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- Mega Man: Upon a Star has Mega Man join Yuuta and Akane Kobayashi in the New Years greetings, as well as learning about otoshidama.
- Kokoro Library: The three sisters, Iina, Aruto and Kokoro, pray for good things to happen in the new year - however not exactly the same things.
- Hayate the Combat Butler: Nagi wants to see the first sunrise of the new year in Kujukurihama. Guess which butler-in-debt has to take her the 100 km (62 miles) there - on bike!
- Kedamono Damono: Haruki gets a night job as a miko in his female form to earn some money so he can buy a gift to Konatsu. But his partner as miko is also in love with him, and since she does not know the facts she wonders if the good looking girl she is working together with really is the cousin of Haruki as she was told.
- Mangaka Haruka Fukushima noticed in the afterword that one could say that she only made this story to draw Haruki as a miko.
- Mao-chan: Alien spies Yuriko and Chinami have disguised themselves as mikos to get people at the shrine to get people to touch one of their cute animals (a big sheep in this case) promising them that their first dream of the year will come true. But touching the sheep in reality puts people to sleep. Which soon leaves Kagome with her hands full since she is the only one of the defence forces not to touch the sheep.
- W Juliet: Makoto celebrates New Year's Eve at Ito's family. Problems however quickly ensue when Ito gets her beloved Wholesome Crossdresser to dress as the boy he is.
- Sgt. Frog had a manga chapter where the platoon decides to hold an all night party whilst the Sarge builds one of his Gundam models... except he uses solvent based glue which won't dry fast enough and makes obnoxious fumes when you try to hair dry it, so with the plan of watching the sun rise over his new model nixed they all engage in drinking alcohol and making wishes for the new year. It does not end well...
- The anime adaptation of the episode had the characters (including the Narrator) wish everyone a happy new year. We then saw the Platoon playing various games (abusing Giroro in the process) and have an evening party... which also does not go well (to the extent Dororo is grateful he has been forgotten).
- A later manga chapter has the Sarge learn that he has been asleep for nearly a week, has missed New Year's and finds the house completely deserted (or so he thinks, it's revealed in a bonus chapter Kururu was hiding where the Sarge couldn't see him and didn't want to "babysit" him). He comes to the conclusion the Earth was invaded whilst he was asleep, puts on a Pekoponian disguise battlesuit and goes out to fight, only to find the Hinatas went to the temple to get their good luck messages for the year, and the others went home to be with their families.
- 20th Century Boys has New Year's Eve as the climax (kind of) of the first plot arc.
- Toradora! takes up the plot on New Year's after a short Time Skip from the Christmas Episode/Wham Episode. It contains evidence that Nothing Is the Same Anymore because Taiga can talk to Yuusaku without stuttering and becoming a Cute Clumsy Girl. It turns out to be because she's over him and has realized she's in love with Ryuuji. A new beginning, of sorts.
- Cardcaptor Sakura has an episode where she goes to the temple with Tomoyo and gets an odd fortune from Eriol (i.e. one lacking in good luck that he magicked).
- In Future War 198X Laura and Wataru are enjoying drinks on the balcony while watching the sunset on New Year's Eve, talking about their hopes for the future, right before hearing news that World War III has broken out in Europe.
- In Kill Me Baby Yasuna, Sonya, and Agiri use the first school day after New Year to hold a combined New Year, Christmas and Halloween Party.
- In Lucky Star Konata and her father visit the shrine of the Hiiragi family after New Year.
- Kimi ni Todoke's first season ends with a New Year. We have another one in later manga chapters, a year later.
- Episode 11 of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, which covers all the basics: making mochi, shrine and festival visits in kimonos, watching the first sunrise, hatsuyume, hanging out under the kotatsu for days at a time eating oranges, New Year's cards, giving money to children, and complaining about all the anime being on break.
- Hajime and Kaoru go over to Hajime's parents' house in I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying (they actually go a little early, since Kaoru wanted Kyoko to scold Hajime into getting a job).
