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10 Fun Activities to Do on New Year's Day

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Did you make plans for New Year's Eve but forget to plan for the day after? Check out these 10 fun things to do on the first day of the year.

Did you make plans for New Year's Eve but forget to plan for the day after? Check out these 10 fun things to do on the first day of the year.

10 Entertaining New Year's Day Activities

Looking for something interesting to do on New Year’s Day? We often invest all of our time planning New Year’s Eve activities, but the first day of the new year can be just as important. Here are 10 fun and practical ideas that you can try!

  1. Watch football.
  2. Take a (hot) yoga class.
  3. Make resolutions for the new year.
  4. Host a New Year's Day brunch.
  5. Reconnect with friends, family, and colleagues.
  6. Clean out the fridge.
  7. See a matinee movie.
  8. Put holiday decorations back in storage.
  9. Shop end-of-year sales.
  10. Do absolutely nothing.
News Year's Day is a big day for football.

News Year's Day is a big day for football.

1. Watch Football

New Year’s Day is a big day for college football. Check out for an updated schedule, microwave some popcorn, and enjoy cheering on your favorite football team!

Yoga is a great way to start the new year on a healthy note!

Yoga is a great way to start the new year on a healthy note!

2. Take a (Hot) Yoga Class

Yoga is known for its healing, cleansing, and renewing effects. What better day for these benefits than New Year’s Day? Hot yoga classes take place in a heated room, with temperatures ranging from 90 degrees to 104 degrees. The heat promotes muscle flexibility and sweating, which in turn helps remove toxins (e.g., the bottle of champagne you drank on New Year’s Eve) from your body. If you're new to yoga, don't worry! Classes can be adjusted for any student, from beginner to expert.

Set a few resolutions to reach your dreams!

Set a few resolutions to reach your dreams!

3. Set Personal Goals and New Year’s Resolutions

The beginning of a new year is a great time to think about what you want to accomplish in your personal and professional life. The most common New Year’s resolutions include: lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, stop smoking, spend more time with family and friends, volunteer, save money, and get out of debt.

If you want to think of a few meaningful goals for the coming year, try following these steps to help you reflect:

  1. Move to a quiet area that is away from family and friends.
  2. Bring a laptop or paper/pencil.
  3. Think about what’s working and what changes you'd like to see.
  4. Start jotting down ideas and prioritize what’s most important to you, ranking your ideas from high to low.
  5. Take the top five ideas and expand on them.


For example, you may want to lose weight this year. A few questions you can ask are:

  • How much weight do you want to drop?
  • How quickly do you want to lose the weight?
  • How will you lose the weight?

The more specific and prepared you are, the more likely you will achieve your goals. An example goal could be, "Lose 25 pounds in six months by joining Crunch Gym, working with a personal trainer, and bringing my lunch to work at least twice a week." Make your goal specific and measurable.

Host a brunch for friends to gather and enjoy the day together!

Host a brunch for friends to gather and enjoy the day together!

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4. Host a New Year’s Day Brunch

Invite friends and family over for a New Year’s Day brunch! Keep it relaxed by going the "open house" route, a format where attendees can come and go as they please. More and more people are staying at home on New Year’s Eve and would look forward to an event the next day.

Take the time to reconnect with family and friends.

Take the time to reconnect with family and friends.

5. Reconnect With Friends, Extended Family, and Colleagues

New Year’s Day is the perfect day to reach out to people you haven’t spoken to in a while. We all get busy, especially around the holidays, so the slowing of holiday events provides more breathing room to consider reconnecting with people in your life. Dial a few friends and colleagues, or send an e-mail sharing life updates, season's greetings, and an invitation for responses.

Clean out the fridge and get rid of expired foods.

Clean out the fridge and get rid of expired foods.

6. Clean Out the Fridge

Have you ever prepared a salad, added dressing, taken a bite, and then spit it out because something tasted off? That's when you see the salad dressing expired three years ago! We tend to be so busy in our day-to-day lives that we don't take the time to remove expired items from the refrigerator.

On New Year’s Day, set aside an hour and do some cleaning. Take a look at the fridge and toss everything that's expired. Don't forget to look in your freezer and throw away unrecognizable items that have freezer burn. While you're cleaning out the fridge, take advantage of being in your cleaning mode and examine your medicine cabinet to discard old medicine, ointments, and makeup.

What movies will be released this New Year's Day?

What movies will be released this New Year's Day?

7. See a Matinee Movie

Seeing a newly released movie with family and friends is a New Year’s Day tradition for many people. This year, you likely have a choice of many highly anticipated releases, so plan ahead and rally people to go see something with you!

Stay organized when taking down holiday decorations; you'll thank yourself next year.

Stay organized when taking down holiday decorations; you'll thank yourself next year.

8. Put Holiday Decorations Back in Storage

Some homeowners keep their holiday decorations out past New Year’s Day, but most people tend to start taking theirs down after Christmas day. Gather up the red and green, pack up the blue and white, take down the Christmas tree, and roll up the holiday lights in an organized manner to make decorating next year a breeze.

Search for coupons online before hitting the mall.

Search for coupons online before hitting the mall.

9. Shop Year-End Sales

Many retailers need to move excess holiday inventory to make room for spring goods and will hold fantastic winter sales after Christmas. If you don’t mind the challenge of finding a parking space at a mall and prefer shopping at brick-and-mortar stores, search for coupons online first. Many companies offer additional discounts if you use coupons, and the five minutes of preparation could save you hundreds of dollars at the cash register.

If you prefer buying online, look for companies with end-of-year deals and have fun shopping from the comfort of your own home!

