Before you start to worry about new year resolutions, celebrate the year that will soon pass and toast to new beginnings at one of the D.C.-area’s best New Year’s Eve parties. From glorious galas to fireworks in the inner harbor, D.C. is the place to be to welcome the new year.
NYE James Bond Gala
Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle NW
Washington, DC 20005
Price: $129 to $169 regular admission/$179 to $219 VIP/$250 to $450 presidential
Celebrate the end of the year 007 style. Enjoy martinis (shaken, not stirred of course), scrumptious internationally themed food stations, exotic live entertainment and James Bond-inspired ice luges, sculptures, props and decor. To set the mood, the all-inclusive event features hundreds of beautiful Bond girls, secret agents and spies, golden gun souvenirs and 007 party favors. The event also features a 007 alter-ego mixer for all of the single ladies (and gentlemen), a midnight Champagne toast and balloon drop. VIP admission features a gourmet, three-course seated meal and access to the VIP lounge. Presidential admission features an exclusive seating area, a gourmet four-course seated meal and a midnight crepes station. Overnight accommodations are available at an additional price. This event is for those 21 and older only.
Downtown Countdown DC
1919 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: $109 regular admission/$175 VIP
Enjoy five hours of premium drinks, full dinner buffets, live entertainment including local bands, DJs and comedians, and the D.C. area’s largest midnight balloon drop. The 16th annual Downtown Countdown D.C. features all this plus three large party areas, acoustic karaoke, party favors and a surprise musical guest at midnight. Chow down on warm crab dip, roasted turkey with whipped potatoes or thinly sliced beef brisket. VIPs will enjoy a complimentary coat check, private entrance and performances, upgraded dinner and drink selections and an extra hour at the open bar. VIPs will also catch all of the action atop the balcony in the main ballroom. Hotel room accommodations are also available at a special discounted rate. Dress to impress. This even is for those 21 and older only.
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Big Night DC
Gaylord National Resort
201 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
Price: $109 to $169 main event/$169 to $219 VIP
As the popular saying goes, go big or go home. With nine themed party rooms, four dance floors, a huge live entertainment lineup featuring many popular local bands and DJs plus plenty of full-service open bars, Big Night D.C. promises to provide the biggest New Year’s Eve party in the city. Party it up Mardi Gras-style in the main ballroom, or shake your groove thang in the retro ballroom. Guests will also enjoy unlimited food and drinks, party favors and a huge countdown celebration. Upgrade your ticket to VIP status and enjoy top-shelf mixed drinks, an hors d’oeuvres buffet, a private casino lounge and plenty of comfy seating. Hotel rooms are also available at a discounted rate. This event is for those 21 and older only.
Baltimore NYE Spectacular
Inner Harbor Amphitheater
Pratt and Light streets
Baltimore, MD 21201
If you love the fireworks display on Independence Day, then you and your family will love the New Year’s Eve fireworks show courtesy of the Baltimore New Years Eve Spectacular. Satisfy your inner shopaholic at the Gallery, grab a bite to eat at the Harborplace Mall, or tour one of the many downtown attractions including the Baltimore Aquarium, Maritime Museum and the World Trade Center in Baltimore. Starting at 9 p.m., guests may enjoy family friendly live entertainment at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. Then, ring in the new year with a beautifully choreographed fireworks show above the harbor. Continue the celebration at Power Plant Live, a popular destination featuring premium restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
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New Years Eve with the Seldom Scene
3701 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22305
If you’re not a fan of the wild and crazy NYE party scene, ring in the new year with a drink, a warm meal and the tunes of bluegrass music courtesy of three nationally known bands the Seldom Scene, the Hot Seats, and Tim Finch and the Eastman String Band. The Birchmere is a premium concert hall that features a full-service bar and seated dinners. Enjoy tasty appetizers and entrees, including smoked chicken shooters, Cajun gumbo and smokehouse ribs. Doors open at 5 p.m. All ages welcome.
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