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How to Spend NYE When You’re Single

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What to do for New Years when you’re single – these are the top 15 things you can do on New Year’s Eve on your own, or with friends and family, when you’re single. 

What can a single person do on New Year’s Eve? Exactly what any other person does on New Year’s Eve. No one relationship status dominates this celebration, or any other. Is it normal being alone on New Year’s Eve? Well, it should be. There should be no normal, the abnormal should be normal. And every person should be able to do whatever they want without feeling bad, guilty or embarrassed.Is it OK to be alone on New Year’s? Of course it is, just like it’s okay to be in a relationship on New Year’s. That’s the beauty of New Year’s, it’s for EVERYONE, and every person has the right and ability to celebrate and enjoy this event. 

In this post I will share with you what a single person can do on New year’s Eve and what you can do on New Year’s Eve instead of going out. So if you’re single, without any plans, and not sure what to do and how you can spend New Year’s Eve on your own… This post is exactly for you. 

Go out / hangout with friends or family

Who said you need a romantic partner to go out on New Year’s Eve? Even if your friends are all coupled up, it also doesn’t mean they won’t want to go out with you. It’s time to change the whole “third wheel” narrative, and start creating a more open minded one. None of my close friends have stopped hanging out with me since they got married. Do I see them less? Sure, but that’s more because of adulthood and life. We live further away and have real jobs. My point is, that real friends won’t ditch you just because you’re single and they’re not.

1. Suggest a night out without partners

Some of your friends may surprise you. Perhaps they also want a night out away from their spouses and kids. Maybe their spouses also want nights out with their friends. Or alternatively, you can also hang out at someone’s house, and not necessarily go out.

2. Join them and their partners

What’s the difference between going out with three friends, and going out with a couple or two? If they’re decent people, there won’t be any. There’s also no shame in it, not to mention, that the bigger shame would be to just miss out. 

3. Invite friends / family over

I guarantee that you are not the only person without plans. So if you can’t join someone else, get people to come join you. Whether it’s your closest friends, family members, work colleagues, or neighbours. Everyone can bring snacks and drinks, you can play games and just have a fun evening together. 

4. Spend it with family 

What better way to start the year than with your dear family? Especially if your siblings have kids and they go see fireworks, your nephews and nieces would love to have their fun uncle / auntie along. Or maybe just offer to babysit… It’s a great excuse to not go out, and can be fun to hang with the cute kids. Alternatively, you can go visit your parents, I’m sure they’ll appreciate the attention. 

Stay in and just chill

I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s Eve. Regardless of my relationship status or whether I had friends to go out with or not. In my humble opinion, it’s just another gimmick, and I can think of at least 364 (or, well, 363 days, excluding Valentine’s Day as well) other days I’d rather go out on. It’s hectic and mobbed, and just too many people and too much noise. It’s also definitely overrated. People like to make you feel bad and pathetic for staying in, especially alone… But I say, it’s what all the cool people are doing these days. The ones who aren’t conforming and are just doing whatever the f*ck they want. Without listening to all of the outside noise, or caring what insignificant people will think of them.

5. Resting & calm evening

How about, instead of wallowing about having to stay at home alone, celebrate it instead. And what better way to do that than just allowing yourself to take a break without feeling guilty? Get out your favourite bottle of wine and snacks, and just enjoy your own awesome company. This is also a great way to relax and recharge.

6. Home Self-Date

Let’s face it, this is not the night to go out for your self-date. But it is a wonderful opportunity to have one, from the comfort of your own home. Like a movie night, evening spa date, dinner and dine, a picnic date at home (or in your garden), a DIY or arts & crafts project.


Or in other words, just go about your evening, the same as you always would. Truth be told, that’s what most of your friends are probably doing, especially with adult jobs. And even more so if they’re married with kids. Just do your thing, and go through your regular day. 