- "New Year, New Disasters" from Calvin and Hobbes: The Series is centered around this.
- "Days Of Auld Lang Smurf" from Empath: The Luckiest Smurf takes place over four days leading to New Year's Day, during which the Smurfs experience the "resurrection" of Papa Smurf's generation of Smurfs, which turns out to be a spell cast on them by the witch Chlorhydris.
- The Apartment: Fran finally abandons her loathsome married boyfriend at a New Year's party, and rushes over to Baxter's apartment, finding him popping a bottle of champagne just after midnight.
- Cavalcade opens with the family celebrating New Year 1900 and ends with them celebrating New Year 1933.
- In The Divorcee Ted stalks out of a New Year's party after seeing his ex-wife Jerry canoodling with another man. At a different New Year's party, Ted and Jerry get back together, embracing as the balloons fall at midnight.
- The Gold Rush includes a scene where Charlie Chaplin sets up a New Year's party for the girl he has an unrequited crush on. She doesn't show up. A downcast Charlie then wanders to the local tavern to watch through the window as all the prospectors and prostitutes have a raucous New Year's celebration.
- When Harry Met Sally...: Its New Years scene is so iconic that someone on Twitter suggested starting the film at 10:30:28 pm local time if one wanted to count down to the new year with the movie instead of the ball drop.
- Peter's Friends
- Terror Train
- Trading Places had the train party on New Year's Eve, where the group attempts to steal Beeks' reports.
- Four Rooms
- Holiday Inn
- Ocean's 11: The 1960 original—Ocean and his gang rob 5 casinos at once on New Year's.
- New Year's Eve
- New Year's Evil
- End of Days
- The Poseidon Adventure, as well as its remake Poseidon.
- The main heist of Entrapment takes place on New Year's Eve.
- Forrest Gump has Forrest and Lieutenant Dan celebrating New Year's Eve in a bar.
- At the end of the film Radio Days, Joe's family celebrates New Year's Eve together at home while Sally spends the night at a lavish ball with other radio personalities.
- Ghostbusters II: the New Year (1989/1990) is a major plot point.
- The ensemble comedy 200 Cigarettes is set on New Year's Eve in 1981.
- The Irony of Fate is a Russian romantic comedy set on New Year's Eve and early New Year's Day, involving various celebrations and romantic entanglements.
- Oggy and the Cockroaches: The Movie's third part (which references Sherlock Holmes) is about Oggy, Olivia and Jack trying to stop the cockroaches from killing Queen Victoria on New Year's Eve 1900 using a bomb.
- The Hudsucker Proxy has Book Ends at New Year's Eve 1958 and 1959 (supposedly), and a clock motif that's conspicuous throughout the movie.
- Sunset Boulevard has Norma Desmond inviting Joe to a New Year's Eve "party" at which he turns out to be the only guest.
- More American Graffiti intersperses events from New Year's Eve 1964, 1965, 1966, and 1967.
- Bitter Moon has a rather dark take on this, near the end.
- In School Waltz, Gosha's decision to abandon his wife Dina on New Year's Eve and go out, instead of staying home to celebrate, is what finally convinces her that their marriage is a failure.
- Strange Days
- San Francisco opens with the good folks of the Barbary Coast celebrating New Year's 1905-6. The revels are interrupted by a fire that breaks out an apartment building, which sets up some of the plot and foreshadows the great earthquake and fire at the end.
- Kolberg: Joachim, the mayor of Kolberg, is in no mood to celebrate New Year's 1807, as he knows the French army is approaching and will be attacking Kolberg soon. His niece Maria still lights the candles on the Christmas tree, though.
- City Of Bones 2002 opens on New Year's Day as LAPD detective Harry Bosch, at the scene of a suicide, reflects on how the holidays always lead to an increase in suicides. Later that day, Bosch gets the call about the bones in the hills which starts the main plot.