Start the year off right by relaxing.

Start the year off right by relaxing.

10. Do Absolutely Nothing

Get up as late as possible, lounge around in comfy pajamas, drink mimosas, devour potato chips or homemade cookies, order Chinese food or pizza, do a movie marathon, and relax!

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Any Other Suggestions for New Year's Day? Please Leave a Comment Below.

Modric Monroe on January 22, 2020:

so beautiful

Mike De Vries on January 01, 2020:

To walk with humanity in a way that allows the obsolesence of our competitive advantages as we share the opportunity to walk upon a pathway to an altruistic destiny.

lialia on January 01, 2020:

happy new year

Vicky Bloomfield on January 01, 2020:

Have superb holiday snacks, like swedish meatballs, chinese casserole, bbq little smokies, cheescake bites, and fun finger foods, and let's not forget the queso and cheese dip!

TRnSC on January 01, 2020:

1st Day hike!

John Dove on January 01, 2018:

Hi Reynolds Writing--

Today is New Year's Day! Which of your suggestions did I follow? 4-New Year's Day Brunch for family. I believe the best of all worlds is to spend quality time with family, and that's what we did.

Delilah on January 01, 2015:

no thank you

Teri on January 01, 2014:

The reason people leave Christmas decorations up past New Years is that Christmas starts December 25th and ends January 6th ( The Epiphany) so no thank you on putting away decorations. I'll save that for January 7th when Christmas is actually over.

Jade on December 29, 2013:

New years hats posle sangos

Sashalina on January 01, 2013:

Sooooooooo boring and Lamo!!!!

JRT on December 31, 2012:


Lee on December 31, 2012:

Or you could just get a life

Californiagurl56 on January 01, 2012:

Yoga time!!!!!!!!!!!

yowuzup on December 31, 2011:

Having family fun time is good! Do a cook off! Or a game night! Also excersice day to work off holiday food and get in shape( do pushups or run upstairs)

Mayank sharma on December 31, 2011:

I thnk d inspiratory or motivation is mising litlle bit but at d end i enjoyed it very much . . .

Debra on December 26, 2011:

Photos always a must!!

Shasta Matova from USA on December 14, 2011:

These are great ideas. Voted up.

new years miami on December 14, 2011:

the best thing to do on new years is to head down to miami and chill out to some of the best music in the USA!! all the info can be found below!!

Desarae on December 01, 2011:

Walk on the beach

kkkiiilllooobbbuuujjf on January 01, 2011:

these are for oldiess

elorac on December 31, 2010:

Well you could dress up in all your old clothes and create some new ensembles for a laugh

Cut up your old clothes and make a rug out of them

Do a collage

Write a story

Use up your left overs

Feed the birds


Diane on December 27, 2010:


Lita C. Malicdem from Philippines on January 06, 2010:

A great list of reminders. My most difficult one is putting back Christmas decors in storage, and haven't moved a finger to take them down yet. Waiting for Chinese New Year in February. Thanks!

abhiallen on January 01, 2010:

thanks for the list... very helpful

Bianca on January 01, 2010:

I loooove the last one.. A whole lot of nothing is my plan for today!! Although I feel a little guilty not to go outside on a very sunny San Diego day.. well, maybe I'll catch a beautiful sunset later!

Great Hub!

Eddy2106 from Chicago Suburb, IL on December 31, 2009:

i'm do the first one and then do the last one.

LondonGirl from London on January 11, 2009:

lovely hub!

I spent NYD as I always do - going for a long walk with my family (parents, sisters, brother, son, etc) and then playing bridge. Relaxing all the way for me!

ThePioneer21 from Liverpool on January 02, 2009:

I love the party idea, but as it was the morning after the night before we couldn't face it, but will definitely plan an 'open house' party for next New Year. I have to admit me and my boyfriend opted for the last of your ideas, replacing law and order with CSI Miami- fantastic slouch day!!

Nice, easy going hub :-)

tr15599 on January 01, 2009:

This is a great list if your over 50 and not very active.

indy cindy from Indianapolis, Indiana on January 01, 2009:

I really need to take down my tree. Unfortunately ... there are at least twenty five things I'd rather be doing. I did clean out my pantry not long ago ... and had to throw out way more expired items than I expected (I really need to remember to rotate my stock when I put new items in the pantry!).

Today ... I think I might wander over to the Garfield Park Conservatory here in Indianapolis. It will be warm inside ... and I can spend some time savoring one of my favorite past times ... nature photography.

Nice hub.

4Real522 on December 31, 2008:

its awesome like the videos 10 outa 10

Reynolds_Writing (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on December 30, 2008:

Yes.. Yoga is great for cleansing - especially after a late New Year's eve. Thanks for the feedback.

ForReal511 from Fort Lauderdale, FL on December 30, 2008:

awesome list! esp love the idea of yoga and hosting a brunch or open house

KateWest from Los Angeles, CA on December 29, 2008:

All sounds good to me.

njdiamonds on December 28, 2008:

We watch foot ball, and just relax we work 6 days a week, and around the holiday season 7 days so we are looking for a day just to rest. Nice hub thanks for the ideas.

Reynolds_Writing (author) from Atlanta, Georgia on December 27, 2008:

Thanks for the feedback. Would love to hear other New Year's Day suggestions.

elengy517 on December 26, 2008:

This is a great list of New Year's Day activities.. I always forget aboutt the fridge cleaning.. Good reminder

johnnyalcott on December 23, 2008:

Very well written Hub. Great ideas for new year's day...

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