Happy New Year’s Eve! The day is finally here. Yes, 2018 has officially come to an end and 2019 will soon begin. The streamers will flow, the fireworks will explode and of course, the drinks will be poured. There’s no doubt about it: the evening will be filled with fun, festivities and laughter.
However, if you’re someone who chooses to live alcohol-free, then New Year’s Eve might actually be a challenging time. Not only are you surrounded by alcohol wherever you go, but you might even feel pressure to drink when you don’t want to. It can bring some difficult decisions. Fortunately, there are options to consider when it comes to a sober New Year’s Eve. Here are some ideas for you to use for fun things to do on NYE (that don’t involve alcohol).
Go ice skating.
If you want something fun to do on NYE without the worry about alcohol, then embrace ice skating! Plenty of ice skating rinks have special hours during the New Year’s evening. Check what rinks are located near you, then get a group of friends or family members together to go out. Not only will you have fun hanging out and being active, but you won’t have to worry about feeling tempted by alcohol throughout the night.
Host a movie marathon.
For those of us who might be a little bit more “stay-at-home,” there’s always the option of hosting a movie marathon. Pick out your favorite movies, get in some comfy clothes and stock up on junk food to binge watch movies throughout the night. The best part? You can celebrate by yourself, with a significant other or invite friends and family over to make it a big group get together. Whichever you decide, a movie marathon is always a great option for NYE.
Have a romantic evening.
Perhaps you love going out and getting dressed up, but want to avoid the temptation of alcohol. Well, then a romantic evening might be the perfect solution for you! Take your significant other out to a fancy restaurant and get dressed up to enjoy a night on the town together. And if you’re single, invite a friend or two to join you for a fun evening out, complete with accountability partners to support you.
Be the designated driver.
If your friends are headed out drinking on NYE, you can always join them by being the designated driver. We know, we know… being the DD isn’t always a fun night. But, there are ways you can still have a good time! Talk with your friends beforehand about your decision not to drink, and ask for their support throughout the evening. And of course, you can always ask for an extra treat in return. Either way, being the designated driver lets you have fun on NYE with your friends, and still holds you responsible.
Bring your own food.
Of course everyone drinks on New Year’s Eve, but what about eating? Food is really where the action is! Flip the traditional NYE party on its head by hosting a BYOF (bring your own food) party. Ask friends or family members to bring some of their favorite foods for all of you to share together. Then, you can spend the evening snacking on delicious appetizers and entrees as you ring in the new year.
Drink non-alcoholic beverages.
Ultimately, if you’re concerned about feeling tempted by alcohol this NYE, then come prepared with your own non-alcoholic beverages. Choose a sweet alcohol-free wine, or a crisp non-alcoholic beer to bring with you wherever you go, and you won’t feel tempted to try other drinks. Who knows? Your friends or family members may even try a sip and end up enjoying non-alcoholic beverages, as well.
New Year’s Eve can definitely be a challenging time for those who choose to live alcohol-free. However, just because you don’t drink alcohol, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Keep these ideas in mind for things to do (that don’t involve alcohol) and see how much fun you have this New Year’s Eve.