Join The ABC As We Countdown The Biggest Night Of The Year On New Year’s Eve!

Join hosts Ella Hooper & Jeremy Fernandez as they countdown the biggest night of the year with the ‘New Year’s Eve (NYE) 2016’ spectacular event broadcast available this year for the 1st time in brilliant high definition on Australian Broadcasting Coporation Television (ABC TV) & ABC iview with the fireworks also streamed live on ABC TV Facebook.

Presented from outside the Sydney Opera House & inside the Lord Mayor’s Party at Bennelong Point on Sydney Harbour, the pair will take us through an evening jam-packed full of unmissable entertainment from comedy, music, the Family Fireworks at 9pm & culminating in the world-famous Midnight Fireworks.

The evening events will commence with a Welcome To Country. Then under the direction of Play School’s Jemima & Little Lunch’s Debra-Jo, Giggle & Hoot’s Jimmy Giggle & his sidekick Hoot will attempt to put on the ‘Best Show Ever’ for our younger viewers. What could possibly go wrong with this team at the helm?! They are joined by ABC ME’s Tim Matthews & Grace Koh live from Sydney Harbour as well as some very special guests including Justine Clarke, The Wiggles, Dan Sultan & the Bananas In Pyjamas.

At 9pm, the winner of ABC ME’s Design Your Own Firework competition, 10 year old Georgia from Perth, will pull a giant lever that will set the Sydney sky alight with the Family Fireworks display featuring her own unique firework design.

Then, live from the Lord Mayor’s Party, Ella & Jeremy will take us through to midnight with an extravaganza of entertainment including the comedy panel show The 2016 Pub Quiz, hosted by Lawrence Mooney & featuring panellists and special guests including Rhys Nicholson, Denise Scott, Miranda Tapsell, Peter Helliar, Anne Edmonds & Tom Tilley who will look back at the year that was. This will be interspersed with specials from David Stratton, The Katering Show’s Kates & Sammy J who will share their cultural, comic & candid perspectives on the year.

We’ll give you front row seats to the best musical event in the country when we cross live to The Falls Festival in Lorne, Victoria throughout the evening to bring you the best of its bill including Bernard Fanning, Violent Soho, Broods, Catfish and The Bottlemen & Alison Wonderland. In the climatic lead-up to the midnight pyrotechnics, The Hoodoo Gurus will perform live. It’s guaranteed to provide the best countdown soundtrack to celebrations everywhere.

Run Down Highlights (exact times subject to change):

  • 7:30pm: The Yearly with Charlie Pickering
  • 8:35pm: New Year’s Eve 2016 commences
  • 8:38pm: Welcome To Country
  • 8:41pm: ABC Children’s NYE commences
  • 9pm: Family Fireworks
  • 9:16pm: Jeremy & Ella take us through until midnight with entertainment including The Pub Quiz, live crosses to The Falls Festival in Lorne & much more
  • 11:44pm: Live cross to the Lord Mayor’s Party for The Hoodoo Gurus performance
  • 12am: Midnight Fireworks

What’s your #my2016moment? Send us a video, photo or a few sentences about your 2016 highlight & you might see yourself on TV during ABC’s New Year’s Eve 2016 broadcast. Share your video or photo on ABC TV’s Facebook page or upload it to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #my2016moment

Media Release: Australian Broadcasting Corporation