New Year’s Day has to be one of the most expensive nights of the year. Tickets to fancy events usually cost a fortune, as bars and restaurants inflate their prices. You probably can’t get out of town even if you wanted to, because airfare, hotel rates, and train ticket prices are higher too. Even throwing a party at home gets expensive fast — between alcohol, food, and decorations, it all adds up. In summation, it can feel impossible to find cheap things to do on New Year’s Eve.
But don’t worry — it definitely isn’t. Saving money on New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to mean sitting at home and doing nothing. There are other ways to have a good time without taking a small loan out! Sure, you’ll have to shell out some cash, but it won’t be too much — everything on this list is reasonably priced, while still super fun and actually worth staying up until midnight for. If you get a little creative, you can find lots of cheaper options that will help you create lots of memories.
1. Go To A Local Fireworks Show
There are few things more magical than watching fireworks explode in the sky as you count down to 10 on midnight (especially if it’s snowing at the same time). Firework shows are usually free, so going to one nearby should cost you next to nothing. And if the local show by you isn’t free, find a close spot outside where you can still see them from afar. Put some hot chocolate in a mug, bundle up, and make midnight extra sparkly.
2. Go Ice Skating
If you don’t mind the colder temperatures, find an ice skating rink nearby that’s open on New Year’s Eve and go for it. Ice skating is such an adorable winter activity, and there’s something really special about it at night. Most rinks are relatively inexpensive, too.
3. Have A Game Night
If you don’t want to throw a party, don’t want to go out, but also don’t want to do nothing, consider a game night! Invite a few friends or family members over for after-dinner games and offer some interactive game options like Taboo or Headbands. Or, do something old-school, like charades. It’s a lot of fun and not too expensive, especially if you already have the games.
4. Have A Romantic, Low-Key Date Night
Spending New Year’s Day with a partner or a spouse? Make it romantic with a low-key date night. Make a small dinner together instead of going out. Rent some fun rom-coms instead of hitting the theater, then watch the ball drop from the comfort of your own couch. Light some candles to make it more cozy, maybe have a little bonfire outside if you can, and talk, laugh, and cuddle the night away.
5. Do Something Active
Want to wake up feeling refreshed on New Year’s Day for once? Skip the bar and champagne and do something active. Some cities have runs at midnight or midnight yoga classes on New Year’s Eve. You could also invite friends over and do a yoga class on YouTube together.