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A Virtual New Year's Celebration

Our New Year's Eve celebrations may be different this year, but they can still be a fun and exciting party! Even if you are observing in a smaller group there are plenty of ways to celebrate the passing of 2020 – and it's been an unusual year to say the least. Bring on 2021!


Partying For New Year's Eve Online

It may be virtual, but it's still a great time to be had by all. Here is a listing of online celebrations for this year's New Year's Eve.

Times Square's Big New Year's Eve Bash

New York City's annual celebration is a tradition – but it will be much more scaled back this year. Instead of the big ball-drop party – usually attended by over a million people – the Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment will offer a virtual event. Dec. 31, 3 p.m. www.timessquarenyc.org/times-square-new-years-eve

John Lloyd Young New Year's Eve

Join Tony and Grammy Award Winner John Lloyd Young as he brings in the New Year. He is the original “Frankie Valli” in Broadway's musical, Jersey Boys. Young has won all four major Broadway “Leading Actor in a Musical” honors. After the show, John will hang out with Brad Roen for a post-performance interview in the Encore Room. John will even answer email questions from fans. Dec. 31, 8 p.m. www.goldstar.com/shows/1965337

New Philharmonic Presents New Year's Eve Concert

Ring in the New Year with New Philharmonic! You'll get a chance to listen to your favorite Strauss waltzes and polkas, arias, light classical, pop tunes, and movie music. A duet of “Bless This House” will be sung by soprano, Alisa Jordheim, and tenor, Jesse Donner. Reflect on 2020 while the “Power of Love” propels us forward into the new year. Dec. 31, 12 p.m. www.atthemac.org/events/new-years-eve

New Year's Rockin' Eve with Shake Rattle & Roll Dueling Pianos

This annual music tradition is online for New Year's Eve 2021. It's an all-request, all-interactive celebration where you get to pick the playlist! Sing, laugh, and party along! Dec. 31, 7 p.m. www.shakerattlerollpianos.com

The Party Life – A New Year's Eve Experience

Drink, dance, and celebrate! The first-ever virtual New Year's Eve Experience features DJ Zoom, Devin Crutcher + Carmen Hicks & The Hickies Live, and a fun-filled midnight champagne toast. Dec. 31, 8 p.m. www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-soulful-new-years-eve-party-tickets-126551648387?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Virtual New Year's Eve – Party With A Purpose

You will ring in 2021 with DJ Juan Coon and the ladies of the Fairfield County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority! Shake your booty to hip-hop, house music, old school, new school, reggae, dance hall, Soca, and R&B tunes! Sign up fast because the first 100 people to purchase tickets get a complimentary party pack sent to their homes. Dec. 31, 6 p.m. www.fairfieldcountydst.org

New Years Eve Science Trivia Party

Think you are great at trivia? What about science? Prove it with the New Year's Eve Science Trivia Party which combines the best of both. Get a team together and play or just log on and make some new science-loving friends. Teams must be 4 to 6 people. Don't forget your pen and paper. Dec. 31, 4:30 p.m. www.skypeascientist.com

New Year's Eve International Virtual Global Gala

You can circle the planet and experience other countries and cultures to make a worldwide welcome to 2021! This Zoom experience features virtual rooms where you can travel from space to space. Encounter everything from Caribbean dancing to trivia to virtual karaoke! You can even check out a magic show. Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m. www.thingstododc.com

Celebrate 2021: Online New Year's Eve Party

Participate in this unique virtual New Year's Eve celebration, with fun-filled activities such as storytelling, music, interaction, fireworks, and more. There will also be a raffle with gifts. Dec. 31, 2 p.m. www.eventbrite.ca/o/rz-consulting-29064415653

Creative Ways To Celebrate New Year's Eve At Home

Planning on ringing in the new year from your home this year? Sure, us too. But that doesn't mean the party has to be a dud. There are many creative ways to make your celebration festive and fun!

Make a delicious meal. New Year's Eve isn't just about the countdown. You can work up to the main event with a hearty dinner, and add to the festivities with delicious appetizers and other special treats that you can chow down on throughout the night. For cheese and chocolate lovers, a great food theme for your New Year's Eve celebration is a fondue party. Dip fruit and other delicious concoctions. Wondering how to cap off your meal? Champagne cupcakes are the perfect way to end the night.