- The Night of Wishes: The story took place on New Year's Eve and it was about an evil wizard and an evil witch having difficulties fulfilling their evil quota that year. Their only hope was a wish-granting potion that could only be brewed on New Year's Eve.
- The entirety of Pippa Passes takes place on New Year's Day. It's the only day off all year for Pippa the silk weaver, who spends it taking a walk through town.
- Make Room! Make Room! takes place in a future 1999, and ends just after midnight on January 1, 2000.
- In Christine's story in A Yellow Raft In Blue Water, she feared The End of the World as We Know It that would come on New Year's Eve when she a teenager and had heard from a Catholic teacher that either Russia was going to convert or else the whole world is doomed. Christine stays up waiting until she falls asleep, New Year's Eve passes and nothing cosmic happens. This incident is told in all three stories in the book, with Christine telling it to her daughter Rayona as the reason she gave up on religion.
Live Action TV
- Doctor Who: The Movie had its main action set around New Year's Eve in 1999.
- Downton Abbey ends at midnight on January 1, 1927 with all the main characters wishing one another a happy new year.
- The New Year's Eve episodes of the well-known 1970's version of Match Game (which had the year in its name, i.e. Match Game '74) ceremonially updated the logo sign (and title) used in the opening to reflect the new year.
- Friends had a couple of New Year's episodes, the most notable one being where Joey kissed Chandler.
- "The One with the resolutions".
- "The One With the Routine" has Monica and Ross attempting to get on TV whilst on-set filming Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.
- The Full House episode "Happy New Year", where Joey meets the girl of his dreams during a New Year's celebration.
- Mr. Bean also celebrates New Year's and has invited a pair of friends for it. However, he's such a lousy host they fast forwarded his clock to leave early and join another party.
- Not New Year-related as such but always shown on New Year's Eve in half of Europe: Dinner for One
- Engine Sentai Go-onger had a New Year's episode where the characters were dressed in kimonos. They also broke the Fourth Wall at the start to wish the audience a happy new year. And there were clips of the exploits of the characters over the past year (unfortuantely for Gaiark, they were all of their defeats).
- Kamen Rider Den-O also had one where the characters dressed in kimonos and received fortunes from the temple.
- The episode "Sylvesterpunsch" ("New Year's Eve Punch"note ) of the German sitcom Ein Herz und eine Seele.
- "The Countdown" episode of The O.C. (Season 1). Date anxiety, check!
- The M*A*S*H episode "A War for All Seasons" encompasses a year in the life of the 4077th, bracketed by a pair of New Year's celebrations.
- A Barney Miller episode takes place on New Year's Eve.
- The X-Files had "Millennium" as its New Year's episode. As suggested by the name, it aired in 1999 and is about superstition surrounding the new millenium. Perhaps surprisingly, it doesn't have to do with Y2K.note It does have to do with religious fanatics using zombies to bring about the end of the world. In true X-Files style. "Millennium" pulls double duty as not only an X-Files episode, but the series finale to Millennium, another Chris Carter show. It also marks the first kiss between Mulder and Scully, just as the clock strikes midnight.
- The How I Met Your Mother episode "The Limo".
- Each season of Babylon 5 lined up with a calendar year in the show's universe, but only the first season finale had the New Year's celebration as a backdrop. This being one of the show's famous Wham Episodes, by the time the ball dropped, quite a few major changes had happened.
- A New Year's episode is the most obligatory thing the fireworks industry-based reality series Pyros could do; an episode splits the GFA crews between Quebec City and Rio de Janeiro for their respective New Year's Eve celebrations.
- Revenge: The flashback episode "Legacy" in season 1, all about how Emily/Amanda first got started on her revenge scheme, is set on New Year's Eve 2002.
