The New Year has officially kicked off.
With just under two weeks to go until New Year celebrations officially start, ABC News is looking ahead to when it will get its first look at New Year 2018, which is scheduled for early January 2019.
New Year’s celebrations will start on January 1, 2020.
In the months ahead, there will be a range of celebrations and events to celebrate the arrival of the new year.
New Years Eve will be the official start of the New Year celebration, with more than 250 events across the country and in more than 60 different cities across Australia.
New Zealand will hold its official New Years Eve celebrations, with a parade taking place on Wellington’s waterfront, the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, and the New Zealand Parliament building.
There will also be a number of activities and events around the country, including a parade through the streets of Brisbane, a candlelit procession in Melbourne’s CBD, and a performance by the New Orleans Jazz Band.
In Canberra, a special parade will be held on the streets at Parliament House, with performers from the Royal Opera House and The New South Wales Opera House among the performers.
In Melbourne, a fireworks show will be staged at Melbourne Park and a concert featuring The Band of the Valkyries will be broadcast live in Melbourne on Saturday night.
In Sydney, New Year fireworks will be lit at the Sydney Opera House, followed by a performance of The Taming of the Shrew in the CBD.ABC News New Year 2019 will be shown live on ABC on Saturday, January 25, 2019 at 7:00pm AEST.