Having a sober New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to be dull and uneventful. It can still be a joyous time of year when family and friends come together to celebrate the love and close bonds they have with one another. While it is customary to celebrate New Year’s Eve with generous amounts of alcohol, there are plenty of people both in recovery and non-addicted partygoers who know the last night of the year can be a blast even while sober.
Whether you are new in recovery or have considerable time living sober, finding ways to fully celebrate New Year’s Eve without alcohol can be difficult if you’re used to getting drunk on this holiday. Here are some popular alternative New Year’s Eve party ideas that you can incorporate into your next celebration.
1. Host a Sober New Year’s Eve Dance Party
When you are looking for sober New Year’s Eve alternatives, you have to think out of the box, and one idea that fits that criteria is a dance party.
Instead of fighting the street traffic, overflow crowds, high cover charges, and boozy atmosphere of a downtown club, you can create your very own dance party in the comforts of your own home.
The rules are simple: no booze, no cover charge, a handful of friends, and a killer playlist.
While you could hire a DJ for this type of event, chances are most DJs are booked for other events, and they may charge an arm and a leg if they happened to be available. A nice sound system and light show would be cool, but having a great New Year’s Eve dance party at home can be as simple as having friends bring over their favorite jams (and maybe their own non-alcoholic drink or snacks.)
2. Attend a Meeting Marathon
Are you looking for something fun to do on a sober New Year’s Eve that can also strengthen your recovery? An increasing number of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous chapters across the country are holding meeting marathons.
These meetings are held consecutively for the majority of the day to ensure people in recovery have a safe place to go and stay. The 12-step groups that hold meeting marathons may also offer a special meal and/or sober party in addition to the meetings themselves.
Meeting marathons can primarily be found in large cities, such as New York, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles, but if you are part of a home group in your area, it may be an idea that you can incorporate in your city.
3. Have a Movie Night
While many movie theaters are open on New Year’s Eve, you can organize your own movie night in the privacy of your own home. You can invite friends and family over and have your very own movie marathon.
With this concept, you can get creative and feature a popcorn station where guests can add a variety of mix-ins to their popcorn, such as chocolate, nuts, or different flavors of powdered cheeses. You also can feature your very own “mocktail” bar that features a variety of non-alcoholic cocktails.
Whatever you decide, just be sure to switch off the movie at midnight so that you can watch the ball drop!
4. Throw a Destination Party
If the triggers and temptations of the New Year’s Eve holiday prove to be too much in your home environment, maybe a change of scenery might turn things around.
A great alternative sober New Year’s Eve event is to throw a “destination party,” where you hold an event in a place of your choosing.
If you live in a warm environment, having a bonfire at the beach or organizing a night hike can be options. If you live in a colder environment, renting a cabin for the weekend may just be what you need.
There are some excellent sober New Year’s Eve ideas that don’t involve celebrations, and an excellent example of this is volunteering. A great way to celebrate the holiday season is to give of yourself and your time to those who need it the most.
Whether it is at a local drop-in center, nursing home, hospital or other organization, serving others in your community will make you feel great, and you are helping to bolster your sobriety.
6. Take Part in a New Year’s Eve Race
There are running clubs that offer a New Year’s Eve midnight race as a sober holiday alternative. If you are an active person and looking for something out of the ordinary to do on New Years, a chilly jaunt around town might be the perfect way to ring in the New Year.
While it may be fun to run solo, you can convince a few friends to run or walk the race with you, and as a group, you can dress up in silly costumes.
7. Be a Designated Driver
Another sober New Year’s Eve activity you can take part in is to be a designated driver for friends and others who may be reveling in the holiday. If a ride-booking service such as Uber or Lyft is available in your town, you may want to sign up to be a driver. You can also tell friends that you will be their safe ride if they may have had too much to drink.
8. Have a Nice Dinner
A New Year’s Eve mainstay is going out for a great meal at a nice restaurant. Many restaurants offer special New Year’s Eve menus at special prices. This is a perfect time to grab your spouse, partner or even a group of friends and have a fun and memorable dining experience.
A New Year’s Eve dinner is also a perfect jumping off point for other fun activities, such as going to a comedy club, symphony, or even a New Year’s Eve fireworks show.
Looking for Fun and Sober Ways to Ring in the New Year?
The new year holiday can be a stressful time for people who are in recovery and working to change their lives for the better. If you are sober and seeking creative ways to spice up your holiday season,Ocean Breeze Recovery features insightful blogs and articles that will give you ideas to create lasting memories for yourself and those you love. Visit our website, connect with us online or call us at 844-554-9279 today.