5, 4, 3, 2, 1….Happy New Year!
New Year’s Eve in the New York metropolitan area usually brings to mind sights and sounds from Times Square in New York City. Masses of people bundled up against the cold and crammed together counting down the last seconds of the year, while the sparkling ball drops from above. Excitement and energy fill the air as confetti streams overhead.
However, there is also something to be said for staying close to home. Many towns, including Bridgewater and Raritan, are filled with restaurants and pubs offering delicious meals and entertainment to celebrate this momentous night. Many of them have special fixed menus and great music and dancing to keep things lively throughout the evening. A few of them actually have party rooms to rent for the night, so you can design your own private celebration with your family and friends.
Some of the area hotels have New Year’s Eve packages as well, and you can even stay the night. So you can eat, dance, celebrate and sleep all in one place. No need for a designated driver here.
Another option is to make your own fun at home. Get your friends, neighbors and family together and order in Chinese food or pizza, or have it catered. You can have game night, sing karaoke, or just hang out and reminisce. As the clock nears midnight, turn on the television and count down with the rest of the East Coast while watching the crowds cheer and bands play long into the night. And how nice to be watching from the comfort of your warm, cozy living room. Guests can even bring their sleeping bags so no one has to worry about being on the road and driving home.
So if you’re not in the mood to deal with large crowds, or to stand for hours in the cold after driving an hour, these stress-free local alternatives may be just what you’re looking for to ring in the new year. Just remember to make reservations since many venues fill up fast. Here are some websites to help you make your plans. Happy New Year!