Top 5 Cheap Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve
NEW YORK (MainStreet) By the time New Year's rolls around, you may be suffering from holiday fatigue. After you've cooked, cleaned and hosted your way through the holiday season, you deserve a break. New Year's is a great excuse to go out and celebrate with your friends, but some events carry a high price tag.
If you want to strike a balance between fun and frugality, try one of these unconventional New Year's activities instead.
One New Year's superstition says that what you do to celebrate the holiday will represent the type of year you can expect to have. If you're hoping to travel more in 2014, why not start off strong by celebrating New Year's in flight. You'll save on airfare, and if you're traveling the right way you might even get to celebrate multiple times throughout the night. Cue the repeated act of midnight liplock.
Outdoor activities, like moonlit bike rides, champagne-fueled 5k runs or polar bear plunges, are inexpensive and memorable ways to spend New Year's Eve. If your town doesn't offer an event that appeals to you, don't hesitate to plan it yourself. Just make sure you don't break any laws in the process. Getting skinny is your resolutionnot skinny dipping.
Check Out Local Churches
Although not a religious holiday, New Year's is an opportunity to put the past behind us, and look forward to new beginnings. If that puts you in the mood for spiritual reflection, check out local churches for late-night services.
Do Something You Want to do Anyway
Unless we're talking about bars, most venues don't raise their prices just because it's New Year's Eve. So if there's a movie, concert or play you've been meaning to see, buy tickets in advance and turn it into your New Year's celebration.
Free Fireworks and Festivals
Many cities organize free festivals and fireworks to ring in the New Year. Bundle up in your warmest winter gear and head out early to fight the crowds. Or, if you're a cold weather wimp like me, you can always vicariously enjoy the Times Square festivities from the comfort of your own home.
Whatever you decide to do, consider making your evening social-media free. Remove the pressure to broadcast your life, and focus instead on setting your intentions for a terrific new year.
Written by Lauren Lyons Cole for TheStreet