So you’ve made your New Year’s resolutions, survived the midnight fireworks and champagne toasts and partied into the wee hours of the morning. Now it’s New Year’s Day and you still want to keep the party going. What is there to do? Here are some fun ways to kick off another year with some fun.
1. Have Brunch With A Song
If you joined the millions of others who stood out in the cold in Times Square to watch that glittering ball drop, why not go for a nice change of pace and opt for a warmer, decidedly calmer event? Every year, the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir performs at New York’s B. B. King Blues Club and Grill for a truly unforgettable way to start the day – and the year.
2. Take In Some Fresh Air
While some businesses might not be open on New Year’s Day, the public parks are! Pull on your mittens and snow boots and enjoy nature with the rest of your party.
3. Take The Polar Bear Plunge
For some reason, jumping into freezing cold water on the first day of the year has grown to be an invigorating and exciting experience. Many cities across the United States and even around the world host a Polar Bear Plunge. Some even raise money for worthy causes. Pittsburgh’s Polar Bear Club Jump, for example, sends donations to Project Bundle-Up for youth and seniors.
4. Get In Shape And Race
If getting your blood pumping sounds appealing but you’re not willing to jump into icy waters to do it, participate in a New Year’s race. Like the Polar Bear Plunge, many cities will host their own race in celebration of new beginnings. In Los Angeles, a half marathon and 5k sends runners through downtown at night a few days after the first of the month.
5. See Some Song And Dance
If staying inside and watching someone else entertain you is more your style, reserve tickets at your local theater for either classics like “Phantom of the Opera” or a modern hit like “The Book of Mormon.”
6. Hit The Slopes
What better way to welcome a wintry start to the year than by grabbing the skis and some close friends and see how far up – and down – the mountain you can get? Aspen Mountain in Colorado is one of the most popular ski destinations in the United States.
7. See Some Art
Yes, many museums are actually open on New Year’s Day. Check out a historic house museum that you haven’t been to before or stick with the tried-and-true major museums showcasing their masterpieces. In Washington, D. C., the full suite of Smithsonian museums will be open and, as always, free to the public.
8. Go To The Market
Whether it’s a craft show, a farmer’s market, an art fair or a livestock show, you can get some great shopping done at these markets while also having an enjoyable time exploring new things in your area. In San Francisco, the Heart of the City farmer’s market is open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays – including New Year’s Day.
9. Catch The Last Of The Holiday Decorations
If you missed seeing the holiday window displays, light shows, and special performances, you’ll only have a few more days to catch them all. In Philadelphia, New Year’s Day is the final day for the Comcast Holiday Spectacular LED light show.
10. Attend A Church Service
Of course, if you really want to start the New Year off right, your pastor will probably tell you that stopping by church is a great idea. Many churches offer special New Year-themed services either during the day or later in the evening. This is a great way for you to reflect and thank God for the past year while looking forward to the future.
Ready to start this year off on the right foot? Choose one of these fun activities to get inspired and energized for the New Year.