5 New Year’s Eve Celebration Ideas for Families

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 by No Comments
5 New Year’s Eve Celebration Ideas for Families

It seems like if you want to celebrate an all age appropriate New Year’s Eve with your whole family in attendance, your options are pretty slim.

Let’s face it, most New Year’s Eve activities revolve around alcohol, and most New Year’s Day activities revolve around keeping the kids quiet long enough for you to recover from your hangover.

Well, here are ten ideas for New Year’s Eve, or New Year’s Day for that matter, that you can do with the whole family.

The Year in Review

Grab all of those pictures and mementos (including the pictures and school work hanging on the fridge) and spend the evening together talking about the places you went, things you learned, and stuff you saw.

Create a memory box for 2012 by putting all the things inside it to be treasured and inspected when the desire hits. If you don’t like clutter, take digital images or scan the items and create a digital scrapbook. You can even include movie clips from your phone.

Wish List

Create a wishlist of places that the family would like to visit or things you would like to do over the next year. Make sure some of them are very easy to do but do add some that are a bit harder more difficult to accomplish.

Schedule them for certain months when possible. For example you might write down, In February we will visit Hershey. Don’t worry if you can’t do everything – it will be fun next year to see how much you really did accomplish.


Have family members act out the things that happened in 2012. You can keep the subjects family related or even international in scope. I think keeping it about family things is the most fun, but if your family follows the news closely, that may be a perfect option for you.

Predict the Future

Have each family member write a list of things that they predict for the other family members. Take a headshot of each person and add it to a document. Now, list the predictions for each person on the document, with the author’s name at the end.

For example:

  1. Aunt Molly is going to camp in Venezuala where she will learn South American cooking – by Sarah
  2. Aunt Molly will catch a homerun ball at the baseball game – by Fred

Movie Madness

Create a movie night to ring in the New Year.

  • You could show family movies and have each family member create their favorite snack to share.
  • You could have each family member choose their favorite movie and watch them in order. This will not work well if, like me, you have a large number of family members.
  • You could choose movies with a New Year’s theme – difficult but not impossible. Consider the following: Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, Bridget Jones’s Diary, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, About a Boy, An Affair to Remember, Holiday…

Creating a fun, family tradition for New Year’s is a great way to make the holidays last and avoid that day after Christmas let down that can sometimes happen – especially for kids.

Leave a comment and share your New Year’s Eve traditions.

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Marye Audet

Marye Audet is an author, freelance writer, and editor. As a work at home mom she has a unique perspective that encompasses the overwhelming deadlines and commitments of the professional woman as well as the constantly changing needs of a homeschooling mom with a large family. She is the author of one cook book and the creator of Restless Chipotle Media, a network consisting of two food based blogs, a blog for “women of a certain age”, a video site on Youtube, and upcoming blog on kitchen decor, and downloadable eBooks. Marye also is a freelance writer, editor, and book reviewer.

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