Confetti is the best way to blast into the new year. Make your confetti shooters with push pop containers or simply put glasses filled with confetti at stations around your house. When the clock strikes midnight let the confetti fly.

You can dance the night away from your living room. Simply make a playlist of your favorite songs and get down and boogie. Make sure the music is on at full volume.

Make some noise! Shake noisemakers at midnight to mark the occasion and enjoy a sweet treat while you chow down on candy.

It's exciting to count down the New Year. Make time-sensitive goody bags. Fill the bags with a treat, then open them at the indicated time – such as 11:55 p.m. Bags can contain candy, disposable cameras, movie DVDs, craft kits, noisemakers, confetti, or anything else that will spice up your party.

Smooching at midnight is a love-filled tradition. Make a “Kiss Me Kit,” with everything you need for the perfect kiss at midnight. Bubbly, lip balm, sparklers, and, of course, mint gum – it all makes for muah!

Wanna have a super cozy New Year's Eve? Create a blanket fort as you collect every pillow, sheet, and mattress in your house and set them up in your living room. Chow down on pizza and kick back in your pajamas as you countdown to midnight.

Ring in the new year with some sound! Buy bubble wrap and spread it out on the floor right before midnight. At the end of the countdown, stomp! It will sound like firecrackers and is super thrilling.

One of the best themes of New Year's is looking back at the past and looking forward to the future. Play the “Year in Review” game to commemorate your 2020 milestones and memories. Show off new skills or think back about the last year. Then state your goals and intentions for the new year. Or make a short video of the good memories you had with family and friends and watch it together on New Year's Eve. It's a sweet way to walk down memory lane.

Each year in New York City, participants from around the globe write their wishes for the New Year on colored scraps of paper and fix them to the Wishing Wall in Times Square. These wishes are then collected and become the confetti that rains down on observers at midnight. You can make your own version. Designate a spot where guests can post wishes on multicolored sticky notes.

While the adults are sipping a glass of champagne when the clock strikes twelve, let the kids stay up and make their toast with milk in martini glasses. Add in some warm cookies to sweeten the deal. For more delicious fun, create a hot chocolate station with marshmallows, sprinkles, and whipped cream. Yum!

It is super relaxing to pamper yourself and your friends. Get creative this New Year's with an at-home “Spa” party. You can feature treatments like a facial, foot scrub, massage, or hand massage. Don't forget scented candles and soft music to create a peaceful ambiance.

Your New Year's resolution is to work out right? Get started early by buying yourself new sneakers and doing an exercise 15 minutes before the clock hits 12. But of course, resolutions are made to be broken. When midnight rolls around, break out your favorite ice-cream and give yourself a treat.

How To Zoom With Family

Want to connect with friends and family for New Year's Eve? The Zoom app is a perfect way to bring everyone together. Here's a quick guide.

The first thing you should know is that group calls on Zoom are limited to 40 minutes. To get started, you need to register from your laptop or your phone.

Go to Zoom's signup page. You'll be presented with a few options. Enter your email or click the “Sign in with SSO,” “Sign in with Google,” or “Sign in with Facebook” buttons, after which you just download the Zoom app. If you enter an email, Zoom will send an activation email. Click the “Activate Account” button in the email.

You'll next be asked if you're signing up on behalf of a school. Click the “No” button and then “Continue.” Fill in your first and last name and a password. You can then invite friends and family to create a free Zoom account.

Next, you'll be given a link to your meeting URL. If you copy the URL into your browser you should be prompted to download the Zoom desktop app. Follow the prompts to install the app.

You'll see buttons to “Join a Meeting” or “Sign In.” Once you're logged in, click the orange “New Meeting” button in the Zoom app.

If you sign up for Zoom on your phone you'll need to download the iOS or Android app. On a computer, to invite everyone, click the “Participants” button. Zoom will open a window to message your contacts with an email on how to access the meeting, and copy your URL. Make sure you click on the “Invite” button.

On the mobile app, tap “New Meeting.” Choose whether you want to start with the video on, then tap “Start a Meeting.” To invite people tap “Participants” and then tap the “Invite” button. You'll be able to send a message inviting via Messenger, Messages, or Gmail. You're all set! Your evening of merriment with your loved ones is all ready to go!

Have a Happy New Year!

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