New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest party holidays in the world, as friends and family come together to say goodbye to the previous 12 months. This year, it seems that most people will be happy to send 2020 packing, especially because of the damage done by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although vaccines have now been approved and there is much optimism to be had for the future, it is still necessary to practice proper social distancing measures and responsible gatherings. Most of us won’t have the vaccine by New Year’s, so we will need to keep gatherings small, or avoid getting together at all. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t still celebrate with our loved ones.

Zoom Celebrations

You don’t have to sit in front of a computer all night, but you can login during the countdown and ring in the New Year with your friends from all over. You can even record celebrations from different time zones and have fun looking at them the next day.

Have a Movie Night

New Year’s doesn’t have to be all about partying. Some people prefer to keep it low key, which is a lot easier to do this year. New Year’s Eve can be a great opportunity to watch several of the movies that meant to see over the past year. With so many streaming services available, there are plenty of options to choose from!

Cook Something Creative

You won’t need to make a huge spread of hor d’oeuvres or giant bowl of punch for dozens of people, so this year you can focus on yourself and your loved ones. Try something new that might take a little bit of time and effort. It can be a fun way to celebrate early in the day and the outcomes may just end up being one of your favorite dishes of the year.

Virtual Board Games

Board games can be a common activity at New Year’s parties, so this year keep the tradition going by taking them virtual! There are many options to choose from – either using gaming consoles or downloading games to play over Zoom or other conferencing programs.

Bring a pre-mixed cocktail to friends

Although you may not be able to head to a big party or see certain relatives, you can have some fun by bringing some pre-mixed drinks. Leave them on the doorstep or stay by for a bit and have a socially distanced drink outside if weather allows.

Send Your Resolutions into the night with a Sky Lanterns

Sky lanterns can provide a beautiful site in the night sky. Write some of your resolutions a few lanterns, and light them into the air as you watch 2020 drift away.

Dress Up for No Reason

You may not be trying to impress a crowd this year, but in a year where we’ve barely been able to go out, many of us have hardly put on much more than jeans and a t-shirt. It can feel relieving – and normal – to put on your favorite dress or suit, even if you’ll just be watching movies all night.