by Paullette Gaudet

new-years-eve-sing-along_blogNew Year's Eve should be the easiest calendar holiday to celebrate: at the stroke of midnight, pop open some sparkling wine and kiss whoever's next to you. However, this basic ritual suffers from both brevity and awkward time placement, leaving celebrants with hours to fill before The Big Moment. Want to skip hanging out at an overpriced bar, or distant house party this year? Then polish your pipes along with those party shoes and ring in the New Year with a Movie Musical Sing Along!

Some urban movie theaters offer New Year's Eve sing along screenings that end shortly before midnight, giving attendees enough time to dash outside for the local fireworks display. But this tradition can absolutely be enjoyed at home: here are a few suggested movies (all of which pair superbly with a sparkling rosé, or a crisp Sauvignon Blanc like Domaine de la Colline 2014 from Touraine AOC, France to watch this New Year's Eve...

Moulin Rouge (2001): Decadent and a touch tragic, this might not seem the best choice to usher in a hopeful New Year, until you remember the amount of music it contains. There are twenty songs to sing along with, spanning enough decades and musical genres to ensure that everyone at your soiree will find something to love.

Pitch Perfect (2015): A cappella, anyone?? This sweet-and-spicy flick about a college female a cappella group competition is available in a sing along edition featuring onscreen lyrics to make bursting into song even easier.

Grease (1978): The granddaddy of movie theater sing alongs! This classic, hits-filled romp provides an instant costume theme for a New Year's Eve party, plus the dvd's "Rockin' Rydell Edition" has onscreen lyrics for all the songs.