In 2020, the City is welcoming in the New Year with street entertainment including circus performers, buskers, family activities, roving acts and more.

Look out for the stilt walkers, contortionists, magicians, acrobats, ballerinas, fairies, percussionists and fire twirlers wandering the streets of Northbridge, instilling cheer in people of all ages.

The WA Museum Boola Bardip will feature kids’ workshops, Aboriginal dance and performances. Check out the Perth Cultural Centre for colourful projections, delicious food vendors, a silent disco and LED photo opportunities. Plus, experience the exciting Yagan Square Wonderland for carnival rides, holiday treats, arts and crafts, markets and a maze. 

Visitors can get ready to count down to 2021 with the spectacular fireworks displays from Northbridge rooftops at 9pm and midnight.

For the best view of the fireworks displays, head to James Street, William Street, Yagan Square or Perth Cultural Centre. Look up to see a midnight countdown on the Digital Tower at Yagan Square.

“In 2020 there’s never been a better time to celebrate being in Perth – the best city in the world. The City of Perth is proud to hold an inclusive, welcoming New Year’s Eve event for families of Perth,” Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said.

“This event is especially important, as just a few months ago we wouldn’t have imagined being able to hold something like this. 

“While enjoying the roving entertainment, I’d encourage visitors to explore the city, visit a restaurant and check out the Christmas decorations and Christmas Lights Trail, on until 3 January.”

To provide a COVID-19 safe event, the City of Perth will urge attendees to register their attendance via the SafeWA app, keep 1.5 metres apart and use hand sanitiser.

To view the full line-up of New Year’s Eve entertainment and download a map go to

Stay up-to-date with road closures via the City’s Public Notices.

Getting there

To facilitate New Year’s Eve events in the city and ensure public safety, City of Perth has approved the following temporary road closures on Thursday 31 December 2020 until Friday 1 January 2021:

31 December 2020


  • William St (horse-shoe bridge), between Wellington St and Roe St
  • William St, between Roe St and Francis St
  • Roe St, between Nicks Lane and Beaufort St
  • James St, between Parker St and James St cul-de-sac
  • Lake St, between Roe St and Francis St

The City of Perth reminds patrons that there will be no vehicle access to the restricted area once roads have been closed. Parking restrictions will be in place, infringements and towing may apply. Check street signage for time restrictions.

It is anticipated that closed roads will reopen by 5am on Friday 1 January 2021. People are encouraged to plan their journey, take note of road closures and carpark locations and take advantage of taxis and public transport.

Both Yagan Square and Perth Cultural Centre are situated close to Perth Station and Perth Busport.

For event details and to download the map head to Stay up-to-date with road closures via the City’s Public Notices page.

Issued by: Brooke Hunter, Media and Communications Officer, 08 9461 3425 (includes after hours)