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New Year's Eve 2016: Get the party started on a budget

Published 31 December 2016 by

New Year’s Eve can be a night of huge expectations, with dreams of fresh starts and elaborate parties. For many, there’s also an added financial pressure, with the high cost of entrance fees into bars and clubs, expensive taxis home and a new party outfit hitting hard.

There can be a lot to think about, but don’t feel disheartened – here’s a whole host of more frugal ways to enjoy the night.

House party

Fancy dress, pyjamas, board games or films – why don’t you have a themed party to suit your budget? You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a brilliant New Year’s Eve at home with your family, friends and loved ones. Your house will already look the part dressed in its festive outfit with all the twinkly decorations, making it the perfect setting to have a night in.

Enjoy games such as charades, twister, where everyone can join in. If you’re planning to eat, stick to party food and snacks. Use leftover food from your Christmas dinner and make sandwiches. Look for post-Christmas day bargains in the supermarket that you can freeze and use on the night, or head to Iceland for an array of affordable foods. If you choose a theme – like a movie night – you could just have hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream. In the end, it’s not about the trimmings – it’s more important to bring in the New Year with laughter and people you care about.

Head to a street party

If you do fancy going out, avoid the hiked cost of getting entry to clubs and bars. Many cities up and down the country will host firework displays on the big night. If you are planning to head one, wrap up warm and remember to plan your trip home in advance.

In London, the traditional fireworks display that lights up the Thames and our TV screens as the gongs go off has already sold out. But the city will have many more displays – just check out what’s on locally. You could just head up to one of the many vantage points across the city such as Greenwich Park and watch the skyline light up.

In Manchester, they’re attempting a Guinness world record mannequin challenge in front of the famous town hall in Albert Square. Join in the fun, enjoy live free music, entertainment and watch the fireworks finale, shooting from the roof of the town hall.

Scotland will also host Hogmanay celebrations. Head to Ashton Lane in Glasgow and be sure to wear all things tartan. In Edinburgh, the famous celebrations again have sold out but get up high – you can see the splendour of the city from up to 30 miles away without having to pay.

Have a great New Year and enjoy your celebrations!

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