Top 10 Things to Do New Year's Day

Start the New Year Right! Plan on a Day of Louisville Fun.

After the parties of New Year's Eve, many have off on New Year's Day. Public schools are closed and businesses frequently grant workers the holiday. If you stayed late at a New Year's Eve party, you may want to sleep in, but if you are looking to get out of the house, here are 10 ways to enjoy the first day of the year.

Happy New Year!

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    Frazier Museum in Louisville, KY
    ••• Image © Mali Anderson

    The museum opens at 10 a.m. on New Year's Day. The permanent collection of swords and armor is worth a trip in itself and there is usually a special exhibition to peruse, too.

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    Science Center in Louisville
    ••• Louisville Science Center in Louisville.

    With the Noon Year's Celebration, the Kentucky Science Center made the New Year's Eve event list, too. The midday excitement takes place on both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Kids love the excitement of a crowd complete with a balloon drop. It's a perfect family outing, especially for little ones.

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    Visit Light Up Louisville

    Christmas tree at Light Up Louisville
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    Light Up Louisville at Fourth Street Live! has been a tradition for more than three decades. Thousands of residents and visitors check it out every year! The event typically begins the day after Thanksgiving and lasts throughout the holiday season. While the festivities kick off with the arrival of Santa Claus and the lighting of the tree, there are festivities past December, too. Check the Fourth Street Live! website to find out dates and details. 

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    Take in a Movie

    Family enjoying a movie together
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    Interested in seeing a new release? Well, you are in luck. New Year's Day is a perfect time to catch a matinee. Louisville has plenty of movie theaters so there are titles for groups of friends, couples on a date, or even for those who prefer to catch a flick on their own.

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    Waterfront Park in Louisville, KY
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    With spectacular public parks and tons of green space, Louisville is waiting to be explored. Dress for the cold and take in a nature walk, a leisurely stroll or a sporty hike. Depending on the weather, you might even be able to take the pedestrian bridge over the Ohio River

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    Friends exercising together
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    The Hangover Classic is a race open to seasoned and beginners alike. This year, a 1.75 mile race has been added for runners intimidated by the 10 mile stretch. Get those running shoes on and jump start your New Year's resolutions!

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    Watch Sports

    Football!

    For sports fans, New Year's Day means snacks, beverages and gathering with friends and family to watch football. Make sure your cable is working, or score an invite from someone who is tapped in.

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    Hot Brown Sandwich
    ••• The Hot Brown Sandwich where it all began, at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY. Image © Mali Anderson

    There are oodles of traditional New Year's foods... some eat greens because they resemble paper money and can bring wealth in the upcoming year. Similarly, beans are consumed as they look like coins. Noodles are said to be a symbol of long life and pomegranates—loaded with seeds—is a symbol of prosperity. Use any of these ideas or make a New Year's food tradition of your own. For example, we live in the Bluegrass State, why not start the New Year with foods that taste like Kentucky? Think Benedictine sandwiches, Derby Pie, and Hot Browns. Yum!

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    Shopping at the mall
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    Everyone loves to find a deal... start the New Year with a trip to the mall. With post-holiday sales in full swing, there is a good chance you can find some of your favorite discount items on discount. Although shopping online can be a relaxing treat, make a trip to a few shops in person. Invite a friend a tack on a lunch out, too.

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    KaLightoscope Christmas
    ••• KaLightoscope Christmas. Photo Courtesy KaLightoscope Christmas

    It's true, the holiday season is on the wane come New Year's Day, but this some years the Galt House Hotel has decorations up into the New Year. Call or check the website to see if any of the holiday spirit is still in swing, or if it has already been packed up for next year.