New Year’s Eve, Alcohol-Free

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When people think of New Year’s Eve, they imagine big parties, confetti filled celebrations and drinking. This year in particular, ringing in the new year will look a little different. And whether you’re new to recovery or just prefer to celebrate sober, there are many fun ways celebrate the New Year that don’t involve alcohol and are COVID-safe as well.

  1. Host a Virtual Party
    • Take your New Year’s plans into your own hands and host an all-virtual party. Invite your friends and family to join you on Zoom, Skype or Facetime to ring in the New Year. And if you choose to have a small gathering with those in your household, offer to take control over which foods and beverages will be served. Plus, as the host, you can jam-pack the night with fun, alcohol-free activities.
  2. Attend Local COVIDSafe Festivities
    • While we may not be able to go to Times Square for the ball drop this year, many cities may have their own COVID-modified New Year’s Eve traditions. Check to see if your neighborhood has any fun and safe festivities planned such as a socially-distanced firework show, parade, or even a drive-in concert. And if you are planning to attend, remember to practice social distancing guidelines.
  3. Plan a Fun Activity
    • Whether you are gathering virtually or in your household, consider organizing a themed dinner party or potluck and have everyone join by exchanging their favorite recipes via email chain. After dinner, encourage your guests to engage in a fun game night, movie marathon or even a dance party. Or plan something fun for yourself such as ordering take-out or staying in your pajamas all day.
  4. Spend Time Outdoors
    • Celebrate this New Year’s Eve by enjoying the outdoors. For a change of scenery, go on a hike, have a picnic in your backyard or maybe plan a small camping trip to enjoy what nature has to offer. Who knows, you may start a new tradition to look forward to for years to come!
  5. Remember It’s OK to Say No
    • However you decide to celebrate the new year, always remember that it is ok to say no. It’s okay to decline a drink, an invitation to stay out later, or an event altogether. And if you do make plans, even if they are virtual, it can be helpful to brainstorm an exit strategy, so you know when and how to sign off when you are ready.
  6. Seek Additional Support
    • If you are in recovery and feeling worried about New Year’s Eve, you aren’t alone. Many support groups and marathon meetings, including Alcathon, are available throughout the holidays. This year, many support options, including Alcoholics Anonymous, are offering ways to connect virtually.

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