Do you want to know what people do on the biggest party night in the UK? Read on to find out.

New Year’s Eve celebrations start in the evening on 31 December in the UK. Some young people go to parties and others stay at home with their family. After the celebrations, it’s traditional to make plans for the new year on 1 January. These plans are called ‘New Year’s resolutions’ and the idea is to make some positive changes in your life. Some of the most popular resolutions are: to do more exercise, to stop smoking, to eat more healthily, to save money and to learn something new.

We asked young people around the UK about their plans and resolutions for the new year.

In Scotland, we celebrate Hogmanay at New Year. Last year I went to Edinburgh, our capital city, to the Hogmanay Street Party. It was epic! There were lots of cool bands – I saw Kasabian and Franz Ferdinand. The fireworks were amazing too. I think there were nearly 100,000 people there! I’m going again this year. My resolutions for this year are to be nicer to my little brother, spend less money on clothes and stop biting my nails.
Mary, 17, Glasgow

What are my plans? Well, I’m going swimming with my parents on the New Year’s Day swim this year. It’s freezing cold in the water but it is a fun way to start the year. Quite a lot of people meet on Brighton beach for this first swim of the year. I hope it doesn’t snow! I won’t be partying the night before because I’m not really a party kind of person. My family usually have a quiet evening and watch the celebrations on TV. My resolutions are to do my homework on time, eat less junk food, save up for a motorbike and remember my girlfriend’s birthday this year!
Ben, 16, Brighton

This New Year’s Eve I’m going to the centre of Newcastle with my sisters and friends to see in the new year. I love being in a crowd when the clocks strike midnight. Everyone kisses each other at twelve o’clock. Then we all sing a song called ‘Auld Lang Syne’ – it’s really funny because nobody can remember the words! We will probably get back home at four or five in the morning. As for my resolutions, I’m going to learn how to play the guitar, go running every day and study hard to get good grades for university.
Sophie, 18, Newcastle upon Tyne

I’m going snowboarding in Spain with my cousin and my parents. I want to stay up till midnight on New Year’s Eve but maybe I’ll be too tired after snowboarding all day. My New Year’s resolution is to not make any New Year’s resolutions. They are impossible to keep!
Stuart, 14, Devon

Lots of Brits make New Year’s resolutions and then after a week or a month they find it difficult to continue. How can people keep their resolutions? Life coach Emma Nesdale gives some advice.

Make simple resolutions that are easy to do. If you want to lose weight you can decide to give up crisps and cakes rather than go on a strict diet. It’s a good idea to write your resolutions on a piece of paper to help you remember your plans. It’s easier to stick to your resolutions if you involve other people. You could go running with a friend or study for exams with a classmate.

Happy New Year!


How do you usually celebrate New Year's Eve? Do you make any resolutions?


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Leraket 13 January, 2017 - 15:56

Yes,l usually celebrate New Year with my family because I think that New Year is a family holidays.I like this Happy New Year time because l don't go to school and l spend my free time with my family and friends and I like watch Christmas films and read the Christmas books , drink hot chocolate with sweets and being a happy person . I don't make any resolutions but I think that I make any resolutions because l want little change my life !!! Happy New Year and Marry Christmas from Ukraine!!!

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Toma English 6 January, 2014 - 21:35

We don't celebrate the new year widely here ,, I spent this new year eve studying for the first term exams,, my resolutions ,,ummm I still don't have any :D

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engleskigaga 28 December, 2013 - 20:01

We always buy good food, cakes and other. Always my mum prepare cakes and good diner. Than we eat and talk about New Year, than we sing songs about New Year and watch television. Than we spend time together...
We go in some good places and we have good holiday.
In New Year I always have a great time.
Jo Editor, do you have a great time?

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justcricketforme 12 December, 2013 - 09:00

In Pakistan, at midnight we have fireworks and crackers. It is fun to see the fireworks. Yes, I make resolutions.

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NarethTan 30 October, 2013 - 03:01

I hope i can celebrate new year with my niece and my nephew in Hawaii. My resolution is studying more, try to remember English words, Working hard, Saving money for the future, Must to speak English well day by day from now.

