First there's Thanksgiving, then there's Hanukkah, then there's a million holiday parties, then there's Christmas... then, just when you think you can't possibly muster any more festive energy, New Year's Eve comes along. All of your tights are ripped, you're out of money, your red lipstick is worn to a nub, you're exhausted — and yet you know you have to pull it together and do something fun for New Year's Eve or else you'll regret it. So, to ease your burnt-out post-holiday brain, I've created a little list of cheap things you can do on New Year's Eve. Because let's be honest, you can't spend money you don't have.
Despite how glitzy this holiday can present itself to be, you can get away with having a very entertaining or glamorous night without spending a ton of money. If you live in a city or busy town, chances are there are already some free festive activities that are available to you on New Year's Eve — and if you do some planning ahead of time, you can find other things to do that will keep you busy until midnight without buying your time with expensive drinks at bars or restaurants. Here are a few ways you can have a full and fun New Year's experience without overspending.