Celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at home this year to keep our city healthy! Check out the lists below for ideas on how to be festive but safe at home.
Stream events online!
Virtual New Years Eve Event with a virtual Times Square, Games, Live Feeds and more
Bring the celebration to your own home
- Have your own dance party – Dance your heart out in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a phone and your best moves.
- Board Games – Pull out some of your own classics, download an app or find a new favorite.
- Watch a New Year’s movie – If you’re not a fan of live broadcasts, you can still break out the popcorn for a movie instead.
- Start a new tradition from around the world
- Eat 12 grapes at midnight! In Spain, they enjoy eating one grape for each of the first 12 bell strikes after midnight in the hopes that this will bring about a year of good fortune and prosperity
- Hang an onion in your doorway. In Greece, they believe that onions are a symbol of rebirth, and so they hang the pungent vegetable on their doors in order to promote growth throughout the new year.
- Break some plates. In Denmark, it is a tradition to throw china at your friends’ and neighbors’ front doors on New Year’s Eve—some say it’s a means of leaving any aggression and ill-will behind before the New Year begins—and it is said that the bigger your pile of broken dishes, the more luck you will have in the upcoming year.
- Bake a loaf of ‘good luck’ bread. In Armenia, it is tradition for metaphorical good wishes to be kneaded into the last loaf of the year.
- Eat some round fruits. Filipino culture celebrates the New Year by serving 12 round fruits. The round shape symbolizes coins, which represent prosperity and wealth for each month of the upcoming year.
- Buy a new lucky charm. In Germany and Austria, there are a few different lucky symbols that you’d gift to friends and family to bring them good fortune. These include pigs, mushrooms, clovers and chimney sweeps.
Cook something delicious – Recipes from Hudson Square