12 Virtual Events to Ring in the New Year9 min read

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We’re all eagerly awaiting the end of 2020 in hopes that 2021 has a lot more to offer.

Since we’re still dealing with the pandemic, most of us are trying to make the most of the holidays and the new year while staying home.

If you’re looking for a creative way to ring in the new year from the safety of your home or quarantine bubble, here are 12 virtual events you can join to get you through the night!

1. Rave to the Moon

Time: 8pm-1am GMT / 3pm-8pm EDT

Price: FREE

Details: This ‘rave from home’ will star DJ Yoda, Mr Scruff, Beardyman and many more, playing from venues around the world – including London’s Royal Albert Hall. The event is called ‘Rave to the Moon’ because the organisers figured out every dancing adult will make 6,000 steps over the course of an hour on an average night out. So if 16,000 ravers tune in during the stream, altogether they should make some 577 million steps – roughly how far away the moon is. The event is free to watch on Mixcloud Live, but attendees are encouraged to donate a fee charity of their choice, or set up a JustGiving fundraiser for others to donate to.

2. Tomorrowland’s Virtual Show with David Guetta and Major Lazer at Tomorrowland

Time: Watch in your local time from 20:00 – 03:00 (8PM – 3AM).

Price: €20 ($24)

Details: Count down to 2021 and celebrate New Year’s Eve with Tomorrowland and people from all over the world. A magical celebration at the end of an exceptional year. Enter a fascinating digital world, filled with music, magic and friendship. More than 25 of the planet’s best artists will perform on four mesmerizing digital stages in the brand-new digital entertainment venue NAOZ.

3. Steve Aoki live from Los Angeles’ Grand Park

Time: 11pm PST (2am EDT)

Price: Free

Details: LA’s official New Year’s Eve party is going global! Grand Park’s NYELA 2020 makes its national broadcast debut on Fuse. Count down to 2021 by tuning into the biggest virtual NYE dance party on the west coast!

4. A Virtual Festival from BTS and Friends

Time: 7.30am EDT

Price: $36

Details: Back in April, Korean boyband BTS had to call off their world tour – and haven’t played live since. This New Year’s Eve they’re back. The band’s management company, Big Hit, are putting on a huge show just outside Seoul headlined by BTS and featuring other K-pop artists like NU’EST, GFriend and ENHYPEN. Incredibly, there’ll be an IRL, socially distanced crowd, and fans around the world will also be able to tune in via Weverse. Halsey, Lauv and Steve Aoki will also be performing.

5. The Times Square Ball Drop

Time: 6PM EDT

Price: Free

Details: New York’s major NYE event, the Times Square Ball Drop will feel quite different this year. For one thing, none of us can be there IRL. That’s quite a big difference. But if you do want to head on over and soak the slightly apocalyptic deserted Big Apple vibes, you can live-stream a series of live performances from the square for free from early evening. Jonathan Bennett will host the celebration, starting with the lighting and raising of the hallowed ball. At midnight, headliner Gloria Gaynor will play ‘I Will Survive’ alongside a crowd of essential workers and their families.

6. Vegas KISS OFF 2020

Time: 11:45 PST

Price: Free

Details: The city of Las Vegas has also had it with 2020. They’ll be closing the door on the year with a virtual “explosion” that includes a 2020 sign being blasted right before the clock strikes 12. There will also be a chance to win a free trip to Sin City during the show. You can watch the livestream here. Complete with a live DJ and epic sights that cannot be missed. When the countdown clock strikes zero, get ready for what Vegas is well known for: a blast.

7. NYE Live with Justin Bieber

Courtesy: Momenthouse.com

Time: 10:15pm EST

Price: $25

Details: Justin Bieber returns to the stage for his first live show since 2017 to kick off the New Year, in partnership with T-Mobile! Fans from around the world can tune into “T-Mobile Presents: NYE Live with Justin Bieber”, Thursday, Dec. 31 at 7:15 p.m. PT/10:15 p.m. ET to catch a cannot-miss performance.

8. Dark Philly Tour

Time: 6, 7, 8, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. EDT

Price: $30

Details: Take a walk on the wild side in Philly. The Dark Philly History Tour will embark on several New Year’s Eve tours. Dig up the “surprising dirt of espionage, murder and sexual license” the Colonials indulged in around the grounds and alleys of Independence Hall. The late Anthony Bourdain was a fan. Purchase tickets at grimphilly.com and meet up on Market Street near the Liberty Bell.

9. KISS 2020 Goodbye

Time: 12pm EST

Price: From $39.99

Details: To send off 2020 in their larger-than-life style on New Year’s Eve, the iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, multi-platinum selling band is reigniting the FIRE and roaring back to life! In true KISS fashion, they are bringing the biggest & baddest concert event and pyrotechnics show of the year, proving once again, that KISS never does anything small. The massive stage production and FREE pre-show will be brought directly into your living room at 9 pm LIVE from Atlantis Dubai on December 31st!

Filmed with more than 50 cameras and 360-degree views, this show produced by Landmarks Live can be seen globally with ticketing technology and livestream powered by TIXR and experienced like no other virtual concert before. You’re invited to spend New Year’s Eve with The Demon, The Starchild, The Spaceman, and The Catman as they rock out of 2020 and roll into 2021…all night!

10. Welcome to the Other Side – Jean-Michel Jarre live from Notre-Dame

Time: 5:25pm-6:10pm ET

Price: Free

Details: “Welcome to the Other Side” is a one-off exclusive, worldwide and open-to-all, free concert experience whose ambition, beyond celebrating the New Year in a futuristic and festive way, is to send a message of hope for 2021 and for the end of the dark times we are all going through this year : a digital and virtual invitation from Paris, the City of Light, vibrant metropole of the Arts & of Culture and home to the most famous cathedral in the world. Notre-Dame has a unique place in the collective imagination, it is a symbol of the strength and of World Heritage that binds us together.  

11. NYE Big Night in with Dua Lipa, MNEK, Raye and more! | Hello 2021: UK

Time: 5:30PM ET

Price: Free

Details: Party it up big time with Hello 2021: UK – an unmissable New Year’s Eve with YouTube, right in your living room. There’ll be exclusive performances from Dua Lipa, Joel Corry and MNEK, Aitch and AJ Tracey, and Anne-Marie. Plus, you’ll see your favourite personalities like Behzinga, Calfreezy, WillNE, Big Narstie, and Katherine Ryan – along with some special guests.

12. Polar Beat

Time: 6:30PM ET

Price: Free

Details: Experience this New Years’ Eve in Iceland’s virtual festival with headliners Sigur Ros and Kaleo. This interactive event is the first of its kind where you can control your Bitmoji avatar with a variety of dances and expressions and get a chance to see your avatar in the live stream shown here and on Iceland’s national TV network RUV. Join us in the party and make sure to stay beyond midnight when the pollution-free digital fireworks will be lit to mark the start of a great 2021!

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