New Year’s Eve Fun Traditions

Sometimes I look at my kids and think to myself, “What am I supposed to do with these little ones to entertain them?” I always want fun traditions around holidays and I put pressure on myself to make sure I do so. New Year’s Eve is one of those holidays that I want to start some family traditions but haven’t quite yet. It doesn’t have to be jam packed, but having something “to do” sounds fun. I want my kids to look back on their childhood and remember the things we did each year repetitively. I decided to do some research on what other people do for the holiday and this list is comprised of some of the things I plan on incorporating into our own family traditions. Feel free to comment below with some of your own family New Year’s Eve traditions.

  • Interview your kids and ask about their favorite things. Videotape it too!
  • Have a movie marathon
  • Campout in your own living room as a family. Put up a tent!
  • Play minute to win it games.
  • Have a gift or bag to open every hour until midnight. Instead of a toy inside, try putting a fun question everyone has to answer.
  • Watch home movies from the year. A great way to remember all the fun stuff you did!
  • Pop a balloon every hour. In every balloon have a silly activity that everyone has to do together.
  • Make New Year’s Resolutions together and share them!
  • Have a dance party.
  • Do a photo booth! Great way to remember how your kids change every year.
  • Let your kids invite their friends over to make treats together.
  • Have everyone write a letter to themselves about what you hope to happen this year. Open it on new year’s eve next year.
  • Dress up in fancy clothes, or have masquerade masks just for fun.
  • Do a family time capsule to open the next year.
  • Make fancy non-alcoholic drinks for the kids in special glasses.
  • Have an iron chef contest.
  • Do a craft. Make your own ball to drop, party hats or noise makers!
  • Watch the ball drop in another time zone.
  • Count your blessings! Make a list of things that happened that year that were blessings in your lives. Put them in a journal or album to look back on.
  • Eat some black-eyed peas. They bring good luck!
  • Talk about new years traditions from around the world, or from your own ancestors.


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