Are you looking to kick off the new year with a bang? Or looking for a memorable celebration that the whole family can enjoy? Check out our recommendations for the area’s most exciting New Year’s Eve events to ring in 2019.
For Family-Friendly Fun:
Head to the state’s capital for the Annapolis New Year’s Eve Celebration, where you’ll enjoy kids activities such as face painting, moon bounces, an obstacle course, live music and more. Wrap up the afternoon with fireworks, then enjoy dinner at one of Annapolis’ acclaimed restaurants.
Or cross the Potomac into Virginia for First Night Alexandria. This incredible event features a Kids Karnival in venues across the city, and it’s filled to the brim with exciting activities including clown performers, balloon animals, face painting, magician shows, live music and much, much more. Arrive in the early afternoon for the annual Fun Hunt. There’s plenty for parents to enjoy, too, with a host of live musicians and comedy acts.
For Non-Stop Party Action:
Spend the night as an agent of espionage at The 17th Annual International Spy Gala at the Washington Plaza Hotel. This black-tie optional affair features several levels of access that includes a delicious dinner buffet, open bar, champagne toast and more. Dance away across multiple stages featuring both live bands and popular DJs. Enjoy mock casino gambling, themed rooms and much more.
If you’re looking to party through to the new year, then keep it going into the morning, head to BIG NIGHT D.C.’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at The Gaylord National Resort & Hotel at National Harbor. This larger-than-life event offers 9,000 attendees the choice between fifteen different themed party areas, five dance floors and a huge DJ and band lineup.
For An Intimate Evening:
How about a romantic night out? Board D.C’s famous Odyssey cruise ship and take to the water for a luxurious New Year’s Eve dinner cruise. You’ll also enjoy an open bar, live band entertainment and a champagne toast at midnight as you cruise the river, catch beautiful sights of the D.C. skyline and catch midnight fireworks over Old Town Alexandria.
Or how about dinner and a jazz show? Head to Blues Alley, one of the most popular jazz clubs in D.C., for New Year’s Eve with Cyrus Chestnut. Take in the unmistakable sounds of this world-class jazz trio and enjoy a southern-influenced menu of specially prepared dishes. Early and late night shows are available, and the latter includes champagne, festive hats and noisemakers to welcome in 2019.