Whether you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve or just looking for a fun way to ring in the new year, there are plenty of ways to have fun without drinking alcohol. The best part? You can do all of these activities with your friends! So get ready to embark on a spontaneous adventure with these non-alcoholic ideas.
1. Go to a Sober Brunch
Brunch is often overlooked as a potential celebration activity, but it’s actually a great way to start your day. Join friends and family in kicking off the new year with a brunch out! You can spend time catching up with loved ones while also experiencing delicious food, all while avoiding the stress of cooking.
2. Host a Morning Dance Party
Whether you’re hosting a big bash or just hanging with your best buds, music is the key to making the morning of New Year’s Eve fun. Gather some friends and family for a get-together in the morning. This could be at your house, by the pool, or at the beach. Host it in the morning, and trade the drinks for coffee options!
3. Hit the Gym
An exercise regimen is one of the best ways to start the year. This is especially important if you’ve been overeating and gaining weight over the holidays. Exercise can help you get back into shape, and it has even more benefits than that.
4. Throw a Movie Marathon
Start off the new year with a movie marathon. Pick a film everyone will enjoy, and ensure you have enough snacks and drinks. Movie marathons are also a great way to introduce friends to movies they haven’t seen before. It doesn’t matter how old or popular the film was at the time—there’s always something new to learn about on repeat viewings.
5. Go For a Scenic Drive
For many, the holidays are a time for family and friends. If you’re spending time with people you love, consider taking them on a scenic drive. A scenic drive is an enjoyable way to spend time together and get to know each other better while enjoying beautiful views.
6. Find a Concert
Going out to concerts and plays with friends is one of the best ways to stay sober while having fun. If there’s an artist or band that you love, check their schedule for upcoming shows—or even buy tickets if they’re coming near your city.
7. Host a Dinner Party
Take control of the situation by hosting a dinner party that specifies no alcohol will be served. Prepare some appetizers, have your friends bring some of their favorite dishes, and gather to celebrate the New Year.
8. Break Out the Games
Board games are a great way to spend time with friends. Find a couple of board games that everyone will enjoy. Candy Land and Monopoly are two favorite games that everyone really enjoys. Plus, these are longer games so that everyone will be entertained for the night!
9. Throw a Mocktail Competition
Mocktails are an excellent choice for sober individuals. To ring in the New Year, ask your friends and family to take a stab at their alcohol-free version of their favorite cocktail. Then, have a panel judge the options to pick a clear winner.
10. Host a Championship Game
Get involved with a sport and make it a fun game for everyone. Make your own teams and arrange different games to see who will win the ultimate prize. Prepare for the championship and order a couple of medals and small trophies to make it even better.
11. Go to an Amusement Park
There are many different types of amusement parks to choose from, but they all have one thing in common: fun for the whole family. On a weekend afternoon, you can enjoy rides and food with friends or take your kids on a roller coaster ride while they scream their heads off. Plus, many amusement parks host their own New Year’s party.
12. Head to the Beach
The beach is a great place to ring in the New Year. There’s swimming, surfing, tanning and just strolling along the shore—and it’s all free. It’s a great place to get some sun and enjoy the breeze while you relax with your friends or family. If you’re not into water sports or walking in sand (who are you?), there are plenty of places to go within walking distance that don’t require any special equipment other than a bathing suit!
You Can Have Fun Without Drinking Alcohol
You don’t have to drink alcohol to celebrate the new year. You don’t need it to have fun. In fact, you can be just as social and happy as everyone else in your life without it. There are plenty of options for sober activities that will give you a similar feeling of celebration, camaraderie, and joy that drinking alcohol might bring. Remember that if one idea doesn’t work out, there are plenty more where they came from! Happy New Year!