Ah, New Year's Eve. What was once a wild night out can be downright grueling for parents already running on empty after weeks of holiday planning and organizing, er, fun. Wouldn't it be nice to convince the little ones that 5pm is the perfect time to ring in the New Year? Break out the confetti and sparkling apple cider, because Netflix has your back with 14 on-demand New Year's Eve countdowns, many of them featuring your kid's (or even your) favorite stars.
It's the no-cry solution to an early bedtime for all, because the new year can now happen any time you want it to happen. It's also a simple way to get kids in on the festivities, celebrating new adventures as a family.
Looking for more New Year's Eve fun? Venture out armed with our list of the best kid-friendly celebrations in your town: New York City, Los Angeles, Long Island, New Jersey, Boston, Connecticut, Philadelphia, and Houston.
Netflix has offered these kid-friendly New Year's Eve countdowns for several years but expanded it with new characters for the 2019 party, including those for tweens. An average of 5 million families tuned into the streaming service's New Year's Eve countdowns over the last five years, according to the company.
This year's programs will be available starting on December 26, 2018, so you can ring in the New Year really early. You won't be alone in welcoming 2019 with Netflix, either. According to research by Netflix, a whopping 77% of US parents prefer to stay home instead of brave the crowds on New Year's Eve.
Read on for the 14 shows getting the countdown treatment for 2019:
Alexa and Katie
This female-driven buddy comedy follows two lifelong best friends starting their freshman year of high school.
Prince of Peoria
When Emil, a 13-year-old prince, travels to the US to live incognito as an exchange student, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Teddy, a fastidious overachiever who is Emil’s total opposite.
Pinky Malinky is a mockumentary style animated show that follows the everyday life of Pinky Malinky, an infectiously positive hot dog living in a human world.
Ben is a deeply imaginative and slightly awkward 8-year-old African-American boy with a big heart.
Yellow & Red are cast away on an island. On this exotic island lives fellow insects, animals, and a human!
With songs made famous by the Beatles, five friendly bugs learn big lessons about the world around them.
Skylanders Academy follows the heroic adventures of the Skylanders team, a ragtag group of heroes with unique elemental skills who travel the vast Skylands universe.
As preschoolers with superpowers, Drac, Cleo, Lobo, Katya, Zoe, and Frankie are students with dual identities: humans by day and magical monsters by night.
True and the Rainbow Kingdom
True is the guardian of the magical Rainbow Kingdom—and the show’s bright and resilient girl leader.
Tales of Arcadia
3Below is the story of a teenage girl, a Latino boy, and an old man who just happen to be aliens.
All Hail King Julien
King Julien and his trusty advisers race to save the kingdom from secret agents, stampeding clones, and more, all while keeping the party going strong.
Babies have always had the biggest slice of the love pie thanks to the underground efforts of Baby Corp.
Spirit Riding Free
Spirit Riding Free, inspired by the Oscar-nominated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, follows the heartfelt journey of a wild mustang who could not be tamed.
Spinoff based on the classic '90s family comedy. When DJ Tanner loses her husband, Kimmy and Stephanie move in to help her raise her three kids.
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