8 Fun Sober Things to Do
Staying sober for New Year’s Eve can be tough, especially when you are in a city like Las Vegas. But celebrating the New Year in Las Vegas doesn’t mean you need to separate yourself from all of the fun. There are plenty of sober and exciting things to do, many of which are available throughout the holidays.
So, here are 8 booze-free activities we found in and around Sin City on New Year’s Eve:
Go for a Hike or Visit a Park to Watch the Firework Show
What better way to celebrate the start of a New Year than watching a spectacular firework show? A hike or walk at the park will also provide an opportunity for some quiet self-reflection. Here are some of the best spots to watch the city fireworks from afar: Desert Breeze Park, City View Park, Black Mountain Trail, or Las Vegas Overlook trail.
Sober Party or Game Night
Host your own sober party with your loved ones or go out for a game night. Hosting your own party will be an easy way to guarantee alcohol stays out of sight during the holiday. Your recovery friends and family are likely looking for something to do as well and will appreciate the invite. Board games have become trendy and have evolved beyond Monopoly or Yahtzee, now there are adult-themed games like Cards Against Humanity or adult versions of classics like Taboo or Pictionary. If you don’t want to stay home, you can play board games at Meepleville Board Game Café (located on West Sahara.) The café is open until 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and serves food and non-alcoholic beverages.
Go to a Bowling Party
Several bowling alleys around the Vegas Valley will be hosting New Year’s Eve Bowling parties, which are ideal for families and kids. The parties include food, glow sticks, party favors and, of course, bowling. Here are a few spots that are hosting bowling parties until 12:30 a.m.: Texas Station, Sunset Station, Red Rock lanes, and Santa Fe station.
Go to a Show
Not everyone will be in the mood for a show on New Year’s Eve, but for those who are, there’s never a shortage of a good time in Las Vegas. Start looking tickets for Le Reve, Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, and David Copperfield.
The Ice Rink
Jack Frost might nip at your nose, but go out to a skating rink this New Year’s Eve. If you want to watch a firework show while on the ice, get your tickets now for The Cosmopolitan’s New Year’s Eve fireworks viewing party at The Ice Rink. You will be able to watch the Las Vegas Strip firework show while enjoying non-alcoholic drinks.
Lake Las Vegas
Ring in the New Year at Lake Las Vegas! The 2019 New Year’s Eve Celebration is free and open to the public. There will be live music, special menus, family-friendly fun, and a firework show over the lake.
Support a Great Cause
Might as well start of the year right by helping others. Visit Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest for your New Year’s Eve celebration. Opportunity Village is a non-profit organization that provides adults with all levels of intellectual disabilities a chance to lead healthy and independent lives.
During the holidays, they host an event called Magical Forest. Visit their location on 6300 W. Oakey Blvd to see this winter wonderland decorated with millions of lights. There will be plenty of fun, great food, and holiday cheer! On New Year’s Eve, Opportunity Village will be holding their final night for the Magical Forest, which will be open from 5:30 p.m. until 9: 00 p.m. By going to this event, you will be supporting their cause to help others.
Attend an Alcathon or Narcathon
An “Alcathon” (for Alcoholics Anonymous) or a “Narcathon” (for Narcotics Anonymous) are events held during the holidays (like Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve) that are designed to provide a space for people in recovery to go in order to avoid temptation and stay clean and sober. “Alcathon” or “Narcathon” are just 12-step terms for a 24-hour meeting marathon. People in need of some support staying sober can come and go as they please and in addition to the round-the-clock meetings, there’s usually a potluck. Call the local AA hotline or local NA hotline locator for a meeting schedule.