Go on a getaway

What better time to get away, than the one night a year that you feel so uncool to stay in on? For me, I also find that when I’m away in a foreign city, I feel less awkward to be alone at places. More so than when I’m at my local turf. Because less people know you, and as a tourist you tend to focus on just having fun. Your mind is too busy and too distracted to care. Especially if you go to a big city, you’re more likely to be able to hide in plain sight. And go unnoticed, feeling like there are less eyes on you, because there are more things for others to see. 

8. Staycation in your home country

If you don’t have enough time or money, this is a great option. Just hop on a bus or train to a neighbouring city or town. Or maybe a town over. Just spend the night, or even two. You can either stay in and enjoy the nice hotel room, with takeaway food. Or you can go out and just explore the city. You can go on some of the local attractions and maybe even meet some nice people to hang out with along the way. 

9. Staycation at home

Alternatively, if you don’t have the option to go away… You can just stay at home and do some local attractions. Or create a “hotel environment” at home. 

10. Day trip

You can either do this as a standalone, or combine it with your staycation at home. You can also sign up for a local tour if you want to go a bit more out. Or you can just go spend the day in the city or any other attraction you’d like. 

11. Solo trip

If it’s possible, you can even go on a full on solo trip. Whether it’s for a long weekend, a few days, a week or even longer. Just go out into the world, experience new things and create for yourself fun adventures. On a solo trip you can also experience New Year’s Eve at a new place and culture. Which is so cool. And with other travellers you meet along the way.

Local events

If there’s one day a year when there’s no shortage of places and events to go to, it’s New Year’s Eve. All you have to do is a bit of research. Either ask Dr. Google, or search on Facebook. Maybe even check your town’s website. Even if you can’t find someone to go with, it’s very likely going to be packed enough that no one will notice you. It’s also a great opportunity to meet new people, maybe even make some friends. 

12. Go to the local firework show

Every year at our local park, there is a show and some firework displays. Even if they don’t have such an event in your town, it’s very likely that one of the neighbouring towns has them. This is a great place to either hang out with yourself and ‘hide in plain sight’, or even be brave and meet new people. 

13. Local singles events

No matter what age group you’re in or where you’re from… It’s very likely that you’re not the only single who hasn’t got what to do on New Year’s Eve. It’s also very likely that someone decided to arrange an event for said singles. If not, you can also try to take the initiative and arrange one yourself. 

14. Neighbourhood party

Many cities will take over a whole street, market or even neighbourhood and have some fun parties. There will also be so many people and distractions, you won’t have time to feel awkward to be on your own. It’s also the best place to start meeting new, random people. Either way, this is a great way to get out of the house and just explore with some nice music. Maybe even fireworks. 

15. Go to a club or a local pub

Many times your local pubs, bars and clubs (or in neighbouring cities and towns) will also have some kind of event. A karaoke night, live shows, a dance party, or just a bunch of people chilling and having fun. This is especially great if you have a regular, local place where they already know you. And you know them, and others who go there. But even if you don’t, this is yet another great place to meet some new people. 

In conclusion – Make it your own!

So, what can a single person do on New Year’s Eve? Anything and everything they want. Just because you’re not in a relationship, does not mean you are at a disadvantage, or aren’t worthy of celebration. And I hope this post inspired you to make this New Year’s Eve your own, no matter your relationship status. Because there is no one right way to celebrate it. It is so far beyond Okay to be alone on New Year’s, and you shouldn’t let anyone make you feel or think otherwise. It’s only the people who conform to society’s stigmas that care whether or not you’re alone, or going out on New Year’s Eve by yourself. And I hope this inspires you to do whatever it is you want, without worrying about what others will think or say. 

I would LOVE to hear from you how you spend New Years Eve on your own? What do you do on New Years when you’re single?

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Michal B.L.

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Hey there! My name is Michal, I was born and raised in Israel, currently I live in a small city near Jerusalem. I'm a certified life coach, and in my Single Life Blog, I write about single life in all its glory and share Single Life Lessons to help you embrace yourself and your singlehood. I offer tips and advice for a better, happy single life, how to be independent, feel comfortable in your own skin and company, and how to not chase toxic people - all of which are based on my own 7-year single life experience.