- Until 2006 (when a combination of New Year's Eves falling on weekends, the writers' strike, and the premiere of Carson Daly's own New Year's show ended this practice), NBC aired new episodes of The Tonight Show and Late Night on New Year's Eve. Tonight historically featured a segment (dating back to the 1950's with Ben Grauer) covering festivities from Times Square. Conan on the other hand, for Rule of Funny, celebrated for Central Time instead, usually preceded by "tributes" to obscure celebrities who had "died", and an equally bizarre countdown.
- One year featured a subplot with correspondents who accidentally celebrated New Year's in South Bend, Indiana (which is in Eastern Time) and got caught in a police chase racing to Hudson Lake, Indiana (a town on the border of Central Time)
- El Chavo del ocho: When the residents of La Vencidad had a New Year's party, Don Ramón invited everyone to celebrate at his house because, unlike the others, he wasn't able to contribute in any other way.
- Modern Family had a New Year's Eve episode in its fourth season.
- The Mad Men episode "The Doorway" ends with Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 1967-68. Don and Megan have some neighbors over for a New Year's party.
- The Louie third-season finale takes place on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
- A Rhoda episode has Rhoda throwing a New Year's party, with the twist that everyone dons a Halloween mask. (Including, naturally, Carlton the doorman.)
- The Jessie & Austin and Ally crossover "Austin, Jessie, & Ally's All Star New Years."
- The Livand Maddie season 2 episode, "New Years Eve-a-Rooney."
- Sesame Street had the 1993 TV special Sesame Street Stays Up Late!, which would be renamed Sesame Street Celebrates Around the World for home media. Among the occurrences are Baby Bear learning what it means when the new year comes, Telly being scared by Oscar into thinking the end of the year means time will stop and the world will end, and Big Bird trying to wake a sleeping Snuffy so he doesn't miss the big moment. The special also features six segments showing New Year's Eve celebrations from around the world, which are cross overs with international versions of the show.
- The Japanese Wrestling Association had the JWA New Year International Competitions in the 1960s. After splitting off, All Japan Pro Wrestling had the New Year Giant Series, to which New Japan Pro-Wrestling responded with the New Year Golden Series. AJPW used to have the New Year NWA Series but that stopped after both it and NJPW split off from the NWA.
- Dragon Gate had the Primal Gate series at the start of every year, until it was replaced with Open The New Years Gate series.
- CZW New Year New Opportunities
- TNA iMPACT! 287: New Year's Eve Knockout Special (which wasn't an all women's show for those of you familiar with TNA terminology, but they were the ones predominately featured)
- ZERO1 Wrestler's 8 - New Year Gigs
- Great Canadian Wrestling has its New Years Evil events.
- Fight The World's New Years Nightmare.
- Ganko Pro's New Years Manly Battle
- Coastal Championship Wrestling's Homicidal New Year (yes Sabu was prominently featured, why do you ask?)
- DDT New Year's Gift Special
- NOAH New Year Navigation
- Dramatic Dream Team: The New Year's Gift Special...specials, they celebrate it
- You'll Have Had Your Tea: The Doings of Hamish and Dougal had a Hogmanay Special, notable in that the guests at the Laird's Hogmanay party were played by people other than the four main actors. (The other regulars on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, newsreader Jim Naughtie as Mrs Naughtie's son, and Sandi Toksvig as a very tall golfer.)
Hamish: Och, we never celebrate Hogmanay.Dougal: No, we do not. It clashes with New Year's Eve.
- Alison's House takes place on the afternoon and evening of December 31, 1899. Much thought is given to the changing times that are symbolized by the dawn of a new century.
- The first couple of songs in the second act of RENT deal with the new year and how the characters succeed or fail in changing their lives: Maureen trying to win back Joanne, Roger choosing to believe in The Power of Love, Mimi failing to quit heroin.
- With many other holidays in this year-in-the-life-of-its-protagonist, Persona 3 has a pivotal decision on New Year's Eve, whether or not to kill Ryoji. Killing him would let everyone die peacefully as The End of the World as We Know It happens, or to fight the seemingly inevitable end. Note that all of your teammates are for the latter. If you go for option number two you then get to see...
