When you think of ringing in the new year in New York City, it’s likely that cramming yourself into the crowd in Times Square, waiting to watch the ball fall at midnight, comes to mind.
While this is a great, and popular way to celebrate the holiday, you may be looking for something a little more off the beaten path. If you want to have a great time this New Year’s Eve without the major crowds, check out these 5 things to do:
Secret warehouse location TBD $65-$120
While you won’t know exactly where in the city this expansive event is taking place until the last minute, it promises to be big fun. Starting at 9 p.m., guests can expect to be entertained by fire- breathers, aerialists, zip-line performances, and a silent disco.
Musical entertainment from Captain Claude VonStroke, Bleep Bloop, and more will take over two stages during this eight-hour bash.
And when the clock strikes midnight, you’ll get to ring in the new year under an expansive solar system ceiling art installation for a unique experience you’ll never forget!
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield Enter at Fifth Ave. & 72nd St. $35-$70
Celebrating the new year doesn’t have to be all indulgence and partying. If you’re a fitness enthusiast, you can join the New York Road Runners for a 4-mile run that kicks off at midnight following a group countdown to the new year.
Enjoy Central Park at night, lit by fireworks from elsewhere in the city, on this loop race that includes a few hills and ends with a nice, flat stretch of road. Arrive early (after 10 p.m.) to enjoy music and dancing with your fellow runners before heading out for the race.
Awards will be given to the top three men and women overall.
Prospect Park, Flatbush Ave. & Eastern Parkway Free
Enjoy New York City’s most spectacular fireworks display for free during this 39th annual event.
Beginning at 10:30 p.m., bundle up and enjoy the live entertainment in the Grand Army Plaza. There you can also grab a cup of hot chocolate to keep you warm until the beginning of the new year.
The best views of the fireworks are from the Grand Army Plaza area, so bring a blanket or lawn chairs and settle in for the fun.
Departs from 41st Street Marina $419
This three-hour cruise around the Hudson River gives you exceptional views of fireworks along with one of the most happening events in the city.
Departing at 10 p.m., enjoy a four-course dinner and champagne toast, as well as dancing and DJ entertainment. Dress shirts are required for men, with jackets optional, and elegant or business attire for women.
Have an experience you won’t soon forget with this nighttime cruise!
Taste Buds Kitchen, 109 W. 27th St., 10th Floor $79
This adults-only, BYOB class is perfect for all those pasta-loving home cooks out there.
Learn a simple pasta dough recipe, as well as tips and tricks for crafting all your favorite pasta shapes. Participants will learn to knead, roll, and cut the pasta into fettucine, and master the art of perfectly filled ravioli.
And because pasta without sauce is nothing, you’ll also make your own tomato sauce to enjoy with your homemade pasta creations. Choose one of two sessions, either 5-7 p.m. or 8-10 p.m.
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