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All set to farewell 2012 in style
The West Australian

Despite New Year's Day events heavily dominating the social calendar, Perth partygoers are still gearing up to ring in the New Year in style at an array of soirees across the city.

With the Perth Cup back on January 1 after being held on New Year's Eve last year, it is one event that may have punters considering forgoing the biggest night of the year in favour of a trendy New Year's Day bash.

But for those who prefer the tradition of New Year's Eve, there are no shortage of glitzy parties to celebrate the occasion.

Leading the pack is Luxe Bar in Highgate, which is hosting a sold-out Jazz Age party in its outdoor amphitheatre bamBOO.

With the venue now in its 11th year, events manager David Gardiner said the team were aiming to provide a unique experience to close 2012.

"The piece de resistance is at the stroke of midnight. A bespoke chandelier made for the event will explode as an aerial artist drops down to entertain the crowd," he said.

The most sought-after ticket in town still remains the annual Hopman Cup Ball at Crown Perth's grand ballroom, which has an added flair this year because it coincides with the 25th anniversary of the tennis tournament.

Event director Steve Ayles, who has taken over from Paul McNamee, said the ball would let international tennis stars mingle with a guest list of 800, with singer Marcia Hines performing for the crowd.

"The Hopman Cup Ball has been one of the key social events on the calendar for a long time," Mr Ayles said.

As an alternative offering, Northbridge carpark cinema Rooftop Movies will provide one of the best views for New Year's Eve with its party Sky High, which will feature a dose of girl power from Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes.

Although Perth Zoo's annual bash has already sold out, roving performers will take to the streets of Northbridge and early fireworks will light up the sky in Mandurah for pint-sized punters.

On New Year's Day, the place to be seen is by the river, with events set to take off at the Perth Flying Squadron Yacht Club and at the South of Perth Yacht Club.