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Ten Ways to Enjoy a Sober New Year’s Eve

As the year comes to a close, many people are getting ready for a night of alcohol-fueled partying and ringing in the new year with a champagne toast. However, for those in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction, the thought of a typical New Year’s Eve celebration can be overwhelming. Here are some ways to safeguard your sobriety and still have fun. 

Ways to Enjoy a Sober New Year’s Eve

Have an Outdoor Adventure

Planning an outdoor adventure is a fantastic way to celebrate the start of the new year while embracing the beauty of the great outdoors. Whether it is hiking, camping, or simply going for a long walk in a nearby park, immersing yourself in nature can be a refreshing and rejuvenating way to ring in the new year. As you breathe in the crisp, fresh air and take in the sights and sounds of nature, you will feel more connected and grounded. So gather some friends or go alone, and create unforgettable memories surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Have a Quiet Night In

This option is perfect for those who prefer a more relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. You can cozy up on the couch with a good book, watch your favorite movies or TV shows, or indulge in a luxurious bubble bath. Use New Year’s Eve as a time to reflect on the past year and set your intentions for the year ahead. Pamper yourself and practice self-care. Light some candles, meditate, play soft music, and treat yourself to your favorite snacks and drinks. Having a quiet night in allows you to fully enjoy the peace and tranquility of the evening while avoiding any triggers or temptations associated with alcohol.

Have a Themed Party

Themed parties are a great way to bring people together and create a memorable experience. Plus, they can help take the focus off of alcohol and put it on the festivities and fun. You can choose a theme that suits your interests and get creative with decorations, costumes, and activities. Whether it is a 1920s Gatsby party, a tropical luau, or a cozy winter wonderland, the possibilities are endless.

Host a Game Night

Invite a group of friends for a fun night of board games, delicious treats, and plenty of laughs. Whether you play your treasured classics or have each person bring their personal favorite, rotate through the games and enjoy the fun. At midnight, have everyone write their wishes for the new year on Flying Wish Paper, roll the special paper into a tube, light it, and watch your wishes gently fly. 


Volunteering your time on New Year’s Eve is a meaningful way to give back to your community. It can also be a powerful way to reinforce your commitment to sobriety. When you help others struggling with addiction or other challenges, you can gain a new perspective and a sense of purpose. Many volunteer opportunities are available, from serving meals at a homeless shelter to spending time with seniors in a nursing home. By focusing on the needs of others, you channel your energy into making a positive impact.

Plan a Fun Activity     

Make New Year’s Eve fun whether you spend it alone, with friends, or with family.                                                                                                                

  • Go roller skating, ice skating, or bowling
  • Visit a comedy club
  • Put out blankets and stargaze
  • Take part in a midnight race
  • Build a bonfire
  • Visit an amusement park

Attend a Sober Event

Many cities offer alcohol-free celebrations specifically tailored for individuals who want to celebrate the new year without the presence of alcohol. These events often include live music performances, dance parties, comedy shows, and even fireworks displays. Attending a sober event not only provides a fun and exciting atmosphere but also allows you to connect with like-minded individuals who are also committed to sobriety. 

Try a New Hobby or Craft

Channel your creativity and discover a passion that you can carry with you into the new year. Whether it is painting, knitting, photography, or even learning to play a musical instrument, there are countless hobbies and crafts to choose from.

Have a Cooking Competition

Invite a few close friends or family members and have a New Year’s Eve competition cook-off. Select a judge or judging panel. Choose a category, such as chili, BBQ, burgers, pizza, or spaghetti. Let the food wars begin. Give a prize for the best-tasting dish. 

Organize a Movie Marathon

Invite friends or family members and gather your favorite movies, popcorn, non-alcoholic beverages, and blankets. Create a cozy movie-watching space in your living room. You can choose a theme for the marathon, such as comedies, action films, or even classics from different decades. You can take turns picking movies and discussing your favorite scenes.

We Can Help

Drug and alcohol addiction is a chronic brain disease that can affect anyone. It is treatable. If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, we can help. Our team of skilled professionals at Anabranch Recovery Center in Terre Haute, Indiana, will help you take back control of your life. Contact us today.


About the author

Terry Hurley is a retired educational professional and freelance writer with more than fifty years of experience. A former reading specialist and learning center director, Terry loved her years working with children in the educational field. She has written extensively for print and online publications specializing in education and health issues. For the last six years, her writing focus has been on addiction and mental health issues.

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