New Year’s Eve: 25 ways to celebrate in COVID times
How to celebrate New Year’s Eve in COVID times
New Year has always been a way to see out the old and bring in the new. I reached out to my UK Money Group and friends to ask what they are doing this New Year. We may be unable to meet with each other. I have listed out 25 ways in which to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Covid times.
Let me know in the comments below what you are up to on NYE?
25 ways to celebrate NYE
Wondering what to do for this New Year’s Eve? I asked UK Money Bloggers and friends what they will be doing to share some inspiring ideas with you all. We might not be able to celebrate in the usual way. There are lots of ways in which we can still make this special and stay connected with each other.
1. Hedkandi New Year Party
“We have a rather amazingLivestream on YouTube that absolutely everyone can enjoy. It’s your own private Hedkandi house party.”
2. In response to venues being closed on New Year’s Eve – Working From Home: Good Riddance 2020 from Just The Tonic has been announced featuring some of the best comedians in the UK including Romesh Ranganathan,Al Murra & John Thompson. For this one-off special event, they are taking over one of the Ed Fringe Festival Just The Tonic venue – The Caves, moving out of the spare room ‘studio’, and into a more atmospheric space. The show will be live-streamed from 8 pm – 1 am, with intro music from 7.15 pm (to give you time to get logged on, hit your laptop, shout at the internet then realise you haven’t done it all correctly!). Buy Tickets
3. Alternatively, you can join Nice N’ Spiky New Year’s Eve 2020 Comedy Party with Sindhu Vee, Stephen Bailey, Nathan Caton,Tom Ward, Marky Dawson & host Sion James. You can celebrate with friends across the country (or even the world!) and enjoy the magical experience of a live comedy club direct to your sofas via Zoom! Buy Tickets.
How will other bloggers be spending New Year’s Eve?
4. “I’ll be spending NYE planning our first trip away in over a year. I don’t know where we will be going, or even WHEN we will be going but I do know I want to plan it to the ‘nth’ degree to make sure that is perfect. I hope to have a few of these holidays documented so that when all *THIS* is behind us, I know exactly what where I want to go and what I want to do. Planning a holiday or break doesn’t mean I need to book it. But I do want to think about the great things I will do when this time has passed.”
5. “I’ll be spending it with my family, playing board games, having our last buffet pig out of the year (before January diets), and drinking the rest of the Christmas alcohol – just for my January diet purposes….honestly! At 12 we shall go out the front and bang our saucepans to celebrate in the new year and hope for a better 2021”
6. “Well, Leisa and I hate fireworks so we’ll be asleep long before the fireworks begin. Before that though, we reflect on the things we achieved during the year (good and bad bits). We then have a look at our plans for the future and pray for ourselves and others that things will go well.”
7. “We will be continuing to hibernate with the kids and will be showing them the best of arcade games from the 80s on the mini Commodore 64 (my childhood!) and comparing it to the games on Apple Arcade – they have a free 3 month trial on at the moment!”
Many people will be staying in watching TV (myself included), as well as phoning or zooming loved ones. Those who have kids will stay in, watch a movie, eat popcorn and play games (thanks Bruce). I can’t think of anything more special. If you are lucky enough to be living with your partner, spending NYE together sounds a great option “Staying in with the BF, we will start binge-watching Cobra Kai as soon as it drops at midnight “. Not all of us can see partners on NYE.
Zoom seems to be a really popular choice for connecting on NYE!
8. “I’ll be taking part in a Zoom quiz with the five other families we’d normally see on New Year’s Eve. Each family is setting the questions for one round. I am rubbish at quizzes but will be wonderful to see everyone even if only on screen. Will blame the wine I’ll be drinking before dry January.”
9. “We’re ‘meeting’ some friends on Zoom and trying out a board game calledConfident? which says it works well virtually, hopefully, it does! Added some Cava to the shopping list too, because I’m sure we can think of something to celebrate!”
11. “We’re doingMischief Theatre (the folks behind the Play that goes Wrong) online improv movie night. We did one already and it was so good we decided to sign up for the NY special as well! Basically, they take ideas for a film from the audience on Twitter and do an improvised play around it. They’re so good I’ve seen plenty of non-improvised films that made less sense.”
12. “We’re looking forward to food and games with just the four of us. We’ll be doing an online escape room and some board games with the kids and at midnight we’ll be popping party poppers out front with the neighbours (socially distanced of course). Then off to bed to pray that 2021 will be better than 2020 .”
13. “The five of us are having a mini party, bit of music, food, games, followed by last year’s firework display on YouTube like we do each year before the kids go to bed at usual ish time. They’re too young to last ’til midnight. When they’re asleep, maybe a film and a rum and coke.”
Stuck for ideas on what to cook / eat / drink this NYE?
14. “This year I will be sat sipping champagne, toasting out a challenging year. Both of my siblings kindly bought me champagne for Christmas, I’d never usually buy that for myself, so I intend to enjoy an indulgent glass or two on the 31st December. I’ll also spend some time thinking about the things I will be able to do in 2021, rather than the things that covid may stop.”
17. “We’re having a European themed dinner as it’s the last night before the Brexit transition period ends! We thought it would be a fun way to make an otherwise uneventful new year more entertaining”.
18. “My wife, Rashi and I will be spending it together preparing a nice meal, as it’s going to be a very different new year’s eve maybe for the first time ever (for most, I can imagine). Usually, we take a trip to our families back in India or spend some excellent “us” time overseas at this time of the year. This year, we might do that in our little nest or maybe take a nice walk around just to be.”
19. Sydney Fireworks: Nick says that he will be watching the Sydney fireworks, but due to the limited public viewing spaces, it will be liking having his own private display!
20.The Time Square Ball Drop: I have always wanted to see this ever since I watched the film New Year’s Eve! Jonathan Bennett will host for thelive-stream(FREE) and Gloria Gaynor will send us out of 2020 by singing ‘I Will Survive’ which couldn’t be more apt right now!
To all of those people working on NYE – Thank you xx
Paul, Dave and Craig all told me that they will be working on New Year’s Eve. My heart goes out to everyone who will be caring for people whether at home, in a care home or hospital.
To those who are suffering from COVID and long COVID
We are all thinking of you. I have many friends who have been battling COVID over the Christmas break, and have been thinking about everyone at home or in hospital right now. A loving message from Sharon who has been struggling with long COVID, “tell those close you love them those you live with hug them spend time together make memories for tomorrow is never promised xx“