade.  The party’s on from dusk ‘til dawn with the DJ grooving into 2020 up until 2am.

https://balcony.com.au/new-years-eve/

Mez Club

Bring in 2020 with class, style and fun! Enjoy an open bar from 8pm through to midnight including beer, wine, champagne, a Champagne Toast and canapés, and the DJ playing until late. And why not dress-up to suit the Casablanca theme?  You know you want to!

https://www.mezclub.com.au/events/a-casablanca-new-years-eve-2020

Loft Byron Bay

Make your New Years Eve in Byron Bay one to remember at Byron’s best beachside bar. Positioned high above Jonson Street, watch the festivities below while enjoying delicious food, drinks and the ultimate Byron vibe and live DJs playing until 2am. Their fully-inclusive package starts at 7pm until midnight and will have you sipping the night away while grazing on our share style snacking menu right through to the countdown.

https://loftbyronbay.com.au/new-years-eve/

Harvest

The wild planet of Harvest Newrybar will have you taking off into a glistening ether of dazzling funk with DJ Bonnas creating a soulful and retro-tinged disco vibe inside a cosmic tent!  It’s the Harvest way. There’ll be Harvest’s splendid and super creative food and drinks as well as eco glitter, lasers and a whole lot more.  It’s all about peace, love and funk and will be spread across the restaurant (the Lava Lounge), the bakery (Rero Diner) and the tent and firepit for a cosmic feast. PS There’ll be a free shuttle bus from Byron.

https://harvestnewrybar.com.au/new-years-eve-2019/

The Beach Hotel

The Beachie. It just doesn’t get more iconic Byron Bay at any time of the year but especially on NYE. Get on up and get funky with sweet tunes in the seabreeze all night long from local party legends DJ Shimmy Disco (the alter-ego of pro-surfer Dimity Style) & Madison Kat. Or you can tsake it to the next level with a  ticket to the Green Room VIP Lounge grazing feast of local cheese, meats and treats, including an express VIP entry.

https://tickets.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/8543882f-6d2e-4799-97fb-29bcabc432a5

Falls Festival

You might have already decided to end 2019 as part of this year’s Fall Festival.  It’s their 27th year in Byron and of course you’ll also have the first days of the new decade still sucking up this most epic of music festivals. 

http://byronbeachabodes.com.au/falls-festival-byron-bay/

 

 

Byron Bay Brewery

Bring in 2020 at Byron Bay Brewery with a huge lineup of electronic acts across two stages including Claptone and Rebūke. Kick off at 2pm with the NYE vibe continuing through to 2am.

https://www.byronbaybrewery.com.au/events/nye-with-claptone-rebuke-more/

Beach Byron Bay

Raise a glass and celebrate New Year’s Eve in style at Beach Byron Bay, the only restaurant in Byron right on the beach.  It’s all about the food at Beach with the NYE menu including sturgeon caviar, panko-fried appellation oyster sandwich, Fremantle octopus, fish fillet, calamari, scampi, prawn and so much more.  And there’ll be a glass of NV Louis Roederer Brut Premier on arrival and live music from J-Tones.

https://beachbyronbay.com.au/welcome-in-2020-at-beach-byron-bay/