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We are about to start a new decade, and Christmas is over, so we have one week left to prepare some fun for all. New years eve is a time most will set new goals the following year ahead. Whether it is a small one or a big one, it is always more fun with a friend, so try to find a buddy this year to help you stick to your NEW year’s resolution.
However, most New Year’s Eve, I can not stay up past 10 pm because being a mom is exhausting. Here is an excellent list for if you decide to go out or stay in.
Activities for New Years Eve
- Look through old photo albums or pictures from throughout the year to reflect on accomplishments and special events
- Play and remember the family’s favorite games and toys.
- Fill out printable with your goals and hopes from the new year
- Watch family videos from the past years.
- Create your own family video, where you ask your children a few questions every year. Use the same questions yearly to document the changes
- Decorate your house and Christmas tree for New Year’s.
- Do a balloon drop at midnight.
- Do puzzles.
Crafts for New Years Eve
Places to Go for New Years Eve
- Time Square in New York City. I am sure this is obvious because it looks impressive to see it on TV every year and watch the ball drop.
- A Party. There are so many parties all around you and probably one just right down the street at a neighbors house or a restaurant where you can try some tasty appetizers.
- Walt Disney. Their parks put on a great New Year’s Parties that are beautiful and memorable. Don’t forget about Disney Cruise Lines too! Where they have deck parties and so much for all ages to experience and welcome in the new year.
- Panama City Beach, Florida. The seaside town celebrates New Year’s by dropping not just one ball, but 10,000 inflatable ones. And the beach ball drop starts at a kid-friendly at 8 p.m. Those with the energy to make it until midnight can count down another ball drop, this one an 800-pound LED-lit one, also shaped like a beach ball.
- Hershey, Pennsylvania. For a chocolate-flavored New Year’s Eve kiss, head to Hershey. The action starts with a bubble-wrap stomp and includes teen rock and pop performances during the day. At midnight, a 300-pound, 7-foot Hershey’s Kiss descends from the sky in ChocolateTown Square.
- Austin, Texas. This live music capital of the world hosts a giant New Year’s Eve hoe-down featuring four stages. There is a kids’ area with activities and food. Fireworks start in the even and last 30 minutes or longer.
- Santa Fe, New Mexico’s. Throughout the holiday season, they have lights at the Botanical Garden and a year-welcoming gathering in the city’s historic plaza. The garden hosts a children’s New Year’s Eve party, with a flower petal drop, while the crowd in the plaza includes piñon bonfires, hot chocolate, and traditional biscochitos cookies. Guests can sign a memorial banner recording their hopes and wishes too before fireworks at midnight.
Kid-Friendly New Years Eve Activities and Crafts
- Create a time capsule, need ideas of what to stick inside? Click here
- Play some games and reflect on the previous year. Here is a great one that has printable questions to ask to jog your memory.
- Have a dance party and be creative as you can pick up glow sticks from the dollar store as this will help your kids burn off any necessary energy.
Around the World Traditions on New Years Eve
- Southern Tradition: Eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day.
- Spanish Tradition: Eat 12 grapes at midnight – one at each bell strike – for the year’s prosperity.
- German Tradition: Make little piggies out of Marzipan to give away.
- Argentina Tradition: At exactly midnight, step forward with your right foot to start the year off.
- Denmark Tradition: Stand on a chair and jump down from it as the clock strikes midnight.
- Iceland Tradition: They have a band on Fireworks, but for one night only on New Year’s Eve, they lift it.
I hope you enjoy New Year’s Eve and always be safe!