New Year’s Eve is just around the corner – time to start planning how you’re going to ring in 2019! So what will it be: elbowing your way through crowds at countdown parties or watching the fireworks from the comfort of your couch?
But maybe neither the usual wild night out nor a cozy night in sound appealing… If the thought of doing the same thing every year leaves you bored and wanting something new, we’ve got some unique New Year’s Eve experiences to add a dash of variety to your celebrations!
Hit the rides at a fun fair
Let your inner child out at a theme park or fun fair that’s open until late. Here, you can scream your lungs out on the rides as the clock approaches the stroke of midnight. For the full throwback experience to your childhood, be sure to buy snacks like popcorn or cotton candy.
Sprint into the new year
If your go-to New Year’s resolution every year is to be healthier, then hit the ground running by signing up for a midnight run! In New York, the New York Road Runners organise an annual midnight run on the last day of the year, kicking off at the stroke of midnight.
Host a beachside BBQ
You don’t need cold weather and falling snow to enjoy a proper New Year’s Eve – if you live somewhere tropical that’s near a beach, get the gang together for a fun BBQ! You can grill mouthwatering meat skewers, splash around in the surf and gather around the bonfire to sing “Auld Lang Syne” when the new year arrives.
Catch a theatre performance
Get a taste of the local theatre scene by purchasing tickets for a New Year’s Eve show. Whether it’s a family-friendly musical revue, an interactive pantomime or a classic play, you’ll probably be so riveted by the performance that you won’t even notice that the new year has arrived!
Karaoke the night away
Belt out your favourite classics at the nearest KTV, where your group can have an entire room to yourselves. Feel free to hit all the high notes in “Bohemian Rhapsody” and perform the entire choreography for “Thriller” – just try not to argue over who should hold the microphone, yeah…?
Board a night-time cruise
Tired of watching the fireworks display in a sea of strangers? Hop on board a cruise or ferry to watch the pyrotechnics from a different angle, with significantly fewer people around. In Hong Kong, packages include a fancy dinner, open bar and live DJ as the junk boat plies the waters of Victoria Harbour.
Photo by Joseph Barrientos
Lace up your ice skates
Remember those festive winter movies that feature ice skaters gracefully making their way around an ice rink as snow gently falls from the sky? You can recreate that iconic scene at any ice rink, but Wollman Rink in New York’s Central Park is the place to go. If you’re feeling chilly, take a break and warm yourself with a cup of hot cocoa (extra marshmallows, of course!).
Enjoy a festive feast
This option will likely tempt the foodies – say hello to the new year with a tummy stuffed with delicious food. Whether you’re partial to wining and dining at a Michelin-starred establishment or you love sampling various dishes from a fleet of food trucks, you’ll no doubt end the night with a satisfied smile.
Laugh until you cry at a comedy show
Welcome the new year doubled over with laughter at a comedy show. Many cities will have a comedy special lined up just for New Year’s Eve, where comedians will summarise the past year in a humorous light. Have a ha-ha-Happy New Year!
Photo by Jordan Madrid
Fill the sky with lanterns
Fireworks are great and all, but if you prefer a more quiet activity, consider joining a sky lantern release party. It’s a magical moment as you watch the brightly lit lanterns float off into the night sky, bringing with them your hopes and dreams for the new year.
However you decide to celebrate, we hope you have a warm and joyful start to 2019!