“The kids love to have a dance,” said Fadi Sarawan, who was in Yarra Park with wife Ola and children Adam and Aya.
“We started to do this after Adam was born, we come here every year.”
The evening will cost the council $3.4 million, $235,000 of which was for the fireworks, with much of the remainder spent on security, fencing and other safety measures.
Shanghai scientist Ming, clutching his first Melbourne coffee, said this would be his first New Year’s Eve away from home.
He spent Christmas in Sydney but ditched the Harbour City for a New Year’s Eve wandering Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens and watching the Yarra Park fireworks.
The Warren family – Natasha, Sasha and Ashton – caught the train from Rosanna.
“We’re very excited about watching The Secret Life of Pets and seeing the fireworks”, mother Natasha said. “We’re possibly going to make this a tradition. Beautiful weather, perfect weather for Melbourne. We really lucked out.”
This year’s theme was “reach for the stars”, which lord mayor Sally Capp said was about encouraging people to set new goals for 2020.