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10 Simple New Years Eve Tradition Ideas


Here’s 10 Simple New Year’s Eve Traditions your whole family will love.

10 Simple New Year's Eve Family Traditions

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve as a Family

Celebrating New Years Eve was  always a family affair growing up. If you’d like to start some of your own meaningful family New Year’s Eve traditions, this post is for you! As always, no pressure to do them all. Just pick your favorites for a fun New Year’s Eve together!

1. Let Kids Stay Up as Late as they want

New Year’s Eve was the only night of the year that us as children got to stay up as late as we wanted. Some of you may be cringing at this idea, so I’m not saying it’s a must. But… usually there are very little commitments on New Year’s Days, so we were always able to sleep in after a long (or short) night.

Staying up as late as we wanted was an absolute treat! There was no bedtime to fight and since our celebrations involved the family, we weren’t intruding on any of the festivities.

2. Have a buffet of fun treats and snacks

If you ask my husband about New Year’s Eve traditions, he’ll tell you his favorite is the food. And I would have to agree. Since New Year’s Eve is a long celebrations, it’s fun to have a variety of appetizers, treats, and other snacks to munch out throughout the night. We don’t do a formal dinner that night, because it’s fun to eat foods we don’t normally get.

For Kids: Let them pick out a few treats or snacks you usually don’t buy!

Some of our favorite appetizers/treats include: Orange chicken bites, pizza pockets, mozarella sticks, sweet cheese ball and vanilla wafers , jalepeno poppers, popcorn, crackers and cheese, and veggie/fruit platter.

Fun idea: if you do want to have a dinner, I’ve heard families cooking breakfast for dinner and making an assortment of breakfast foods. That would be fun to try some year!

3. Play Games

Another fun New Year’s Eve tradition is playing games as a family. We would usually get a new game for Christmas, so New Year’s Eve was the perfect night to play them all!

Some of our all-time favorite games include:

One Night Ultimate Werewolf 


The Great Dalmuti


Ticket to Ride


4. Bang Pots and Pans at Midnight

Want to know how to ring in the New Year with a bang? Try running up and down the streets at midnight with pots and pans in hand. There’s no need for fancy noisemakers when you can pull out pots and wooden spoons from the kitchen. (We always had some extra wooden spoons on hand so we wouldn’t break the nice ones!)

To this day and no matter how old we get, we still run outside at midnight and bang pots and pans and scream, “Happy New Year!”


5. Toast to the New Year

Have a family-friendly toast with non-alcoholic sparkling drinks, such as Martinellis. Or whip up some fun Italian sodas.


6. Have a Special Treat or Game for each hour to make the time go by quicker.

Make the night extra fun for littles by having a special treat, snack, or game for them to open on each hour. We did this a few years ago and the kids loved it! And seriously, the time passed by so quickly.

7. Watch Family Videos from the Year

Chances are you have probably taken a million family videos from the year. Compile them before New Year’s Eve and take some time to watch them. We love watching all our family videos from the year and even year’s past. It will be so fun to see how everyone has grown and it’s a great way to look back on your year.

8. Take a Family New Year’s Photo


Taking a New Year’s family photo is one of our favorite traditions! In fact, my family usually gets really into it and we all wear black and silver or gold for our New Year’s Eve party.

Tips for a Simple New Year’s Eve photo backdrop: 

9. Deliver New Year’s Gifts to Neighbors

Some years we choose to simplify Christmas by giving New Year’s gifts to our neighbors instead of Christmas gifts. We love doing this for a few reasons:

  1. It simplifies Christmas
  2. We can deliver New Year’s gifts when the season has slowed down
  3. It’s fun to give treats or other NYE party supplies
  4. Most people’s Christmas goodies are gone, so they aren’t sick of getting more treats. This way, they are more spread out.

Here are a few New Year’s Gift Ideas:

“Just Poppin’ By to Wish You a Happy New Year!”tags here.

Cheap and Easy-Christmas-Neighbor-Gift-Idea

Merry Christmas and Happy Root Beer! – tags here 

Cheap and Easy Christmas Neighbor Gift Idea-2

Here’s some Extra Dough for the New Year!tags here.


10. Set New Year’s Family Goals

We keep a Family Goals binder where we update our goals and reminisce on the last year’s goals. If we’re really good, we pull them out monthly or at least a few times in the year to check our progress.

You can grab the  printable goal sheets right here


Have fun celebrating the New Year!


Melissa loves simply celebrating life through holidays, travel, photography, and the simple moments at home. Her best friend Brandon and her are raising their 4 adorable little ones just north of Salt Lake City, UT. Sunshine, gelato, a good run, planning a trip, and an organized house make her really happy. She loves sharing simple ideas to inspire everyone to celebrate life. Simply.

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