New Year's Eve with Kids - Staying in to Celebrate Together!

Celebrate New Year's at home with your family

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher December 28, 2023

What are your plans for New Year's Eve? And will you celebrate with your little ones? Here are a few ideas for a New Year's Eve celebration at home with the family.

Decorate a New Year Tree

  • Remove and put away all the Christmas ornaments from your tree. Replace them with shiny silvery balls, mardi gras beads, tinsel, party poppers, noisemakers, and New Year's decorations from the party section of your local store.

Balloon Pop Countdown

  • Blow up six balloons and put a piece of paper with instructions inside each one. It can be something silly like "Do the Hokey Pokey" or "Eat four crackers and then try to whistle" to something meaningful like "Share a family hug" or "Share your favorite memory from last year." Pop one balloon six hours before you will celebrate the countdown, follow the instructions, and then set a timer to go off at the next hour.

Get Glitzy

  • New Year's Eve sparkles and shines. Deck out your house with things that glitter. Get the kids some fun, glitzy pajamas. Put revolving disco balls all around for moving lights and pass out beaded necklaces, party horns, confetti poppers, and hand clappers at the start of the night. Fill balloons with gold and silver confetti and pop them at midnight. Everyone will be in a festive mood when the clock strikes twelve. 

Year-End Interviews

  • What was your favorite memory from last year? What is your favorite food? Who is our best friend? What is the best thing about school / work? The worst thing? What do you look forward to next year? Ask each member of your family a few questions about themselves, the past year, and their hopes and dreams for the coming year, and record it all on video for posterity. Ask similar questions every New Year's Eve and see how everyone changes over time.

Set New Year Plans

  • Talk about some things you want to accomplish in the New Year. These can be individual goals like trying a new sport or hobby - read our article: Goal-Setting with Kids or family plans, like exercising together or planning a vacation. Or create a vision board together using pictures from magazines of places you want to visit, games you want to play, and activities you want to share.

Celebrate Early

  • One of the toughest challenges of New Year's Eve with children is keeping them up way past their bedtime. So, why not celebrate early? You can even theme the day to the city that you are celebrating. For example, you can serve "Big Apple Pie" while ringing in the New Year in New York City and play Broadway tunes throughout the evening. You can watch the ball drop live online at 9:00 PM PST. Or celebrate as Big Ben strikes midnight at 4:00 PM PST in London. Serve fish and chips on newspaper for dinner and a trifle or shortbread cookies for dessert. Whichever time zone you are celebrating, it will be just as exciting for your children as long as you ring in the New Year with style! 

No matter what you do to celebrate, your children will be so happy to spend New Year's Eve with you, it will be memorable and fun! You can even continue celebrating by watching the Rose Parade on New Year's Morning, or spend the day eating chili and Hoppin' John while watching all the Bowl games - that's what we do!

Best wishes to you and yours, make your coming year an extraordinary adventure!

This previously posted article has been updated by Macaroni KID Conejo Valley - Malibu - Calabasas