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Natalija 1 April, 2013 - 14:54

Yes, I celebrate New Year's Eve. It's one of the biggest celebrations here in Serbia. There are plenty of concerts for that occasion, streets are crowded as well as the square. I like all the New Year's Eve euphoria, it makes me really happy. I like to buy gifts for myself, and to enjoy in firework with my BFF. Teens here usually go to some party and it can be really interesting, but I prefer celebrating at home, because at home I feel the most comfortable. I can listen to my favourite music, make a pajama party and watch good films.

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fatmira n 19 March, 2013 - 15:59

Well,my favorite holidays is NEW YEAR.iI celebrate it with my family , my uncleand his family and with my grandfathers.wee organise some party and we donate gifts to each other.Oh it is amazing.............

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Vikanda 8 March, 2013 - 09:25

Oh, I wanted do some roselutnions, but I`m so lazy. (^w^) Usually, I stay at home. But it`s so funny. (^u^)

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RehinaParker 4 March, 2013 - 15:21

I think that Albania celebrate new year very beautiful every country have their specific... i celebrate new year with my family that at midnight i go out with my friend from Tirana ... i love new year <3

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IvaParker 25 February, 2013 - 17:04

If we like to do something we do it in better way I am from Albania a beatiful and amazing place people here celebrate in better way New Year like me and my family :))

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Vikanda 8 March, 2013 - 09:27

Oh, I going to Albania in this year! (^w^) I belivie it, what do you tell. (^v^) Oh, I can`t wait, but I going to Albania on Holiday... :)

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aida 22 February, 2013 - 18:20

Hello everybody !!
here in Albania New Year is a festival which is celebrated by all..
New Year celebrations engage all participate in various festive activities organized with the best
all eagerly await the arrival of the hour 12 where all come to see the fireworks and go through the local to celebrate the sounds of music which is more diverse than ever ..

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marli 21 February, 2013 - 15:29

new year ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh a fantastic time. It's the biggest celebration in the world. in my county we organise o lot of parties after midnight. i always have a great time

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Miley 20 February, 2013 - 20:27

hello everybody!....
i think that new year is the biggest celebration in the whole world. people celebrate it in too many different ways and all the countries have got their unique type of celebration which are very fun..and awesome :)))...
in my country we organise many parties,we hunt with a gun at the sky and the best part is celebrating in a big table along with your friends and family while drinking wine or eating baklava and watching celebration on is a great time...i also play with my cousins different games or we take video and photos..sometimes we make funny photos using ''make me old'' or '''make me bald'' etc ......oh i almost forgot fireworks....watching them its wonderful and their colours make u feel happy........the best part of it is spending time with family and friends and thinking about how this new year will be....

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Ilda G 9 February, 2013 - 20:15

We have a lot of celebrations for New year's eve...
We organise parties with our friends or family.

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Bora F 8 February, 2013 - 20:15

Here in Albania we don't have any special way how to celebrate i like how new year is celebrated in Dubai...In albania we stay home with our families until midnight and later we go out the friends..........

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EmiljanaG 4 February, 2013 - 18:54

in albania we celebrate in different ways. someone can hunt with guns at the sky others stay at home and watch their favorites tv shows and they can dance or sing.
at midnight can go in the center of the town and they can see the fireworks in the sky.
what about you in london and in other countries how did you celebrate this new year's eve this year?
please write somethimg that we can read because it's so interesting.

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crystal_ 31 January, 2013 - 09:13

HI,everybody~ I'm in China. ^ 3 ^ We'll have a long vacation beacuse of the coming of the Spring Festival.So,it's happiest in my whole year~~!! My friends will celebrate it with me and accompany me whole day.
BY THE WAY, Happy 2013!

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ngumax 27 January, 2013 - 09:04

Hi all. I come from Vietnam. I'm preparing for Lunar New Year on February 10th 2013. Haha . Welcome to my country - Vietnam. HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR.

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