We will open the book. It’s pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called OPPORTUNITY and it’s first page is NEW YEAR DAY.
Whether you’re looking for a fireworks cruise, New Year’s Eve parties in Chicago or just New Year’s Eve dinner ideas, our list of fun things to do for New Year’s Eve is sure to give you a great place to start.
Family Slumber Party
Prepare for this activity on New Year’s Eve – that’s part of the fun! Visit the video store and rent any movies that the kids want to watch. Shop for snacks (even ones that are usually forbidden). Pick up a deck of cards and break out the board games.
Cook one of your family’s favorite meals and eat it by candlelight in the living room. Then spend the evening watching movies and playing cards and board games. Spread pillows and sleeping bags or blankets on the floor and let the whole family camp out for the night. See how many family members are still awake at midnight!
Plan Your Trip Party to LAS VEGAS
More than 300,000 revelers descend on this party capital for the big night, when the Las Vegas Strip becomes car-free and transforms into a giant street party with live bands, pyrotechnic displays, and laser shows. The city also hosts a mind-boggling number of concerts, shows, and parties in clubs, hotels, and casinos, meaning there’s no shortage of evening entertainment options. Come midnight, fireworks are launched from seven rooftops along the Strip, so chances are you’ll see them whether you’re on the street or in an over-the-top hotel suite.
New Year’s Ball at Home
Turn your family room or heated garage into a ballroom with a disco ball, curtains, and strings of lights. Gather lots of different kinds of dance music, from Big Band to current hits, so everyone can have fun dancing. Dress code can be casual or formal.
Make your own disco ball out of paper mâché and glittery paper. Fill it with candy and small prizes (movie passes, kazoos, etc.), and let it drop and break open at midnight.
Dinner Cruises: Full Fireworks Views
Get the best view of the fireworks over Lake Michigan with an unparalleled vantage point on the water. Book a dinner and fireworks cruise, which includes delicious dining, music, a champagne toast and, of course, unbeatable views of the midnight fireworks. These special cruises are offered through Entertainment Cruises on their Odyssey, Mystic Blue and Spirit of Chicago vessels.
Make Your Bad Luck and Faults Disappear
Try a traditional New Year’s activity that comes from Colombia, South America. Build a dummy representing the Año Viejo (the old year), using sturdy paper or cardboard. “Dress” it by drawing clothes on it or gluing on scraps of old clothing from each family member. Ask everyone to write down their faults and bad luck on a piece of paper. Exactly at midnight, tear Año Viejo into shreds. If you have a fire going in your fireplace, throw in the shreds and let them burn. While Año Viejo is being destroyed, read the list of faults and bad luck out loud, to make them vanish along with the old year.
Sing “Old Lang Syne” and Make Some Toasts
Give children practice writing musical notes and lyrics as they rearrange the music for “Auld Lang Syne” in this printable. Then celebrate the start of the new year with the correct lyrics for the song. Raise these trick martinis in a toast – or better yet, purchase some champagne without alcohol so the kids can get the full toasting experience!
Looking for festive dinner ideas? Chicago’s award-winning restaurant scene is pulling out all the stops.
At Riva Crab House, enjoy spectacular views of the Navy Pier fireworks from the upstairs dining room (combined with chef specials and a champagne toast at midnight), or the downstairs dance floor. Or grab a bite along the pier at Harry Caray’s Tavernbefore catching the sky show just outside.
Frontier hosts a special New Year’s Eve event with a whole animal (pig, goat, lamb and boar) meal package and a champagne toast at midnight. Indulge in a full dinner buffet at Bar Louie.