“What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?” You’ve probably been asked some variation of this question at least 18 times by now, and the truth is, you just don’t know. You’ve already been to the ball drop in your city last year and the year before that, and you’re not trying to brave the crowds, the cold, and the ridiculous traffic all night again. It’s about to be 2018, so it’s time to do something different. You’re looking for something to do on NYE instead of going to a ball drop party, and I completely understand.
There are tons of things you can do on NYE that don't involve standing in a crowd of thousands of strangers and counting down in unison. Heck, even watching the ball drop on TV can be kind of a buzzkill — just watching the crowds freezing in Times Square brings back memories of chilly New Year's Eves of yore. Being in a more intimate setting with people you actually know and like is the best way to bring in the new year, in my personal opinion — and with these suggestions, you don't even need to focus on the fact that we've rolled into the new year.