It’s never too early to make those New Year’s Eve plans. We can help you find that perfect function and opportunity to sing your Auld Lang Syne’s, dance, make your resolutions, and clink your poison of choice to 2019. Please just do so responsibly, and not behind the wheel.
Here is our selection of the prime festivities in and around town. The city will probably still be standing the following day, nothing guaranteed though.
Time Square NYE Block Party
The biggest party in the 012 on the last night of 2018 for the second year in a row. It will be held in the Sun Arena at the Sun International Time Square casino and entertainment complex in Pretoria East. They are proud to announce that they will play host to a colossal bash featuring 12 hours of entertainment and 12 of the biggest local DJs such as Black Coffee, DJ Fresh and Ayanda MVP. The Blockbuster Block Party runs from 18:00 to 06:00 and tickets range from R399 to R3 750.
Arcade Empire New Year’s Party
The bastion of live music in Pretoria is also throwing one of the hottest New Year’s blowouts in the city. A musical line-up featuring Tidal Waves, Guns ‘N Roses Tribute, Oooth and Son of Hawk, all gracing the stage. DJ Mike Booth will be administering the decks. The lively festivities will happen between 19:00 and 02:00. The tickets and entrance are going at R80 per person.
Kgabo Lodge Bring & Braai Picnic
The park and pleasure resort in Akasia is hosting their second annual New Year’s event on the lawns around the pool. All attendees are allowed to bring their own food, baskets and alcohol, as usual. There will also be various stalls offering the necessary refreshments on the day. Partygoers are encouraged to bring along blankets and folding chairs. The area will be open from 11:00 to late.
News Café Menlyn NYE Lumo Party
Their countdown to 2019 brings an extraordinarily jovial and high-energy happening at the Menlyn branch of the bar and eatery. They are aiming for a bright and bold night to bid farewell to the old year. They will play host to DJ Kurwen, along with sets from the Menlyn resident DJs. The party happens from 20:00 to 02:00 and the dress code is, obviously, Lumo. Unfortunately, no persons under 23 years of age permitted.
Skyline Pretoria NYE Rooftop Party
The high-up restaurant and lounge-bar will be hosting their edition of a New Year’s Eve festive salute with beautiful panoramic views of the capital’s skyline. You can expect to enjoy a host of firework displays from this vantage point. The rooftop pool-bar will be the best place to see 2018 fade from view. They have packages on offer, consisting of accommodation, a cocktail dinner and breakfast including drinks. The all-inclusive single room goes for R2 450, and the all-inclusive double option costs R1 995 per person. The fiesta takes place from 14:00 until 02:00.
Maniac Colour Fest NYE Bash
Even though this jamboree will be a family-friendly affair, the adults can expect a shebang unlike any other. There will be loads of activities and fun for the younglings, but they will be serving up a mighty DJ battle and Holi powders for the grown-ups. The fest will be hosted at the Pretoria Honde en Katte Hotel in Boschkop. The gates will open at 10:00 and close at 01:00. Everybody is welcome and entrance fees can be paid at the gate.
Weiveld Nuwe Jaars Partytjie
Bust into the first moments of 2019 with the sounds and rhymes of Jack Parow on stage. The mammoth bar and live music venue in the east of Pretoria will be hosting the notorious Afrikaans rapper for an exclusive one-night performance. The doors will open at 19:00, and the party will run until 01:00. All tickets are available through Ticketpro or the Facebook event page. Entrance is priced at R150 per person.
by David C. Steyn