Best 2014 New Year’s Eve Parties In Washington DC

December 19, 2013 7:00 AM

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It’s crazy to think that the end of the 2013 is nearly here. Before you start worrying about new year resolutions, celebrate the year that once was at one of these best 2014 New Year’s Eve parties in DC.

Downtown Countdown
Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 483-3000

Party like it’s 2014 at the Washington Hilton, home to the third annual Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve spectacular event. Your all-inclusive ticket includes access to three ballrooms, five hours of premium open bars, full dinner buffets featuring carving and pasta stations and the largest balloon drop in the city. Get your groove on in the International and Columbian ballrooms with the help of three high-energy bands and DJ Jon Paul or yuk it up in the comedy lounge at the Crystal Ballroom. Downtown Countdown also features live acoustic karaoke and limited VIP access. Discounted rooms are also available.

New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise
600 Water St. S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
(866) 404-8439

If overcrowded ballrooms are not your style, consider celebrating the end of 2013 aboard a luxury dinner boat. Courtesy of the Odyssey, the New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise features a delicious three-course meal within a beautifully decorated, climate-controlled dining room, a Viennese dessert table, live entertainment and dancing, a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Step outside on the observation deck and marvel at the beautiful view of the Washington Monument and other historical DC sites. Upgrade to the platinum package and enjoy a guaranteed seat by a window. Select the romance package and surprise your sweetie with a half dozen roses, a bottle of champagne and two souvenir flutes.

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Jazz New Year’s Eve
The Kennedy Center
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 416-8000

Jazz up your end-of-the-year celebration at the Kennedy Center where you will find Ramsey Lewis, NEA Jazz Master pianist, and John Pizzarelli, known as a “genial genius of the guitar.” This year’s show pays tribute to Nat King Cole, whose major hits included “Unforgettable” and “When I Fall in Love.” Lewis is the recipient of three Grammy awards and has produced 80 albums. Together with Pizzarelli, these two smooth vocals will help ring in the new year just right. Grab a bite to eat and enjoy magnificent views of the city at the Roof Terrace Restaurant and Bar or the KC Cafe. Drinks and snacks are also available during intermission.

Big Night DC
Gaylord National Harbor
201 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
(800) 627-7468

Ring in the new year in one of 15 themed party areas at Big Night DC located at the beautiful Gaylord National Harbor hotel. This hugely popular celebration features numerous amenities including five dance floors, world class DJs, bands and other live entertainment, full-service open bars and first class cuisine. VIP tickets include an upgraded dinner selection, including seared crab cakes and slow braised short ribs and exclusive alcoholic beverages including Johnny Walker Black and Maker’s Mark bourbon. Big Night DC also features a champagne midnight toast, party favors and VIP premium upgrades. Play it safe and reserve a room at a special rate at the Gaylord National Harbor hotel.

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First Night Alexandria
Alexandria Waterfront
0 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 746-3299

For a family-friendly celebration, grab the kids and head on down to Old Town and partake in First Night Alexandria. Numerous venues including coffee shops, restaurants, retail stores and hotels will transform themselves into performance venues to help showcase the talents of local and regionally known performing artists. The New Year’s Eve celebration also features the fifth annual Fun Hunt, a scavenger hunt with special prizes for the first three teams to complete the hunt, a battle of the bands and spectacular fireworks finale. Bundle up and bring an umbrella just in case as First Night Alexandria goes on whether rain or shine. This year’s celebration will include a new addition: food trucks.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at