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6 Things to do When You’re Single on New Years Eve

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At times I feel I hold the market on being single.  I’ve been divorced since 2005 and haven’t been in a relationship longer than a year. There was the one year I spent with an ex on New Years Eve, but that was because plans were already made. But, every other year since my divorce I’ve been single on New Years Eve. What do I do on those nights when it’s typically couples? Here are five things I’ve done to enjoy ringing in the new year:

  • Go to a friends party.  This one is the best one . If you have a group of friends, likelihood of one of them having a party is fairly high.  Go and enjoy yourself.  As they are sure to have other friends outside your circle, it’s good to meet new people. And if your friends like them? Good chance you will to :).
  • Go to a bar. This is the good ole standby. If you’re single on New Years Eve, and the bartender notices this, chances are that if they know another customer at the bar, they will introduce you and you can join in on that groups conversation.  Viola! No longer alone :). And maybe you just met some new friends.

  • Netflix and drink. Why not?  It’s your night. Do what you want.  There is nothing wrong with spending a night home alone, in your pajamas and watching a movie. Have a bottle or two of wine and you’re your own party!
  • Go to the movies. I love going to the movies by myself. You get to enjoy the movie in (usually) comfortable chairs, and stuff your face with popcorn, nachos and candy. Guzzle down a soda and you’re a happy little camper. As a result, by the time you get out of that late movie, the new year is here and you didn’t have to watch people making out.
  • Go to sleep early. In the end, New Years Eve is just another day. The new year will be there when you wake up. You can have a mimosa to wring in the new year with good breakfast.
  • Organized Community Event. Your local Fire Department will usually throw a party and they can be fun. Pay per person or per couple. They will have food, drinks and some will also have breakfast after midnight. The band will play music from different eras for all generations to enjoy.

There are many ways of celebrating and surviving New Years Eve when you’re single. These are just six ways I’ve celebrated in the last 12 years. It can be hard being single. No way to get around that. And if you’re like me, and have just a small circle of friends that I hold near and dear, you’re most likely not going to be able to spend every year with them. But, never let that stop you from doing what you want to do. It doesn’t hurt being single on New Years Eve.  So, while some years will suck more than others, you’ll get through them and celebrate the new year the way you want to.

What other ways have you celebrated New Years Eve if/when you were single?


  1. Paula Schuck

    I really love this post. Everyone is obsessed with having a date for New Year’s Eve. People act like it’s some sort of apocalyptic scenario if you don’t. NOT TRUE!

  2. Paula Schuck

    When I was single, I either went out with the girls, or if I wasn’t feeling that, just stayed home and watched Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve.

  3. Jeanette

    I am married but I’ll be honest with you I am not one for going out I New Year’s Eve! We usually stay in because it is safer! I don;t want to be out with the drunks in the road! LOL! I love all your suggestions.

  4. Sapana V

    I enjoyed several new year parties when I was single, I usually hang out with my BFFs but after marriage I hardly get some time.
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  5. Alli

    I’m very married and my favorite place to be on New Year’s Eve is at home. I rarely make it until the ball drops, but that’s fine with me. I always enjoy good food and good movies in my PJ’s, all snuggled up on the sofa. Sounds like heaven to me! 🙂

  6. Chrissy

    These are really good ideas for New Years Eve. I’ll be hanging out with my kids and ringing in the new year with them since they are the most important in my life.

  7. lisa

    These are all great things to do for New Year’s Eve. I have always been a home body of sorts. I would rather be home with my family and dogs than out with crazy crowds!

  8. Wendy Del Monte

    There are some great ideas here- and my my favorite is Netflix and drink! ! I used to love to go out on NYE, but now, I love to be home! I suppose I’m getting older but I love being all warm and cozy in my house.

  9. Destany

    I’ve been married for 14 years and sometimes staying home is always the best option. A few times we’ve had games nights at friends’ house, but for the most part, we like staying at home 🙂

  10. Heather

    Good for you for putting yourself out there. I hated the dating scene and could not imagine doing it again. I love to stay home and actually prefer that over parties 🙂

  11. Chubskulit Rose

    I got married when I was 30 but before that, I always spent my new years with my family at home. This year, we will be celebrating with a family frined.
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  12. Pam

    I have never done much for New Years. I feel like I should be more festive, but Netflix and some snacks doesn’t sound like a bad way to ring in the year.

  13. Lisa Favre

    When I was single, Netflix and going to bed early on NYE was my glass of champagne! There’s nothing wrong with being single on New Year’s… in fact, I truly embraced it at the time. I did what I wanted to do! Fantastic!
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  14. Sarah Bailey

    I love this – I think a lot of people can feel a bit lonely if they aren’t in a couple on New Years – I am definitely sharing this. Thank you!

  15. Sara

    Happy New year! It has been so many years since I was single. These are great suggestions, I would probably head to a big party or a bar to celebrate.

  16. ricci

    If it makes you feel any better I am single AND I have to work this weekend so I will be sleeping right through the new year. Ughhhh. LOL!!

  17. Angelic Sinova

    These are great ways to celebrate New Years Eve when your single. For me, NYE was always a day to spend with friends and loved ones. This year I’m currently spending it in Paris with my mom.

  18. Jeanine

    Awesome ways to celebrate New Years! My husband will just be getting home from work around midnight so I will be in bed , lol.

  19. Mimi Green

    My NYE were far more exciting when I was single. I must be going about this all wrong. I was on the sofa watching a movie with the Mister while the kids watched a movie in the basement. No fun, no thrill and no cute outfit.

  20. Paula Bendfeldt Diaz

    Happy New Year! These all sound like great ways to ring in the New Year solo!

  21. Rebecca Swenor

    When I was younger I would go out with friends on New Year’s Eve. Now I just stay home and watch movies with my sons and my ex-husband. It is like a family tradition. We sometimes with go see the ball drop in our area if it is not to cold outside but we haven’t done it in about 4 yrs. Thanks for sharing the things to do if single and Happy New year.


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