- New Year's Day is slightly more upbeat with everyone visting a local shrine and see the girls in kimonos.
- From the trailer, The Cold Cold Heart DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins takes place around New Years Eve.
- The pre-titles level of James Bond 007: NightFire is a way-cool rail-shooter/driving level through the streets of Paris on New Year's Eve.
- Steven Universe episode "Maximum Capacity" while it focuses on the past relationship between Greg and Amethyst, it takes place on New Year's Eve.
- The Peanuts special Happy New Year, Charlie Brown centered around a New Year's party that Charlie Brown couldn't enjoy because he was assigned to write a comprehensive book report on War and Peace over Christmas Vacation.
- Disney's Doug On "Doug's Midnight Kiss" Doug's getting ready to steal a kiss from Patti at Beebee's New Year's eve party.
- Though not focusing on New Year's Eve entirely, Ned's Newt has "New Year's Ned", which is about Ned attempting to give up his Baby New Year position to someone else.
- The Rankin Bass special Rudolph's Shiny New Year deconstructed the New Year's celebration, depicting it as a necessary ritual in order for time to continue flowing. This is exploited by the Big Bad Aeon, a creature who lives for exactly one eon long and is nearing the end of his lifespan within a matter of days. He kidnaps Baby New Year so the celebration can't proceed, and if it can't proceed, time stops, and if time stops, then he doesn't have to die. Yeah, the special analyzes death being a natural process, which means someone gets screwed over no matter what. Have fun partying while someone takes their last breath!
- Arthur's New Year's Eve. Arthur, who has never stayed up on New Year's Eve, hears wild stories from the other kids about what happens at midnight. Prunella claims there's a big green flash in the sky, Francine claims the New Years Police show up to arrest anyone who didn't throw away last year's calender, Binky claims there's a wresting match on TV between an old man and a baby, and Buster claims all the parents going out on New Year's are really attending a big meeting where they come up with new ways to be rotten to kids.
- Wunschpunsch: The episode "Night of Wishes", directly adapted from the book the series is based on, takes place on New Year's Eve.
- Phineas and Ferb has the season 4 episode "Happy New Year!".
- The New Batman Adventures episode "Holiday Knights" included a segment where The Joker threatened to gas all the revelers in Gotham Square precisely at midnight. Batman, naturally, saves the day and afterwards meets Commissioner Gordon for coffee (a New Year's tradition carried over from the comics).
- The Heckle and Jeckle cartoon "Sappy New Year" (1961) had the two birds swearing off practical jokes as a New Year's resolution. But when their attempts to do good deeds are misinterpreted as mischief, Heckle starts to revert back.
- The Popeye cartoon "Let's Celebrake".
- In the classic Looney Tunes short "The Wabbit Who Came to Supper," there is a scene where Bugs Bunny makes Elmer think it's New Year's when his grandfather clock strikes 12, but while they sing "Auld Lang Syne," Elmer notices that his calendar and realizes that it's July.
- Family Guy has the first season episode Da Boom where Lois has her New Year's Eve party interrupted by a paranoid Peter, who fears the end of the world at the strike of midnight on New Year's Eve 1999. After it does indeed happen, the Griffins must now survive in a post-nuclear town of Quahog, that is until the episode ends and we see it was All Just a Dream.
- Max and Ruby: On "Max's New Year", Max, Ruby and Grandma are getting ready for the New Year.
- The PJs has the third season episode entitled "Scarthroat". When Sanchez is the only resident of the Projects to prepare for Y2K, Thurgood and the other residents render him the outcast, that is until the strike of midnight brings a power outage and food shortage to the Projects and he is now the one to lord over the distribution of his rations.
- Regular Show has such an episode: "New Year's Kiss", where Rigby (on the advice of his future self) has to stop Mordecai from kissing a girl that he's not supposed to.
- WordGirl: "Hello New Year, goodbye moon".
- Bojack Horseman: The episode "Old Acquaintance" is set around New Year's.