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11 Alternative NYE Activities To Do In NYC

New Year’s Eve is only days away and most New Yorkers will probably be attending house parties, going to nightclubs, or standing in Time Square in the cold waiting for the ball to drop. All of these options for ringing in 2016 sound fun (well, maybe except for the Time Square one), but what if I told you there were a whole host of different type of NYE events going on around the city. These eight alternative events in NYC may be outside your comfort zone, but are definitely worth welcoming in the New Year.

NYE Midnight Run  |  Upper West Side

About: Celebrate the New Year with a four mile run. Get pumped with music and dancing before counting down to midnight. When this race starts in NYC fireworks will light up the sky. This NYC free event is a great way to start the new year off with a bang,or in this case a run.

NYE Alternative Fact: If you attend this NYC New Year’s Eve event you can earn credits for the 2016 TCS Marathon.

NYE Ride  |  Brooklyn

About: Another active NYC event during New Year’s Eve. This one involves riding your bike or roller blades through the borough of Brooklyn and end in Central Park.

NYE Alternative Fact: While traveling to Central Park make some noise with noisemakers.

Polar Bear Plunge  |  Brooklyn

About: Get out of your comfort zone and into the Atlantic Ocean on Jan.1. This NYC free event happens on New Year’s Day at Coney Island Park. This event has an organization called the Coney Island Club that is the oldest winter bathing group in the nation.

NYE Alternative Fact: Before the big plunge, members have the option to donate $2 to a group called Camp Sunshine.

PubCrawl | Herald Square

About: On the last day of 2015 celebrate the year by pub-hopping to the most popular venues in the city. This New Year’s Eve experience will allow you and your friends to gain access to as many NYC venues as you can image. This NYC event includes free admission and drink specials.

NYE Alternative Fact: PubCrawl’s only purchase is their all access pass for NYC’s venues; the pass is $20.16 per person.

AMC Movie NYE Celebration  |  Time Square

About: Celebrating the new year just got wilder. At the iconic AMC Theater friends, couples and families can all enjoy themselves before and after midnight. This New Year’s Eve NYC event has four fun-filled floors that are meant for all things entertainment based. If you enjoy dancing and socializing come to AMC’s New Year’s Eve Celebration in NYC.

NYE Alternative Fact: At this NYC event people will enjoy live music, watching movies, and partying during and after the ball drop.

Concert for Peace  |  Upper West Side 

About: New Year, new goals to achieve. At the Cathedral Church of St. John’s on New Year’s Eve they will start their annual Concert for Peace with music and pray. Seating is free to the general public.

NYE Alternative Fact: St. John’s Concert for Peace has been active for over a quarter of a century.

NYE Dance Party  |  Chelsea

About: Cruise around the island one last time during New Year’s Eve night. The New Year’s Eve Dance Party is a great new way to celebrate the New Year in NYC. For one price customers get free drinks and appetizers, a great view of Manhattan, and unlimited dance music throughout the night.

NYE Alternative Fact: This New Year’s Eve NYC event is not your usual cruise line yacht, it’s a dance party.

 Jimmy Buffet & Huey Lewis Concert   |  Brooklyn

About: Close out the year of 2015 while jamming out to Jimmy Buffet and Huey Lewis’ classic hits. This New Year’s Eve at the Barclay Center fans of both bands will be treated to their favorite songs, such as Buffet’s “Margaritaville”,  and Huey Lewis’ “Hip to be Square.”

NYE Alternative Facts: This NYC concert marks Jimmy Buffet’s first New York City performance.

Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour   |  Brooklyn

About: Start the 2016 year with a walk. The Brooklyn Bridge walking tour is one of the best tours in NYC during New Year’s Eve. Participants will learn the history behind the 19 century bridge.

NYE Alternative Fact: Fireworks and a dance party is scheduled during this NYC walking tour.

Winter Masquerade 2015  |  Chelsea

About: Party like your royalty at The McKittrick Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. This NYC event is hosted by Sleep No More, a theater and bar venue in New York. Guess will enjoy a well-put dinner and then be escorted into Sleep No More where the masquerade party will be held until the clock strikes midnight.

NYE Alternative Facts: This New Year’s Eve NYC event is a masquerade style party; don’t forget your decorative mask.

Karaoke Shout  |  Queens

About: Sing-a-long to your favorite guilty pleasures and one-hit-wonders before midnight. At Karaoke Shout every day people have fun singing to old and new songs, but on New Year’s Eve in NYC participants will enjoy hours of karaoke during 2015 and into 2016.

NYE Alternative Fact: It’s a bar that offers karaoke on a dally schedule, what more can people ask for.

Whatever you decide to do, Have a Happy New Year!