What to Do on New Years Eve 2020 – the Top Virtual Events to Tune into on New Year Eve!

I don’t know if I’ve ever been this excited to ring in a NEW YEAR and a fresh start – what about you guys? This New Year’s Eve is definitely going to look very different than any that have come before it, and hopefully this is the only of its kind, LOL.

But while there have been many hardships, losses, frustrations, and tests this year, we have to pause for a moment and celebrate the WINS, am I right??? Even when the only win this year was making it through, and having the hope and excitement of the new year of 2021 to look forward to. I am hopeful for more resilience, human connection, community and TRAVEL in the year to come. (Btw have you seen my top destinations for 2021 post yet?) 

Even if you are celebrating the new year from the comfort of your own home this year, whether you want to dress up for the hell of it or sip champagne in your PJ’s, there are still plenty of options to make it a fun and unique night as we merrily wave 2020 goodbye! I have scoured the internet to find you the best options for virtual happenings, from ball drops to live music festivals!

All The Best Music Performances in One Place: Your Living Room

Catch the Jonas Brothers Live performance from Miami as the clock strikes midnight- Tune in to ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020 on ABC to watch, with other performances from Sheryl Crow and Kelsea Ballerini!

The X-ambassadors, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Keith Urban will be performing live from Nashville on NBC!

Bud Light Seltzer is Putting on an Interactive Livestream Show, in collaboration with MGM Resorts, it will be hosted by Lily Singh and coverage starts at 10:30pm EST. You can head into breakout rooms to watch along-side friends and family as Post Malone, Steve Aoki and Jack Harlow perform, there will be chances to win prizes and meet the performers! Must be 21+ to watch. RSVP on the link provided to be entered in to win fun prices during the event. 

Dance Away 2020 at a Virtual Music Festival

Avett Brothers

The Belgian music festival Tomorrowland will go on as planned in a virtual fashion. With  headliners like David Guetta, Martin Garrix and Major Lazor this show can be experienced from 8pm to 3am in any time zone! Tickets are $24!

Youtube will be hosting their own “hello 2021” NYE countdown Fest with performances from Dua Lipa and contributions from Rupaul and Matthew McConaughey. Coverage starts at 10:30 EDT. 

Or attend a Virtual Avett Brothers Concert! The uber popular folk band typically holds a concert every New Years Eve but this year they are going virtual, set up your own tailgate at home and snag your tickets here! It’ll be like having box seats, but with better booze!

 

WATCH THE BALL DROP!

No matter what time zone you’re in, there is a virtual ball drop for you! It feels so foreign looking back at photos of a packed Time’s Square on New Years Eve where the crystal ball makes its way down every year, a tradition that has prevailed since 1904. Did you know that the only time the ball has not made its annual descent was in 1942 and 1943 due to war time light restrictions, where instead the people of New York City gathered in the dark for a moment on silence for lives lost. It almost feels like we are in war time again, but this time we are all on the same side. As the ball makes its way down find some gratitude for the resilience of this country and its people, and your own resilience as you’ve made it through one fo the toughest years yet. There is light on the horizon.

Live Stream the NYC Time Square Ball Drop! Coverage starts at 6pm EST on the 31st.

For my west coasters, watch the LA new years countdown here!

THROW A VIRTUAL NEW YEARS EVE HAPPY HOUR 

 

We should all be getting quite good at these at this point. Pick out that fun zoom background, make that Charcuterie board you saw on TikTok and pop a bottle of nice champagne with your friends. Reach out to any and all friends who will be chilling at home this New Years and send them the link! Everyone could use something fun to do this year.

Go around and make some toasts (or roasts) and enjoy the company of some friends you wouldn’t normally get to hangout with. One of the biggest silver linings in all of this is getting to connect with more people you wouldn’t hop on facetime or zoom with on a regular basis, don’t take it for granted! This is the kind of year we will tell our kids about one day, so have everyone share their highest and their lowest point of 2020 and be there to support each other through both!

BINGE WATCH THE BEST OF 2020

If there was one thing 2020 brought us, it was more time to Netflix and Chill! This newfound freedom won’t last forever and I’m sure one day we will look back longingly on the hours we had at our disposal. Soooo pull up one of my top Netflix recommendations, make some popcorn and pour a glass of champagne (in a fancy wine glass, of course!). Some of the most popular TV series of this year include: The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix, Curb Your Enthusiasm an Emmy award winner from HBO, Normal People on Hulu, The Last Dance from ESPN on Netflix, the new season of the Crown on Netflix and of course one of the most talked about shows of the year-Tiger King on Netflix. When it comes to the best films of the year there is a limited selection due to the delays on releases, but some of my favorites include: Mulan on Disney+, Miss Americana a showcase of Taylor Swift on Netflix, Hamilton on Disney+, 1917 on Hulu/Amazon, and Parasite on Hulu or Amazon or Google Play. I also just watched the cute rom-com Last Christmas on HBOMax and loved it!!

And if you’re looking for some last minute NYE decor to help you celebrate, here are my favorites!

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