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Not everyone wants to bring in the new year partying until dawn, especially those with young children. Here are 7 great family-friendly New Year’s activities that won’t keep you up late (in no particular order):

New York City ball dropNew Year’s Eve Fireworks Display and Carriage Rides

Check out your local communities display of fireworks and sign up for the fun carriage rides that family of all ages will enjoy. This is a great way to start of the new year with some exciting events. Kids love petting the animals and even getting to feed them carrots (if you’re lucky). You can sit close to loved ones and reminisce on the happy times had and the happy times to come in the new year.

Noontime New Year Celebration

You can celebrate New Year’s at noon, with lots of music and noisemakers. You can also get photos as remembrances and be home in time to avoid night time travelers on the icy and dangerous roads. This way, your kids can go to bed early with the happy  memories of celebrating new years but you will be able to stay up late and enjoy the midnight excitement.

New Year’s Eve Skating Rink

Rinks plan on having a big bonfire, with hat and noisemakers, and plenty of hot and cold drinks for sale in the cafe. Teach a young one how to skate for the first time or show of your own skills. Either way, this is guaranteed fun for the whole family, with laughs being a must. Skate into the New Year at your local rink and cherish the fresh winter air.

New Year’s Eve Stroll

Celebrate New Year’s with an evening walk under a new moon. Invite your neighbors and their families to walk with you and potentially make a new tradition by enjoying each others company in your local area. Bring a thermos of hot chocolate or tea to share and sip a warm beverage under a clear sky.

New Year’s Eve Concert

Check out your local listing for family friendly concerts in your area and discover a band you have never heard before. What’s more, you won’t know what’s being performed until you get there. Everyone loves good music and holiday cheer.

Ringing of the Bells

This event is BYOB: bring you own bells, which you’ll use to ring in 2018. Jingle bells, cowbells, and school bells welcome. Enjoy the company of others who are excited to start a new year. Pick your own music and your own bell, and ring the day away with laughter.

No matter what your taste, there’s an early New Year’s Eve celebration just for you, and your whole family.

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