Welcome 2023 with these 4 best Virtual New Year’s Eve event ideas

2023 is just around the corner, and there are many ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve by taking advantage of technology. Virtual New Year’s Eve celebrations are becoming increasingly popular since they are affordable, extremely cool, and enjoyable.

Virtual New Year’s Eve parties are online events held on web conference software, such as Zoom, Skype, or Microsoft Teams, or they can also be streamed via many other platforms. Ways to celebrate New Year online include virtually attending crowded and well-known celebrations worldwide or hosting an online party with your guests or coworkers. Either way, these celebrations’ purpose is to spend quality time online and experience a virtual party with a lot of fun. We have gathered the five best Virtual New Year’s Eve event ideas for 2023 to help you end this year on a delightful note and ring into the next year with a remarkable online party.

Photo Credits: Times Square, New York City / Facebook
Photo Credits: Times Square, New York City / Facebook


Virtual Times Square New Year’s Eve celebrations are the most popular and remarkable online event attracting thousands of visitors.

The free live webcast will begin at 6:00 pm (local time) on December 31, 2022, and it will be accessible via the official website of Times Square. Users can enjoy commercial-free, webcast coverage of the festivities leading up to the Ball Drop at midnight, including backstage access, behind-the-scenes stories, and interviews with performers and other celebrities.

The virtual event will also be available on social media, and visitors can access it simply by using nothing more than their smartphones. “Each year, millions of eyes from all over the world are focused on the sparkling Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball. At 11:59 pm, the Ball begins its descent as millions of voices unite to countdown the final seconds of the year and celebrate the beginning of a new year full of hopes, challenges, changes, and dreams,” Times Square’s official website pointed out.

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Sydney New Year’s Eve is described as “the New Year’s Eve capital of the world” since it is estimated that it attracts more than 425 million people across the globe.

This very popular event is celebrated both virtually and in the real world at the same time. Therefore, users worldwide can enjoy one of the world’s largest, most technologically advanced displays of fireworks, lighting, and projections, no matter where they are located. On the official City of Sydney New Year’s Eve website, there is a countdown until the event, where users can find useful information on how to access it virtually.

According to the official website, “Sydney New Year’s Eve plays live to more than 1 million spectators along the Sydney Harbour foreshore and reaches a global audience of more than 425 million. The stunning Sydney Harbour, famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, and glorious Sydney Opera House will take center stage for 2 spectacular firework displays at 9 pm, and the main event at midnight. Australia’s First Peoples are recognized with special Sydney Harbour Bridge projections and lighting effects, and a harbor smoking ceremony as part of the Welcome to Country”.

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Metaverse is another place to celebrate New Year’s Eve. You and your avatar can join one of the available online parties and spend some time dancing, drinking, and having fun virtually.

The Shaq’tacular Spectacular is one of the most anticipated virtual celebrations in Metaverse produced for Meta’s platforms. Legendary American former professional basketball player Shaquille O’Neal is hosting an hour-long virtual reality special New Year’s Eve party on Meta’s social and VR platforms. The party will start at 3:30 PM PST on December 31, 2022, and will continue into 2023. Shaquille O’Neal (a.k.a DJ DIESEL) will feature a DJ set, and there will be performances of Cardi B, Ludacris, Lil Yachty, Killer Mike, and WHIPPED CREAM.

“This year we’re ringing in 2023 with new experiences and connections. I’m excited to celebrate with some of my favorite artists and athletes in a way that you can enjoy with friends and family in VR across the world,” Shaq said in a statement. “From music, laughs and much more, we’re celebrating New Year’s Eve and welcoming 2023 with a spectacular party you won’t want to miss!”

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You can also welcome 2023 by hosting your virtual party and inviting your coworkers, your family, and your friend to join. Virtual parties have become extremely popular in the post-pandemic era and can be held on platforms such as Zoom or Skype. You can start by creating an exciting digital invitation by email or even create something cooler with online apps such as Evite, where you can find a list of New Year’s Eve party invitations.

If Zoom is your video calling app of choice, you can set up a festive background, or otherwise, you can always decorate your physical space with the right décor, such as balloons or streamers. You can play online games with your loved ones, such as the popular “Champagne or Sham?” trivia game dedicated to New Year’s Eve’s official drink of choice. You can also spend some time on virtual activities, which will help create a welcoming atmosphere and make your party more lively.

Whichever way you choose to celebrate the arrival of 2023 virtually, we can only wish you a Happy New Year!

George Mavridis is a freelance journalist and writer based in Greece. His work primarily covers tech, innovation, social media, digital communication, and politics. He graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication. Also, he holds an MA in Media and Communication Studies from the Malmö University of Sweden and an MA in Digital Humanities from the Linnaeus University of Sweden.