Who said New Year’s Eve had to be spent inside the wall of a crowded club? There are plenty of other ways to celebrate a fresh 365, that don’t involve a staggering cover charge or overpriced drinks. Check out a few of our ideas below!
Participate in a midnight run
In cities across the nation such as NYC and Philadelphia, runners will take their mark to bring in the New Year at hosted midnight marathons. Grab a group of your friends and hit the pavement. Be on the lookout for local runs in your area.
Throw a singles party
If 2013 wasn’t your year for love, remain optimistic. Pull out group-friendly board games, leave interesting conversation cards on a table and break out the garlic-free dip as you host a singles party for your solo pals.
Volunteer at a local shelter
Nothing will make you feel more refreshed and fulfilled than to serve your community at a local shelter or food pantry. Make the call and find out where your help is needed on New Year’s Eve—you’ll be glad you did.
Plan a staycation
The time to plan a trip across the country or to some exotic location has all but run out, but don’t fret. Gas up your car or purchase a train/bus ticket to an unfamiliar town in your state. This “staycation” is the perfect getaway to compliment a budget, but still allows for a refreshing experience that is sure to be full of surprises.
Change your look
“I want to lose weight” is the age-old New Year’s resolution that often ends up as an empty promise. Spend the night planning an instant makeover (ex. hair color, haircut, wardrobe) to boost your motivation in becoming the new and improved you.
Purge your closet (house or phone)
Throw out the old to make room for the new—whether that is outdated clothing, pointless junk or poisonous people. Begin Jan. 1 with a clean slate.
Discover a unique event in your community
If you venture to do a little digging, you’ll be surprised to find tons of NYE activities at various establishments in your community. Focus in on restaurants, museums, aquariums and theaters for themed events, perfect for families and the anti-clubber.
Head to church
Churches everywhere open their doors for New Year’s Eve/midnight services for inspirational messages and moving sections of praise and worship, another great option for families.
Become the designated driver or babysitter
If Dec. 31 is just another night at home, why not help out friends or family members who going out to celebrate NYE? Keep your loved ones safe by becoming the designated driver or sign up for babysitting duty while they hit the town.
We’re willing to bet that 2013 had its share of ups and downs. Spend New Year’s Eve clearing your mind and focusing on the future, including your short and long-term goals. Consider designing a vision board. It might seem cliché to make changes on Jan. 1, but that renewed feeling is what will give you the extra push to be better in 2014.
What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Let us know in the comments section below!
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