NEW YEAR'S EVE WEEKENDER

Watch the clock strike midnight and tune into a year-end countdown. Yeah, they’re kinda cheesy, but there’s something warm and cozy about turning on the TV and seeing random celebs standing out in the cold with masses of strangers. That’s why we’ll be flipping between Dick Clark’s New Year Rocking Eve on ABC and the CNN broadcast (which, sadly, might be less entertaining as its reporters are no longer allowed to drink on air). If you want to spend NYE with a Canadian icon, Rick Mercer is hosting the CBC’s countdown. 

Listen to the year’s best music. Want to listen to something besides Auld Lang Syne to ring in the New Year? Catch up on some of the best music that 2022 had to offer. For a good, comprehensive list of everything that came out this year, you can’t go wrong with the lists from Pitchfork and Stereogum. If you’re looking for some homemade jams, the CBC has a diverse list of the year’s 22 best Canadian albums. And if you just want to play the hits strictly at your NYE Party, there’s always Billboard’s Year-End Hot 100 Songs.

Read about the year to come. One fun year-end activity is predicting what will happen over the next 12 months. Here are some expert opinions about what’s going to happen in tech (per The Verge), what the new fashion trends will be (per Pinterest), how the media landscape will change (per CNBC), and what the economic forecast is (per TD). And, for word from the people, this survey from Ipsos has an overview of global predictions for 2023. 

Celebrate with food! Certain countries have specific dishes they eat to ring in the new year, so make yourself an international New Year’s smorgasbord! In Japan, they eat soba noodles, and here are 15 great soba dishes. In Mexico, they share homemade tamales which you can make with this easy recipe. Challenge yourself for dessert with a Kransekake, the Danish and Norwegian cake eaten on NYE that consists of 18 towering layers. And, of course, top it all off with fine French champagne (here are some affordable options).