A famous man once said, “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” While we agree with Ralph Waldo Emerson, we also would like to think that there’s something extra magical in the air on December 31st. There’s nothing like celebrating the past year; reminiscing on new accomplishments, relationships, achievements, while at the same time waving goodbye to the bad things we experienced. As we all turn towards the future with hopeful hearts, motivations and resolutions, remember to enjoy the present! That means finding something memorable to do when the ball drops, and we’ve got a few ideas.
It’s going to be freezing…
For the most part, temperatures in Northern Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains will be steadily dropping from about 25 degrees to a low of 10. Yeah. If you’re determined to go out, be sure you wrap up nice and warm. You don’t want to start of 2018 with a cold, so make sure to bring out that heavy coat, scarf, hat, and maybe even some fleece-lined pants if you have them. Warm wear is a must if you plan on standing outside somewhere.
…So bundle up
For those who aren’t afraid of the nighttime chill and are looking to make the most of their night in the Shenandoah Valley, there are numerous places to go to. Times Square isn’t always the most practical way to do things with the overflow of people and no access to bathrooms (people have literally worn diapers to the event for this reason), so we recommend settling for something a little closer to home.
Known as the “largest, safest, family-friendly, non-alcoholic, budget-friendly, non-profit” New Year’s Eve celebration in the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester’s First Night celebration is not to be missed. Even if you’ve been the previous years, they always have great performances and entertainers lined up so that each year feels like something new. This year’s First Night Winchester is going to be just as awesome, if not better thanks to the people who come together to make it happen! Make sure to stay until midnight for the famous “apple drop!”
…Or stay indoors!
While there will be a plethora of New Year’s Eve parties throughout the region, Harrisonburg, Winchester, and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia are probably your best bets for local fun. Or maybe the best option of all is to enjoy a hot drink in a pair of warm socks surrounded by those you care about. Home is just as great of an option! Invite some friends over, hang solo, or with the family singing “Auld Lang Syne”!
However you choose to spend the last night of the year, we hope to have inspired your adventurous spirit within this past year with fun, laughter, and great ideas! Cheers to a new year, and may the year of the dog be a prosperous one.